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How To Get The Most Out Of Your Zippo Hand Warmer

Updated on December 24, 2011

Blizzard of 2011

Zippo Hand Warmer

This winter up here in Wisconsin hasn't been too bad. Temperatures between the high twenties and high thirties has made staying outside for any extended period of time quite bearable. Last year wasn't anything like that at all.

We were blessed, as was most of the upper mid-west, with a blizzard of epic proportions. Back on Febuary 1st, 2011, we got hit by a blizzard to end all blizzards. If you watch the video I made of this storm, you'd get a better idea of what we were up against.

We must have spend hours shovelling and snow blowing out from the storm. Something as simple as brushing off the car took much longer than planned. Heck, it took me 40 minutes to get the snow off from atop and around the wheels. Oh and don't even talk about what it took to shovel out the driveway and sidewalks. I get flashbacks just thinking about it.

One gadget that made a lot of this bearable was my Zippo Hand Warmer. This thing rocked! I was able to be rather comfortable when the temps plummeted the day after the blizzard. It produced a high level of heat for about 8 hours. It stayed mostly in my jacket pocket when I was shoveling but when I took breaks to catch my breath, slipping it into my gloves or holding it in both hands under my jacket did the trick to rapidly rewarm my ice cold hands.

The Pros and Cons of this hand warmer are:


  • Inexpensive.
  • Long lasting. It advertises 12 hours of heat. I experienced about 8.
  • Uses common lighter fluid. Readily available.
  • The heat it produces isn't lukewarm it is substantial!
  • Energy Efficient. Doesn't take a lot of fluid to provide hours of heat.
  • Slender design. Can be slipped into a glove easily.


  • When first started it does emit a fuel-like odor. May not be to good if your a hunter. It goes away quickly and is then pretty much scent-free.
  • It can get too hot at times. Take care where you place it. I wouldn't recommend in a pocket next to your skin. It gets too warm for that to be comfortable.
  • It takes a flame to start. If your without a match or lighter when you want to re-light. You'll be out of luck.
  • The plastic fill cup that comes with the unit isn't very useful. It tends to spill when filling the warmer.

If you want to enjoy warmer excursions outdoors and are tired of buying disposable hand warmers, give this a try. It works very well for me. I've been a fan of this Zippo Hand Warmer and would recommend it anytime.


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    • John J Gulley profile image

      John J Gulley 6 years ago from Wisconsin

      Absolutely. I'm going to the Packer game on Sunday and I won't be able to bring my Zippo :( But hey, the disposables aren't expensive so I'll be going with those.

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      Dan Human 6 years ago from Niagara Falls, NY

      Excellent hub. The zippo handwarmer is a necessity for keeping you warm during sedentary activities up here in the north. I find they are more cost effective and warmer than the disposable variety.