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Ceramic Tile for the Honey Heater

Originally, I used an 8" x 10" ceramic tile for the honey heater. This sits underneath the support stand and just below the two appliance bulbs. All dimensions for the support base have been geared around the tile's dimensions. However, as I've built honey heaters for friends recently, I've found it increasingly difficult to find these sized tiles. Tiles that are 8" x 12" are much more common. So, if you find and decide to use this sized tile then you need to change the dimension of the back stretcher on the base to allow for room for the tile to fit inside the base. This simply adds two inches to the that one piece and pushes the outer walls and lamp sockets out with it. The dimensions of that piece are now 2x10.25. WIth the larger tile this dimension will now be 2x12.25. This is much easier to do then to explain. If you get the tile before you start cutting your plywood for the base you'll see what you need to change.

Cooler Sourcing for Honey Heater

The cooler for making the Honey Heater is the Igloo Ice Cube MaxCold 70 Roller. It's the perfect size: no wasted space around buckets and it'll hold a full 5 gallon bucket. Since it may or may not be available in a store near you here's a link to an online source.

The Coleman Company of camping gear fame has long been known for its coolers. They introduced a new cooler line earlier in 2010 that includes two new models that look like they might work for honey heaters. The smaller one is a 50 quart and though I haven't measured the interior yet, it looks like it might work for at least 4 gallon buckets. The cooler is a little shorter and quite a bit wider then the Igloo that's the subject of the honey heater plan, which might be good for heating lots of jars. Naturally, the plans for the heater base would have to be completely redesigned, but that shouldn't be too much of a problem if you start with my plans. Here's
a link to the Coleman cooler .

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