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using mine for 30+ years... work well when not used by numpties
on 12 January 2010
I was given one of these back in the 1970's (original hot brand) though I have 4+ of these at home for general use out & about.
These are potential lifesavers in my humble opinion., whether taken in the literal sense or merely to enjoy an otherwise cold & miserable outdoor event.
I use these here in the uk (the wife suffers from the cold via poor circulation), out in the country, or just in a cold workplace, I used to take mine to class in my cold secondary school (& keep it under wraps), watching sports on the touchline etc etc..
I've therefore had one of these since I was about 7 yrs old,..& the only times they go out are if you do not light them properly, or if you do not occasionally blow across the charcoal embers when lit a while, (afterall these seal pretty much airtight in your pocket for obvious reasons)
to light I recommend a candle stub & a lighter.
1. light candle
2. hold tip of charcoal stick over flame at an angle for around 15-20 seconds
3. remove from flame & blow GENTLY across embers to make sure the first cm or so is entirely red with no black inner, as viewed from the end)
4. place glowing stick in open pocket warmer.
5 blow gently across the lit stick from te glowing end as you close the warmer.
6 enjoy the warmth, remembering to open it periodically & give the embers a blow.
these don't need much coaxing they just require a watchful eye.
Placed over a chest pocket these really help the overall body warmth, I don't go out on the mountains without mine carrying a spare stick or two if overnighting & sleeping in the snow or unheated cabins..
I don't recommend giving one of these to a child, I was somewhat exceptin to the rule as a farm child & so learnt responsibility at an early age..
you can light the charcoal warmer sticks at both ends which will greatly reduce the burn time (to 3 or so hours, compared to a full stick heat of 6-8 hrs lit at one end)
Practice makes perfect with these, though not much is required..
Great stocking filler for anyone who braves the cold.
Caution these can get very hot, so make sure you can acess it to move it to another pocket from time to time!
..yes they are that good!
(buy a good stash of charcoal sticks when purchasing, you will use it alot)
Have fun with a genuinely useful bit of kit!
Please make sure you blow gently, & AWAY from clothing, just in case of sparks & out of the wind!