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Don't get burned by any old hand warmer

Ever try to bait an ice-fishing hook with frozen fingers? Pocket-size heaters prevent fumbling. Some reek less than others.

February 03, 2004|Scott Doggett

1955 POCKET

Classic good looks; uses lighter fluid, produces abundant heat

for up to 24 hours between fuelings. But leaves clothes reeking of fuel. $3. (800) 762-1005, www.restorationhardware.com.

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QUANTUMHEAT

Self-contained, reusable 3-by-5 1/2-inch pack quickly supplies lots of heat, but cools in less than an hour and requires hot water to reactivate. $6. (916) 247-9024, www.hotshotzheat.com.

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HOTHANDS-2

Lightweight, air-activated, no odor; provides up to 10 hours of warmth, fits easily inside pockets, gloves or mittens. Best of bunch. $20 for box of 36 pairs. (800) 221-0516, www.northerntool.com.

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SOLID FUEL POCKET

Small and velvety, but fails to stay lighted more than two minutes; emits smoke that left the tester lightheaded and irritated the eyes of a bystander. $5. (877) 656-0808, www.eders.com.

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