Lighter (BIC, Zippo ect)

Lighter (BIC, Zippo ect)

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    Lighter (BIC, Zippo ect)

    For a long time I have been wanting to add a lighter to my EDC. I have had my eye on carrying a Zippo. The problem is I can’t find a reason to carry a lighter. I do not smoke and I have not real reason to have one on my person. I put a Zippo emergency fire starter in my glove box just in case I have to start a fire.

    So my question is what do you carry a lighter for being a non smoker?

    Besides carrying it for birthday candles and stuff like that I have no clue. Please help me with this EDC road block.
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    I just carry a disposable bic for general use, as well as a little plastic pocket torch for lighting cigars (all in a little bookbag/backpack I usually have with me). I can singe line, burn off threads, light up barbeques, whatever.

    I've got a bunch of Zippos, but don't carry them. They always leak on me, when in a pocket, and give me a chemical burn from the kerosene. That sucks. Plus, no good for cigars, unless you like the taste of lighter fuel.
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    Quote Originally Posted by bembry View Post
    I just carry a disposable bic for general use, as well as a little plastic pocket torch for lighting cigars (all in a little bookbag/backpack I usually have with me). I can singe line, burn off threads, light up barbeques, whatever.

    I've got a bunch of Zippos, but don't carry them. They always leak on me, when in a pocket, and give me a chemical burn from the kerosene. That sucks. Plus, no good for cigars, unless you like the taste of lighter fuel.
    Ditto on the Zippos. Get the Bic. Even if you never use it, it is there and it is cheap.
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    I do, but only because it allows me to use it as a tool to build a report with a suspect. Zippos are awesome, and I love mine for the nostalgia of it- however I caution you against carrying one for your stated purpose. If you do not use it often or maintain it, it will dry out and leave you fireless. I think a plain old Bic from the gas station will serve your purpose better.
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    I carry a bic in my BOB. I don't carry it on my person; I have a hard enough time finding a place for a gun or two, a spare mag or two, a cell phone, keys, wallet, and a knife.
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    Take up cigar smoking. Wait are we supposed to encourage that? or discourage it?
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    Go to YouTube.

    Search~~~~~> ZIPPO TRICKS

    There is your reason to carry one even if you do not smoke.
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    I'll add that you can't always count on the Bic to work. When they get wet you have to blow on the wheel a bunch before it will spark. In extreme cold the butane won't vaporize. Tried it in the cold this past week and a no go. Had to cradle the cold lighter in my fist for several minutes first.

    Otherwise they are great to have around and currently TSA compliant.
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    Quote Originally Posted by bembry View Post
    I just carry a disposable bic for general use ...

    I've got a bunch of Zippos, but don't carry them. They always leak on me ...
    Interesting. I've always had those disposable Bic units around, but they always leak on me. I've been considering "upgrading" to the Zippo instead. Might need to go back to "proper" (ie, 70yr old) Zippos to cure the problem.

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    So my question is what do you carry a lighter for being a non smoker?
    To start fires
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    Quote Originally Posted by suntzu View Post
    To start fires
    Good point. They are fire starters, after all. Not just "cigarette lighters."
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    I carry Zippos with a butane insert.
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    I would say for a bug out bag a zippo with a can of fuels and bunch of wicks is a great thing ( plus spare fuel for other things) but general used I would say ya old zippo is just fin and dandy

    Course I would go with somthing like this for as well ( storm proof jet fire lighters) azen-lighter3.jpg

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    Zippo's always win the cool factor,however SIXTO is right Zippo's will dry out in short order if not maintained, in other word ya gota fill'em with lighter fluid every couple of days & if you over fill'em they will burn your leg!

    If your travels take you over 8000 feet or 0 degree temps then nothing but nothing will best a Zippo! But remember spare flints 3/4 can of lighter fluid ( a full can the fluid will expand & get all over everthing at allitude). But for everyday carry in normal conditions buy some Bic's. There cheap stash 'em in your glove box gear bags ect ect.

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    As stated before. The Zippos need to be refilled, even if you haven't used them. The Bics last forever. We used to have a basket of Bic lighters at work, especially during the crack epidemic. We would take them off the crackheads that we locked up. One of the junior guys would wipe them down with alcohol so we could use them without catching some sort of disease. The only bad thing about using a crackheads lighter is they have the flame set so high that you would burn your eye brows off if you lit a cigar or cig.---Sturgis
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