I bought this fairly recently for my husband who likes to go to auctions, many of which are held in draughty warehouses.
It basically consists of a small stainless steelbox with airholes. When you remove the outer lid then the inner lid lid you will see three square holes. these are how you fill the hand warmer. Use proper light fluid bacause other substances may be damngerous. You are supplied with a little jug for the fluid, which should be measured out accurately, and you can choose betwwen 8 hours of warmth or 12 hours. Once you have measured out the fluid, pour it carefully and venly into the three holes. There are cotton pads inside to soak up the fluid so pour slowly.
Once all the fluid is in and soaked up you can light the hand warmer. You will need lighter or match for this, and the first time it can be a bit tricky bacause it takes a while for all the fabric to be evenly soaked in the fluid, but this gets easier. The flame is very small and should burn and almost clear blue. Sometimes it is best to do it in a darkened room until you get the hang of it, then you will be able to see clearly that it is lit.
When you are sure that the flame is burning, replace both of the covers and you are ready to go. Ours came with a velvet pouch so it is nicer to hold. Once the covers are on tightly it is perfectly safe to keep this lighter in you pocket or insie you glove wherever you want and it will keep your hands toasty warm for hours.
Wow! It's all I can say.
I bought my hand warmer on a bit of a whim really, but it has genuinely revolutionized my life! (Bear with me.)
I heard about a friend who had one of these beauties! I randomly decided to get one, one day and am so pleased I did. The hand warmer uses a small catalytic burner and some lighter fluid, to run for up to 12 hours. (Although I have had mine running for may more.)
It just glows away all day long, in your pocket and radiates a warmth, throughout your body. It means that cold winter days are no longer a problem.
The reason I feel my hand warmer has helped me so much, is due to the fact I have a permanently dislocated hip. It means that in cold/damp weather, it is absolute agony to move around, or just function normally.
Buy having this little gadget in my pocket up against my hip, it radiates a pain relieving glowing heat, which helps with easing my hip into working well.
The warmer is primarily a simple idea. The only part that needs replacing on occasion is the little catalytic burner, however these can be sourced online fairly inexpensively. It also uses the liquid lighter fluid and so it is probably a good idea to have a spare burner or 2 and some spare fuel, so you don't end up with just a paper weight when you might need the warmth of this wonderful thing the most!
As with any product that uses fire/embers, please use responsibly and don't use in bed/in tents or be silly with it etc...
I accept no responsibility if you use it inappropriately and you end up hurting yourself.
Please read and follow the instructions!
The Zippo Hand Warmer is a strong, rugged warmer that is designed to keep your hands nice and toasty in the cold winter months. The Hand warmer is fairly cheap to run as it uses readily available lighter fluid at the cost of a few pounds. The warmer will last either 12 hours if filled to the max or 6 hours half way, unlike some other warmers, it stays extremely hot until the fluid completely runs out. The warmer has a reusable measuring filler to ensure you only fill it up with the amount you are supposed to, overfilling the zippo over the recommended amount will break the warmer and will have to be sent for a free repair if under guarantee. The Hand warmer is from a reputable company and is covered by a 2 year guarantee.
In my opinion the Zippo hand warmer is a excellent piece of kit, it is warmer than all other warmers i have used in the past, it saves money in the long run rather than using disposables all the time. It is safe to use as it doesn't have a flame and it doesn't really leak any smell of lighter fluid.
When i first purchased the Zippo handwarmer i couldn't get over the fact of how hot it was, in fact it is too hot to hold without using the supplied fleece pouch, everyone i have showed it to have loved it and gone out and bought one for themselves.
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Now I am anything but an outdoors enthusiast, in fact I'm what you'd call an indoors enthusiast, unless we're talking about doing a bar crawl or walking around shops! Therefore I very rarely feel the need to buy anything remotely linked to the good old outdoors. Unfortunately that came back to bite me in the bum yesterday morning at school when I was reminded I was going on a winter nature walk and, despite the -10 degrees showing on the thermometer, it would still be going ahead. I was obviously dressed very appropriately (in a blazer, leggings and ankle boots) so I had to have a quick hunt for more suitable clothing before setting off!
One of the other teachers recommended I borrow their Zippo Hand Warmer to which I replied "Your what?!" while imagining an animal shaped hand cosy or something similar! To my surprise they produced a chrome finished rectangular object with curved edges that looked similar to a plug socket! It's just a little bigger than my palm and has a chrome finished effect, it has the Zippo brand name on the lower half and eight holes on the upper half that go right through it. It's basically a gas powered hand warmer that can be kept in your pockets and will give out heat whenever it is turned on in order to keep your hands warm during the cold weather.
The Zippo Hand Warmer is really easy to use, you simply need to ensure it has got fuel in it and then light the burner before placing it in your pocket. To light it you need to use a lighter and place it on the burner area, before turning it over and repeating the same. When it's lit you simply place the lid back on and you're ready to go! The heat starts to be given out almost immediately and it was really toasty within about a minute, It comes with a fleece pouch which you can place it in for safe keeping, I did this and found it didn't give out as much heat as the pouch insulated the heat on so would recommend using it without the pouch.
It's powered by lighter fuel which is readily available, when it's filled to the brim with lighter fuel apparently it can last around twenty four hours but my friend said she'd found it to last around thirty to thirty five hours. I was initially a bit worried about lighting it in case it exploded (I don't really have a good effect when fire is involved!) yet as long as you hold the blue part of the flame, oppose to the yellow part, to the burner it's absolutely fine and lights instantly. I found it really easy to light and to work out how to light it as well, normally I'm a bit of a slow snail when it comes to working out how things work but not with this!
I really don't have anything negative to say about this clever little device. Having read some reviews online there are a few complaints flying around saying that it doesn't get hot enough but, as the title suggests, it is designed to warm your hands rather than to burn everything that it comes into contact with! It' won't get your hands boiling or sweating but I honestly can't imagine anyone wanting that while they're out walking. Some have also said it can get too hot but that's really what the little pouch is for, I started off with the pouch but found it was fine without however other people may want it to be slightly cooler really.
The only downside I have found it that once it is lit there's no real way to "put it out" so to speak. There isn't an off switch once it's lit and the only real way to get it to cool down is to let it run out of lighter fuel. However my friend said that she merely places her hand warmer in an old tobacco tin and when it's used up all the available oxygen in there it simply extinguishes itself. I kept it on for the whole of our nature walk and it ran out of lighter fuel just as we returned to school but I have read about people using a similar sort of method and it does seem the safest way to put it out if you don't want to wait for it to run out.
I'd recommend the Zippo Hand Warmer, especially if you spend a lot of time outside during the winter. I personally won't be investing one as I like to keep my contact with the cold weather to a minimum! The Zippo Hand Warmer costs £19.99 on Google at present which seems to be quite a standard price. In terms of running costs you obviously need to buy lighter fuel, Zippo do their own version for £4.79 for 125ml but my friend uses a standard Ronson one which she buys for under £2 for a larger bottle. A bottle would fill the Zippo Hand Warmer about four to five times in total, only downside is there's always going to be additional costs!
Thanks for reading.