Are You a Closet Prepper?


Women like security. With the increase in natural disasters, having a stash of handy tools is a good idea; and I have friends who feel the same way.  If the electricity is off for a protracted time, there are simple ways to keep warm, cook dinner, make a hot cup of coffee or tea, and generally keep control of the situation.  This post is about keeping warm.

I am putting together a little Tea Light Home Heater kit for some birthdays. Here is all you need:

  • loaf pan [$1 at Dollar Tree]
  • pack of 16 tea lights [$1 at Dollar Tree]
  • small box of matches [$1 for a multiple pack at Dollar Tree]
  • medium terra cotta pot with hole in bottom [$1.77 at WalMart]



  1. Place 4 tea lights in center of loaf pan

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2.  Place pot on loaf pan, centered over tea lights

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3.  Heater is ready to use. Simply remove the pot to light the tea lights and replace.

HOW DOES IT WORK?  The pottery pot magnifies the heat of the candles and acts like a chimney.  All heat is drawn up into the pot, which when it heats, radiates the warmth into the room.  One of these will keep a small room warm for several hours–not piping hot, but warm.  A couple of these would help keep a bedroom warm in winter for sleeping and is safe as the candles are contained in metal. Cost:  Under $4.






About Sharon L. Clemens

Sharon and husband Merle and their children owned and operated a specialty shop and restaurant in a restored dairy barn for thirteen years in a village in Illinois. After closing their restaurant, they converted the barn into the family home and moved their shop to the garden level. They operated a collectable shop as a home-based business for another thirteen years before retiring to the country life. Sharon has been a special feature guest on the local NBC telelvision affiliate and has spoken professionally on topics relating to herb gardening and cottage lifestyle. In addition to conducting workshops and programs, Sharon writes a weekly cottage lifestyle e-newsletter called “Cottage Chat” and a Word Press blog: Seasons of Farm Grove. She has written five novels, The Younger Girl, Door County Cottage, Timeless-A Door County Love Story, Door County Cabin and Door County Escape, love stories with traditional values set in Door County, Wisconsin.
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