DIY Mason Jar Kerosene Heater & Cold Weather Fuel Rationing

When the electricity goes out in the winter, so does your heat.  Having propane heaters, kerosene heaters, a fireplace or wood stove are all in the cards to help keep your family warm.  However, should we really be relying on heaters that can heat an entire house?  How about if fuel is sparse and we need to ration?  With this cheap $10 DIY mason jar kerosene heater, you can heat an entire room for days with very little kerosene!  After all, there’s no need to waste fuel on heating 90% of the house that you don’t need to heat.

Buy the 4 mason jar kersene tops with wicks HERE – Pack of 4 for ~$20

Buy the glass chimney HERE (~$4) – A chimney is required to prevent too much oxygen getting near the wick.  Without the chimney, your wick will smolder black flames.

  • Peggy Bay

    Thanks. I’ve been studying the Siege of Leningrad. This would be very helpful in that scenario.

  • Julie Myers

    It can sometimes be really concerning when the power goes out in the winter because it can get really cold in our house. I love this idea of a kerosene heater, mostly because it seems like a fairly easy solution. I would like to get a few of these made just in case we ever have an emergency. Since it doesn’t seem to require very many supplies, I definitely think this will be a fairly easy project, and one that will be really beneficial in case of an emergency!

  • Laila Keirstead

    Clever idea and Kerosene can easily be bought at any store. This would be a good idea for disaster preparation. You could also use these if the power were to go out. I will have to see if I can find some kerosene at the store and make a couple of these.

  • Zach Thalman

    This is a pretty smart idea especially given the fact that sometimes heating the home in the winter can be expensive. I would have to agree with Laila and say that it would be good to have fuel for any sort of emergency that could happen.