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Question by J4huntfish. Uploaded on January 24, 2010
i really dont think they are worth it. i just buy a bic lighter and that works if i need to start a fire.
Nothing better than a zippo...That is if you smoke otherwise not for survival...get that bic lighter wet and see if it will light..it won't also not good for survival...have a second option...flint and steel or magnesium
I've never used a Zippo but I have heard that they are extremely dependable and durable. I have always had a concern about the smell of the lighter fluid while deer of coyote hunting. Does anyone know if the smell of the fluid is an issue?
No. even though the wind might not blow them out it still blows the flame making them hard to light anything with and I could taste the light fluid when ever I lit up a cigarette. I prefer butane lighters they are better in wind and don't taste the butane. However I just quit smoking about 8 months ago but I still carry a lighter in my gear incase I have to build a fire.
Yes, they work the same as a BIC lighter.
I used to always have one in my pocket, had some very nice high bar zippos. I had especially nice brass commemorative 8 bar lifted from my weilding truck at a job sight. I still have a large collection of zippos from dayz gone by, but I would'nt think of carring a poket of naptha now days though, much easier to have s bic. Everclear works just as good as naptha by the way!!
The BIC and even high priced butane lighters have failed me in cold weather. One time it almost cost me my life. Butane is unreliable in cold weather and high altitudes, and unreliable can kill. I carry a Zippo and it works every time. I don't leave home without it. I also carry a matchsafe full of "strike anywhere" matches that in reality are rather particular about where they are struck. When the tip breaks off without lighting, my zippo lights the match that in turn gets the flame under the tinder. In the harsh environment of the Rockies it is either a Zippo or hypothermia.
Still got mine. Still got my hand/pocket warmer, too.
those handwarmers are amazing
The only downside of the Zippo is that you have to be sure it is fully "tanked up" with lighter fluid and a fresh flint from time to time. The Bic is always ready to go if saved for special occasions.
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