HOW HOT DOES IT GET? . . . (Number one question asked.)
Hot! . . . even very Hot . . exterior temperatures have been measured as high as 180 degrees Fahrenheit and internal temperatures over 500 degrees Fahrenheit. Keep in mind that the inner and outer temperatures of the Quad Core™ Radiator totally depend on the type and quality of the candle. The Kandle Heeter™ does not “make” heat in some “magic” way – it efficiently and effectively collects and concentrates the heat of a burning candle. The type and quality of the candle ultimately determines how “hot” the Radiator will get. But it does get Hot! . . . even with the inexpensive candles from a “Dollar Store.”
(We like to compare an “up-to-temperature” Kandle Heeter™ Candle Holder to an old-fashioned steam radiator – that is how hot the exterior surface of the Radiator will typically get. Not too hot to be a “burn” issue, but a bit too warm to really hold on to for very long.)
Here are some typical temperature measurements taken late one evening using a Dollar store jar candle. The radiator was very warm. Top cap was at 160 degrees Fahrenheit, the Lower Lip of the Radiator was at 165 degrees. The Steel Inner Core was at 420 degrees (Now that's HOT -- keep your fingers out of there!). The Secondary Chamber was at 250 degrees. (These measurements were taken with an industrial grade infrared thermometer +/- 2% accuracy.) The Kandle Heetertm Candle Holder had been burning several hours and effectively keeping the chill off in a small room -- no other heat was being used. It was 52 degrees outside on a clear night.
The first time you use your Kandle Heeter™ Candle Holder it will definitely “burn” cooler than “normal.” This is because the residual moisture that is in the ceramics must first be “boiled out”. This may take 6-8 hours (or even longer if you are using “weak” candles).
Remember, you Must Use Jar Candles! . . . or votive type candles in appropriate glass or ceramic containers. The 4.25 ounce jar candles typically found in “Dollar Stores” are very suitable. These jar candles are approximately 3 inches in height and diameter and have a decent medium sized wick and will typically burn 20-24 hours. This will mean 3-4 evenings burning 6-8 hours. Pillar Candles Will Melt! DO NOT USE PILLAR CANDLES!
Small votive candles in appropriate containers will “work” – but their wicks are typically small (in diameter) and the resultant flame is “weak.” They will not generate as much heat output as larger wicked candles.
Beeswax candles should burn very well. Beeswax has higher a Btu content than regular candle wax so you should get hotter temperatures. (As soon as we can run some tests we will post the results.)
Here is an additional suggestion to increasing the thermal output. The distance from the candle flame to the steel inner core has an effect on internal (and resultant external) temperature. Remove the 4" saucer from under the jar candle, turn it upside down, and place it under the 5" saucer. This will raise the candle flame toward the radiator. This is especially effective if you are burning small votive candles in small containers.
NEVER LEAVE AN OPEN FLAME UNATTENDED!
Below are Photos and Information on one of our other products.
Welcome to the Tomato Palace™
Backyard Garden Greenhouse.
This is a very different design in Backyard Greenhouses. All the "walls" are sliding doors! This permits user access a full 3600. There is no need to go inside, there is no wasted space, all the valuable grow space is available to the plant.
Our goal in this design is to maximize materials usage by eliminating user access. There is a 2 ft wide pathway for the user in most greenhouse designs, this is greenhouse space that is unavailable for plants. We have moved user access to the outside of the envelope and have increased the efficiency of materials used in construction.
Besides, it looks really cool.
And it grows load after load of tomatoes!
This is the material we use. It is a double wall UV resistant polyethylene specifically designed for greenhouse use. After the material is cut, all the open flutes are sealed with silicone. This makes every wall an insulated wall. The grow space is completed wrapped in an insulating air blanket!
A detail of the top. The base and top are constructed of four quadrants cut from 4 feet long 1 by 12's in order to create the 5 feet diameter circumference. A chamfered 2 by 4 serves as a ridge beam.
Big and roomy on the inside!
And did I mention loads and loads of tomatoes???