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Storing Butane Lighters

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Butane lighters will eventually leak and become worthless. Here's a (theoretical) way to store them so they last longer. Please note that I haven't tried this (because I don't rely on disposable lighters) but it should work...

Put a small canning jar, seal, and band in the refrigerator until they get cold, then slowly take them out, add your lighters, and seal them tight. That's it, yer done.

The idea here is that when the jar gets to room temperature, the air inside will expand. This will put the contents under a little pressure. As long as the pressure outside of the lighter is higher than the pressure inside of the lighter, it can't leak. In fact, the higher pressure outside should actually force the valve to seat more firmly.

Even if the lighters do leak a little, they should stop as soon as the pressures equalize. The lighters inside should remain usable as long as your container can hold the pressure, which should be a very long time. If you ever need to open the container and remove a lighter, just repeat the process with the remaining ones.
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In thinking about shelf life, safety, and reliability- I need some opinions: Since having one Zippo and a bottle or two of refill fluid takes up less room AND lasts longer, doesn't it make more sense to have a filled Zippo in one's EDC kit and a bottle of refill fluid in your BOB (with maybe a spare flint or two as well?)
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