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  • Homemade heat packs?

    My hands are absolutely freezing after feeding/cleaning stalls/busting frozen water. It doesn't help that one of my fingers got mashed in a machine at work several years ago and actually turns blue and throbs in cold weather.

    I wear mittens 'cuz they're warmer than gloves, sometimes with rubber surgical gloves underneath.

    I'm sitting here with a wet washcloth in a ziplock bag nuked to warm my hands.

    Has anyone made handwarmers filled with rice or beans in little cloth sacks? How well do they work? How long do they stay warm? Sewing is hardly one of my strengths, but I could probably manage to sew up an old sock filled with stuff if it's worth the effort.

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    Yup, I took an old sock and filled it with rice (white or brown, doesn't matter), knotted the end. Throw it in the microwave for 45 seconds to a minute and voila! Instant heat pack. Warm and dry, no effort required. It stays warm for a little while, the rice seems to hold the heat for a good bit.
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    • #3
      They sell corn bags around here, dried corn kernels sewn into bags, like a bean bag.

      Pop in the microwave for 2 min and it stays warm for quite a while.

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      • #4
        i make oat packs which are cloth sacks of various sizes filled with whole oats and microwaved for between 30 seconds for the smalls to I have a very large one that we heat for 4 minutes(this one covers an entire back). My clients and I have measured it. you can feel heat on the area that the pack has been applied to for 45 minutes, the pack is still hot at that point, but you don't feel an elevated temp from the rest of the area the pack has been sitting on.
        If i'm posting on Coth, it's either raining so I can't ride or it's night time and I can't sleep.

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          I've used the oat packs - a friend made me one including some dried lavender, smelled wonderful!

          I go the manufactured route - Walmart carries handwarmers that come 4 to a pack for $1.25.
          They are air-activated and the warmth lasts for 10hrs.
          They also had larger-sized ones that sold 2/pack for $2 but I can't find them this year.

          I use them in my barncat's bed for overnight warmth w/o fear of fire.
          Occasionally open one to slip inside my gloves when I'm working in the barn.
          They don't get too hot, just warm enough (IMO).
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          • #6
            I use rubber-dipped knit gloves under my fleece gloves - you can find them at a hardware or gardening store. Then I can take my fleece gloves off if I need to do dexterous work, without getting my hands wet. Also, the rubber over the knit actually seems to be a good insulator under the fleece. It was 18 degrees this morning when I did the barn work, and my fingertips weren't frozen when I was done.
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            • #7
              I have an ancient pair of knit wool gloves that I treasure. I can change water cups and get them wet, handle frozen things, and they retain warmth. I'm going to be really unhappy when they finally get worn out. Cabela's has a whole selection of mitten warmers and I guess that is where I'll go next.
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              • #8
                Gordini gloves for barn work--they're waterproof and incredibly warm. They're too cumbersome to ride in, but who cares--I can be out in the barn for 8 hours and my hands are still warm and dry.

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                • #9
                  Originally posted by LAZ View Post
                  Gordini gloves for barn work--they're waterproof and incredibly warm. They're too cumbersome to ride in, but who cares--I can be out in the barn for 8 hours and my hands are still warm and dry.
                  I love you. I actually usually stay warm with my cheapo walmart or farm store snow gloves until it gets to be 10 or below. I've been trying to find some that are more reliable!

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                  • #10
                    Originally posted by dmalbone View Post
                    I love you. I actually usually stay warm with my cheapo walmart or farm store snow gloves until it gets to be 10 or below. I've been trying to find some that are more reliable!

                    Campmor hot deals page--these gloves are $75-100 at full price, they have them on closeout for $30/pair. I'd pay the $100 for them as they make my life SO MUCH EASIER, but I do like a bargain.

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                    • #11
                      Originally posted by 2DogsFarm View Post
                      I've used the oat packs - a friend made me one including some dried lavender, smelled wonderful!

                      I go the manufactured route - Walmart carries handwarmers that come 4 to a pack for $1.25.
                      They are air-activated and the warmth lasts for 10hrs.
                      They also had larger-sized ones that sold 2/pack for $2 but I can't find them this year.

                      I use them in my barncat's bed for overnight warmth w/o fear of fire.
                      Occasionally open one to slip inside my gloves when I'm working in the barn.
                      They don't get too hot, just warm enough (IMO).
                      I second this! Get the hand warmers...they sell them in bulk at walmart, walgreens, ski shops right now. Slip them in your gloves,pockets and your boots and they really do heat up well. I get them for our barn manager and barn helper every year.
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