Skip to comments.Zippo Lighter vanity
Posted on 10/26/2010 7:02:08 AM PDT by Cringing Negativism Network
Recently acquired a Zippo lighter.
Don't even smoke, but it goes everywhere with me. Still made in USA!
A Zippo lighter is sort of a hobby. About once a week the lighter needs fuel, since it slowly evaporates.
Was pointed to a particular row - and found - charcoal lighter fluid. Turns out the supermarket has oodles of charcoal lighter, but doesn't carry the other sort anymore. Dwindling numbers of smokers - and dirt cheap plastic butane lighters, no doubt are driving demand down.
Got me wondering.
I figure FR has a higher-than-norm proportion of regulars who know a thing or two about Zippos...
So thought I'd ask the group: Can a Zippo operate off charcoal lighter fluid?
Hell, I’ve filled mine up with kerosene once in a pinch.
Way to find out put a drop of fluid on the wick and see what happens!
Store it in a quart sized zip lock plastic bag to virtually eliminate the evaporation problem.....if you don’t have quart size, a gallon size will do almost as well.......
Hmmmm... interesting question. I am a cigar smoker and for lighting cigars, you can’t beat a Zippo for the combination of reliability and function. The torch lighters are nice, but they break so easily.
Go to a smoke shop, lots of them left for unenlightened dullards such as myself. They sell lighter fluid for zippos there.
Denatured alcohol, Energine (naptha), Aqua Velva, Everclear
You zippo heads will like this video:
Zippo lighter tricks
If you read the label on a can of lighter fluid you will see that it is only naphtha. You can buy naphtha at any Home Depot or Lowes in the paint department. It is also cheaper when you can get it by the quart.
Naptha, purchased by the quart at a hardware or homestore also works—lighter fluid, as far as I can tell, is Naptha; they both smell the same. Ronson lighter fluid in a plastic container can be found at most drugstores.
If you buy a quart of naptha, pour a SMALL amount into a small container and use an eyedropper or similar to saturate the wick.
I have two zippo lighters and don’t smoke either. I don’t carry them routinely though.
Zippo and Case Knife companies are in the same town in Pennsylvania.
Smokey Mountain Knife company has Case and Zippo stuff on-line.
Thanks all for the feedback.
Somehow, I knew FR was the best place for a Zippo question. :)
I prefer a zippo when backpacking as a primary source of fire (I have several others, don’t worry) — it’s rugged, I can store extra flints in the base under the first layer of cotton, the wind doesn’t put it out, and if my hands are frozen it’s still easy to light.
The traditional downer is the one you mentioned - the fuel evaporates in about 10 days after refueling. That also means that your clothes stink of naptha, making them useless thereafter (without several washings) for deer hunting.
A post on another forum suggested getting a bicycle inner tube (~$3 at wally world, or free if you happen to keep them around for a source of high-tension rubber bands) and cutting a band the length of the zippo (i.e., cut a piece of tube about 2” long). Insert the zippo into the band — it will fit snugly with a slight amount of stretch.
My last trial with this method kept the zippo lighting for almost 2 months without refilling. It also keeps the lighter from banging on my keys, etc. in my pocket or from opening inside my pocket.
To answer your other question, a zippo can operate off most napthas. Coleman white gas is actually naptha, not gasoline, and will serve well. Charcoal lighter fluid is also a naptha but usually has a higher combustion point than zippo fuel or Coleman white gas, probably because of the propensity of most guys to spray it on the fire straight from the bottle. Using high-flashpoint naptha as charcoal lighter is a sound litigation avoidance strategy. It will work, but it will take more strikes to light and might need to be warmed in your pocket first. (for more information on naptha see: http://www.ask.com/wiki/Naphtha)
Have the smoking police determined how much damage the public has suffered as a result of breathing in naptha?
I see a class action lawsuit against Zippo coming down the pike.
You can use the charcoal fluid, I have done that. As someone else mentioned I have also used Kero although that is a bit more troublesome.
When I smoked a pipe my fav lighter was the Nimrod.
When the kids started coming I lost it for ten years. When I found it I was excited to the point I ran out of my garage yelling that "I found my Nimord!"
That did not go over well with the neighbors.
I used it for another ten years or so but I quit smoking regularly several years ago and it got misplaced again.
We recently moved and I haven't found it yet but if I can't I am going to see if I can't get one on Ebay.
There’s an app for that. You open the lid, click it and it lights.
How bout when the Zippo is in your pocket and some naptha leaks out and irritates your skin? For days if you don’t bathe.
Ronsonol lighter fuel is Naptha. Coleman camp fuel is Naptha. Ronsonol fuel is $4.50 for 12 ounces. Coleman fuel is about $6.00 per 128 ounces (gallon). For about 2 bucks more you get ten times the product! A gallon ought to last you a while.
“For days if you don’t bathe.”
Representing the birkenstock-shod smoking police viewpoint, I see.
Case was one of my first pocket knives and I still prefer them. The only thing is they don't make a multi tool like the Victorinox Fireman - which is ALWAYS on my belt. Case blades are better. I go through 2-3 Victorinox a year because of the stainless. Yes, I use my knives A LOT!
I wish Case would make a knife similar to the Fireman that has a couple of locking blades and LOCKING tools. As it is I carry a small Case for cutting and use the Vicky for other applications.
(he says, joking)
We learned in the military, when going out of “your comfort zone” .....have two zippo lighters. Take masking tape, or medical tape out of your first aid kit and tape one shut. That way you should have almost 4 weeks or so of lighter capability. Extra flints under the cotton wading and you are set.
No way do you want even a small container of flammable or combustible liquid on or about your person.
I still have 3 zippo lighters that I use. My wife just bought me a Calibri lighter for my cigars. Just for old
times sake I keep my main 2 zippos filled and use them every once in awhile so they do not feel left out after all these years.
Still made in the USA when other companies, (Frost,Schrade etc.) bailed out for Japan, China and Pakistan. Although I have a few Boker, Schrade (when still a US company), I will pay more for a new or classic Case anyday.
If you like pocket knives, or hunting knives consider a Case. Maybe they will someday make a multi-tool.
What?!? You're not supposed to do that? I thought that was standard grill operating procedure.
Yes, I'm joking... maybe.
It's da bomb.
Ahhhhhh, no. Days I don't bathe while out in the country hunting or fishing without scolds like you spouting off about perceived insults.
Think before you post: If I was the smoking police, I'd use no subtlety whatsoever.
Now light one up and chill out, comrade.
Z-plus and Thunderbird make drop in butane inserts for Zippo - they can be refilled.
Just me say’n, the times have changed....
Oh my. I just realized you started this thread and I’m slapping your hand. lol.
Wouldn’t it just evaporate into the air in the bag?
It was a joke; a guy walking around with his zippo in a plastic bag.
Been there, done that.
Had a chemical burn scar on the inner part of my leg for about a year or so. (and I bathe everyday)
Ouch-had that happen a few times after overfilling.
I quite smoking about 5 years ago but I still have a bunch of Zippos from the ships I was on and others I traded for. Some are still new in the box others were daily users and have a lot of wear.
Old zippo’s are big collector items...
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