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beads for a heating pad

martagon | Posted in Equipment and Supplies on

I’ve been trying to find the beads that people use in heating pads, buts can’t seem to find them.  I’ve used white beans in the pads (actually, in a bit warmer  — for a horse’s bit —  to warm it up before you put it into their mouth in this cold)  but I’e read that beans will scorch after too many uses.

So, where do the crafters find these beads?/  Anyone any ideas.



  1. cookymom | | #1

    I've bought pads filled with rice to heat in the microwave.  My mother-in-law loves them and I've found them at craft shows.  Maybe rice is the filling you're looking for.


  2. NanaC | | #2

    Rice is great in a microwavable heating pad... good moist heat.  I've heard flaxseed makes a good filler too, but I've never used it. 

  3. woodywoodpecker598 | | #3

    I've also used wheat as well as rice in these pads. I think there was a disussion on here one time about using cherry pits as well. Being as you memtioned a horse's bit you may have access to other grains that will work as well.

  4. zuwena | | #4

    Here is a link that has instructions and names various things that can be used as fillers.  A long time ago I read that the best thing to use are the buckwheat hulls -- but they are difficult to find and a bit costly I am told.

    I've made one with rice.  it worked out fine except that after a while it smelled like cooked rice.  The hulls would not do that and are good if there are any allergies around.  Z


  5. martagon | | #5

    Thanks for the ideas --  but, has anyone heard of plastic beads that can be used.  When I squeeze the heating pads at the craft shows, it feels like little round beads --  maybe it's arborio rice!

    1. jjgg | | #6

      I use jasmine rice, I love the smell of it. I also add flax seeds, a few cloves, and whatever other spices you want

      1. martagon | | #7

        Hmmm, cloves, sounds nice.

  6. suesew | | #8

    Small pearl tapioca available in your grocery store works very well and has no odor when heated.

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