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Old 11-17-2013, 11:15 AM   #29
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and I have to wait for my dogs to invite ME up!
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Old 11-17-2013, 11:25 AM   #30
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Old 11-17-2013, 11:47 AM   #31
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in Oregon..a bag of 100 is a buck at the dollar store. No tax
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Old 11-17-2013, 06:48 PM   #32
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I'm down to two dogs which makes for a cold night! Though they are very cooperative about keeping my spot warm if I get up during the night. Less so about giving it up again.
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Old 11-17-2013, 11:25 PM   #33
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This answer to how much heat (in BTU's) does a candle produce seems pretty accurate, as does the admonishment of the firefighter that posted not to be an idiot and have lit candles while you are sleeping.

Woodalls Open Roads Forum: Looking for ACTUAL MEASUREMENT ( no guesses...) What's the BTU output of a candle?

I would say a decent candle lantern, one with a chimney such as an old kerosene lamp would have, burning a good sized candle might (if your lucky) produce the heat and light of a 60 watt light bulb. Bees wax candles don't produce much soot. A tea candle would be more like a 20 or 40 watt light.

I do know that the large candle burning in a coffee can will raise the temp inside a car by a decent amount from using the one in my snow emergency kit from the trunk. Difference of about 10 degrees above outside temp. But that is a small space and a big candle.

I guess if you were up doing whatever in your camper candle lantern would make a cozy light and maybe keep your heater from running as often or take the chill off a cool summer night. But only while your awake! And not near curtains.

For sleeping I go with letting the dog or the wife under the covers, whichever seems most inclined to cuddle with me at the time.
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Old 11-18-2013, 03:41 AM   #34
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in my little Kit Companion, I have a gas lamp, original to the unit. It won't necessarily heat the trailer to a toasty warm, but I can tell you from personal experience with a heater failure in below freezing weather (Eastern Oregon in the fall, no less) that it saved my bacon. I still needed to bundle up but I could function normally without feeling cold and restricted to being under my bedding just to stay warm while I was awake. As I recall the outside temp was in the high 20s and it stayed in the mid 50s inside with just the gas lamp.

It also has an oven, if it got TOO uncomfortable, I would fire it up (Door shut, of course) for 1/2 hr or so and it retained heat for quite awhile.
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Old 11-23-2013, 06:03 PM   #35
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Old 11-23-2013, 08:20 PM   #36
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An interesting thread, but I'll let Homer sum it up:

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Hmmmm.... and I thought that horse already died and everyone got off ???? Duh!
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Old 11-24-2013, 02:31 AM   #38
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Thanks Gina for following up on this. She used two candles. The British guy used 4. In any case, I think I will let it go

I am currently in Japan and am looking at little hand warmers that have USB rechargers.
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Old 11-30-2013, 11:22 PM   #40
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I used candles to keep warm this summer, found it made a big difference. I burnt 4 or 5 at a time. I have a very sensitive detector, and they couldn't set it off. If they happened to go out at night the temperature drop would wake me up. I liked using the pot idea more as it kept everything way from the flame, and directed the heat a little.

They are not enough to help in the winter though.
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I have hung a candle lantern in a tent in the evening to help chase out condensation. It does work by making the interior of the tent slightly warmer than the ambient temperature. These candles have larger wicks and bigger flames than the tea lights do though.
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