How to make a tealight candle slow cooker.


hey y’all I’ve been experimenting as you
know with a different means of cooking boiling water what I’m gonna try now
something called a tea light slow cooker and these are a hundreds of tea lights I
got them at Walmart for I think it was like 3 or 4 bucks it was pretty cheap
this is the pipe I’m gonna use that is the hole I’m gonna cut to set that pop
down into and then I’m gonna build a little frame around it and put tea light
candles up underneath the pot I really want to see a fill of boil water let me
get it built and we’ll give that a try okay let me get that cut out and then
four sides and we’ll go from there put it together all right that’s the basic
idea you gotta get a little piece of sheet
metal that I can light the candles on and then slide them up under here that’ll be the next thing I do I’ve got
to find a little piece of tin somewhere I think I got someone to there what okay that’s what we got I got eight
candles there and my new test standard for smaller stuff like this is going to
be two cups that’s over teacups isn’t it well don’t
belittle off but here’s one to do dump two cups of water in there slide this
apana there and time it and see if eight candles will get two cups of water to
boil now this is not the tea light oven I think I may have said oven
accidentally a mint tea light slow cooker and basically you could
supposedly like make a stew in here you know these candles are good for
about four hours that’s what the package says so I want to dump a little bit of
out of this what am i yeah just a little over two I’m gonna dump just a tiny bit
out come down to two cups put it in there slide these in we’ll be right back hmm looks like two of them we know damn
it let me let me see if there’s something wrong with the candle I think
what I did was raised this up about 3/8 of an inch
I just set him on the nuts and because I think the bottom of that pan was too
close to the flames anyway let me dump my and this is very cold water out of my
tap because I got I’m out here in the shop so wish I knew what time it was
give me two seconds so I’m gonna come right back I shut this off but look at
my yeah okay 240 right 240 so uh well see it and how long demon
what is going on I may have to you know what stop the clock
these are the Dollar Tree candles they were a dollar for 50 of them and maybe
that’s why let me try the Walmart brand and see if they stay running be right
back well even this is a nice little discovery
these are Dollar Tree tea light candles and uh since they’ve been out here since
I pulled them out I’ve had a light then two or three times and they will not
stay lit here are the Walmart look at the difference in how bright and how
well-lit they are here’s one it’s just fixing to go out here and that one in
the middle and these are really doing doing good so I guess your choice of tea
light candles is important too well I’m gonna set these to the side over here
and just see if they’ll you know maybe do better later on I’m gonna put these
on here slide it in we’ll be back let me do that all right they’re all they all
appear to be standing it and now these are staying lit but they’re not doing
very well I mean they’re just barely going and let’s redo the time here 247
247 all right I’m gonna watch the pot and see if it boils seeing a little bit
or a lot I don’t know I’ve had three more go out and these
have not gone out so obviously the problem is not the candles the problem
is being under here and it has to be oxygen I can’t imagine them burning that
looks oxygen up I just can’t imagine with with with this thing wide open like
that huh I’m totally stuck and there’s more
than far enough away from the bottom there a good inch away from the bottom
of the pan tell you what I’m gonna do I thought about this I’m gonna drilled
some holes down through here around the outer edge of the pot probably going to
use an eighth inch bit and maybe just drill holes Oh but every inch or so
around here and see if that doesn’t the heat rising may suck air and underneath
this that’s what this is all about it’s not getting enough oxygen I don’t know
how but anyway yeah that’s got to be it all right let me let me drill them holes
we’ll be right back so scratch that time all right
here’s what our done I used a 5/32 bit now let’s put this pan down in there
this pan still got water in it won’t make you watch this but sure is
curious I did have two of these go out now my door is open but it’s not windy
in here well let me go ahead and check the time 350 let’s call it 358 still dead all of
them going yeah let me put my hand up here see if I can feel any heat coming
around here I actually do I actually do so maybe that was it maybe it was oxygen
alright 358 Oh what am i doing not 3 its 354 354 you got it look I’m not
I can’t tell time 354 will be back ok I have had 3 more go out and I’m pretty
sure what’s happening is that the candles are depleting the oxygen as it
warms the air and the warm air is not moving away quick enough to suck fresh
oxygen in meaning there’s not enough oxygen to keep the candles lit so let me
pull them back out and all them holes are drilled I’m going to a larger them
to order inch all the way around and we’ll try that
we’ll be back alright I got 1/4 inch holes drilled about every inch and eight
or so around here they’re all lit it is 303 I’ll tell you what when I took this
off in the last clip I put my finger in that water and you know what it was hot
probably I got about maybe 90 seconds of candle under it altogether so that’s
pretty impressive check one more time they all go in they’re all going and
I’ll tell you what I think that quarter-inch was that there are they
seem to be burning brighter and if this does boil water that is a really cool
thing to know and then the next thing I want to know is if I can take these down
off the the nuts I’ve got them set up on whether this gap here is enough to suck
fresh fresh oxygen in so if I go out again I will let you know 303 see when
we’re boiling or the candles go out okay it’s been 12 minutes and they’re all
still lit so I guess that was the trick and it’s really hot and I’m just kind of
open I just I can’t resist oh my goodness I believe won’t that be cool okay yeah when it
boils I’ll let you know that’ll be the next clip if it does or doesn’t come on
the candles you know these are for our candles and probably screw it around 20
minutes with them things trying to get them to stay lit so you know when it
blows we’ll be back okay it’s 333 it’s exactly half an hour I do have three
that have gone out but what it is is the wicks have fallen over so what I’m gonna
do is pick this up remove those three and I’m going to put three of these want
these uh Dollar Tree ones back in there that we’re going I blew them out and
keep on going because man it is so close to it really wants to boil and what I’m
gonna do also whoa I must still leave the clock go on but
I’m gonna drill a hole in here just one small hole so I can put my thermometer
in here I’m really curious just how hot that water is getting so I’m going to
replace these candles go get my thermometer and uh drill a hole we’ll be
back okay scratch that I’m back already I didn’t
go this really has been an interesting learning experience look what’s happened
to these candles which is why the wicks are falling over it’s so hot in there
that the candles are completely melting all the wax and the wicks are fallen
over that’s that’s very interesting so hmm what to do what to do I don’t
know you know they make these other candles that are well you know the same
thing what happened then huh I think what I’m gonna do is put these
candles back in there and space them much further apart I kind of think this
won’t won’t come to a boil I think we’re I think we get close but I don’t think
we’re quite to 212 degrees is a lot to ask but let me get some new candles in
there get this thing fired back up again get my thermometer in there and we’ll
see how close we are to boiling which is 212 all right I got them spread out a
little bit more away from each other although I don’t think that’s gonna make
much difference got a little hole drilled there and I’ve got this now I
just got all this don’t you think it’s in the water no we’ll see I just got it back together I mean I
just got the candles put under there and I went in and I like the time it took me
to go in and get this and come back so that’s what it’s up to
I tell ya it’s close and I don’t know what other kind of candles I could use
hmm but 175 and look at the bottom of the supersoul by mineral water
yeah it’s wet you know you could cook with that Mary
don’t let this sit in there for a little while I’m gonna give this ten more
minutes I I’m kind of thinking it won’t come to a boil it’s close but with eight
candles you could definitely cook and that is more than enough to uh you know
heat up a stew or we’ll see you know I have some chili that would be a cool
thing to do make some chili let’s see I’m not gonna do that in this video I’m
gonna give this about 10 more minutes take a final temperature just to see how
close to boiling that we are and I’ll put this video up it’s been an
interesting experiment including you know even including these things getting
so hot that they completely melted and tip the little wicks over which is why
they went out so that’s a good thing to know the fact that they kept going out
from lack of oxygen and it and it finally fixed it when I put big enough
holes around here which was quarter-inch so that’s a good thing though I kind of
think if I drop the if I see these you’re setting on nuts otherwise it
would just the only gap would be this one right here I think that’s not enough
and I don’t want to test that right now in fact what I may do is make these
permanent because when I do lower it down the 3/8 of an inch those flames are
very very close to the bottom of that pot you see when the pot is right now
the flames are about 1/2 an inch away so yeah that’s not enough space so I may
just add something permanent but so far what I’ve figured out has been very very
interesting underneath yeah 32 degrees from boiling alright well we’ll give it
a few more minutes I swear I hear boiling oh well let’s see what this
temperature says it can’t be boiling okay folks learn a
few more minutes we’re done you know
oh yeah thanks Shane at Sulphur City design for that sticker Franken grill by
BC truck I haven’t really gotten my money’s worth
well actually it was free cuz everything here was scrapped including the tank but
uh man I love this stove I probably have
cooked on it 40 times maybe 50 times and I just loving it it’s just the perfect
size for 2 or 3 people and that’s a 30 pound propane tank they’re not a 20 I
have a couple of 40 pounds not not this one but that’s a 40 pound and 40 pounds
I think would just be too long and not wide enough it would really I mean you’d
have to lay a long stream a charcoal down in there and I have two more 30
pound tanks left and I I have a couple plans nothing like the Franken grill
here and not exactly like Bev’s they want to make for Bev but similar anyway
I just thought I’d I know I show my grill a lot but I really like it it’s
been a great grill perfect size is what it is the last clip you saw of me
bragging about bragging about my grill that was not supposed to be there the
clip that was supposed to be there was of this achieving 200 degrees that was
as high as I could get it and I ended the video but that clip I
can’t find it and somehow the clip of my grill got in there so anyway this is the
next morning and what I’ve done is glue these little pieces
this is 5/8 plywood so that’s 5/8 thick is what that is
this morning I have got 8 cups of water in there and what I’m gonna try to cook
is this Bear Creek minestrone soup mix let me tell you this if you haven’t
tried it the best minestrone soup I have ever had
it’s all freeze-dried that Walmart it’s not it’s you know omelets
oh crap on the soup aisle they also have what do they have that I like good lord
I eat at old time huh chili is it chili yeah it is chilly and
uh they got good chili mix just add water and heat are you supposed to be
able to bring it to a boil well I can’t quite reach a boil and this time I’m
actually only going to use five candles instead of eight and I’m gonna just let
this simmer for a couple hours and see what happens so let me get this poured
in there and I’ll show you when we get the lid on and the candles under it
all right five candles got my soup mix in there
8 quart 8 cups of water and will I’m gonna be checking on this but I’m
probably going to let it set simmer for I’m gonna try two or three hours these
are supposedly for our tea lights I’ve got a couple of backups here in case
these the problem I was encountering yesterday was that they were completely
melting and the wicks were tipping over and I want to be checking on this often
enough where if that happens I’m just gonna take that one out and slide
another one in so all right we’ll be checking on this throughout the next
couple hours all right all the candles are lit it’s
been about Oh 25 30 minutes I had a cup of coffee so uh probably 25 to 30
minutes and I’ve got this metal rod here to hold the lid down because when I put
this thermometer in there it kind of moves the lid we’re not quite up to 120
so that would probably be right now you know 110 degrees and I started with
very cold tap water so far so good
oh when I started yes coming up it’s probably been 45
minutes I do believe this is gonna work you know what I’m just gonna give that
like let’s look at the clock here give me just secondly it’s uh I’m call
five after ten at 11:15 I’ll I’ll give it a taste and see if all that
dehydrated stuff is soft enough but a macaroni is soft enough to eat 11:15
we’ll be back all right I got my bowl ten more minutes what lassie did Timmy fall in the well
ten more minutes we’ll be back none of the candles went out this that’s about
its maximum time right there it almost touched 170 a time or two I’m very happy
with this I tell you would a-come these tea light candles come in a
package of 100 at Walmart and I got it figured out to about 4 cents apiece for
tea light candles I do not bring the soup ladle so what I’m gonna do get a
little bit of that juice in there okay so four cents apiece
five of them so it cost me 20 cents to to heat this up for two hours and they
supposedly will run for four hours so actually if I wanted to do this twice
that would be about 10 cents worth of candles to reconstitute dehydrated soup
and I’m certain I’m absolutely positive based on this heat that I could cook a
small stew in this and I’m gonna do that in the future I just want to get if you
have sat through this very long video I appreciate it and I don’t want to make
it any longer but rest assured there will be stoom aching and this you’ll get
to see it now I just want to make sure that everything is soft enough you know
reconstituted absolutely you try the noodles yep without a doubt that is the that is
a a positive experiment I’m happy with this with the results of this so we’re
going to continue experimenting with different means of cooking this was just
one I like this so much that I’m going to clean this up stain it and
polyurethane it I don’t know what else to say about this this was just scrap
wood I’ll give you a look around I cut these three and a half and you know your
height will differ based on the height of your pan but what I but you follow
the video you know I trial an error and I finally figured out that these holes
had to be quarter-inch about an inch apart the gap here as the hot air comes
up these holes it’s replaced with fresh air underneath these so the gap is
necessary and that is just there to hold the heat in around the pan but high
enough where you can slide the this in an hour
and what that metal is that’s just a bottom of you know those pies you get
for Christmas or actually that was a fruitcake so I just cut the bottom out
of it so that’s what that was alright I’m gonna finish eating this
thanks for watching and I hope you got something out of this I know it’s long
but it’s been a very interesting experiment for me and I hope you found
it interesting and if you decide to make one of these and you’ve made it better
you know feel free to put a link in a comment and it will go spam but I’ll
approve it if it’s about this and making it better
thanks for watching y’all what’s doing boy you won’t play give me just a minute
y’all know I’ve been losing some weight forex way too big 3x too big I’ve never worn this I bought it an
anticipation of some day getting into this I’m fixin try it on
yep got a little room in there 2x I it’s been probably 20 years since I’ve seen
two excellent it’s a little bit snug when I sit I bet
you another month and these will be perfect so I’m going to Walmart today I
may pick up another 2x or two

62 comments on “How to make a tealight candle slow cooker.”

  1. maesteo says:

    I think 5 candles with the pot lowered would work and bring it to a boil. Thanks for sharing your progress!

  2. wyattoneable says:

    Amazing how much air those take. That's funny that the grill clip got in here. You experiment and we learn.

  3. buddymojo says:

    Freeze yr candles, they burn longer

  4. Alan Reader says:

    I enjoyed watching this. You could cook some more out dated tins with it brad. 🙂

  5. Big John says:

    Bc do you think if you added some Reflectix insulation to the burn area it would help raise the heat level do to not being absorbed into the wood? Also I bet a penny stove in that setup or a few bricks of lit charcoal would do well.

  6. locknloadvideo says:

    Maybe get a saucer or plastic bucket lid or something you can set the tea lights in with a coolant like ice water. Drill a hole where you want your water level so it wont put the tea lights out and then add ice as it melts to keep the water from getting hot. Just a thought.

  7. nms886 says:

    I don't think slow cookers are suppose to boil

  8. Mark Thomas Hobbies says:

    interesting test.

  9. MIKE MAYERAN says:

    Good video Neat idea.

  10. rdouthwaite says:

    Interesting experiment, nice to see the learning process.

  11. Doublenotminer says:

    I saw this on another video last month. He drilled holes around the bottom and used five candles. Here is his link.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3aVKYFT14Ro

  12. cokeman250 says:

    Pretty cool. Looks like a winner to me God bless

  13. J.W. Hunt says:

    congratulations on the successful experiment and most of all the weight loss. Take care, Jack

  14. Just Plain Common Sense says:

    Congrats on the weight loss! I know it was tough to get going but now that you see you can do it, set your goals you'll get there!

  15. Robb's Homemade Life says:

    hey Brad, congratulations on the weight change, it ain't easy. I enjoyed the stove, I like how the pot fits down inside. I actually almost bought a thrift store toaster oven last week to make into a tea light oven for fun.  I might give your stove a try. I bought a bunch of tea lights a while back at Ikea for about $2 for 100. One of my favorite channel's is keepturningleft, it is a guy in the UK sailing around England. he makes amazingly well crafted sailing videos and only gets a few thousands views. A few years ago he did a video unrelated to his channel, it was a simple DIY video on how to heat a room with tea lights, he has a couple of million views on it. LOL I hope you get similar views with your tea lights.My favorite way to cook in emergencies is with alcohol, in hurricanes I like to take the heating element off my stove and put a mayonnaise jar lid full of alcohol down below and set the pans over the alcohol flame, it works great.

  16. John TheFrugalFatGuy says:

    I used to boil two dozen eggs at a time in a large pot on an electric plate warmer. The water never came close to a rolling boil but the eggs were always cooked. Stew should work fine!

  17. Bob the metal guy says:

    Brad thanks so much for this project now the gears are turning in my head to see what i can come up with . as soon as i finish my recent project …thanks again from Bob in Seattle.

  18. Rusty Glovebox says:

    Hard to believe you can cook with just a half a dozen candles but seeing is believing . Nice job

  19. h3r34thebanter says:

    Great experiment, I will need to try that out sometime. Congrats on the 2XL looking good buddy. Atb Dave

  20. Sonny Capece says:

    that BearCreek soup is the best im a college student/catpenter and do alot of backpacking and this stuff is great after a long day of working or hiking.

  21. Spostrzegacz says:

    Just wondering if it is safe to heat up the plywood? Wouldn't it give some toxic fumes? I think that the CO2 is responsible for them candles going out. I think that drilling holes around would stop it. I would not drill the holes on the top as this make the heat escape. CO2 stays on the bottom and if there is not enough space for it to escape it will make the candles go out. BTW I love your grill.

  22. AnnBearForFreedom says:

    Congratulations on the weight loss!  Woohoo, 2X!  Not easy, I soooooooooooooooo know.  I'm so PROUD of you!

  23. Rece J says:

    line the inside with metal to reflect the heat

  24. WORM GITTER says:

    Real good experiment. You have a working slow cooker!

  25. Wallace Knifeworks & Homestead says:

    I like that! Think I will make one!

  26. Madison C Iowa says:

    Genius!!! I love that cooker!  Bear Creek soups are wonderful! My favorites are the wild rice and the chili. I haven't tried the minestrone. Congratulations on the weight loss! 🙂  Would painting the underside black or silver make the pot hotter?

  27. BC ElginTex says:

    If you replaced the pie tin bottom with a pizza screen, you could lift it off the table where the white of the flame touches the bottom of the pan. The screen will allow air to get through. If you don't have a pizza screen you could make something out of metal window screen, maybe. I am glad you documented this experiment on video. Oh, and if you clamp the lid down, it will become a pressure cooker and get really hot. Just be sure to put a relief valve.

  28. Doc Ink says:

    I didn't have any difficulty with my dollar tree candles although they did melt completely the wicks didn't fall over. I think the problem really was not enough air flow, they create an amazing amount of heat and deplete the oxygen. I got lucky that the metal tray I used was the right height. here's a link to the instructable I made for my dollar tree oven http://www.instructables.com/id/Making-Jalapeno-and-Cheddar-Corn-Bread-in-the-Doll/

  29. John Talbot says:

    High Five (!!) Thumbs UP Mr. 2X

  30. Carolina Traveling With James Montgomery says:

    Maybe not boiling but definitely hot enough to cook with. Good job Brad.

  31. buzzsah says:

    Both you and the cooker look good.

  32. Justin Case Solar Power and Bush Camping says:

    good on yamate. You put a lot of work into this vid 🙂

  33. custardslastcake123 says:

    I think the candles are scared of the dark.

  34. Ben Moore says:

    try using a thinner pot and see if that works better

  35. Ann's Mini Homestead says:

    175 or so is just fine for a slow simmer and to bring food up to a safe, hot temperature over the cooking time. I think you have a success there!

  36. Wedgetail Leather says:

    Hey awesome! Good work getting into a 2X mate, that's great. As for the slow cooker, we have one like that we use as a warmer. It's a ceramic dish with a lid, suspended with a wire frame, and holds 4 tea light candles. Holds about 40 sausages and keeps them warm really well.

  37. Greg Homestead says:

    Good info for backup if the power is out.
    congrats on the weight loss.
    Have a Jesus filled day
    Greg in Michigan

  38. joetri1970 says:

    snap a bobby pin around each wick and let it rest on top of the candle to hold them up

  39. mike97525 says:

    I think the pot is to big try a metal cup?

  40. Andy Lanesey says:

    I wonder if 2 or more sternos would boil/cook. Of course you would need to raise up your whole setup

  41. LjGainzTV says:

    Awesome video my friend, really enjoying the content; keep it up! – liked 🙂

  42. CRAIG HANSEN says:

    Cool experiment! Thanks for sharing! I watched it an hour before dinner was ready, that soup made me really hungry.

  43. saltyshellback says:

    Great project! Good job on the slimming figure 🙂 You will need another SSB T-shirt…lol

  44. Kay 32 says:

    Great job on the weight loss very proud of you!!

  45. Lawn Gone Tractor Shop says:

    Dang,now I'm hungry!

  46. Randy J says:

    150 degrees is the pasteurization temperature. You can santize water by holding it at that temp for a period of time. I think 30 minutes off the top of my head. Maybe . It takes 160 degrees to melt the collagen in meat products for stewing purposes. So you have a heater that works about as well as a solar oven. Heat = cooked food

  47. ImRamro says:

    Congratulations brother on the 2XL.
    I just purchased some size 38 waist pants from a thrift store.
    I have not seen a 38 since 1992.

  48. Kevin Medici says:

    You're always so positive and uplifting in your videos! Awesome experiment and way to go on your weight loss! God Bless!

  49. justmeandher112 says:

    Excellent idea. I guess I have a new project to do. Small suggestion….instead of placing the tabs under the box (which then raises the box/pot) what about cutting up the sides of the box about a 3/4" or drilling holes on the sides to make air flow.
    Here's another one :-)……how about placing some kind of sheet metal (inside) along the sides of the box or do you think it would become to hot and melt the wax?
    Gee thanks BC, now I'm thinking about building tea light stoves, like I don't have enough to do. 🙂

  50. MOblackbird says:

    congrats on your weight loss! I wanted to know what stain and polyurethane you used on your plywood?

  51. Life in Farmland says:

    Loved watching the trial and error. I thought this video was only on boiling water and now I ma just starving.

  52. 59chevt says:

    That was very interesting, nice job, congrats on the weight loss.

  53. Bill Fedora says:

    Great build. You should be proud of yourself for losing the weight. I hope it's not because of a medical issue.

  54. Mitch Varn says:

    I have to make me one of these! Great idea!

  55. Susan Carmichael says:

    Hey BC, what did you use to seal the cooker?

  56. A Few Minutes With jman says:

    I am a little behind on watching your videos (to my shame)Great experiment and will be watching the rest of the series right after I post this.   On a side note  I have to say that is an excellent use of a fruit cake tin. As a matter of fact the tin is a the only usable part of a fruit cake.

  57. David Gaylord says:

    good for i you had a full knee replacement on the 23 feb weighted in at 249, today march 16 i am now 222 i'm a trying

  58. Lastzombie Hunter says:

    Drill holes on the side so the cook box gets oxygen

  59. Bluze says:

    It was not getting enough oxygen

  60. THORson says:

    How would lining the inside of you stove with a foil tape walls, and rope of the inside work?
    Have to admit I've tried with much failure to cook over candle and lantern.
    Congrats on dropping the pounds! I know its not easy in high school, and up to this last two years I've been 250pounds….I'm now down to 210-215 range.

  61. wildchild554 says:

    can do things like bacon, eggs, beans and mushroom, I've used this method in the past when we've had no gas. Alot more makeshift setup than yours though 😉

  62. thundersnowstorm says:

    You can easily do some baking with this diy slow cooker. 🙂

  63. thundersnowstorm says:

    I bet you can make a slow cooker out of metal also so the heat can reflect back onto the pot or pan. 🙂 Give coconut oil, and beeswax a try as candles It's healthy. 🙂

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