Finished Product – Terracotta Pot Heater

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This quick DIY walkthrough will teach you how to build a super easy terracotta pot heater that can warm-up an average room for about 4 cents an hour. As an added benefit, the heater is sure to warrant some compliments from your house guests.

What you’ll need

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To pull this project off you will need the following: 6″ pot with its base, a 5″ pot, a length of chain (with an odd number of links), about 11 inches of 1/2 inch thick threaded rod, 14 1/2 inch nuts and 11 1/2 inch washers.
Assemble the rod

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Begin by twisting two nuts about 1 inch deep into the road, then place the first and last links of the chain over the rod, and secure with a final nut. Take note from the image above.
Add the pots

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First, add one of the washer to the rod, then slide into the larger pot (shown above). Then secure the pot by placing another washer and nut on the inside of the pot.
Secure the small pot

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Next, you will need to repeat the process for the smaller pot. After inserting the rod into the small pot, remember to secure with both washer and nut.
Build the heat sink

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After the second pot is secured, you can begin building the heat sink. In order to pull this off you will simply need to alternate between putting on a washer and nut 6 times. By the time you’re finished, you should have something like this.
Add the base

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When the heat sink is all said and done, you will want to add the base of your heater. Note, some terracotta pot bases do not have a hole in them, so you might have to drill one your self. Secure the base with your last washer and nut.

Now the stand…

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Now that the heater is complete, we will need to build an adequate stand. Keep in mind that you can build this stand out of pretty much anything, you just need to make sure that your heater will be able to hang freely without touching the surface.

Find Some Candles 

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All you have to do now is find some candles. You can find a whole case of these for ridiculously cheap at your local IKEA or Walmart.
Enjoy

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Finally, the project is complete. Simply put between 3 – 5 candles into your pot base and enjoy the warmth. If you’re feeling especially crafty, you can follow this tutorial once again, and build yourself a complete set.