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The hand Warmers

Well out walking, a regular way of exercising for me, in less than 30 degree weather, I also started comparing an old way to a newer way. Of course, if it works I usually cling to old ways. And I mean cling. But hand warmers, if different, was covered by both.

But the other day, I was really comparing the old way of hand heater and the newer ways. Seems newer means less dangerous and still works.
Broke out the old jon e hand warmer. Still have a jon e fluid can. It is old enough because it had the lighting directions before the internet. Worked wonderfully as usual. Been using it for more than 30 year, if in an irregular way.

The new way was those new paks you wave in the air to get them started. Did their job, although my partner clung to the old jon e hand warmer. That fuel throws a lot of heat.

I'm now running a length test and seeing how long the newer hand warmers really run. Laughingly, I found the newer ones work better on the fingers when you are wearing hunter's mittens. Used the latter for years. A shot takes a second; cold hands and cold fingers could last all day.

I'm in my third day of testing. But for emergency purposes the newer heating paks go into the hunting day pack, er emergency bag. It make a good addition. Good for frigid hunting; good at home if the power goes out at home in cold weather. And I won't make a choice. Will keep both. Two will be better than one. I'll let them fight out who the backup is.
Besides I have some DIY wicks that are working great on the jon e hand warmer.
 

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Gotta love those Jon-e warmers, but there is something just un-natural about walking around with a fire in your pocket. The guy I started out hunting with as a kid used his to light his cigarettes. I still have mine (have both the small and larger one) and also still have the old solid fuel hand warmer too. That smelled a little worse than the lighter fluid jon-e. The smell from either bring back a lot of fond memories.
Today with better clothes I do not have the need for hand warmers. I have gloves that the thumb and trigger finger slip out of and they don’t pop out till the last second.
 

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I just saw these for sale at the tobacco outlet before Christmas. They were Zippo brand, did they buy out Jon-E?
 

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I don't think so. The Zippo top burner will not fit the Jon E. Sadly, I think Jon E is out of business.
 

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I buy horse leg wrap, it has no glue but sticks to itself very good I wrap the forearm and pistol grip of my rifle I add a few extra wraps. Cut the roll in half with a utility knife make 2 two inch rolls the 2" being narrower goes around the pistol grip much easier. I unwrap and put a hand warmer in the forearm and on the side of my pistol grip while holding your rifle your hands stay warm. All the Zippos at first seem to give off fumes that I have used but hunters kill deer with them.
 

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I just received the lastest Bassmaster and In-Fisherman magazines. Both have advertisements for the Zippo handwarmer. I never noticed them before.

This thread and the ads perked my curiosity. My Jon-E warmers are long gone but I do have a solid fuel warmer with a few sticks. I'm going to get it out and start using it.

As for smell alerting game....I'd bet that the odor may cover up human scent and that could be a plus.
 

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The real old way, was to slip a hot rock in the pocket. Later to pull a baked potato out of the oven and slip it into a pocket as a hand warmer. Goes back to the days of walking to the one room school house, etc. Then the kid had lunch as well.

Then there has been the Jone style, which I still cling to.

In the late 1970's, there was type of pocket warmer that was like an clam shell eyeglass case. A 6 inch stick of charcoal about the size of a carpenter pencil was lit and put in it for fuel. There was none of the lighter fluid smell with the charcoal. I think I still have my charcoal fueled case but haven't seen the charcoal sticks for sale in years.

I have not yet used the chemical heater packets available now. But my daughter does when she rides her horse in the winter.
 

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zimmerstutzen said:
In the late 1970's, there was type of pocket warmer that was like an clam shell eyeglass case. A 6 inch stick of charcoal about the size of a carpenter pencil was lit and put in it for fuel. There was none of the lighter fluid smell with the charcoal. I think I still have my charcoal fueled case but haven't seen the charcoal sticks for sale in years.
They have both o Amazon.
 

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You guys who use the Zippo, just received one as a groomsmen gift where is the cheapest place to get the fluid and how long do they usually last on one fill?
 
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