How do you get a Thunderbird replacement?I’ve had the Thunderbird and the Zpipe inserts. As someone mentioned above, my zpipe insert expanded inside my zippo and it took months to get out. I’ve probably replaced my Thunderbird no less than ten times (bc it’s free to replace) and have basically given up on it. Having read this discussion, I’ve got an official zippo butane insert coming now! I guess I’m a sucker for functional lighters.
This past week I’ve been enjoying my lighter fluid pipe zippo. It certainly is the most reliable to light, but the flame seems to just go all over the place and I find my pipe then starts out hot.
Frequently burns my thumb out because I have to keep the button surpressed to use it. That's my only major complaint with itI also have a butane insert.
Works good for indoor smoking.
It will burn your thumb out in the wind.
Mine holds a good charge and last for quit a while.
Over all good lighter for indoor use.
I've seen a LOT of pipe smokers that somehow lack the coordination to operate any design of lighter effectively.That seems like a major enough complaint that I think I’ll skip this.
Have you tried cutting the wick down more? It should help take the flame down.I've seen a LOT of pipe smokers that somehow lack the coordination to operate any design of lighter effectively.
I've got some Zippo cases that I love but never use anymore because the regular pipe insert presents a flame that's just too large. I may order up one of these butane jobs and unretire my Bradford lighters.
After hitting Post Reply I realized it sounded like I meant the flame itself is too large. Really what I mean is the hole cutout is too large - diminishing the accuracy of the flame.Have you tried cutting the wick down more? It should help take the flame down.
Lay the chimney directly on the rim of the pipe.After hitting Post Reply I realized it sounded like I meant the flame itself is too large. Really what I mean is the hole cutout is too large - diminishing the accuracy of the flame.
Edit: I've always trimmed my wick to a nub. It still makes for a completely adequate flame IMO. With the classic pipe insert though - holding it sideways over the bowl- the bulk of the lighter serves to obscure your view of the action.
I think that's what makes using Old Boy/Pipemaster style lighters so pipe friendly.
That's been my experience with it as well. I bought it a few days ago because I thought it would be great to have two different kinds of Zippo pipe lighters but this one turned out to be pretty much useless for me. Also, maybe it's just a problem with my particular lighter but it often doesn't produce a flame on the first attempt. I'd say a Bic is way more reliable in that regard - and, of course, the Zippo wick pipe lighter works every single timeFrequently burns my thumb out because I have to keep the button surpressed to use it. That's my only major complaint with it