Alternative Heating Methods: Coffee Can Heater

Alternate heating/cooling, Emergency Preparedness
One of the most requested topics from our "What's Coming Up Next" post was to discuss some alternative methods of cooling and heating your home. We have recommended in the "Car Kit" portion of our Emergency Preparedness Plan that you place a Coffee Can Heater in your car. These heaters could also be useful in a home if you had no other options available and needed to thaw yourself out a little bit. A while back, we gave a little tutorial for how to make a coffee can heater, but we had a reader (David H. from Washington) who has refined and perfected this method and makes it so that the outside of the can doesn't get too hot to the touch. This is a tutorial and pictures put together…
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How To Make a Coffee Can Heater

Alternate heating/cooling, Car Kits, Emergency Preparedness
As part of our Emergency Preparedness Plan we include a list of items to include in a "Car Kit". This is a kit that you keep in your car with useful items in case you have a road-side emergency. One of the items we recommend is a "coffee can heater" and we have had quite a few people ask us for clarification on what that is, so here is the answer will full instructions of course :) How to Make a Coffee Can Heater - Video How to Make a Coffee Can Heater – Instructions Step 1: Clean out an old coffee can (if you don't drink coffee, any large can will do ... just make sure it has a lid!) Step 2: Remove the cardboard center from a roll…
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