Multiple layers of clothing, of course, is a simple way to retain body heat, and consequently the most economical way to stay warm. Feeling chilly? Add a layer! We lose a significant amount of heat through cold surface contact, so two pairs of socks, and sandals or some sort of footwear keep my feet off the cold floor. A hat or hood can be very effective as well.
I found that radiant heat goes a long way in making me feel warmer. Just wrapping my hands around the warmth of a mug filled with my favorite hot beverage really does the trick. So after stumbling across this Tiny House Blog post, I decided to make a cheap radiant heat source of my own, and improve upon the design!
Using mostly bits of junk collected by myself or my girlfriend over the years, I put together a oil-fueled ceramic radiator, pictured to the right. It works wonderfully well. I also created a ‘rough draft,’ if you will, utilizing a candle as the primary heat source, but eventually discovered the benefits of oil lamps make them cleaner and more efficient.
You can check out my “Candle Lamps” here.
There is something very satisfying about curling up under a soft blanket next to the quiet ambiance and radiant warmth provided by my home-made lamp heaters.