ThatDonGuy

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February 18th, 2019 at 8:32:31 AM permalink
Quote: TigerWu

Okay, someone do the math for me...

2,000 candles, lasting 8 hours each... four candles burning for an hour will heat one room to a comfortable level... let's just say 3 months for winter....

How many winters will EvenBob's candle supply last?

The question is, once the room reaches a "comfortable level," if you extinguish the candles, how long before you need to light them again?
Or can you maintain the level with, say, two candles?
And how long do you need to maintain the level?

If you really want a "solution," and assume you only need to keep fork handles-er, four candles (RIP Ronnie Corbett) lit for an hour to keep the room warm enough for the entire night, and "three months" is 90 days, then one set of four candles will last 8 days, and one winter is 11 1/4 sets, which is 495 sets in 44 winters, and the remaining five sets last 4/9 of the 45th.
AZDuffman
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February 18th, 2019 at 10:16:50 AM permalink
Quote: TumblingBones

I remember reading a story maybe 10 or so years ago about an architect who built his house to be as thermally efficient as possible. As I recall, the goal was to get as close to zero heat transfer in or out when all windows and doors were shut. He claimed that in the winter, if the house was too cold, all he had to do to warm it up was toss a ball for his dog to chase. Excess canine body heat did the rest.

Sounds like the kind of guy they find dead in his home because various gasses could not escape.
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EvenBob
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February 18th, 2019 at 10:26:19 AM permalink
Quote: AZDuffman

Sounds like the kind of guy they find dead in his home because various gasses could not escape.

There was a story years ago where a
guy ate a ton of chili for dinner, passed
out drunk in his small airtight bedroom,
and died form the methane farts that had
no way to escape. Urban legend or true,
good story.
"It's not enough to succeed, your friends must fail." Gore Vidal
AZDuffman
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February 18th, 2019 at 10:37:37 AM permalink
Quote: EvenBob

There was a story years ago where a
guy ate a ton of chili for dinner, passed
out drunk in his small airtight bedroom,
and died form the methane farts that had
no way to escape. Urban legend or true,
good story.

What is true is things like carbon monoxide were not as big a problem before the 70s because the houses had better airflow. Mold too, probably, for another example. One of those things like the bedbugs and baseboard spraying that just happened, not planned.
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rxwine
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February 18th, 2019 at 12:00:37 PM permalink
I'm sure I read somewhere, that having enough candles to heat a cold room also creates the same problem as a fire place with no venting.

How long will EB's candle supply last? Whatever is left after he is dead probably.

Now I have heated a small bedroom with an electric heater and let the whole house get cold. The bathroom down the hall wasn't heated though, and it was artic cold going down there in the night from a warm bedroom.
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EvenBob
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February 18th, 2019 at 12:05:46 PM permalink
Quote: ThatDonGuy

The question is, once the room reaches a "comfortable level," if you extinguish the candles, how long before you need to light them again?
Or can you maintain the level with, say, two candles?
And how long do you need to maintain the level?
.

After it got to 68 I extinguished two
of them. An hour later it was still 68.
The outdoor temp has to be stable,
the more the furnace runs the more
the room temp changes.

It's actually warmer in the room when
it's zero outside because the furnace
runs more.
"It's not enough to succeed, your friends must fail." Gore Vidal
petroglyph
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February 18th, 2019 at 12:09:32 PM permalink
Quote: EvenBob

There was a story years ago where a
guy ate a ton of chili for dinner, passed
out drunk in his small airtight bedroom,
and died form the methane farts that had
no way to escape. Urban legend or true,
good story.

I used to let my dog sleep at the foot of my bed. But one morning I woke up with heart burn so bad, I was concerned I had something medically wrong with my stomach. Then I realized I had been breathing dog farts all night, and my stomach gas smelled and tasted like dog pooh. He didn't sleep in the bedroom anymore.
I loved him, but at times he was gassy.
TumblingBones
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February 18th, 2019 at 12:29:45 PM permalink
The band 3 Dog Night got it's name when the girlfriend of one of the member's read a magazine article about indigenous Australians, in which it was explained that on cold nights they would customarily sleep in a hole in the ground while embracing a dingo, i.e., a feral dog. On colder nights they would sleep with two dogs and, if the night were freezing, it was a "three dog night".
There must be some equation for converting: 1 dog = X candles = Y BTU
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EvenBob
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February 18th, 2019 at 7:41:48 PM permalink
I put a meat thermometer 6" above 4
candles and it was 250 degrees, 18"
above, 125 degrees. That's some
awesome heat. Even at 18" I can't
hold my hand there for long.
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RogerKint
Joined: Dec 5, 2011