Make a Smudge Pot
Smudge pots, or portable heaters, are a great way to keep warm during colder weather. They are particularly useful for households that do not have access to a central heating system. Here are the steps to build your own smudge pot:
Step 1: Gather Supplies
You will need:
- A large metal bucket
- A small oil burning lamp
- Masonry (fire) bricks
Step 2: Build the Firepot
Put the sand in the bottom of the bucket. Place the lamp in the center of the bucket. The lamp should be raised on three masonry bricks. This boosts the lamp and ensures that heat gets to the side edges of the bucket.
Step 3: Light and Monitor
Fill the lamp with lamp oil and light it. Use caution when lighting the lamp as oil can be dangerous. Make sure you keep an eye on the lamp to ensure it doesn’t get too hot or worse, flare up.
Step 4: Enjoy The Heat
Once the lamp is lit and working properly, you can enjoy the warmth produced by the smudge pot. Make sure to keep the bucket away from combustible objects, and don’t leave it unattended.
Step 5: Clean After Use
Once you are done using the smudge pot, make sure to clean up after yourself. Empty the bucket of sand and oil, and clean the lamp and bricks. It’s important to make sure that nothing is left behind that can be unsafe.
By following these steps, you can easily and safely make your own smudge pot. Enjoy the warmth on cold days and nights!