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12 Hour Hand Warmer

rated 2.5 of 5 stars It does what it advertises, but I would add a couple of caveats. These hand warmers actually "burn" the propane, not with a flame, but they cause the naptha to combine with oxygen in the presence of a catalyst.  The burning of an organic fuel produces carbon dioxide and water.  If you keep this device inside your clothing the water vapor will eventually diminish the insulating properties of your outerwear.  Kept in a jacket's outer pocket, as a hand warmer rather than a body warmer, it should… Full review

12 Hour Hand Warmer

rated 4 of 5 stars Refillable catalyst handwarmer. These are easy to use and work pretty well. The large Zippo handwarmer works really well. In the '70s my grandfather gave me two Jon-e handwarmers for backpacking. Those were great. Yhey probably still work, but I cannot find them. I have two of the Zippo handwarmers and have used them both. My wife uses one and I use the other. It is fairly easy to fill. The newer models have a hole in the fuel absorption material that allows for faster easier filling, but these… Full review

Windproof Lighter

rated 4 of 5 stars Old reliable — it's been in pockets all over the world in all situations for nearly a century. Zippo's wick lighters, the 'windproof' lighters, have been used around the world since the 1930s. The design has hardly changed, aside from updating materials, in all that time. Parts from a 1940s zippo will fit into a modern day Zippo. I carried WWII era Zippo for over a decade and the only time it let me down was when I forgot to fill it. I currently have a modern production Zippo and it's just as… Full review

High Polish Chrome Lighter

rated 4 of 5 stars A zippo lighter can be refueled. As opposed to a disposable Bic lighter, this lighter is more durable and therefore more reliable. If you use an alcohol stove, a Zippo lighter is a reliable fire starter. Even if it is out of fuel, the spark from the striker can ignite the alcohol or you can use lighter fluid as your fuel. This way you can refill the lighter with the fuel you are carrying. More importantly, this lighter is not going to get broken in your pack or in your pocket when it gets crushed… Full review

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