08-04-2004, 01:59 PM
Join Date: Apr 2004
Location: Hibbing, Mn. USA
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Originally Posted by litesky
Do heater bags really work? And when people refer to the heater bags, do they mean the ones that you use for camping? How long do they last? I thought they only last for hours. If that's the case, then by the time the plants board the airplane, the heat packs dead, and by the time it reaches somewhere like in chicago...the plants popsicle. What's the deal?
Living in the tundra I have quite a bit of experience with hand and body warmers (yes, they are in the camping dept - or at every checkout and convenience store in Minnesota
). The bigger body warmers say 16 hours, but when they are packed in a box with styro, they last much longer than that and you don't have any big temp spikes with the styro for insulation.
Last year when we tore a friends tanks down we packed the plants on a Friday night and when I opened the boxes on Sunday there was still plenty of warmth in there.
I agree in most cases they aren't necessary though - I'm just answering the question.
All in all, plants are pretty durable when they ship and I don't worry nearly as much now after some experience as I used to. I saw some that were lost in transit for 2 weeks and they were all still in amazing shape except for a couple of delicate ones.