Scouts-L Mail Archive for November of 1998: Wet Hand Warmers and Cold Weather Tips.
Wet Hand Warmers and Cold Weather Tips.
Thu, 26 Nov 1998 07:57:09 -0600
> Although I haven't experienced this, I can imagine that
> as Jim Moss says, they will stop working if they get wet because they
> rely on air to create the catylist for the chmical reaction to creat
I believe what Jim was saying is, that cold water would draw out more
heat the the warmer could produce rendering it useless. This is a fine
example of why a scout should change out of all the cotton clothes he
wore during the day and put on new cotton clothes for bed. The
(moisture) sweat that is in the old cotton clothes will draw heat out of
the scouts body. Poly type fabrics or wool are the best to sleep in and
don't have to be changed out of after day use. I have used a Fireplace
brick wrapped in a towel as a bag warmer. Make sure it is the type of
brick used to line the fireplace. They hold the heat a lot longer.
Heat the bricks in the fire and place several in a pan under the leaders
chair to cool before use. Makes for a warm chair. MAKE SURE YOU CAN
HOLD THE BRICK IN A GLOVED HAND FOR 30 SECONDS OR IT IS TOO HOT TO WRAP
AND PLACE IN YOUR SLEEPING BAG. IT CAN IGNITE CLOTH IF USED WRONG. I
have placed up to 6 unwrapped bricks in wash pans for warmth, in two
lashed together BSA wall tents with sides flaps folded under. 3 scouts
per tent (another argument for troop tents) they kept the inside
temperature around 40 degrees while it was 20 - 30 degrees out side.
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