How to make a Kandle Heeterâ„¢

by DIY Maven

How to make a Kandle Heeterâ„¢

CraftyPod points us to the very clever Kandle Heeter™, a handmade, low tech contraption that acts as a space heater. It's a collection of terra cotta pots with a solid steel inner core made up of hex nuts and washers and things, which collect the heat of a candle or, new for 2008, a halogen light bulb. You can buy the candle version for $29.95 and the electric version is $49.95; however, the generous creator provides how-to instructions to make...

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Air Conditioner Calculator (Or, how to figure out how big of an air conditioner you need to buy.)

by DIY Maven

Air Conditioner Calculator (Or, how to figure out how big of an air conditioner you need to buy.)

Hot summer days are just around the corner. If you're thinking of investing in a new window air conditioner, you'll want to buy one big enough--but not TOO big--to cool your room. To help you figure out just what size of an air conditioner you need, Good Housekeeping has a handy air conditioner calculator. Just enter the square feet of the room that needs to be cooled, an estimate of how well insulated the room is, if it's sunny and, finally...

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The Top Ten Reasons to Install a Programmable Thermostat.

by Chris Gardner

Seriously, folks, you've gotten get one of these...even if you rent, it's an easy project that you can switch out when you leave, and take it with you. Save money and the environment with this easy DIY project.

The Top Ten Reasons to Install a Programmable Thermostat.
1. Programmable models are way more convenient and accurate than manual models.

2. Most thermostats contain two programs: one each for the weekdays and week days. Many contain three programs (for weekdays, Saturday, and Sunday) and some even...

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Corn Fed Furnaces

by DIY Maven

Corn Fed Furnaces

Sometimes, in exploring alternative energies, one must look back to look forward. Case in point: The biomass stove. It all started with Ben Franklin, who invented the iron furnace stove. Then, in 1973, Mike Haefner tweaked Ben’s baby and created the first certified biomass fuel stove. The improvement lay in the fact that Mike’s creation burned biomass.

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Question #1

What’s biomass? Biomass itself is the process of turning trees and plant material...

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