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#131237 - 04/27/08 01:35 AM Re: how long will zippo lighter hold fuel before dead? [Re: Taurus]
raydarkhorse Offline
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Originally Posted By: Taurus
I am the ONLY guy I know that still uses a zippo for EDC.

I dont smoke, but I always use it daily for melting the tips of rope, burning threads off etc. I usually only have to fill it every two weeks.

I EDC one too also a non smoker. I get about 2 weeks from mine with minimal usage, with a fairly heavy fueling and carried in my pocket.
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#131239 - 04/27/08 02:10 AM Re: how long will zippo lighter hold fuel before dead? [Re: Taurus]
red Offline
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Registered: 02/24/07
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I tried, I really tried to EDC one of those peanut lighters sold by CountyComm. But everytime I tried to light it up when it mattered, it failed. I chucked it as far as I could throw it.
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#131246 - 04/27/08 12:29 PM thanks; and reasons why I now EDC the Zippo [Re: kevingg]
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thanks to all for the info. I recently bought a zippo to trial-replace my EDC bic (I don't smoke) for the following reasons:

I like the "refill" aspect, more enviro friendly

I like the American Made component, and it's long history

I like that it is very wind resistant

I like that the cover can be partially closed over the flame to quickly warm up the unit and function as a quick handwarmer.

I like that it's shiny mirror like finish makes a decent little signal device

I like that you can fire it up and set it down under a firelay and it will continue to burn as long as you've got fuel.

I like that it's a neat little gadget and very cool

I like the guarantee for free repair by zippo, and the replacability of working parts.

I DIDN'T LIKE NOT KNOWWING HOW OFTEN TO REFILL IT, BUT NOW I DO, SO THANKS!!

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#131248 - 04/27/08 12:47 PM Re: thanks; and reasons why I now EDC the Zippo [Re: kevingg]
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Registered: 08/18/07
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Loc: Anne Arundel County, Maryland
Originally Posted By: kevingg

I like the guarantee for free repair by zippo


And they mean it. When Dad passed, I found his old zippo from the 50's. It didn't work, so I sent it off to zippo, got it back with the old parts replaced and a new insert. The letter said "never charged for repairs, never will"

Now that's the way to treat your customers!
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#131299 - 04/27/08 09:09 PM Re: thanks; and reasons why I now EDC the Zippo [Re: bws48]
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Registered: 12/19/07
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I too EDC a zippo lighter. I keep it in a nylon pouch made by zippo. I don't smoke, but my wife does so it gets used 5 to 10 times a week. I live in florida and I usually go a week and a half to two weeks between fills. I also overfill it and have repacked and fluffed the cotton batting inside the unit. I carry a spare flint under the felt "tongue" on the bottom.
I have about a dozen or so different zippos and can tell you from experience that some hold their fuel better than others. No rhyme or reason to it that I can see, although in my experience the brass cased ones fare better than the steel ones.

-Bill Liptak

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#131305 - 04/27/08 10:45 PM Re: how long will zippo lighter hold fuel before dead? [Re: Taurus]
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Originally Posted By: Taurus
I am the ONLY guy I know that still uses a zippo for EDC.


I edc a zippo. Used to carry the windproof naptha eating variety, but now I find myself carring the new Zippo Blu butane variety.

I would suggest one of the carry pouches made for the Zippo. I found that mine would leak fuel occasionally if I carried it in a pocket. The pouch solved that.

I prefer the type with a leather strap and snap arrangement, as I've found that the steel clip type can easily let go, and that the clip is subject to damage.

THe Zippo fuel cell is a really good idea, even if you don't carry a Zippo. It gives you instant tinder. I must replace mine, as I gave it to a friend. Don't trust the carry clip on the cannester, though, the top can unscrew, resulting in loss of the cannister.


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#131307 - 04/27/08 11:08 PM Re: how long will zippo lighter hold fuel before dead? [Re: Mogg]
Taurus Offline
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Quote:
I prefer the type with a leather strap and snap arrangement,


I had one un-snap on me in the field. I happened to hear it when it fell to the ground so I was lucky. Using my dremel, a dime and a nail I fixed the pouch so it will never un-snap and drop to the ground again.

Other than that I have no other beefs with the pouch.

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#131312 - 04/28/08 12:00 AM Re: how long will zippo lighter hold fuel before dead? [Re: Taurus]
BillLiptak Offline
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Registered: 12/19/07
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Which is why I use the cordura zippo pouch. It has a tunnel for the belt, not as handy as far as easy on, easy off but it will be there when ya need it.

-Bill Liptak

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#131322 - 04/28/08 02:15 AM Re: how long will zippo lighter hold fuel before dead? [Re: BillLiptak]
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I just splurged and got the belt buckle - redneck heaven! Now I have my zippo instantly and securely accessible, right in front. Best idea since sliced bread!

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#131328 - 04/28/08 03:02 AM Re: how long will zippo lighter hold fuel before dead? [Re: kevingg]
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Registered: 12/21/04
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Loc: ENGLEWOOD ,TN
I used to carry Zippos when i smoked (I am trying to quit right now so I am not carrying a lighter anyway) I used the leather Zippo holder but I TIG welded the clip together at the bottom so it can't come off. (I seem to have a problem with clips just refer to my Leatherman warranty post). I had a nylon holder years ago but don't know what happened to it. I actually wore out one of the leather holders and had to replace it after about 4 years or so.
I kept zippo fluid in every vehicle and in my tool box and lunch box so i could always refill. Now that i think about it I need to take the bottle of fluid out of my hunting waist pack.
I love Zippos I must have a dozen or so and some of them are unused. I even have my dad's from the 60s or 70s and a few of the belt buckles to keep them in

Kirby
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