An Italian design student has created a cheap heating alternative (It is really very cheap).
One student from the Academy of Fine Arts in Rome has come up with a product to warm rooms for a fraction of the cost.
Egloo is a candle-powered heating device that uses terracotta to store heat and release it gradually instead of using electricity. It resembles an Igloo, hence the name Egloo. It has four main pieces: the base, the grill and two domes.
The user positions four candles on the base, lights them and adds the grill and is covered by two domes. The device is ready in just five minutes.
It combines knowledge of Italian terracotta craftsmanship (hand-shaping, painting and glazing) with 3D printing to design a mold for large scale production. The candles warm the domes. The metal grill serves as support for the domes and creates space to let air in for the candles to keep burning. The thinner dome stores much of the heat and conveys it to the outer dome.
Egloo can warm up average sized rooms up to 20 square meters by 2-3 degrees Celsius, enough to remove the chill from the room.