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    Using Hand warmers as a UQ reactor

    I have been using handwarmers in my setup for a few years and I want to share an observation.

    Putting your handwarmers under your hammock, in your underquilt is a much more efficient use of their heat. The handwarmer, instead of heating you, radiates heat into the down, keeping you warmer than if it were in the hammock with you. The toe warmers have adhesive so you can stick them where you like. I have thought about sewing some small pockets on the inside of my underquilt for holding the handwarmers

    That said, I am a cold sleeper, and if it's going to be very cold, I will have plenty of these above and below in the hammock with me.

    Another way to get more heat out of them if you keep them on you is to put them under your armpits and in your groin.

    The rounded toe warmers with the adhesive also fit nicely onto the armpit of a tshirt that you can wear while sleeping or throughout the day.

    Just thought I'd share

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    I've actually considered using the foot warmers instead of the Naglene bottle trick, bringing water into my hammock makes me nervous. The hand warmers are good too, the toe warmers are garbage, they seem to loose heat to quickly.

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    Have you ever had a Nalgene leak? And it's nice to have warm water at your, we'll say fingertips, first thing in the morning.

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    Quote Originally Posted by fishbait View Post
    I've actually considered using the foot warmers instead of the Naglene bottle trick, bringing water into my hammock makes me nervous. The hand warmers are good too, the toe warmers are garbage, they seem to loose heat to quickly.
    That is why I go with redundancy and put my water bottle in a 2 gallon baggie in the hammock. But up here it is more for water in the morning than for warmth in the hammock.
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    I don't like other heavy stuff in my hammock with me. Messes up my lie

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    I've been known to hire somebody to come to the campsite to lay in my hammock until I'm ready to turn in. That way they get to experience a hammock until I kick them out and I get a warm hammock.

    Really, I use a hot water bottle but both of my Nalgenes exploded in the freezer this summer (thought I left enough empty space), so I'll be trying hand warmers next weekend.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Roche View Post
    Have you ever had a Nalgene leak? And it's nice to have warm water at your, we'll say fingertips, first thing in the morning.
    Yep. Especially after my son and his fellow scouts played catch with it. I think I've bought 10 when my was in Scouting . Now I just carry sports drink bottles.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Shane View Post
    I have been using handwarmers in my setup for a few years and I want to share an observation.

    Putting your handwarmers under your hammock, in your underquilt is a much more efficient use of their heat. The handwarmer, instead of heating you, radiates heat into the down, keeping you warmer than if it were in the hammock with you. The toe warmers have adhesive so you can stick them where you like. I have thought about sewing some small pockets on the inside of my underquilt for holding the handwarmers

    That said, I am a cold sleeper, and if it's going to be very cold, I will have plenty of these above and below in the hammock with me.

    Another way to get more heat out of them if you keep them on you is to put them under your armpits and in your groin.

    The rounded toe warmers with the adhesive also fit nicely onto the armpit of a tshirt that you can wear while sleeping or throughout the day.

    Just thought I'd share
    Hi Shane, Sounds like you are a expert when it comes to hand warmers.
    Can you recommend a brand?
    I have bough several different brands usually just whats on sale and had very different results from not working at all to burning a mark on my skin.

    I like having a couple in my ditty bag.
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    Quote Originally Posted by OutandBack View Post
    Hi Shane, Sounds like you are a expert when it comes to hand warmers.
    Can you recommend a brand?
    I have bough several different brands usually just whats on sale and had very different results from not working at all to burning a mark on my skin.

    I like having a couple in my ditty bag.
    thanks
    Not really, Hot hands, I guess? I usually just grab a handful on the checkout aisles, whatever they have at the time. I got a bunch in my stocking this year. I do notice, though, that the ones that say seven hours only warm for five, and the twelves only go for ten or so, etc. Also, I like to go to my hammock about an hour before I plan to sleep and get them going so that when I get in, everything is already warm.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Shane View Post
    Not really, Hot hands, I guess? I usually just grab a handful on the checkout aisles, whatever they have at the time. I got a bunch in my stocking this year. I do notice, though, that the ones that say seven hours only warm for five, and the twelves only go for ten or so, etc. Also, I like to go to my hammock about an hour before I plan to sleep and get them going so that when I get in, everything is already warm.
    The thing about handwarmers is that they're a chemical reaction and so are prone to variation. If you have naturally sweaty or moist hands the warmers are going to burn out faster, and they DO burn. That's how they generate their heat. The idea is that the reaction is slow enough that they don't actually ignite. So, while they do provide heat as advertised you have to figure that they're going to provide more heat and faster for some people than for others and that different brands will work better than others.

    The reaction inside the pouch is usually just rusting. They fill the pouch with iron powder or filings and as it rusts from the water that comes off your hands, they produce heat.

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