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Old 09-15-2012, 05:53 PM   #101
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Default Chemical hand warmer packets.

I have a question about those chemical foot/boot/pocket/hand warmers, for those times you might be forced to leave your car and hoof it in the rain/winter. I have had to do this once or twice in the past, (both times in the pouring PNW rain), it does not often gully wash here, but when it does, it ain't fun walking ten+ miles in the dark, after a break down on the freeway late at night. And trust me no one is going to pick me up, late at night, thumb out or not. (large grumpy looking, wet, black man in a poncho), and frankly I don't blame them.

Anyway I have seen these hand warmer packets advertised online, Amazon, Walmart and eBay. Would these be a decent thing to toss in to a backpack or glove box as well as a BOB?

Are there good ones vs bad ones out there?

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I have a question about those chemical foot/boot/pocket/hand warmers, for those times you might be forced to leave your car and hoof it in the rain/winter. I have had to do this once or twice in the past, (both times in the pouring PNW rain), it does not often gully wash here, but when it does, it ain't fun walking ten+ miles in the dark, after a break down on the freeway late at night. And trust me no one is going to pick me up, late at night, thumb out or not. (large grumpy looking, wet, black man in a poncho), and frankly I don't blame them.

Anyway I have seen these hand warmer packets advertised online, Amazon, Walmart and eBay. Would these be a decent thing to toss in to a backpack or glove box as well as a BOB?

Are there good ones vs bad ones out there?

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I think this is something that requires some follow up. Let's see what the guys have in their kits.

Chemical Hand Warmers / Pocket Warmers - You guys are up!!

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You can buy the charcoal burners do the same job and can be replenished with homemade charcoal

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You can buy the charcoal burners do the same job and can be replenished with homemade charcoal
Example? Do you have one you can test?
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http://www.knifecenter.com/item/SCHHS1/Schrade-Old-Timer-Honesteel-7-inch-Sharpening-Stone-Leather-Lanyard-and-Sheath
These work and the chisel end will cut through bone on animals. Great for quartering a deer or elk. Mine was made in the USA but it is about 30 years old.
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In my experience the chemical hand warmers are worthless. They get half as hot as they claim and for half as long. I've got some old school ones that run on kerosene I think...Let me dig them out and I'll try to test them.

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You can buy the charcoal burners do the same job and can be replenished with homemade charcoal

is that the stainless steel, Zippo lighter-looking heaters?????

http://images.search.yahoo.com/search/images?_adv_prop=image&fr=mcafee&va=charcoal+hand+ warmers

well, the manly ones that i would choose are, anyway!!!

if so, then you are certainly correct, but they are quite a bit bulkier than the disposable "Hot Hands" packets.

you could also use the crystallization-type warmer. it's a liquid type substance until you "flex/bend" the metal disc inside the sealed packet..........it normally heats between 20 mins to 120 mins, dependin on exterior temperature. it is also rechargeable by boilin it in hot water.
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Keep (2) or (3) 35mm film canisters packed with 0000 steel wool to help start camp fires with the fire steel. Sparks from fire steel really get steel wool going good. Can use cotton balls clad with Vaseline if the cotton balls are 100% cotton but I find that I like the steel wool better.

I keep some matches and a Bic lighter or two but use the fire steel with 0000 steel wool most the time. Has worked well in most all conditions and locations for me.

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i forgot to add that the charcoal heater gets really hot........if left in one place for too long.

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In my experience the chemical hand warmers are worthless. They get half as hot as they claim and for half as long. I've got some old school ones that run on kerosene I think...Let me dig them out and I'll try to test them.
Seconded. These are too erratic to depend on. I've had them function exactly as stated, really warm for about 10 minutes, then they drop to not warm enough to bother with.

The old school ones got almost too hot, and had a little brown wick-like thingy that needed replaced every so often, not sure how easy those are to find now.
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