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Post by Andy_Cannon » Mon May 10, 2010 6:42 pm

After a little bit of experimenting, I've discovered that Zippo's, while going through more fuel than a Dodge Challenger, can run off a plethora of things.

Axe body spray, gasoline, trans fluid, antifreeze, diesel, crude oil, WD-40, vegtable oil, etc. etc.

It WILL RUN. Not well. but it will. ALWAYS ALWAYS ALWAYS carry extra bits and pieces if you carry a Zippo. I would suggest a backup Bic.
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Re: Zippos

Post by BigDaddyTX » Mon May 10, 2010 9:41 pm

I've used cologne in the past when I forgot my fluid, but it was nasty lighting a cigarette with it, and the smell never really left the lighter after that.
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Post by Bubba Enfield » Mon May 10, 2010 10:09 pm

I've had friends that used naptha because it was cheaper.
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Re: Zippos

Post by Tperkins » Mon May 10, 2010 10:22 pm

Also, pack it in something air-tight or it'll be dry when you need it. I have my zippo(s) in one of those "pocket medic" waterproof pouches, and It's gone a year without needing refilling, as opposed to like a week if left out like my other one.

It'd probably run off of moonshine or high proof alcohol, not that youd want to waste that :lol:
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Re: Zippos

Post by Arkane » Tue May 11, 2010 7:54 pm

One thing to keep in mind if you carry it in your pocket is that they may have a tendency to leak. I found that out the hard way when I was 13 years old in the middle of a church service :shock:

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Post by SimonZayne » Tue May 11, 2010 8:25 pm

Wait a minutes... antifreeze?
Sure it will burn, but not that easily. And where are you getting crude oil?

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Post by Machete Matt » Tue May 11, 2010 8:27 pm

SimonZayne wrote: And where are you getting crude oil?

Gulf of mexico? :lol:
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Re: Zippos

Post by DarkAxel » Tue May 11, 2010 9:01 pm

Here's an awesome thread on lighters in general, and even an experiment to see how long a sealed Zippo can hold fluid.

http://zombiehunters.org/forum/viewtopi ... 2266&hilit
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Post by Andy_Cannon » Tue May 11, 2010 10:17 pm

SimonZayne wrote:Wait a minutes... antifreeze?
Sure it will burn, but not that easily. And where are you getting crude oil?
I know some folks.

Yes, anti-freeze is a bitch to burn, but, oh, it will.
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Post by Kelvar » Tue May 11, 2010 10:19 pm

Machete Matt wrote:
SimonZayne wrote: And where are you getting crude oil?

Gulf of mexico? :lol:
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Post by Stormrider » Tue May 11, 2010 10:27 pm

I'm not too keen on the idea of lighting a smoke with stuff like antifreeze and axe spray :?

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Re: Zippos

Post by SimonZayne » Tue May 11, 2010 10:30 pm

Like I said, I know anti-freeze burns, but I don't see it lighting in a Zippo.
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Post by VeniVidiVici » Wed May 12, 2010 12:51 am

I thought diesel was a PITA to ignite which is why most diesels use glow-plugs? It's good to know they can run on a lot of common fluids though. WTH is in AXE? :lol:

Where are you guys getting the fluid, flints, and wicks? I've been holding off on getting a zippo because my walmart doesn't have them and the hazard shipping charges are too expensive. (PM anyone?)
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Post by crypto » Wed May 12, 2010 1:07 am

diesel is harder to ignite than gasoline, but by no means difficult. We used to start bonfires with it all the time.
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Post by Molon Labe » Wed May 12, 2010 3:26 pm

crypto wrote:diesel is harder to ignite than gasoline, but by no means difficult. We used to start bonfires with it all the time.
The lighting of diesel can be made even easier by using quality flints that thro a good spark. I've used the cheaper ones before, with just regular lighter fluid, and they barely throw enough spark to catch under normal circumstances. If you have the money, get a quality zippo as well. You don't see them often, but you can still get milled brass "made in the USA" zippos. They just cost an extra $40. I've had the cheaper line "made in china" zippos (yes, they were zippo brand) regularly break at the hinge.
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Re: Zippos

Post by VeniVidiVici » Wed May 12, 2010 6:05 pm

Molon Labe wrote:
crypto wrote:diesel is harder to ignite than gasoline, but by no means difficult. We used to start bonfires with it all the time.
The lighting of diesel can be made even easier by using quality flints that thro a good spark. I've used the cheaper ones before, with just regular lighter fluid, and they barely throw enough spark to catch under normal circumstances. If you have the money, get a quality zippo as well. You don't see them often, but you can still get milled brass "made in the USA" zippos. They just cost an extra $40. I've had the cheaper line "made in china" zippos (yes, they were zippo brand) regularly break at the hinge.
Good info, I thought all Zippo's where US made. I'll have to double check the label before I buy.
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Post by DarkAxel » Wed May 12, 2010 7:00 pm

VeniVidiVici wrote:I thought diesel was a PITA to ignite which is why most diesels use glow-plugs? It's good to know they can run on a lot of common fluids though. WTH is in AXE? :lol:

Where are you guys getting the fluid, flints, and wicks? I've been holding off on getting a zippo because my walmart doesn't have them and the hazard shipping charges are too expensive. (PM anyone?)
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Re: Zippos

Post by crypto » Wed May 12, 2010 8:41 pm

VeniVidiVici wrote:I thought diesel was a PITA to ignite which is why most diesels use glow-plugs? It's good to know they can run on a lot of common fluids though. WTH is in AXE? :lol:

Where are you guys getting the fluid, flints, and wicks? I've been holding off on getting a zippo because my walmart doesn't have them and the hazard shipping charges are too expensive. (PM anyone?)
Are you sure your walmart doesnt have all the flints, wicks and fluid behind the register with the cigarettes? Ive never been in a walmart yet that doesnt have zippo stuff.

Pretty much every gas station and drugstore has them too, around here.
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Post by psychomajortom » Wed May 12, 2010 9:08 pm

As an aside, where can one find a good U.S. Army- themed Zippo?
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Post by DarkAxel » Wed May 12, 2010 9:22 pm

psychomajortom wrote:As an aside, where can one find a good U.S. Army- themed Zippo?
You might have to order one online. Or ask the guys at your local VFW.
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Post by VeniVidiVici » Wed May 12, 2010 9:46 pm

crypto wrote:
Are you sure your walmart doesnt have all the flints, wicks and fluid behind the register with the cigarettes? Ive never been in a walmart yet that doesnt have zippo stuff.

Pretty much every gas station and drugstore has them too, around here.
I've asked at Walmart but, they never know what I'm talking about. :? I usually shop at United because of Walmart's customer service so I've only gotten a couple looks, they aren't on their website either. Even the novelty lighters are difficult to find at gas stations, people where complaining about them looking like toys and a lot of the stores won't even keep them in stock anymore.

I'm in Tx, I'll have to check drugstores and some of the smaller farm/general stores that sell tobacco goods this week.
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Post by anotheroldfart » Wed May 12, 2010 10:30 pm

psychomajortom wrote:As an aside, where can one find a good U.S. Army- themed Zippo?
You might want to check this site out. http://www.smkw.com/webapp/eCommerce/pr ... &Brand=121" onclick="window.open(this.href);return false;

I have purchased a few Zippos from them, and all of them are clearly stamped Bradford PA. Made in USA. They have a good selection of themed lighters.
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Re: Zippos

Post by wanderingwaldo » Thu May 13, 2010 1:18 pm

I have Zippos, wicks, flints, and fuel in my BOB. I keep the Zippo folded inside of aluminum foil taped with gorilla tape, seems to keep it's fluid without degrading the tape seal. Plastic will degrade from naphtha.
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Re: Zippos

Post by Andy_Cannon » Fri May 14, 2010 10:08 am

VeniVidiVici wrote:I thought diesel was a PITA to ignite which is why most diesels use glow-plugs? It's good to know they can run on a lot of common fluids though. WTH is in AXE? :lol:

Where are you guys getting the fluid, flints, and wicks? I've been holding off on getting a zippo because my walmart doesn't have them and the hazard shipping charges are too expensive. (PM anyone?)
Axe is a colone/bodyspray. It is aerosol and REEKS!! If you want a Zippo, try the local Army-Navy store, than a local smoke shop. Also, I carry a chrome knock off of a zippo. It was 5 dollars and is just as good.
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