Dark_Sage’s Kotatsu Adventure

Article — By on February 10, 2013 7:41 pm

This post was written by Dark_Sage. He is Dark_Sage.

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One day, Dark_Sage was watching Minami-ke…


“Oh shit, that looks super comfy. I should get one.” thought the Dark_Sage.


“Well, my $20 space heater is doing pretty well for me right now.” re-thought the sage.


And thus, Dark_Sage’s kotatsu adventure came to a close.



SoupRKnowva says:

Bro we can just split one and share it ;)

Dark_Sage says:

Two dudes, one kotatsu. Sounds like we’ve got our cosplay plans set.

will says:

Can we play footsie?

will says:

Cool story, bro.

Kamica says:

Would you even use a kotatsu? You’re on your PC for most of the day and your laptop is barely functional (based off how shitty the keyboard looks).

Dark_Sage says:

I’m sure if I bought it, I’d find a use for it. Maybe I’d just have it replace my bed and start a house fire.

Knowngni says:

Get a low table, put a comforter over it, Get a separate table top or square piece of wood, a drill and some screws and buy a damn ceramic heater (Something like the Lasko 754200 Ceramic Heater $24 on Amazon). That thing is very short and small(8.5 inches tall).
It’s a small space heater meant to warm up a cubicle or the area around a small desk. It has an over-heat safety shutoff. Basically if it gets warmer than what the thermostat is set to, it turns off till temp drops again. I always keep mine on the 900-watt low setting and the heat on medium. This leaves the unit operating at only 1/4th is maximum rating yet keeping me snuggly warm.

During the winter I wrap myself with a fleece blanket and shove that thing inside the blanket between my feet while sitting at the desk. Does wonders!

The chances of it starting a fire are lower because theres no exposed heating coils (all of it is embedded in metal grill cube that a fan pushes the air through).
All the heat generated is by a fan passing air to be warmed up rather than infrared coils radiating heat.

People tell me to get an electric blanket but anyone who’s own one, knows that those things break easily put under alot of wear. They aren’t meant to be used to wrap around yourself. Not to mention I need something I can keep warm while wrapped in front of my desk.

koeniginator says:

Why does Dark_Sage always write in third person?

Dark_Sage says:

Even she doesn’t know.

Icec0ld says:

Why does his gender change?

Dark_Sage says:

Because gay girls and straight men deserve to be able to crush on me too.

Calyrica says:

It can be proven that this has happened.

Marow says:

I’m scared to use a kotatsu. I mean, can’t you burn yourself?

Why not make your own?

Put a heater under a table and put a blanket over it, then die when the heater catches the blanket on fire.

. says:

Sounds like a project for IKEA Hackers.

Beckett says:

That… is actually cheaper then I thought it would be, honestly. Still not worth it but I was expecting those things to be $300-$400 easy.

lygerzero0zero says:

Yeah, for something that you’ll use a lot and that will last for years, that doesn’t seem an exorbitant price.

If I end up doing JET, I’m definitely getting myself one for the winter.

psie says:

implying you get anything but the blanket

stgmefly says:

I actually had the same thought just yesterday while watching GJ-bu… It’s a sign.

rarely_upset says:

The birth of Greenish_Sage.

P32L says:

What is this “space heater” you speak of? NASA technology?

Dark_Sage says:

It’s a small electric heater. For those interested in Dark_Sage trivia, this is mine: http://i.imgur.com/CgdPcX8.jpg

Knowngni says:

Fuck, I just continued reading the comments after I wrote that long ass advertising post. We have the same heater after all. Welp one less thing for you to buy.

Dark_Sage says:

Sounds like a lot of effort. I’d rather just freeze.

Mahjong says:

You could always gut your camel and sleep inside its belly if you wanna stay warm.

TouToTheHouYo says:

And I thought they smelled bad on the outside.

TouToTheHouYo says:

Shit, man, that’s expensive.

I’d just strap the heater of yours under a table and trow a blanket over it. Same basic thing.

With the added benefit of potentially catching the table on fire.

Depending on the heater.

And the table.

DJotterfield says:

Hey, they’re only selling the futon there (but really you can use any cheap comforter). The table will cost you a crap load more…

Zumochi says:

This is possibly the most exciting adventure about buying a kotatsu existing :O!!!11!

Anony says:

I just overclock my computers when it’s cold. 2kw of heat right there…

nadeshiko says:

If I sleep under the kotatsu, my parents will kick me out.

Pacific says:

I’d be hesitant to use an ordinary heater under a table or blanket. If you want to DIY, Kotatsu heater units are sold separately. There’s a nice writeup on Apt. Therapy, but the link for detailed instructions is dead and it isn’t on archive.org.


dae-kun says:

There is a Japanese marketplace called Mitsuwa about 15 minutes from my home. I took a ride over there to see what stores they had. One of them sold household items.

Like a $500 plastic kotatsu.

Dark_Sage says:

Sounds like a risky investment. Someone alert the bankers.

Mario442 says:

I go to school like 10 minutes from a Mitsuwa marketplace. They have a lot of things there, but it is a little expensive.

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