Candle-Powered Egloo Heats Your House in Environmentally Friendly Manner

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Egloo is a candle-powered terra cotta heater that helps you heat your living or working space inexpensively. Is your heating bill rising? Egloo might be the solution you need.

Designed by Marco Zagaria, an Italian student of the Academy of fine arts in Rome, Egloo is made small and lightweight to allow easy movement.

It harnesses the heat from the candles and uses the heat-storing ability of terra cotta to release it slowly through radiation, even after the candles blow out.

However, it takes about 5 minutes to get to the right temperature after setting up the candles.

Egloo has four elements in its composition: the base, grill, and two air domes.

The base helps hold the four candles required for optimal operation. The metal grill is placed on the base and it provides support for the two air domes in it. This aids combustion of the candles.

egloo2[Image Source: Egloo Indiegogo]

The thinner air dome placed centrally on the grill, stores the most heat, between 140 and 180 degrees F, in the Egloo. On receiving the heat, the outer dome transmits heat slowly, between 30 and 50 degrees F, to the environment. Being structured this way ensures that the device is safe to touch.

Marco posits that the four candles, which last on average 5 hours, can warm up to a 20mq environment. Thus, you can warm your room for 10 cents a day. This is an amount far less than traditional heaters.

Candles, especially those made from paraffin, emit no carbon. With global greenhouse gas emission levels rising frighteningly, Egloo is a not only a nice and cheap way to help save the planet, but also a cost-effective way of heating your home.

Also, the conservation of electricity makes Egloo a little contribution to sustainable alternative energy creation.

There are however fears by Amazon users that Egloo is susceptible to bursting into flames after a few usages. However, a warning by Marco Zagaria gives a reason why this might happen. He states that candles of low quality might release substances that are harmful to the Egloo’s structure.

Having raised over $260,000 on the crowdfunding platform, Indiegogo, Egloo has started shipping its unique heater in various forms and colors. You can check out their website here.

egloo[Image Source: Egloo Indiegogo]

Leah Stephens writes under the pseudonym, Stellabelle. She is an artist/researcher who writes books and you can connect with her here. 

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