How To Use a Diesel / Oil Smudge Frost Pot Choofa or Orchard Tree or Grapes Heater

I’ve Been Wanting One of These For a Long Time and Today I Stumbled Upon One at a Local Flea Market and Scored πŸ™‚ So I Got Home and I Was able To Start It …


  1. … a waste oil/kero Rocket Stove
    – my brother's a jet engine/airframe mechanic at a private passenger jet facility. He drains out a few of the plane's jet-fuel tanks several times a week before the plane's full refueling (water condensate contaminated). So's he dogs some home every now & then for our kero lamps and the big, smudge pot heater. Bright lights from the lamps and lotsa heat from the pot! Perks coffee &/or boils a kettle o' water in no time flat when we put the grille on top. Great fun, warm, dancing flames & shadow show… Pull a cup o' Joe an' light up a Partagas Black Label, 60-ring Robusto Maduro-deep… a beautiful night! A beautiful night…

  2. I used one of these to heat the outdoor area of an old pub I use to run we would fill it with waste oil from from a local garage we would fill it and add about a litre of diesel then just use a gas torch to light it worked wonders and so cheap to run. We did add a larger flue so I didn’t smoke the place out tho

  3. Ive got 2 Of These And There is a Valve Flapper in the Mid Chamber That must be Shut when Turning it Off Along With The Lids πŸ˜ŽπŸ˜€πŸ˜Š Got mine from an Orange Grove In Florida πŸ‘πŸΌπŸ‘πŸΌπŸ‘πŸΌπŸ‘πŸΌ

  4. Ah, the old "booger blackener" itself. More than once I've slept surrounded by those overnight and many a tissue was abused the next day. Still, better than losing a few million oranges!

  5. I love those Smudge Pots.. we used them at work to stay warm in the winter. if a lot of smoke comes out the top.. just drop in a lighted piece of paper towel in the top. I found out also is the pot itself is cleaned out completely.. is to add a few small wood chips in with the diesel fuel.. it will burn better. Dang I miss those things.. a good way to stay warm outside in the winter time.

  6. Thank you! One of these was in our barn when we bought the property and I've never known how to use it. Looks like the apple tree buds might survive a late frost this year!

  7. Interesting, always nice to score another nostalgic contraption for the mad professors within. It seems to make a noise that can be used in zombie movies, combined with the light it's perhaps a nice background to some scary stories.
    Your way to shut it off seems most logical yeah, perhaps snap up a similar old dish or pan at the next flea market?
    Summer's late here in the Netherlands, I feel like fiddling playing with fire suddenly ( primus stoves, brass torch)

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