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Old 09-20-2018, 10:05 AM   #51
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I cant believe there is people out there without one still. I was skeptical on it at first but skeeters on a rice field teal was enough to try. That was easily 12 years ago and I have one for each pack now.

For the frugal hunter theres videos on youtube that shows how to refill the butane bottles
Yea and you can buy the pads only and buy the butane canisters in the hair products section at Wally World for about half the cost of the Thermacell ones... Some even re-treat the pads... I don't go that far... I ain't THAT cheap...yet!
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Old 09-20-2018, 10:45 AM   #52
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Have 3,do not hunt without it early season. As said there is a video on how to pull the check valve out of the canister to refill.
Also refill the pads with a 6 to 1 ratio of water to permethrin. That's 6 drops of water to 1 drop of permethrin. I use an eye dropper bottle to refill.
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Old 09-20-2018, 11:31 AM   #53
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SaltwaterSlick is so right about buying the butane cannisters at Walmart in the ladies hair care section. Same cannister used to power some curling irons women use on their hair. Way, way cheaper than the Thermacell branded cannisters. I first got a thermacell for hunting spring bear in Canada where mosquitoes are the national bird. I used to wear these stupid bug suits that I hated and tape up my gloves to my wrists and tape my pants around my boots. Now all I do is fire up the Thermacell, put on a head net and walk to the stand. Set it under my feet and after about 15 minutes I can even take the head net off. Does not seem to me to bother the critters at all. As for working in the wind, I can't say for sure because if it is windy enough, you generally don't have mosquitos to contend with anyway.
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Old 09-20-2018, 11:36 AM   #54
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Can't say enough good about them.
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Old 09-20-2018, 11:52 AM   #55
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i've had mine since they first came out
the wind has to be blowing pretty good for it not to work
i put mine directly under where i'm sitting
if you don't want to spend the money
the original old PIC mosquito coils work just as well
growing up we always had them in both cars for the drive-in movie
or when we went to Colt stadium for the Colt 45 games - before the Dome/Astros
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Old 09-20-2018, 12:24 PM   #56
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they do and pretty darn well,, they are less effective when the wind is blowing I just learned to set mine a few feet upwind in that case
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Old 09-20-2018, 12:51 PM   #57
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Has anyone else had any experience with the deer smelling/spooking because of the Thermacell? Its the only reason I haven't taken mine to the blind. Like said above, I work too hard to be scent free, I am skeptical about putting a different scent out there... If the deer don't smell it, or if they are indifferent to it, I'll gladly take it.
This is where you are wrong. If they can smell the thermacell, they can smell you. You can never be "scent free"!!!
I have actually used mine as a cover scent. Hogs and deer never knew I was there.
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Old 09-20-2018, 12:53 PM   #58
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Old 09-20-2018, 12:59 PM   #59
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They work well; don't seem to spook game .

Do agree about fumes in a pop-up. Like Saltwater's idea of placing just outside and upwind for the wash-over effect.
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Old 09-20-2018, 01:06 PM   #60
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Put it this way. I had my thermacell last night and my BIL shut a buck right at dark. Somehow I lost it during bloodtrailing and skinning. By 9 am this morning I had replaced both the thermacell and the holster from academy. Until the first cold fronts come through, I wonít hunt without it.
We were hunting in North Carolina last night and the amount of skeeters from the rain and flooding is ridiculous.


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Old 09-20-2018, 01:11 PM   #61
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Yea and you can buy the pads only and buy the butane canisters in the hair products section at Wally World for about half the cost of the Thermacell ones... Some even re-treat the pads... I don't go that far... I ain't THAT cheap...yet!
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SaltwaterSlick is so right about buying the butane cannisters at Walmart in the ladies hair care section. Same cannister used to power some curling irons women use on their hair. Way, way cheaper than the Thermacell branded cannisters. I first got a thermacell for hunting spring bear in Canada where mosquitoes are the national bird. I used to wear these stupid bug suits that I hated and tape up my gloves to my wrists and tape my pants around my boots. Now all I do is fire up the Thermacell, put on a head net and walk to the stand. Set it under my feet and after about 15 minutes I can even take the head net off. Does not seem to me to bother the critters at all. As for working in the wind, I can't say for sure because if it is windy enough, you generally don't have mosquitos to contend with anyway.

Can y'all post the link to these women hair care butane canisters?
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Old 09-20-2018, 01:11 PM   #62
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It is amazing. I hunted in Canada where the mosquito is the national bird. After a few minutes of lighting it, I could sit without even hearing a mosquito! It is one thing I will not hunt without especially in early bow season. We use them to eat outside in the summer and at football/baseball games.
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Old 09-20-2018, 01:15 PM   #63
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Best $$ I ever spent on ANY outdoor product. A MUST for Texas Bowhunting in October.
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Old 09-20-2018, 01:23 PM   #64
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I walked into my stand one early hunt and was sweating pretty bad. Fired up the thermacell and stripped down to dry my clothes on a limb. Skeeters and gnats acted like there was an invisible shield around me. I hang it below me for more effective results. Have a few and I am a believer!!
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Old 09-20-2018, 01:28 PM   #65
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I'm going to use unscented deet bug spray. Keeps chiggers, ticks, mosquitos, gnats and no see ums away. If they can smell it.. they will smell you anyways and don't have to mess with any gagets while hunting.

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Old 09-20-2018, 01:29 PM   #66
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I hunted a bottom area and forgot mine at camp. I got tore up. The next few days I remembered it and what a blessing it was to have it. Won't hunt early season without it. I use them in camp to. Wife says they work great.
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Old 09-20-2018, 01:58 PM   #67
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...never mind...

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Old 09-20-2018, 02:34 PM   #68
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Old 09-20-2018, 02:46 PM   #69
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Great product, even better once you learn how to refill the fuel cells. There are a couple of hack videos on youtube of how to do it, it will save you a fortune in refills.
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Old 09-20-2018, 02:49 PM   #70
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I'm guessing it's these...

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Old 09-20-2018, 02:55 PM   #71
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I have 4 of them. I wouldnít think of going out without one.
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Old 09-20-2018, 03:12 PM   #72
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Just bought one on Amazon for $20. This will be my first year trying it out.
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Old 09-20-2018, 03:18 PM   #73
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They work great. Better if you give it 5 minutes after it is started and are in a single area.
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Old 09-20-2018, 03:21 PM   #74
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...never mind...
It was true...
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It was true...
I know, but didn't want to derail an otherwise good, informative thread...
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Old 09-20-2018, 04:09 PM   #76
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I have two, but am on the fence about their effectiveness. In my box blind they work very well, but out in the open I've not seen them work so well. I'm not sure if the wind blows the repellent away or what. Even on my deck last night I had it on and the skeeters were still hitting me.
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Old 09-20-2018, 04:19 PM   #77
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I have two, but am on the fence about their effectiveness. In my box blind they work very well, but out in the open I've not seen them work so well. I'm not sure if the wind blows the repellent away or what. Even on my deck last night I had it on and the skeeters were still hitting me.
Try putting it upwind of you like on your deck and see if that helps... According to what I've been told and read, the skeeters find you by your breathing and follow your CO2 output... If you put it upwind a bit its vapors will swirl around you and should cover you sufficiently to keep them at bay.
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Old 09-20-2018, 05:03 PM   #78
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Can y'all post the link to these women hair care butane canisters?
Haven't seen one in a while. Not even sure they make those curling irons anymore. But, it's been a while since I looked last, but, when you did find them, they were a lot cheaper than the ones in the sporting goods section.
I normally go thru a butane on a couple of pads. Always have more pads than fuel it seems.
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Old 09-20-2018, 06:24 PM   #79
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Works great if the wind ainít blowing it all away. But then u usually donít have much of a mosquito problem anyways. I put it in a box blue or pop up with me no problem. Never had it spook off any game
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Old 09-20-2018, 06:37 PM   #80
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I have two, but am on the fence about their effectiveness. In my box blind they work very well, but out in the open I've not seen them work so well. I'm not sure if the wind blows the repellent away or what. Even on my deck last night I had it on and the skeeters were still hitting me.
I use mine in a tree climber. I always set mine up above my head. I don't want to smell the stuff. It has an effective radius of like 12 feet. I don't have problems unless I'm not using it. Wind or no wind. Its gonna run unless its too cold for them to fly.

I love the earth scent wafers. They seem to do the best IMO.
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Old 09-20-2018, 11:59 PM   #81
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I can walk outside, or work outsise without getting bitten. But if there is one mosquito in a 10 block area it will find my wife and bite her.

We have like 4 of them and one that lives on the back porch. My wife can sit outside for hours with one of those things running. She loves them.

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Old 09-21-2018, 07:02 PM   #82
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What kind of wafers is every one using?
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Old 09-21-2018, 10:24 PM   #83
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Been using one for years. They work great. Wind will affect them if youíre in the open but mosquitoes usually are that bad when itís windy anyways. I put mine under my seat in a tree stand. Never had a deer spook from the smell either.
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Old 09-21-2018, 10:25 PM   #84
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What kind of wafers is every one using?
Iíve never had any problems with the ďscent freeĒ version. Iíve used earth scent also. Iíve never had deer have problems with either one
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Old 09-21-2018, 10:28 PM   #85
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I'm one of the few people that don't love thermacell.
I was hunting in East Texas in September a few years ago and the mosquitos were thick. A friend let me borrow their thermacell. I put it right under my blind chair. While it did reduce the number of mosquitos buzzing around I still spent an entire hunt swating. Spray still works the best, in my experience.
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Old 09-21-2018, 10:56 PM   #86
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I'm one of the few people that don't love thermacell.
I was hunting in East Texas in September a few years ago and the mosquitos were thick. A friend let me borrow their thermacell. I put it right under my blind chair. While it did reduce the number of mosquitos buzzing around I still spent an entire hunt swating. Spray still works the best, in my experience.
Probably because of your Bownanza peach digging coon fingers! But seriously, maybe the pads weren't fresh?! I've had good experience with em in ETX, but if you leave them sitting with the pad in em, it looses effectiveness.

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Old 09-22-2018, 09:57 AM   #87
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maybe the pads weren't fresh?!
That's what I think.
If in a blind, and the skeeters aren't clinging to the windows trying to get out, time to change the pad!!! Or, it wasn't even on!!!
The ONLY time I have ever seen it not work well, is doing a spot and stalk thru the woods.
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Old 09-22-2018, 12:02 PM   #88
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Won't go to the woods without one!
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Old 09-22-2018, 01:36 PM   #89
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I've had one for years and wouldn't go anywhere in the woods without it.
When you buy one for the first time buy the extra fuel and pads as well. They will last you pretty much through the entire season unless you hunt more than three or four days a week.
Had mine for years and yes, it works like a champ. I've killed many a deer using it while hunting, and it's not the thermacel that scares the deer, it's your human scent.
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Old 09-22-2018, 04:50 PM   #90
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They work for sure!
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Old 09-22-2018, 07:44 PM   #91
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What wafers are everyone using?
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Old 09-22-2018, 07:45 PM   #92
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Vanilla
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Old 09-22-2018, 07:50 PM   #93
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What wafers is everyone using?
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Old 09-22-2018, 07:55 PM   #94
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Vanilla
You better hurry and get a patent on that! Vanilla thermacell wafers.

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Old 09-22-2018, 08:15 PM   #95
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I just use the little green coils and I must say they work great for me.
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Old 09-23-2018, 12:27 AM   #96
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I looked for the green coils today at my local Wally World but didn’t see any. Think Academy would have some?
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Old 09-23-2018, 02:51 AM   #97
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I looked for the green coils today at my local Wally World but didnít see any. Think Academy would have some?
yes, they always have them
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Old 09-23-2018, 09:11 AM   #98
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What wafers is everyone using?
I use the original blue pads. Never had a issue with them.
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Old 09-23-2018, 09:59 AM   #99
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Old 09-23-2018, 09:59 AM   #100
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Look into sight glass in the top to make sure it lights. Made that mistake only once. Got chewd up waiting on it to warm up and it was not on. WILL NOT hunt without it.
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