Egloo - Candle powered heater
Egloo is an easy-use cheap candle-powered heater for domestic use, realized in terracotta and produced in Italy. Remember: Winter is coming!
What is Egloo?
Egloo is conceived for contrasting continuous waste of elettricity used for warming domestic rooms, offering, as a option, a candle-powered way that provides a cheaper and more ecological energy, taking advantage of features of terracotta that stores the heat and slowly and gradually releases it by radiation, even after it blows out.
How is it made?
Egloo is composed by four elements: the base, the grill and the two domes. The base offers a space for the positioning of the candles that, once you light them up, will warm the domes up. There is a metal grill placed on the base, serving as a support for the domes. It makes a space to let the air in, necessary for the combustion of the candles. For the well-functioning of the Egloo only four candles are needed. With an average duration of five hours they are enough to warm up a 30mq room. The thinner dome, placed centrally on the base, stores a high rate of heat, that is conveyed to the external dome; the dome's air intake facilitate the outgoing of the warm air stored between the covers, allowing thermal exchange with the environment.
In the design process, the very first step was the idea of a shape through sketches, so the best model, in terms of aesthetical attractiveness, could be conceived.
With the second stage, the modeling, the study of the shapes was refined, evaluating volumes and testing the gestalt of the whole, to reach the most precise model, ready for prototyping.
In the third stage several physical hand-made prototypes were made for testing and improving the features.
After evaluating the proper changes and further refining the model we made the matrix through 3D printing.
From the matrix we generated the mold for the definitive realization of Egloo.
How to use it
Using Egloo is simple. It takes only the positioning of the four candles on the base and the insertion of the grill on which the domes must be placed. After only five minutes Egloo is ready.
Measures: Egloo has a simple and compact shape. It can adapt to every kind of place, with a overall weight of 1 kg.
Candles: Egloo needs 4 candles for a complete refill, enough for warming up a 20mq room. Each refill has a life of 5 hours with less than 10 cent.
Heat: Once you light it up, Egloo needs 5 minutes to get to the right temperature. Once the candles are lighted up, they will warm up before the thinner chamber storing a high rate of heat (between 170° and 200° degrees), because of it has no air intake. The warmth is then conveyed to the external covering (between 30° and 50° degrees). The air intake of the external dome facilitate the outgoing of the warm air stored between the covers, allowing thermal exchange with the room environment. After only 30 minutes the temperature of the environment surrounding the Egloo will be increased between 2° and 3° degrees. Material: Terracotta is a non-metallic, very ductile inorganic compound used for heat-resistant covering dued to its chemicophysical features and its high melting point. Terracotta is a material particularly suitable for Egloo because the heat, rapidly stored, is slowly and gradually conveyed to the environment by thermal radiation.
Energetic Saving Egloo is a useful utensil to warm average rooms up with a very restrained cost. A complete refill of Egloo warms your room up for 5 hours with less than 10 cent, for a monthly cost of 3$, compared to that of an elettric stove, consuming around 30$.
Egloo is available in various versions: Natural, Coloured and enamelled.