Catalytic Hand Warmer

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  1. IAOutdoors

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    I have had this Jon-E GI hand warmer for a few years. I received it from my father that had quit hunting due to age quite a few years ago. Decided to test it out and see how it does for a possible hand warmer during cold weather hunting season. It uses lighter fluid as the heat source. Works well. Temp climbed well over a hundred degrees F at one point. I did notice lighter fluid smell coming from the top of the warmer so I don’t know how well this would work trying to be stealthy while hunting or if deer would even care. I bow and muzzleloader hunt so I am usually fairly close to the animal while bow hunting and well within scent range. I know Zippo makes these and an electronic one also. Much more heat than the chemical ones. Started this warmer up at about 9:30 am and it just started to cool down at 5:30 pm. About 8 hours of warming time.
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    You can see the catalytic material is red hot. Tested it for two hours and still going strong.
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  2. Tangotag

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    That is the same model my Grandfather would start and tuck into my pocket before going out in the back 40 with him deer hunting.
    Thanks for posting.:dblthumb:
     
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    There's a thread going on in General on these, if no one has seen that as well.

    https://bushcraftusa.com/forum/threads/handwarmers-who-does.239256/

    I'm watching a few of these on ebay now.. I think this sort of heater would be so nice to have when I'm out doing snow cleanup this winter! Something to keep my core warm with it's -10 out there.

    Amazing how such a product and its tech is still relevant today.

    Thanks for sharing @IAOutdoors
     
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    I've got many hours logged carrying one of those in the woods deer hunting. The smell is noticable but I've killed quite a few deer that didn't seem to be concerned about the odor.
     
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    I’ve found that just carrying one in a hip pocket of my bibs warms me . I guess it’s close to the femoral artery ? I may switch it to an interior chest pocket , too. Having one in an easily accessible pocket sure is nice to warm up the rod hand while ice fishing...
     
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    I have one of these from years ago and it still works well. Also have a new one from Japan and it is the Peacock brand. Same principal, a touch more streamlined and a different grill cutout design. Works as well as the old one. One for each pocket when I will be out for extended periods.
     
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    again old school beats new cool...........
     
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    The only problem I ever had with one was a mild burn when the bag opened up enough to let the top of the warmer contact my skin. I've heard that the newer Zippo's won't burn you but I haven't tried them.
     
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    You can put one in your hat too. :)


    Not really. I think that would be too hot. Chest pocket of bib overalls though, work great. :)
     
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    I have a newer zippo model, it worked great till I lost the wick. I bought a replacement wick (3/4 the cost of a new heater) and it doesn't work near as good as it did when new. YMMV...
     

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