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How to refill ThermaCell Butane Cartridges and save money


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I know there have been a couple posts about this floating around in the past and I thought I would take a little time to put together a video.

I'm not responsible for anyone blowing their hands off or starting their turkey blind on fire, do this at your owns risk. cool

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Thanks for the post Dtro. Always like to find ways to save money when it comes to fishing equipment.

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How long do the pads on thermacells actually keep working? How do I know when I have to change it....other than a massive influx of mosquitos?

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The pads will turn white when they are all used up.

Now if someone knows how to refill the pads that would be great.

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The pads will turn white when they are all used up.

Now if someone knows how to refill the pads that would be great.

I have had some success soaking old pads in Tempo and reusing them. You can find a small bottle of Tempo SC Ultra for about 10 bucks.

I know some guys use pieces of mosquito coils and sticks also, and just place them on the grill of the thermacell unit

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Yes leave the check valve out. It only keeps the butane from going in not coming out

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When I place my pads in I only slide them in half way. When thay turn white I slide the other side over and double my running time.

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The pads will turn white when they are all used up.

Now if someone knows how to refill the pads that would be great.

A friend of mine tried soaking used pads in permethrin with decent results. Says it smells about the same...when the smell is gone, replace.

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DTro you just saved me some cash, I go through at least 30 cartridges per sumer. Thanks man!

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Better keep an eye peeled for the ThermaCell hit squad! They probably don't take kindly to cheatin' the system!

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thanks for that video. I was going to try to do that this week, now you saved me loads of time, and I know what I need to begin.

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Anyone else notice that they are not selling the pads alone any longer?

At least I haven't been able to find them.

Thermacell packages 3 pads with one butane cartridge and that's that.

Not good for those of us that refill the butane cartridges.

Anyone been able to find the pads for sale sans cartridge?

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Now that I think about it, I'm not sure I've ever seen them sold solo either.

Hmmm.

If one butane cartridge covers 3 pads it sure makes refilling kinda...well, not as fun.

Course, many of us run the pads WAY past the "burn-out" point.

Happens often in the dark once the skeeters bug off smile .

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