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Zippo lighters, drying out?

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    Zippo lighters, drying out?

    I have two Zippo lighters I picked up for general emergency use. One is new from Wally's and the other is about 15(?) years old.
    They worked great when I filled them, a month or two later I picked them up just to check them out and they are both bone dry. They have just been sitting on a shelf not being carried or moved. So why did they dry out? Anyone got an answer? I thought that due to their construction they would hold their fluid for a long time. Now I'm wondering why they were so popular with military folks.
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    They do that... They are a great lighter, but its a downfall... Bo advice to fix it, but they don't like extreme cold either, you're better off with a bic
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    I have some old Bics where the butane all leaked out. I have old matches that will not light due to reasons unknown. The only fire starter that will store reliably is flint and steel, IMHO.

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    Zippos use liquid fuel

    It evaporates

    They also run on gasoline, which is available to military folks

    When faced with c ration (MRE ) matches which suck or any other brands of lighters made years ago the Zippo was the best. Now with butane lighters common is a tradition

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    Most of us who used Zippos, . . . were "chronic" smokers, . . . kept the fluid close, . . . spare flints were in the bottom of the lighter, . . . and when push came to shove, . . . good old gasoline could be and was used.

    NOTE: if you do use gasoline, . . . don't over fill it unless you want a welt on your leg by the pocket where you keep it. After a little practice, . . . you'll get the hang of how much it takes.

    If you want to use Zippos (good choice in my book), . . . store them dry, . . . with several cans of un-opened lighter fluid. My guess is that if you only used them to start a daily flame, . . . a can should last at least 6 months, . . . maybe a lot longer. It's been 30 years and a couple of months since I needed one, . . .

    Bic's are also good, . . . and the other day, . . . my wife picked up a pack of 5 for about a buck apiece.

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    We all love the classic Zippo lighter and its long history. But for the price of a zippo you can buy 10 large BiCs and they are more reliable. It's survival we're talking about here folks, go with the BIC and keep a spare.
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    The fluid evaporated. Keep a can of fluid with the lighter.




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    Butane is under pressure and it will leak. Lighter fluid is volatile and will evaporate.
    Don't bother to fill the Zippo until you need.
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    Yep!
    Store the Zippo dry until you need it.
    I have about a dozen for barter and a couple keepers.
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