Sunday, January 17, 2016

Zippo hand warmer

     Me and Charles have been doing a lot of fishing recently, especially with it being trout season. This is the first year that me and Charles have ever fished for trout and I have to say, it is soo much fun! The lakes around here are stocked with rainbow trout, by far the most beautiful fish I've ever caught! here's a few pics of some trout we've caught.
tiny house fishing
tiny house fishing


















     The problem is... Its COLD outside! Bundling up, wearing multiple pairs of socks, pants, and shirts is no problem, but as any fisherman knows, those body parts aren't the problem. The problem we face is our hands. They are the most vulnerable and exposed, especially while fishing. In single degree (and sometimes negative) temperatures, our hands can freeze up with in a matter of seconds; causing pain and making it close to impossible to even move our fingers, let alone, tie a knot. Gloves are OK but its hard to maneuver the reel or tie a knot and even if there water proof, water still manages to get inside.
     Needless to say, we have recently found a way to solve or better deal with these cold temperatures... The zippo hand warmer
zippo hand warmer review
     Now, let me first say, I am not being sponsored or paid to advertise this product. Its just so good that i felt the need to dedicate a blog entry to it. 
     There are several models of the zippo hand warmer as well as other companies who make them also, ill only speak of the model we purchased (zippo-black-LK-530806) because its the only one we've tried. This hand warmer is not battery operated, it runs off of lighter fluid and is advertised to last up to 12 hours on one filling. It comes with the hand warmer its self, a small holding pouch, a measuring cup, and the instructions. Under the cap is a small wick area where you insert the tip of the measuring cup to fill the tank.
zippo hand warmer review

zippo hand warmer review
     There are two marking on the tank (1/2 and full), the 1/2 will burn for 6 hours and the "full" will burn for 12. I find these to be pretty accurate. To fill the tank, you have to first remove the catalytic converter off of the top of the wick. Once you fill the tank, as shown in the photograph above, you place to catalytic converter back on top and hold it upright for 2 minutes before lighting. Use a lighter hold the flame to the converter for about 15-20 seconds. You will not see a flame once its lit but you will feel the device heating up so that you'll know its working. Warning!! The directions state to make sure the wick is flush with the top. Make sure you use a tooth pick to move the wick back up after filling if it stays stuck down. If it makes a flame, you are doing something wrong. With that said, this product is designed to work as a catalytic burner, hence-flameless.
     Once the device is lit, place it in the pouch to let it warm up. Its designed to work with very little airflow and we found that they actually work best in the pouch and placed in our jacket pockets.
zippo hand warmer review
zippo hand warmer review

     The day we got them, we lit them up, packed our fishing gear and headed out to the lake. While at the lake fishing, the device was in my pocket. It was 15 degrees outside but i could feel the warmth of the device coming through my coat against my body. I didn't have my hands on it the whole time, as i was fishing, but when ever my hands got too cold, i would reach in my pocket and hold it for a few minutes. Me and Charles both believe that this product alone made our fishing trip so much more enjoyable than the last few times we went. It overall kept my body warmer while in my coat pocket and kept my hands from getting frostbite! I would highly recommend this over the disposable hand warmer any day. Its reusable and cheap, costing about 11 dollars.
     ** Please note- This blog is not meant as directions for use of this product. Please read the directions that come with the zippo hand warmer before use. We are not responsible for any harm to come from or misuse of this product.
zippo hand warmer review
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