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I want a lighter like a zippo but not....

Discussion in 'Other Every Day Carry Items' started by Tallboyjim, Apr 5, 2016.

  1. Tallboyjim

    Tallboyjim Loaded Pockets

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    Than you in advance for persevering into a badly titled thread but I couldn't think of a better one!

    I need a lighter. I don't smoke (but 15 years after quitting I miss it badly) but with my job now and again I need to set fire to stuff in a variety of places (don't panic, it's all in the name of safety). I spent the better part of 30 mins trying to find shelter from a cold breeze (it wasn't that windy) trying in vain trying to set fire to a bit plastic with a bic lighter that was getting plenty hot without doing its core job of setting fire to this bit of plastic. In the event I had to beg and borrow a friends blow torch but I'm pretty sure I'd have done the whole thing quicker with a zippo.

    I used to own a zippo for years, a nicely worn chrome one - I may still do but I can't find it. I do remember them drying out if neglected, and my fire starting activities will be sporadic so I suspect butane is the way to go. I've looked at some inserts and other gas lighters and they both seem to have the same problem, holding a button or something (often next to the flame) to keep the flame going rather than the zippo which will stay lit once the Flint is struck. I know the zippo will get hot after a while but not has hot or as fast as a bic or disposable. And there's a bigger flame too which is helpful.

    Are there brands of inserts that will do that job or a cheaper alternative altogether?

    Thanks folks!
     
  2. jag-engr
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    If you are okay with a soft butane flame (like a Bic), Vector Thunderbird makes an insert with a flint wheel that will stay lit. They call it the "Classic" instead of a "jet" lighter.
     
  3. Tallboyjim

    Tallboyjim Loaded Pockets

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    Thanks for that. I think that might be the way to go in lieu of any other options. I've seen a few second hand zippos on eBay (although I'll have one last bash at finding my old one) and get an insert.
     
  4. Blackheart

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    Here is a thread with some nice photos of said insert.

    Butane lighters are notoriously frustrating to use in the wind. Might want to consider a peanut lighter, also.
     
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  5. Highbinder

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    Let me introduce you to my grail lighter: The Douglas Field S

    The coolest lighter ever. O-rings mean it's waterproof and doesn't evaporate like a zippo, and it has a built in fuel reserve and section for a spare flint. I'm waiting on my next fountain pen purchase from Japan and I'm going to buy one then.
     
  6. Blackheart

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    Cool. Here is the thread. Looks like there are domestic (USA) sources.
     
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  7. iacchus

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    I was not in the market for a lighter. At all. Haven't smoked in years, but....I need one of these.
     
  8. Hagbard81

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    I really like this one... I guess your post costs me money :(
     
  9. Tallboyjim

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    Second hand spectrum bought this week. Will go for the soft flame thunderbird in time.
     
  10. caiopn89

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    I recommend purchasing a zippo, the product quality and durability of it, can be a little more expensive than competitors but is of excellent quality. It will be forever. Your grandchildren will use.
     
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    I picked up a thing from one of the bargain websites about 6 weeks ago. It's called a Tesla Coil Micro USB rechargeable lighter. I can't imagine wind will stop that thing from working at all.

    So far I've only had someone I know who smokes test it out, he says it lights.

    I'll have to test it out in the wind.
     
  12. Fire Fighter

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    Consider this one. It's on my wish list. Windmill Delta stormproof lighter.
     
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  13. John McNalley

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    I've been carrying a Douglass Field S for a few years now - love it. I've gone for months without using it, never had to worry about evaporation of the fuel. The only down side, and it's a minor one, is that it takes non-standard flints. Picked mine up from Blade HQ.
     
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    Try to handle one before you buy it. I had one for a while and was not a fan. It's a chunk of weight and its performance wasn't what I would have hoped for in a lighter that expensive.
     
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    Ronson Butane.
     
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    Had one. Broke within a week. Customer service wants about as much to fix it than it cost to start with. I went with a little buddy torch lighter. I can replace the piezo and I have 2 times. Still working after 3 years.
     
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  17. littleme

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    I recently purchased a Vector Thunderbird butane insert with the soft flame for my Zippo. Absolutely love it. I went with this model as you dont have to hold the button down as opposed to the jet flame version. Also i like how it keeps the lighter looking closer to its original look. And as the flame is adjustable you can choose weather you want to crank it up to a massive flame or not:D

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  18. Budgie Smuggler

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    Get a z-plus insert for a zippo, they can be picked up fairly cheap on eBay and basically give you a jet flame in a zippo body.


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    Mine was delivered Friday as it happens. It's just what I wanted, all that zippo sexiness only it works after a couple of weeks without use.

    I haven't cranked the flame up. But I'm going to!!!!!!
     
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    I plan to buy one soon. Ever since I've seen these lighters on EDC I just had to have one.

    I've had one of these for a couple years now. No issues whatsoever. Works well and fits in a small pocket in my 5.11 backpack.
     
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