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Old 02 December 2013, 10:17   #1
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Zippo Handwarmers and others

This is a good tool when it works .. but its a bitch to get going ... anyone else use them, and got any magic tips ? or use any other good ones ?

It wont be the best for boating if anyone is wondering cos its a live flame
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Old 02 December 2013, 11:54   #2
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They seem to struggle to light the first time you use them. Then they seem to be ok.I thought they would be safe enough buried in a jacket or trouser pocket. I have never had an explosion so far!! Certainly make winter ribbing/fishing a bit more comfortable.
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I've used them; problem is that you pretty much have to fuel them when you need them (well, I do, anyway - might be more of a requirement where you are.)

I haven't had much problem getting them going, and they don't really seem to be all that much of a risk fire-wise.

One option that bears looking at are the sodium acetate warmers; reusable by boiling, and work pretty well for a short term solution. Not exactly great for long term warmth unless you buy a bunch of them. Completely enclosed, and no flame.

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Old 02 December 2013, 12:06   #4
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This is a good tool when it works .. but its a bitch to get going ... anyone else use them, and got any magic tips ? or use any other good ones ? It wont be the best for boating if anyone is wondering cos its a live flame
No naked flame but certainly a source of ignition for petrol vapour.
PITA to light sometimes- nearly sent mine back after 3rd use as I couldn't get it to stay lit.
top tip is to ensure the reservoir wadding doesn't get pushed down too far when you fill it - it needs to fluff up (!) at least level with the top of the reservoir.

Some other makes have a better filling mechanism that avoids filling via the wadding.

I put 2-3 drops of lighter fluid on the inside of the burner catalyst, assemble and light- it flames like a zippo for 10 seconds or so where you then 'baste' the burner in the flame as much as poss to get it hot. Holding a lighter on the outside works too but tends to soot up the catalyst. It should glow faintly when going- see attached

Holding the thing upside down seems to help get it going -vapour is heavy ??

When it does go it is too hot to hold without its case!
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Old 02 December 2013, 12:50   #5
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Well Ive tried soaking the mantle and It just wont light sometimes (or stay lit). I too only fuel before I use .. and I keep it in a plastic bag when not in use to stop it evaporating .. I'm wondering if the mantle has a life expectancy ?

They surely could have designed a better filling system too !
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Well Ive tried soaking the mantle and It just wont light sometimes (or stay lit). I too only fuel before I use .. and I keep it in a plastic bag when not in use to stop it evaporating .. I'm wondering if the mantle has a life expectancy ? They surely could have designed a better filling system too !
From zippo website:
" Burners need replacing after approximately 70 uses"
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Ditch it and buy Salt hand warmers, much better IMO
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I've got a solid fuel handwarmer which is really good. It's glowing charcoal rather than a naked flame, and is encased in a fireproof container. Like this - Bushcraft Guardsman Handwarmer (With 12 Fuel Rods) with Free Delivery at Above and Beyond
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^^^I've used that type for years when fishing & shooting & they are very good. Haven't managed to set myself on fire (yet) just be sure the catch is properly done up!
I do carry some of the larger sodium acetate ones in a grab bag & for instant warmth they are excellent.
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