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Emergency Heater – How to Build an Emergency Heater

Emergency Heater – How to Build an Emergency Heater


Build an Emergency Heater | Increase Your Preparedness & Self-Reliance! okay, well this is the Portable emergency heater, which is a great item to add to your emergency kit, especially winter preparations for a vehicle At the end of this video. I’ll give you a link and you can download this four-page document That goes over all the construction details and operations for this heater The digital version of this Pdf has clickable links so don’t forget to explore those Links you can also print one out to take into your shop to help build this Let’s go over the bill of materials. You’ll need several quarts of isopropyL alcohol in this case. This is the 70% Isopropyl alcohol you can also find I believe 90% but it’s a little bit harder to find The 90% burns a little hotter there’s less water in it so less vapor production You’re going to need a empty quart paint can with a lid I got this from Home Depot, or Lowe’s is the closest place for me a roll of toilet Paper A 10-inch piece of duct tape and fold over the ends about half an inch, we’ll use this to secure the Butane Lighter and paint Key To the side of the can so that you’ve got the tools necessary to quickly put this heater into operation if you need it One option that you might want to consider is to include in your kit a clean empty one gallon paint can Top that makes a nice safe Operating base for your heater All right, let’s get down to it first thing you want to do Is to take this core out of your toilet Paper Roll this allows you to? Fold up the roll and compress it so that you can insert it into the paint can And the best way to do this is just kind of squeeze down through the roll and then twist it And it’ll pop right out Then what you’re going to do is compress this roll Just like that, and that’ll insert it into the can now sometimes depending upon the roll You may have to strip some layers of tissue paper off the roll so you can get a small enough bundle to fit in That looks about the right bundle okay. This is truly the hardest part of this project. It doesn’t take very long but There you go All right, so the toilet paper acts as a wick what we’re going to do now is fill this court can up with isopropyL alcohol It’ll be totally absorbed in the paper And what you do is just keep pouring this alcohol in It’ll flow down to the bottom of the can and be absorbed by the role of my step is to secure the Lid I just press that down firmly and then just take a small Hammer Seal that Lid down put the lighter on it put the key on A Little awkward, I’m working between the tripod legs of the camera Again, I can’t emphasize enough if you’re gonna make one of these get enough materials to make four put one in your car one in Your wife’s car. Give two away to good friends now if you look on the internet You’ll see that these heaters are touted as not producing carbon monoxide That’s kind of + – if you do some further research and look at the mSDS. Sheet for ISopropYL alcohol The formula says that it can produce Such small amount of Carbon monoxide either way combustion consumes oxygen The safest thing to do is to crack your window. So you have good ventilation when you’re using these heaters if you want to be careful an empty Gallon Paint can Light the heater make sure you have good ventilation When the vehicle gets up to a comfortable heat extinguish the flame so that you can conserve fuel wait till this space gets cold again refuel if you need to and then relight the Burner Remember if you’re going to refuel one of these Make sure that there is no open flames in the vehicle and that the heater is cooled down before refueling Again use comments don’t forget Check out the digital PdF Download and print your own instruction manual on how to put together these heaters

100 thoughts on “Emergency Heater – How to Build an Emergency Heater”

  1. Should only be on my suture and First-Aid kit videos as I did them in support of his Level I kit. Looks like a cut & paste error which I will fix . . . thanks for brining that to my attention.

  2. First I'd like to complement you on you videos, they are very interesting and informative. Also, do you think that the quart can's lid could be used as the insulating base instead of including a larger gallon lid?

  3. It would have a tendency to rock side to side slightly, and that is one of the absolute last things you want to happen with a large amount of relatively loose liquid that is on fire. That would be a horrible spill.

  4. This is one of the neatest things I've seen in a while. Great job. I just built four myself and tested one, couldn't be easier. Thank you for such an inexpensive, useful, amazing product! 5 stars all the way!

  5. Good video usnerdoc.
    If you fill the can up when your alcohol is cold then leave the can in a hotter environment the can may build up enough pressure to pop the lid.
    I work with solvents and twice I have had bottles break because of the pressure buildup.
    So I wouldn't fill the can to the top during storage.

  6. @blackroses4her – That heater was briefly lit for video purposes only. I will annotate accordingly. I do not advocate adding petroleum jelly. I recommend you consider making your own video on the subject.

  7. Couldn't ask for a better presentation. Solid video and documentation to boot. Great idea, low cost, simple to make and it just might save your life. Thanks for making a very enjoyable video. 5 Stars

  8. Great video.. That looks kindof like my Heat Cell canned heat that I buy for backup heat. But yours is much larger and would put off much more heat. I will have to try this. Thanks!

  9. WOW great idea. Wish I would have watched this vid 5 days ago before the power went off. LOL thanks for the great vid.

  10. Since heat rises if you crack the window heat will escape through crack at top before it can lower.
    Wouldnt it be better to turn heater duct from "recirculate" to "fresh air" setting? Then fresh air would come in under the dash.
    Unless this is more of a hand warmer, rather than a space heater… then carry on.

  11. @Finaltheorem47 @Finaltheorem47
    Actually, the denatured alcohol will burn cleaner than the isopropyl. Isopropyl will generate more fumes and soot. That said, denatured alcohol is 1/2 methanol, which is nasty stuff, so don't spill it on yourself more than necessary. If used in a car – always vent.
    Finally, with a little bit of hardware cloth, these heaters also work as cooking stoves!

  12. Great Video, I would like to see more people coming up with ideas like this for the upcoming global fallout.

  13. it might be a good idea to point out the tabs on the ends of the tape where is is folded back to make it easier to take it off with very cold hands. sorry, i dont think iv'e really explained that well, i hope you understand.

  14. Doc, this is the third of your videos I have watched, I just found your site today, and I am very grateful to have found your videos. They are an extremely great asset ! And the quality of the presentations are outstanding! I am going to make a few of these! Thanks Sir!

  15. Hey Doc, I am going to help out my church teaching the Royal Rangers. Just found this video and will use it for sure. Also the level 1 first aid kit!
    Take Care Doc

    Matt I hikearound

  16. Hey Doc, just watching some of your older videos, and I wanted to say that any combusted alcohol or hydrocarbon will produce CO. Granted the amount produced by burning isopropyl alcohol might be negligible (depends on availability of oxygen and temperature), but care should still be taken to have proper ventilation. Sorry about the wall of text btw.

  17. cool vid i remember when they used to use an old steel tabacco can and a small botle of gas line anti freeze or menthal hydrate is there a difference?i have also heard of stories where they used to place them under a vehicles oil pan in the winter to pre heat the oil to make the eng start better!

  18. Great vid Doc!!! I made 4 of these with my kids. They were very easy to build and the kids loved helping to make them. You should have seen their big eyes when I lit one. They were hoping for an emergency for several days after just so we could use one. Great project to do with the kids. Thanks.

  19. another utuber did a test on this stove using 70 and 90 percent… do not use 90 percent it creates a lot of fluffy ash like junk that floats all over the place. the 70 percent doesn't smoke as much (you just don't notice it) the extra heat from the 90 percent is too much for cars and other confined places.

  20. Hey Doc, I love your videos. Great stuff all around. I'm getting in to 2m currently, so I especially like those. Have you considered doing a video on various water purification methods? How about comparing energy bars for use in a survival situation? Keep up the good work.

  21. @UStacticalmedic36 – I would strongly recommend against using this in a tent . . . that is a recipe for potential disaster.

  22. Hey, Doc. Thanks for the video. But I'm getting a "This shared file or folder
    link has been removed. " after I click on the link.

  23. From what I've read online high proof liquor (190 proof) has the highest heat content per gram, clean burning, and generally non toxic.

  24. I made a few of these, thanks for this video. I don't have an alternative heat source for my house so I have a few here in the house, too.

  25. How many ounces of fuel does it it take for a full charge and how long does 1 full charge last? Can you use Heet instead of isopropyl alcohol?

  26. The vapor ratio will not reach a the explosive limits, it will just burn. the caution side is obvious don't tip it. A candle dosen't produce enough BTUs (heat) to heat even a small car

  27. Hey USNERDOC, Thank you for this video. I would really like the 4 page PDF instruction info, but when I click on that link, I get "Oops — this shared file or folder link has been removed."
    Can you help me out here? I would sure appreciate it, and again, thanks for this video 🙂

  28. FWIW, I added a rare earth magnet between the 1 gallon can & the quart can to help keep the quart can from tipping over. Great video, thanks for posting

  29. Does anyone know where I can get that 4 page instruction manual??? I made this kit up for my brother for Christmas, would love to include the instructions.

  30. Great video! *****
    I use very fine steel wool (Metalino, number 000) instead of toilet paper.
    My experience with toilet paper is that the upper layer of paper starts to get burning after 1 1/2 hour. The ashes of the paper will work as a isolator and because of that the alcohol will not be able to go to the surface any longer.
    With very fine steel wool you don`t have that problem anymore and it will burn for at least 5 hours. I use Bio-ethanol 95% > in a 1/2 liter paint can.
    Thanks for posting

  31. Do some experimenting in a safe environment before using this in a vehicle. How hot does it get straight above the flame. I know a guy who nearly burned down a shed by hanging a Coleman lantern about 18" from the ceiling of the shed. He showed me the scorch marks on the wood from the heat directly above the lantern. My hunch is that the liner of your vehicle roof would ignite easier than wood.
    Might also try to borrow a carbon monoxide sensor and O2 sensor to determined needed ventilation.

  32. I disagree. You could catch the interior/roof of your vehicle on fire. What you really want to keep in your trunk is 2 sleeping bags (in case you have a passenger), 2 reflective emergency blankets/bags (to help reflect body heat), 2 emergency candles/ltr, and some heating pads. These types of heaters are for use in a lean two out in the woods if the wood is too damp to make a fire to save you from hypothermia. Its also a good idea to have an emergency beacon/flashing light and S.O.S window flag.

  33. I'd like to point out that I also have in my emergency kit, a bottle of water, two small aluminum cups, a box of "cup of noodle" and a very tiny stove (little bigger then a pack of playing cards that burns little cubes of fuel) Energy bars, an easter bunny lol. I also have a first aid kit, spare set of clothes,(gloves, socks vacuumed into an airtight bag). Basically whatever I could fit into a rectangular milk crate. Tucked in trunk by the back seat (so I can access it from inside if necessary)

  34. Me and my daughter are going to the 'Beal Street Music Festival' in Menphis TN and are going to be staying in our van. I will build one of these for us just in case it gets cold at night. Thanks for the great idea and excellent video!

  35. How long can you store these? IPA evaporates readily and paint cans are not are tight. I think you would end up with water wet (the other 30%) after only 3 months.

  36. Sounds like you know a lot more about paint cans than I do. I have one of these in each of our vehicles. The one in my truck (my primary vehicle) still works great . . . I quickly test each winter. If you are concerned about your paint can perhaps consider not adding alcohol until needed.

  37. Great video! I just made one and it works perfectly. For those of you who are able to download the PDF, you can easily type up the instructions and include them with your gift to others. I've verbally explained the process to others and they understood.

  38. 24 hrs ? Try 11/2 hrs. Per can that's a old trucker trick won't last 24 hrs thou. Depending on the outside temp and the size of your car. 70 deg. ? No, but it will keep you alive ! And always use 70% not 91%

  39. 91% is not hard to find. Walmart, Walgreen's, CVS, Giant, Target, (and i'm guessing Lowe's and Home Depot) all have 91% Isopropyl , though it is more expensive than the 70%. 

    Am must have for every survival kit! It has so many uses! First Aid, a fuel, a mild solvent, coolant, cleaner/de-greaser, it even kills most insects i've sprayed it on. 

    DON'T BUGOUT FOR THE ZOMBIE APOCALYPSE WITHOUT IT!

  40. I just tried the link and it does not work. Is there another place I can get the instructions?

    I know it's kind of idiot proof to make it, but you mentions that there were links and other info inside the instructions, I would like to see those. If you could let me know where to find the instructions, that'd be awesome.

    Great video by the way.

  41. Learned something new, today. Thanx. David! One question, can they be used inside? For instance, when the power goes out, as long as the windows are cracked open for ventilation? Or would that be unsafe?

  42. How long will this set up last, unused? Can it sit in your car indefinitely through the hottest of summers and coldest of winters and be pulled out five years later and used? Just curious.

  43. Hey doc just an fyi, I made one of these for my daughter 5 years ago. She just switched cars and asked me to make her a new one. I did of course and tested the old one…it lit right up and burned for over an hour!! Awesome idea. Thanks for sharing.

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