Terracotta Pot Heater

We are always interested in exploring new ideas to help keep warm when the power goes out. I was intrigued when I watched the viral video demonstrating how to heat a room using tea lights, flower pots, and a bread pan. Could it really work? Yes and no. In the video, four tea lights are …

Terracotta Pot Heater

This inexpensive little device can double as both a heater and stove. It will NOT warm an entire room, but is a great hand warmer and provides a little space heating. We originally got this idea from a gentleman who was using a couple of terracotta pots, a bread pan and tea lights to heat his room. As we experimented, we were concerned with the stability and safety of the setup. The results of our exploration has resulted in an inexpensive, versatile, safer method. We calculated the cost and found that it is probably less expensive to use electricity, when it is available. However, this might come in very handy during a power outage. Always exercise great caution when using open flame.

Risk Evaluation

It is nearly impossible to prepare for every possible disaster. I was talking to an American Red Cross employee about disaster preparedness. She said that the most common disaster for the American Red Cross is a house fire. In the course of our conversation she shared and interesting discovery with me. Their office had never …

Apple Box Reflector Oven

This simple homemade box oven is constructed using the lid to an apple box and bakes using only 10-14 charcoals. It is an effective way to bake using charcoal. Charcoal is inexpensive and stores well indefinitely. The apple box oven is for outdoor use only! NEVER, NEVER, use charcoal indoors as it produces deadly carbon …

Apple Box Reflector Oven Instructions

An apple box reflector oven is an amazing inexpensive tool for emergency cooking. It is easy to make and bakes food using charcoal briquettes. The window is created by using an oven safe cooking bag. However, we do not recommend it. You are not able to visualize the food clearly through the window and it decreases the efficiency of the oven.

No Power Cooking

It’s five o’clock on a winter afternoon. Without notice you lose electricity to your home. How are you going to cook dinner for your family? A cold sandwich will work for one night, but what if it lasts days, weeks, or longer? Any type of crisis creates a significant amount of stress. If you have spent …