10 Creative Homemade DIY Heaters That Actually Work

Winter is undoubtedly one of the most beautiful seasons of the year. It brings the Christmas spirit with it, and the fresh snowfall is downright picturesque. But while it’s a bit magical, it gets quite cold this season, with temperatures sometimes dropping below zero.

However, these cold temperatures shouldn’t be a problem if you have a professional heater and a backup option to keep you and your loved ones warm and cozy in the event of a power outage. However, if you don’t have one, consider making one from scratch with these ten creative homemade DIY heaters that work.

1. 100W Mini Heater

Keeping your body and feet warm during the cold months is easy. It is the hands that need rescue as they are constantly exposed, especially when indoors. Luckily, with this DIY warmer, your hands no longer have to stay frozen or tucked into mittens when it gets cold, as it’s compact enough to hold and keep yourself warm. It’s not electric, so you can even take it with you on your next camping adventure. Use it to make a quick omelet or simple snack with two to three ingredients when the cold season is over and your hands no longer need to be warmed.

2. DIY Simple Room Heater

Want a DIY heater that’s more functional than the mini heater above, yet simple enough to get your kids involved in the project? Try this simple room heater. It’s so simple that it uses simple, easily accessible items like a pringles pack, a fan designed from a hair dryer, a few recycled bonding wires, and hot glue. Check out the details in the video tutorial above.

3. Electric Fan Heater

If you believe in your tech skills and don’t mind putting them to the test, this electric fan heater is the perfect DIY project to indulge in next time. It uses a 750W nichrome wire to generate heat and runs on a 220V power supply. Once completed, it will consume 750 watts of power, which shouldn’t be a deal breaker as it’s pretty good at its job. Likewise, you can also make your own electric fans for the summer months.

4. DIY Space Heater

This easy DIY space heater has plywood parts and is box-shaped, making it a perfect rustic accessory for your bedroom or rooms in your house that are not connected to HVAC. You can place it on your bedside table or any other flat surface you like. The best part? Thanks to its powerful components, it doesn’t just look good; it works just as well. It can be a great addition to your man cave.

5. Solar Can Heater

If you’re an avid beer fan or an energy drink addict with countless cans hanging around somewhere, this DIY heating project is perfect for you. It uses about 270 cans and a few fans from old computers. It’s one of the most functional DIY heaters on our list, but brace yourself for the task as you’ll need to drill holes and glue all the cans together to make the solar panel. As long as you can put in the time and effort, this DIY solar water heater won’t disappoint.

6. Flowerpot Heater

Space heaters (including most DIY options) do a great job of keeping spaces warm, but aren’t always the most stylish. In fact, most are designed to be functional, not aesthetic.

Fortunately, you don’t have to settle for an average-looking DIY stove, as you can always make one from a flower pot, as illustrated above. It’s a great icebreaker and an economical way to keep your home warm when it gets cold.

7. Penny Alcohol Stove

A penny alcohol stove is the easiest, cheapest, and most reliable DIY stove or stove you’ll likely ever make. Plus, it’s lightweight and functional enough to take to camping, backpacking, and other outdoor adventures. For this basic project, you will need two soda cans (this can be juice, energy drink, or any suitable can), rubbing alcohol, a penny, scissors, pliers, and a thumbtack. Check out the step-by-step guide on DIY Joy to learn how to complete this project.

8. Alcohol Emergency Heater

Did you know that an alcohol heater can cook and keep you warm during a power outage? If you didn’t know, now you know, and if you didn’t like the alcohol stove above, it might suit your needs and preferences. And it uses the most basic of household items; a metal can, toilet paper rolls and 70% rubbing alcohol. These are all items you can find in the blink of an eye.

However, if you want to make something more functional, you can follow a step-by-step tutorial on REI’s Uncommon Path blog.

9. Indoor Tabletop Fire Pit

Want a DIY stove that does more than keep you warm? Make this table fireplace and thank us later. And it’s so easy to make that you can make it yourself with your eyes closed. You just need to fill a small ceramic candlestick with play marbles until it is half full, place a glass candlestick and fill it with more marbles (of your choice), pour bioethanol on the marbles in the glass candlestick, light it up, and voila! You have the most beautiful table fireplace you will come across.

10. Solar Air Collector

A DIY heater is great, but a solar fan heater is even better because it gathers your home and keeps it warm from the heat of the sun. Plus, it’s easy to make, requiring only easily accessible materials such as glass, foam board, and used metal siding, as illustrated in the video above.

Safety tips to remember

Unlike most DIY heaters, the ten creative ones listed above actually work. However, in some cases you will be working with dangerous heating elements, so keep the following safety tips in mind:

  • Make sure your workspace is well ventilated

  • Make sure smoke detectors are working before you start

  • Keep children and pets away from complicated DIY projects like the electric heater above

  • Do not leave open flames, even to keep warm while sleeping. Warm-up for if necessary

  • Complete the above projects in a separate room

Stay warm with a do-it-yourself heater

A DIY heater will not replace your HVAC, but it will come in handy in the event of a power outage or if your system is down. The above creative DIY heaters work and are quite easy to make. But be sure to put your safety first while you work on your favorite DIY project.

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