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Wick Mod For Regular Zippo Inserts

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  • Started 4 months ago by chasingembers
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  1. chasingembers

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    I've mentioned pulling the wick above a Zippo's chimney before for lighting pipes easier. I remember years ago that the instruction manual included with the lighters spoke of it, but modern copies of that sheet no longer include it. Here is an older sheet and the last paragraph mentions the mod.

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    I ran out of flint in my pipe Zippo a few weeks ago and tried this with one of my other Zippos, remembering you mentioning it before. Worked like a charm!

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    Is the idea that this creates a larger, softer flame?

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    Nice! My buddy just gifted me a Zippo so I will have to try this out!

    One thing I did noticed the first time we used it that the metal got pretty hot pretty quick. Is this normal or do I need more practice using one?

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    Is the idea that this creates a larger, softer flame?

    A bit larger, but the flame doesn't go out when turning the lighter sideways.

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    One thing I did noticed the first time we used it that the metal got pretty hot pretty quick. Is this normal or do I need more practice using one?

    The heat is definitely a Zippo thing. You'll get used to lighting more quickly and the lighter won't get as hot.

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    Just slightly above the chimney is as far as the wick needs to be to work.

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    Gotta love a good zippo...so reliable !

    Keep calm...smoke a pipe.
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    Or you can invest in a zippo pipe insert,
    it really makes life easier. I know so many here are insistent on using conventional lighters but when I do I inevitably burn my thumb at some point,
    or singe the rim, both
    which I like to avoid if possible.

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    The only thing I like about Zippos is the way you can snap them shut. They're definitely not for drivers, since dropping one while in the car can be disastrous. BICs are much safer.

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    The strike wheel on the inserts, always gum up and stop striking fairly quickly for me, whereas the regular inserts never do. Plus, I have seen no difference in how well it works in lighting my pipes. You don't have to actually draw the flame down into the pipe through that big hole, just the heat. My fingers never get burned. FWIW

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    Well Cosmic it's worth NOTHING! Bupkis! JK JK
    I guess we can't all be as cool as you. :-p
    And btw Cortez I HAVE dropped a flaming Zippo in the car, it's not that hard to do, glad I lived to tell the tale and that's one of the 17 reasons I switched to a butane insert. If I ever go to an AC/DC concert I'll find my conventional insert, pull the wick way up and light one for Embers.

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    +1 Cosmic
    If you touch the metal on a BIC after lighting up, it burns.

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    If you touch the metal on a BIC after lighting up, it burns.
    Fire is hot!

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    Anthony.. ya man.
    BTW. Thanks for for the post OP.

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