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Zippo Lighters

Post by asthmatic camel » Tue Nov 27, 2018 11:26 am

Fine when they work.

Not fine when they set your clothes on fire.

The things should have been used as flame-throwers in Vietnam.
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Re: Zippo Lighters

Post by ed » Tue Nov 27, 2018 11:47 am

Clearly your government should outlaw them. To keep you lot safe. And prevent you from setting fire to things.
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Re: Zippo Lighters

Post by Rob Lister » Tue Nov 27, 2018 12:00 pm

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Zippo.

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Re: Zippo Lighters

Post by ed » Tue Nov 27, 2018 12:10 pm

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An Assault lighter used in warfare. Civilians don't need such things.
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Re: Zippo Lighters

Post by Grammatron » Tue Nov 27, 2018 7:22 pm

The Hell?

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Re: Zippo Lighters

Post by ed » Tue Nov 27, 2018 8:32 pm

There was a draft.
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Re: Zippo Lighters

Post by asthmatic camel » Wed Nov 28, 2018 7:57 pm

I inherited one from my father. It's a bastard, as was he. A pain in the arse to maintain: can't buy lighter fluid locally, can't buy flints, can't buy wicks. The thing's a pain in the arse. Literally. When it sets your pants afire.
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Re: Zippo Lighters

Post by Grammatron » Wed Nov 28, 2018 8:05 pm

asthmatic camel wrote:
Wed Nov 28, 2018 7:57 pm
can't buy lighter fluid locally, can't buy flints, can't buy wicks.
What desolate backwater do you live in?

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Re: Zippo Lighters

Post by asthmatic camel » Wed Nov 28, 2018 8:13 pm

A particularly desolate one. I have to cycle 10 miles to the nearest decent tobacconists and then pay a small fortune.

Fuck the fucking fucker: I'm sure my father is laughing from the grave.
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Re: Zippo Lighters

Post by ed » Wed Nov 28, 2018 8:15 pm

I hope so.
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Re: Zippo Lighters

Post by asthmatic camel » Wed Nov 28, 2018 8:21 pm

ed wrote:
Wed Nov 28, 2018 8:15 pm
I hope so.
Fuck you and the mule you rode in on.
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Re: Zippo Lighters

Post by Grammatron » Wed Nov 28, 2018 9:14 pm

asthmatic camel wrote:
Wed Nov 28, 2018 8:13 pm
A particularly desolate one. I have to cycle 10 miles to the nearest decent tobacconists and then pay a small fortune.

Fuck the fucking fucker: I'm sure my father is laughing from the grave.
Things can be shipped or couriered for a fee.

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Re: Zippo Lighters

Post by Witness » Thu Nov 29, 2018 1:10 am

asthmatic camel wrote:
Tue Nov 27, 2018 11:26 am
Fine when they work.
I've used one for years. What it does now is weird: I have to let it dry out, then it works OK (when freshly filled) for two or three days. After that it gets progressively more difficult to light.
Tried all I could think of, changing the wick, scrubbing the strike wheel with a metal brush, using a different brand of flint, cleaning the soot… Remains unusable. :burn:

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Re: Zippo Lighters

Post by asthmatic camel » Thu Nov 29, 2018 10:52 am

Grammatron wrote:
Wed Nov 28, 2018 9:14 pm
asthmatic camel wrote:
Wed Nov 28, 2018 8:13 pm
A particularly desolate one. I have to cycle 10 miles to the nearest decent tobacconists and then pay a small fortune.

Fuck the fucking fucker: I'm sure my father is laughing from the grave.
Things can be shipped or couriered for a fee.
Yeah, I know. Amazon ship all the bits for less than I pay at Aston's tobacconists. It's just not the same, (and Aston's stock some of the finest tobacco money can buy, so it's worth the trip.)
Shit happens. The older you get, the more often shit happens. So you have to try not to give a shit even when you do. Because, if you give too many shits, you've created your own shit creek and there's no way out other than swimming through the shit. Oh, and fuck.

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Re: Zippo Lighters

Post by asthmatic camel » Thu Nov 29, 2018 12:23 pm

Witness wrote:
Thu Nov 29, 2018 1:10 am
asthmatic camel wrote:
Tue Nov 27, 2018 11:26 am
Fine when they work.
I've used one for years. What it does now is weird: I have to let it dry out, then it works OK (when freshly filled) for two or three days. After that it gets progressively more difficult to light.
Tried all I could think of, changing the wick, scrubbing the strike wheel with a metal brush, using a different brand of flint, cleaning the soot… Remains unusable. :burn:
Mine works too well! It's a weapon of mass destruction!
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Re: Zippo Lighters

Post by Rob Lister » Thu Nov 29, 2018 12:47 pm

Witness wrote:
Thu Nov 29, 2018 1:10 am
asthmatic camel wrote:
Tue Nov 27, 2018 11:26 am
Fine when they work.
I've used one for years. What it does now is weird: I have to let it dry out, then it works OK (when freshly filled) for two or three days. After that it gets progressively more difficult to light.
Tried all I could think of, changing the wick, scrubbing the strike wheel with a metal brush, using a different brand of flint, cleaning the soot… Remains unusable. :burn:
It just so happens that I studied under Wilhelm Bic at the University of Dobereiner. I got my masters in Zippo with a Ph.D. in grilling.

I would hazard a guess that it's the wick, the fluid is leaking from the wick hole and getting onto the flint and wheel. I know you replaced it but maybe you just fucked it up.

Fill it with fluid, close it, turn it upside-down and shake it downward. Is there fluid inside the cap?

Alternatively, leave it open for ten minutes or enough time for excess fluid to evaporate. Does it light?

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Re: Zippo Lighters

Post by asthmatic camel » Thu Nov 29, 2018 1:20 pm

Shit happens. The older you get, the more often shit happens. So you have to try not to give a shit even when you do. Because, if you give too many shits, you've created your own shit creek and there's no way out other than swimming through the shit. Oh, and fuck.

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Re: Zippo Lighters

Post by sparks » Thu Nov 29, 2018 1:53 pm

Throw the insert away and buy a new one. How expensive can they be? More than shipping the old one for repair? Further, if the flint tube is plugged, why the hell not just drill the fucker out with an appropriately sized bit? Does a deteriorated flint fuck up the integrity of the tube??

Oh, and fuck.
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Re: Zippo Lighters

Post by Witness » Fri Nov 30, 2018 12:14 am

@ Rob: thanks, I'll try that. :)

@ sparks: never seen the inserts on sale.

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Re: Zippo Lighters

Post by ceptimus » Fri Nov 30, 2018 12:55 am

Add 10% diethyl ether to the lighter fluid: lights and burns better and smells nice too.