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Old 02-10-2011, 10:28 AM
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I heard that a candle in an old metal coffee pot makes a good (that is, better than nothing) heat source if you get stranded in your car in cold weather. what do you think?
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They work! But the religious candles one finds in Walmart and dollar stores are very good. They are self contained in the glass-ware and burn a very long time. They also fit in my cup holders!

Remember to always has some source of fresh air when buring anything inside a closed vehicle or room!
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Like booker said.
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Make a toilet paper heater. Keep honey bears on hand to help maintain body temp.
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Go this route instead. Safer to breath than the air from candles, and you have TP and alcohol on hand at all times.


Word to the wise: don't mix the two until you're ready to use. The alcohol will evaporate out of the paint can within a few weeks.
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When it got down to -10 I set a candle in a coffee can lit it and set it in my truck on the floor checked the temp, left it there for about 30 minutes . When I checked the temp it was ten degree warmer.
Just wanted to see, I figure with me and maybe another candle at about any outside temp I'd be comfortable.
Just got to be real real careful not to melt or catch fire to anything.

Then add peanut butter and honey.....
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i've done it, it didn't seem to work all that well for me. i still have candles in the car, but now i also always have a blanket in the car.
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I carry a Coleman survival cat & spare cylinder. It puts out 600 btu & will run 24 hrs on one cylinder. (the 1 pounders)
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Keep a duffel with some elcheapo fleece blankets in it.... We do this in our trucks, and use the blankets all year for other things as well, camping, picnic, quick nap. Blankets will keep you warm. Other items can fail, can start a fire, can poison you...why risk it?
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Go this route instead. Safer to breath than the air from candles, and you have TP and alcohol on hand at all times.

YouTube - Emergency Car Heater Field Test

Word to the wise: don't mix the two until you're ready to use. The alcohol will evaporate out of the paint can within a few weeks.
Wouldn't that not be an issue if you have the lid on it? Or is it not truly air tight?
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These:

http://www.littlehottieswarmers.com/

Each of our family vehicles has a full box of these. Got them at Costco for 'cheap'.

Candles (and other flames) are the kiss of death...besides, you can't get a candle close enough to you. These...right up next to you.
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In winter the trunk of my car is loaded with boots, gloves, extra clothing, and sleeping bags.

I would not be comfortable with even a little fire burning in an enclosed space. And other members of the family also drive this car. They know what's in the trunk (and, Ha! I'll remind them again tomorrow!)

BTW -- I have one of those nice Ford products with a keypad that unlocks the door. So this car is a refuge from the cold even if you run out of the burning house in your skivvies.
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Ruh- The new, quart sized paint cans that you buy from the big box stores don't seem to seal tightly enough to prevent the alcohol from evaporating. Paint is thicker and perhaps creates a tighter seal. Neither of the first two cans I prepped held their alcohol for very long. And ultimately it just seemed safer to leave it in it's bottle until needed. That way I have TP and an empty container in the car at all times that are available for whatever is needed.
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Ruh- The new, quart sized paint cans that you buy from the big box stores don't seem to seal tightly enough to prevent the alcohol from evaporating. Paint is thicker and perhaps creates a tighter seal. Neither of the first two cans I prepped held their alcohol for very long. And ultimately it just seemed safer to leave it in it's bottle until needed. That way I have TP and an empty container in the car at all times that are available for whatever is needed.
Not only safer and less prone to evaporation, but you can also use the TP as, well, TP in case of emergency.
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Have had the hobo stove with candles in car emergency kit for years, yes they work. Don't think of them as my heat source, so much as a stove to heat water or food, with window open for ventilation. Also have spare clothes, sleep bag, wool blankets in my car kit.

The hobo stoves add heat while they're doing the cooking, and I also use 2 mylar blankets and duct tape to seal off either the back seat or front and keep the heat there. Between the stove, my own heat, and the mylar blankets, I've slept comfortably in car even at temps of 0 - 10 degrees. Have never needed all blankets or clothes, so know I could handle even lower temps.

Thanks for good post, and good luck finding what works best for you.
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Ruh- The new, quart sized paint cans that you buy from the big box stores don't seem to seal tightly enough to prevent the alcohol from evaporating. Paint is thicker and perhaps creates a tighter seal. Neither of the first two cans I prepped held their alcohol for very long. And ultimately it just seemed safer to leave it in it's bottle until needed. That way I have TP and an empty container in the car at all times that are available for whatever is needed.
Yea after I wrote that I remembered all of the dried out cans of paint we have around the house. So even the paint will dry out over long periods of time while closed.

Plus I like the idea of having the supplies separate so that each item can be used for a multitude of uses.
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