Sorry to bring back such an old thread back from the dead...
As a fellow nonsmoker I thought I would tell you several of the reasons that I EDC a Zippo lighter.
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You will have many people crowing about their favorite flavor of the month lighter that next month or in six months will be replaced by something else. Me I go with what I know works and one that has more than a few months of R&D behind it. I of course have several backup plans but my EDC will be my slim brass Zippo for a long time to come.
Based on your eloquent speech, I got myself a Zippo about three months ago, and I must admit that I am not impressed.
Because I decided that this would be an EDC item, I chose the "mini" zippo. They have two sizes, and because I am a non-smoker I decided that the smaller one would be ideal for occasional use only. Total cost: $9.99 plus Ronsonol fuel.
Though I am not a smoker, my elderly mother is. So, when I am with her I often have to light her cigarettes. I find that my mini-zippo does HORRIBLY in any sort of wind. Although I have not done any side-by-side tests, I figure that my zippo does about the same as a disposable butane in wind. One time, I went out to the van to get one of these Colibri Quantum Temptest lighters
. It worked flawlesslyin the open wind, while my zippo would stubbornly refuse to light at all, even when shielding it with my hand and body.
Just a couple of days ago, I could NOT get my zippo to light outside in a brisk breeze. Finally, I went inside and was able to get it lit, and carry it outside. It stayed lit, but just barely.
I guess what want to know is if I am doing something wrong. Is there a special way to hold it to keep the wind off of it? Did I screw up by getting the mini-zippo? Should the wick be pulled out to be level with the top of the wind screen (mine is about 3/32 shy of the top)?
Now I am now on a quest for the smallest lighter that is both windproof and water resistant. My favorite right now (based on some web searching) is a Windmill polycarbonate, with the glow-in-the-dark case. Does anybody know of any smaller ones that have some water resistance?
And as to the drawbacks of butane lighters: I live in Florida, where the tallest point is still welll under 400 feet above sea level, and where the total time below freezing is measured in hours per year.