Toilet Paper Heater

Hi Everyone!

Sorry, been a few days without a post. I have been feeling a little crappy for several days now, this has been a crazy sick season in Colorado!

Anyway, I’m back 🙂

In this post I share a cool way to make a toilet paper personal heater out of  TP, a can, and some rubbing alcohol.

Check it out:

In the video I used a normal lighter, but these can be started with any sort of spark,  including a fire steel!

This heater will last for several hours but eventually the isopropyl alcohol will burn off and more will need to be added. Make sure to extinguish the flame completely and allow to cool before adding additional rubbing alcohol to the wick.

Always use the lid to extinguish the heater. Alcohol burns with a flame that can be difficult to see – don’t get too close and don’t try to blow out the flame.

Finally, remember –  any flame will consume oxygen, so make sure you crack a window or have some other means of allowing some fresh air in.   Isopropyl “rubbing alcohol”  produces very little carbon monoxide, but it is always a good idea to have fresh air circulating at all times!

Using the paint can is key to this project if you intend to make these as a prep. The alcohol will evaporate and rust other containers. It is worth the $1 to $2.





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4 comments to Toilet Paper Heater

  • Garry

    Can I use kerosene instead of alcohol>

  • Wayne Bell

    Thanks Gary. I’ve used this method for the house, but don’t use a gallon paint can. Instead, I use a flower pot. I first line the bottom with stones, place in the smaller can and fill the flower pot up with stones (surrounding the burner). The burner heats up the stones and the clay and radiates heat after the flames go out. It’s also better than looking at a paint can on the living room coffee table. 🙂

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