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Old Tuesday 10th January 2006, 14:51   #1
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Unhappy Hand Warmers

Does anyone use hand warmers? If so what do you recomend as I am finding the coast a bit severe in the winter. Usualy I use a tot of whiskey but I now have to drive myself and I will not drink and drive.
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Does anyone use hand warmers? If so what do you recomend as I am finding the coast a bit severe in the winter. Usualy I use a tot of whiskey but I now have to drive myself and I will not drink and drive.
I spend a lot of time outdoors, static for work and use a solid fuel hand warmer when the thermometer drops real low. i had a touch of frostbite a few years back and now hands get really sore.

I don't really like the chemical ones as you have to recharge the and mine has accidently activated more than once.
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and use a solid fuel hand warmer when the thermometer drops real low
Crikey, what are they then? They sound good though!
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Does anyone use hand warmers? If so what do you recomend as I am finding the coast a bit severe in the winter. Usualy I use a tot of whiskey but I now have to drive myself and I will not drink and drive.
I had a pack of twenty bought for me last year at Christmas. Haven't opened them yet! I always take one or two out in the field in winter but, just as I'm considering breaking a pack open, I can't help thinking (in my grandma's voice), 'No, I'll save them because one day it'll be really really cold'.

Now I've moved to Barcelona, I don't suppose there'll be much need!

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I used the ones which were like a charcoal stick which you ignited and then put into a tin and pouch, I found they were more trouble than they were worth as the stick kept going out.

I would recommend a good pair of thermal gloves or ski gloves. At work I had to wear leather gloves so I used to wear ski lining gloves underneath them.

QVC the shopping TV channel had some waterproof leather ones on last week with breathable insulation which keeps hands warm also some grip pads and with extra length on the cuffs, so they should be great for holding the binos up...they cost 22.25 +2.95 p&p. At least with QVC you can try them out for up to 30days and send them back if they don't live up to expectations.
Here is a link http://www.qvcuk.com/ukgasp/frameset...132340&ref=fgl
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Old Tuesday 10th January 2006, 16:14   #6
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We use them when playing golf. I have seen 3 types.

Charcole stick type, a friend uses them with no problem.

Chemical type (start when pack is opened to air) both last for 4 hours or so.
Both can be brought from golf shops.

I was given a recharable gel type a year or so ago, only lasts half an hour.
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I used the ones which were like a charcoal stick which you ignited and then put into a tin and pouch, I found they were more trouble than they were worth as the stick kept going out.

I would recommend a good pair of thermal gloves or ski gloves. At work I had to wear leather gloves so I used to wear ski lining gloves underneath them.
never had a problem with the charcoal. i often use it to light the fire in the morning too.

Decent gloves is the best solution. Although i dont like to wear gloves when using sharp tools.
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Hello Boger

I've got a pair of chemical handwarmers that can be recharged. I wouldn't recommend them. They're a pain to recharge (leave in boiling water wrapped in a cloth for 15 minutes), and don't last that long.

I'll second Marmot on getting yourself a warm set of gloves!

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Another vote for solid fuel handwarmers here.

I used to use one all the time when I did a lot of pike fishing in Scotland - (there's not much colder than 8 hours motionless beside a Scottish loch in the dead of Winter) and they were a Godsend.

Handy hint: break the charcoal fuel stick in two and light all four ends...

Mmmmm... Toasty!

(Graham - here you go: http://www.surplusandadventure.com/shopscr2670.html)
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Another vote for solid fuel handwarmers here.

I used to use one all the time when I did a lot of pike fishing in Scotland - (there's not much colder than 8 hours motionless beside a Scottish loch in the dead of Winter) and they were a Godsend.

Handy hint: break the charcoal fuel stick in two and light all four ends...

Mmmmm... Toasty!

(Graham - here you go: http://www.surplusandadventure.com/shopscr2670.html)
I had some given to me last Christmas . You were supposed to press them hard to crack them to release the heat - but as I have some arthritis in my hands it was too difficult to do - so they ended up in the bin!!!
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Old Tuesday 10th January 2006, 17:17   #11
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Thanks Keith - it's all clear to me now!!

LOL! Believe it or not I thought we were talking about heated gloves!

I just couldn't get my head round how solid-fuel ones would operate

Think I'll keep my head down for a while now
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Thanks Keith - it's all clear to me now!!

LOL! Believe it or not I thought we were talking about heated gloves!

I just couldn't get my head round how solid-fuel ones would operate

Think I'll keep my head down for a while now
You can get heated gloves (and other heated clothing) - at a price!
Have a look at http://www.aquastuff.net/index.php?category=29 as just one example.
Just seen another company that is considerably cheaper - http://www.primrose-london.co.uk/pro..._id=686&r=GOOG

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Hi Roger,

I tried a pair of "electric" socks at one point (reviewing them for an angling website) and I was disappointed.

They were quite warm, but battery life wasn't great, and they were very delicate - it took nothing to break the fine wire elements and write them off.

That was about five years ago, so maybe they've improved since then.
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Old Tuesday 10th January 2006, 20:21   #14
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Err Pockets or in an emergency a cup off a flask full of tea.
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Hi Roger,

I tried a pair of "electric" socks at one point (reviewing them for an angling website) and I was disappointed.

They were quite warm, but battery life wasn't great, and they were very delicate - it took nothing to break the fine wire elements and write them off.

That was about five years ago, so maybe they've improved since then.
I took my electric socks back......I couldn't find an extension lead long enough!!!

Electric socks, that's fantastic, I really can't believe they actually exist. Guess you could have an in-car charger for them as you drive.......

Dread to think what might happen if this idea progressed to other undergarments!


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Same as the gloves, they're powered by batteries which fit in a little pocket in the top of the sock.

A clever idea, and if the socks weren't so fragile they'd be great.

Examples:

http://freespace.virgin.net/keith.whitehouse/socks.htm (this isn't my page, incidentally);
http://www.hammacher.com/publish/71850.asp
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Thanks Guys,I have ordered some charcoal sticks and a pair of heated gloves(from Primrose!!).I was given one of these charcoal heaters by one of the inshore rescue chaps but did not know where to purchase the charcoal.Hope the gloves work.My fingers are totally without feeling when riding my trike in this weather,lifting the camera out of its bag is very dodgy,so thanks everyone,for the info.There seems to be no limit to the amount of info which comes through on this Forum.It is amazing.
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Thanks Guys,I have ordered some charcoal sticks and a pair of heated gloves(from Primrose!!).I was given one of these charcoal heaters by one of the inshore rescue chaps but did not know where to purchase the charcoal.Hope the gloves work.My fingers are totally without feeling when riding my trike in this weather,lifting the camera out of its bag is very dodgy,so thanks everyone,for the info.There seems to be no limit to the amount of info which comes through on this Forum.It is amazing.
It really is a good forum for info. Christine - will you keep us informed of your experiences with the heater and gloves please, as I may be tempted to buy some gloves myself?

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Yes,Roger will do.The charcoal heater keeps the Nikon remotes nice and warm.they only fire about twice in these temps,so have to keep changing them over.
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Got some heated gloves a few years back, yes they work to a good extent but the battrey pack can feel a bit heavy.
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Thanks to all, I have now bought the charcoal handwarmers, tried them out yesterday and was very suprised how warm they get, one stick lasted at a good heat for 3.5 hours although I suspect if it was colder the time would be less. Thanks again Boger
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Yes,my charcoal sticks arrived yesterday,and I think the gloves may have arrived on Frid,Parcel Force is re delivering tommorrow.Just need a free day,nice and cold ,with NO WIND and RAIN!!!.will say how the gloves are once tried.
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I used the ones which were like a charcoal stick which you ignited and then put into a tin and pouch, I found they were more trouble than they were worth as the stick kept going out.
These are great except they have a distinct smell!! My wife has banned my barbour jacket to the garage now due to the smell of these handwarmers.... Or maybe its time for a shower? (No its not my birthday for another eight months!!)

I like the idea of the electric socks!! You must need a long extension lead though.............
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I have used one of them charcoal hand warmers, however i stopped because i didnt fancy the thing accidently opening and burning a hole right through my Paramo pocket ;-)
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I used to have a pair (maybe more) of the velvet covered charcoal warmers in my fishing days, natty little red velvet bags for them as well.
I do remember trying the break them in half and having 4 ends glowing but they used to go out thru lack of oxygen getting in, in fact two ends burning was pushing it.... one end was recommended, i think

I loved the smell.
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