06-03-2012, 03:43 PM
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  • uncledave
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I like warm lather but the trick of setting the bowl in a sink full of hot water doesn't work for me as every time I need to rinse between passes I have to take it out of the basin to avoid introducing more water into the lather.

Yesterday my wife came in from a yard sale. She had bought a candle warmer (mug warmer) for 1 dollar and a small Corning Ware bowl. So yesterday I tried mixing the lather in the bowl and setting the bowl on the heating pad. The result was a dry lather from too much heat.

Today I took a regular coffee cup for the lather. I filled the Corning Ware bowl and the cup with hot tap water and let my brush soak in the cup. The whole affair was set on the warming pad. After about 15 minutes I left the water in the bowl but poured it out of the cup. I inserted a ring from a small Mason jar into the bowl. This is to support the coffee cup in the water WITHOUT having it directly touch the bowl, which gets hot. I then whipped up my lather and I got a really really nice warm lather that stayed warm the entire shave. The water in the bowl stayed very warm but not hot. This was the perfect way to avoid drying out the lather.

Total cost, $1.50 plus whatever the cost of the coffee cup was. It was also bought at a yard sale so I estimate $2.00 for the whole kit and kaboodle.

Also I set the warmer on a little table so it wouldn't fall in the sink and be a danger.

I'm cheaper then Jack Benny and proud of it! Biggrin

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 06-03-2012, 05:01 PM
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What a go, Dave! I knew Mason jars were good for holding lots of things, but you get an award for a new use.

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 06-03-2012, 05:09 PM
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  • uncledave
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(06-03-2012, 05:01 PM)lindyhop66 Wrote: What a go, Dave! I knew Mason jars were good for holding lots of things, but you get an award for a new use.

Heh heh heh. Two weeks ago I had a pint of what we usually find in Mason jars. It was nicely aged too...... about 30 minutes. Biggrin

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 06-03-2012, 05:21 PM
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  • Dave
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UncleDave what usually comes in a Mason Jar gets me into a lot of trouble, but I like it anyways. Congrats on finding a new use for a "white lightning" jar.

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 06-03-2012, 05:22 PM
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  • uncledave
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(06-03-2012, 05:21 PM)Dave Wrote: UncleDave what usually comes in a Mason Jar gets me into a lot of trouble, but I like it anyways. Congrats on finding a new use for a "white lightning" jar.

This stuff was delicious. The guys running it off had a hygrometer to test the "proof". It was right at 112 so it was completely drinkable. Twas great!

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 06-03-2012, 05:25 PM
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I've had some of the good stuff at New Year's Eve parties at a friend's house in Raleigh. It was very smooth and my friend used it in his egg nog as well as straight. He'd removed it from the Mason jar before we all got there.

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 06-03-2012, 05:37 PM
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Interesting method. Enjoy the warm lather.

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 06-04-2012, 04:03 AM
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  • ben74
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Very ingenious!

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 06-04-2012, 07:16 AM
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I'm gonna give this a go, thanks Uncledave.

Clayton

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 06-04-2012, 07:39 AM
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And you could spend 30 times as much for a scuttle and get the same effect....

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 06-04-2012, 05:00 PM
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  • uncledave
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(06-04-2012, 04:03 AM)ben74 Wrote: Very ingenious!

Thanks Ben!

(06-04-2012, 07:16 AM)chevyguy Wrote: I'm gonna give this a go, thanks Uncledave.

Clayton

I think you'll like it Clayton. The lather stays nice and warm no matter how long it takes you to shave. I think that's the best part of this method (other than the huge expense difference!). Biggrin

(06-04-2012, 07:39 AM)churchilllafemme Wrote: And you could spend 30 times as much for a scuttle and get the same effect....

To be honest I really wanted a scuttle but I just couldn't justify the expense especially now that I'm retired. This method works great for me and it cost practically nothing.

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 06-05-2012, 05:44 AM
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Dave, the cool thing is I already had this stuff and being unemployed right now I'm on a tight budget too. Thank you for sharing your poor man's lather warmer. Smile

Clayton

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 06-05-2012, 04:14 PM
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  • uncledave
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(06-05-2012, 05:44 AM)chevyguy Wrote: Dave, the cool thing is I already had this stuff and being unemployed right now I'm on a tight budget too. Thank you for sharing your poor man's lather warmer. Smile

Clayton

You're very welcome! The warm lather will feel nice!!

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