Pocket warmer

Oct 30, 2002
I picked up a one of those charcoal rod powered pocket warmers from a closeout section in an outdoors place a couple of years ago. I found it the other day and fired it up. Its pretty good but prone to going out sometimes, so you need to open it a couple of time and give it a quick blow to get some air back in.

It would be a nice way to keep a coal if you were hiking in winter, not only to keep you warm but to get a fire going. I guess if you got a small tin and lined it with fiberglass you would pretty much have the same thing for free.

Anyone want to give it a try and let us know how it works out?
I have one of these that I got from Wal-Mart for $2.50. Ten charcoal sticks is also $2.50 or .25 per stick. One stick burns five hours. They can get pretty hot for pretty cheap.

Have you tried adjusting the thickness of the fiberglass? I think its a bit too thick and no tenough air gets to it. I suppose too much air means too fast a burn but if it goes out its not really working too well. What experience have you had with yours, if any?
Actually, I have two of these. One for my wife, and one for me. They both work fine. As long as I get the charcoal stick going good at the beginning, the stick burns the whole time and does not go out. The directions say to get 1/2 glowing before inserting. As long as I do this, it works great.

I've never used the liquid fuel handwarmers, but these seem like less of a hassle to me.

Huh, mine says 1cm. I will have a play around with it and see if I can get it to last all day.