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Zippo Fuel Evaporation Fix

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  • Started 4 months ago by Cranse Iron
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  1. cranseiron

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    ...Well, it won't fix it, but it does help quite a bit it reducing evaporation. I've been using these for a few years now and I bought them mainly to protect my better Zippos from wear and damage. In using them I discovered fuel evaporation was significantly reduced. I recently pulled one out of the bag that had been only partially fueled and after a week in the bag it still had plenty of lights left. You can get them on Amazon, 1.5" X 2" ziplock bags, $8 for 1,000 bags.

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  2. cortezattic

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    Thanks for the tip!

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    as if I could kill time without injuring eternity. -- Thoreau
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    Nice !

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    Have you tried vaseline in the insert for a better seal?

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  5. mikethompson

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    Good tip, but this is why I kind of dislike my Zippo - that there are special 'tricks' involved with keeping the fuel from evaporating.

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  6. acidpox

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    I've never had a problem with the evaporation, I carry a regular insert one everyday as I smoke cigs as well and I fill it up every Sunday and it last the whole week, I may top it off on Saturday before I go out to bars if the flame is kinda low, but rarely do I run into a problem that it runs out and no one has a light. Plus fluid is super cheap. Its more likely that the flint runs out on me instead of fuel. That's why I carry a extra flint underneath the tab on the bottom.

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    Don't care much for these fixes, but I'm gonna try this one. My Kiribi's flint seems to have bought the farm, and it won't be soon till I get replacements. I'll have to use the Zippo in the meanwhile. Said Zippo has been sitting there unused because at a rate of 1-2 pipes per week or less, I just can't be refilling the thing every time I smoke: too much wasted fuel.

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    Amen Acidpox.
    I don't understand why people are having problems with Zippos.
    Been using them for 55+ years and never experienced any of these issues.
    Use it all day everyday, fill it every 6 or 7 days.
    And I smoke all day long.
    Carry 3 extra flints. Or 4 or..
    But.. if you found a fix for your issues, those that have them, fantastic! Great ingenuity.

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  9. chasingembers

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    I usually get a week of lights between fills.

    Damnation seize my soul if I give you quarters, or take any from you.
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    Don't care much for these fixes, but I'm gonna try this one. My Kiribi's flint seems to have bought the farm, and it won't be soon till I get replacements. I'll have to use the Zippo in the meanwhile.

    Take the flint out of the Zippo! JK, but I've mixed flints with no problem (so far).

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  11. chasingembers

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    I've never had issues with Zippo flints either.

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  12. milehighpiper

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    Nice hack! Wish I would have known about this a while back...

    Short story time:

    A few months back I was in a hurry to get to the pipe shop before they closed. I topped off my Zippo lighter in a hurry and threw it in my left front jeans pocket. While driving to the shop I felt an itch that grew to a hot chemical burn. Kind of like the burn you get a few weeks after you make love to a stranger in exchange for money. It took me about three blocks to realize that the Zippo was leaking in my pocket and the gas was burning my skin! I pulled the lighter out and could feel the residue of the fuel on the outside of the lighter. Needless to say I had a sweet chemical burn on my thigh for a few hours after that!

    I then switched to butane lighters that I can keep in my pocket without feeling the bern!

    Now I have two Zippo lighters that I do not use and are there just to show my buddies when they come over.

    P.S. Pun intended!

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  13. olkofri

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    Milehighpiper, the same thing happened to me with my first Zippo, about 9 years ago. Not as extreme, though, but I learnt to keep the Zippon in the little pocket of my jeans, where it would remain upright even if I was sitting down.

    I like Zippos, which is why the fuel evaporation issue annoys me.

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  14. cranseiron

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    I never top my Zippo off to avoid the possibility of leakage. A short squirt or two daily will generally keep these things humming along nicely.
    Yes, a jeans watch pocket is the perfect place for your Zippo.

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    I feel like I've won the lottery.

    I own two Zippos and neither one has ever leaked, I've never had flint issues and I go a week or more before I have to refill.

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    Many years ago, many, many years ago, I purchased my first Zippo. I read the instructions and so let the overfill evaporate before using or putting in my pocket. I get an easy week worth of flame for a more less continuous chain of bowls or cigarettes. Only got a "burn" when I'd ignore the evaporation step. Only took a couple of times, I'm a slow learner.

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    Never had a problem with any of my Zippos, only ever got the burn when carelessly overfilled.

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    I have two Zippos. The fuel in one evaporates in a couple of days, I can use the other for a week. The lighter body in the fuel pig is a very loose fit in either case. The other one is tight as a tic in both cases.

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    Well I am sure glad to find out that I am not the only one who has had this mishap!

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    Zippo also sells a little fuel canister. I've had one in the glove box of my truck for two years and it's still full of fuel. It's a nice assurance for me knowing that my lighter will never actually go dry on me since I have a little refill available if needed.

    https://www.zippo.com/products/fuel-canister

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    I feel like I've won the lottery.

    I own two Zippos and neither one has ever leaked, I've never had flint issues and I go a week or more before I have to refill.

    You have! Almost every thread I've seen about zippos mention evaporation at some point.

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  22. davek

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    Then there's the inner tube trick.

    Unmodified Zippos seem like they last a week or so between fills, whether you use them twice a day or 30 times a day. People that use their lighter a lot seem to like them best.

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    https://www.zippo.com/products/fuel-canister

    I should never have clicked on that link.....

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    I have been using the inner tube trick for years. It works well but the rubber rubs off on to the lighter and leaves a black ring around it, which I don't mind because I normally use a plain old solid brass zippo. I use the thing when I need a flame. Could care less what the fire tool looks like as long as it functions the way it's intended to. My girlfriend has been gifting me the more ornate Zippos. My o.c.d. dictates that I mitigate fuel evaporation on all of my Zippos. I picked up a bag of those 1.5 X 2 baggies for the nicer lighters. Thanks for the tip CI.

    [I should never have clicked on that link..... :|]
    $50 for free shipping... Time for a new fuel can and lighter? I think so. Same here!

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