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690Hammock Camping Re: Hand Warmers

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  • geoflyfisher <geoflyfisher@yahoo.com>
    Feb 20, 2003
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      Thanks for the review...

      Yep, this is the way I remember them too... Not intended to keep you
      warm all night, but if the toes get cold toward morning, one could
      snap one and put it down in the foot of the quilt to warm up a little
      before getting up. Good news is that you can recharge it while
      cooking coffee water after getting up. Intended for comfort, not


      --- In hammockcamping@yahoogroups.com, "colonelcorn76
      <colonelcorn76@y...>" <colonelcorn76@y...> wrote:
      > Ed/Rick,
      > I decided to check up on the EZHeat reusable heat packs to see if
      > they were an acceptable substitute for the more traditional
      > disposable hand warmers.
      > I ordered two EZHeat packs from campingsurvival.com and they
      > yesterday. These packs are heavy clear plastic packages 4.75" x
      > x .75". They contain a hard white substance and a dark round metal
      > disk about .5" dia. The directions for use are printed on the
      > plastic. It also notes that it contains "sodium acetate (food
      > grade)" and water.
      > To recharge these you are to place it (wrapped in a cloth) in
      > boiling water for 10 minutes. Then after letting it cool you can
      > activate it to release the heat.
      > These appear to be a phase change material that is solid when used
      > and liquefies & turns clear when placed in the boiling water batch.
      > The metal disc then floats in the substance.
      > I boiled one up last night and let it cool overnight. This morning
      > activated the pouch (you bend the disk through the plastic bag and
      > it magically turns to a crystalline gel that starts to harden as it
      > releases heat --- pretty cool...my guess is that the energy of the
      > disc snapping is enough to kick the liquid material over some
      > threshold that causes the phase change and releases the heat).
      > It heated up rapidly become hot (not extremely hot but not just
      > either) to the touch. I placed it between my down jacket and my
      > shirt on my stomach as I would if I were in my sleeping bag. After
      > an hour it was merely warm to the touch and after two it was only
      > marginally warmer than the ambient air (office). After two and a
      > half it was solid and room temperature.
      > My intention was to do a detailed test taking the heat pack's
      > temperature over a period of time to see how it stacked up against
      > traditional metal filings based hand warmers but based on this
      > initial test, it is woefully inadequate for the task of adding
      > warmth for a night's sleep in a cold hammock scenario. They will be
      > ok for those time when you want a quick heat pack but not for
      > anything where more than an hour or so of significant warmth is
      > needed.
      > So, you can save yourself the $5 test (although I did buy a neat
      > Lensatic Compass while I was getting these so all is not wasted
      > <grin>).
      > Jim
      > --- In hammockcamping@yahoogroups.com, "Ed Speer" <info@s...> wrote:
      > > TX Rick, I'll check it out...Ed
      > >
      > >
      > > Maybe someone else has a source....Ed
      > > >
      > > >
      > > I did a search... there are several out there, but here is a link
      > to
      > > one... A 5 buck experiment might be useful.
      > >
      > > http://campingsurvival.com/ezheatreusha.html
      > >
      > > Rick
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