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I've been using Zippo products for a couple of years now. I use a Zippo hand warmer almost every day.
I never used to believe the claim that Zippo lighter fluid was somehow better than the competitors. I assumed it was a bit like petrol and much of a muchness.
That was until I found a decent price online for buyin in bulk. It made the Zippo brand fuel, cheaper than any of the others on the high street, so I bought a few bottles.
My observations are that: My handwarmer burner seems to soot up less when using this fuel. I get a slightly warmer burn inside the handwarmer when using Zippo fuel as oppose to the others and it seems to burn for slightly longer than othewr fuels.
Because of the fact that the handwarmer burner seems to soot up less, it means that the burner unit needs replacing less frequently, which saves money in the long run.
I also find that the inside of my zippo lighter seems to take much longer to soot up. The other thing I have noticed is the smell, or lack of it. There is still that petrol lighter smell with htis fuel, but it seems to be less obvipous in my mind.
Overall, if I find this fuel at a decent price I will always pick this over any other competitor. However I don't think it is right how you sometimes see it with a huge markup on the high street.
Shop around online for it and your Zippo products will thank you for it. :-)
==Zippo Lighter Fluid==
There are several good reasons why I always have a can of this Zippo lighter fluid in the cupboard at home and I must say that I do use the fluid on a fairly regular basis. Firstly being a smoker (when I'm not pregnant) means that we have a few fancy lighters that need filling up with this type of fuel. These lighters never leave the house because they are far too nice and too expensive to go and loose like we do so many others.
The second reason would be because I collect stamps (believe it or not) and to actually identify some of the older stamps you need to use a fluid such as this to soak the stamp with in order for the water mark to be shown on the back of the stamp. I am not sure if there is a different fluid that is specialised for this task but I always use this lighter fluid so I can use it for multiple purposes and it always seems to do this job well (just a good idea not to smoke whilst trying to identify expensive older stamps!)
The third and final use I find for a tin can of this lighter fluid is by far the most dangerous and totally not advised but hey I still do it when I need to. I find that often if the BBQ is not lighting well enough by using the little white blocks we often buy or indeed the new lighter gel which we gave a go recently then a good squirt of this lighter fluid does do the job to lighting the flames and making the coal heat quicker.
For a mere £1.59p from my local newsagents this little can of 125ml does seem to last a fairly good while. I guess the lack of BBQs this year has helped and of course the lack of smoking due to being pregnant so therefore we still have more or less a half full bottle in the cupboard. It keeps well though so no rush and it is pretty safe in the cupboard far away from any flames or heat sources. The bottle itself is made of tin so there is no real chance of any leakages unless something especially sharp were to pierce it. I find when I need to use it the nozzle on the bottle is q little tricky to pull up as this is a plastic point which moves from a laying flat position to an upright one in order to let the fluid flow. I will often get a sharp knife and pull the nozzle into position which I find the quickest and easiest thing to do.
All in all I can't fault this multipurpose can of Zippo Lighter fluid. I can't say that it would be any different from a cheaper brand but to be fair it is the only one that my local newsagent/tobacconist stock and I haven't seen any other brand available apart from the Swan branded one which I would think would be around the same sort of price.
I think this product is worthy of a top score of 5 out of 5 stars and an exceptionally high recommendation.
I do hope that this has been of some help/interest to you
Many thanks for taking the time to read.
Lately we have been using Zippo Lighter Fuel for lighting the barbeque when we have peple come over at weekends for something to eat, either friends or family. Zippo is something I usually have in the garage for such things as lighting the BBQ and there is always a tin handy as it is long lasting and you don't really need to use to us too much of this stuff so it willl last you for ages. It's excellent quality and a brand I really trust.
It comes in a 125ml can which I buy from Halfords and it will cost you around the £2 price mark. It is in a distinctive black can. From my recollection (and I last used it a bout 10 days ago) there is no child safety nozzle on this though so you will have to be really careful if there are kids about as you won't want them getting their hands on this stuff as it is lethal. Not to be sold to anyone underage (ie 18 years of age).
It is widely available and is a brand I have used for years and therefore trust. It is fantastic for lighting BBQ's but we also use it for gettign stubborn stains off woodwork etc., they come off really easilly with this stuff if you give it a bit of welly with a clean dry cloth. Good as new. So, it's really a very versatile product.
It is easy to use and the manufacturer's instructions for usage are very clearly printed on the reverse of the tin and are easy to follow. It is a good quality brand and reliable and the smell is pungent as you would expect.
Good stuff and highly recommended.
When you have a zippo lighter the best fluid to use is Zippo branded fluid because it is clear buring and does not contain any impurities. It is also safe to store as it comes in a metal can.
*Price and availability*
The zippo lighter fluid can be bought at supermarkets and at silversmiths where they sell zippo lighters. A 125ml bottle will cost you around £2.50.
The lighter fluid comes in a black tin with a red easy pour spout. The lighter fluid looks the same as any lighter fluid that you would buy for a charcoal grill. The only difference is when you light it. As it doesn't give off any smell or smoke and the flame is yellow and blue rather than dark yellow if it has impurities in it or blue if you are using something like mentholated spirits.
*how to use*
Fuelling instructions: Lift felt pad to reveal the packing material in the fuel chamber. Saturate the packing with Zippo lighter fluid. Fill slowly and do not overfill. Replace the insert back into the case. Wipe lighter and hands dry and be sure fuel can is closed and there is no spilled fuel in the vicinity before igniting lighter. This is a flammable fluid.
I would never use anything other than zippo fuel in my lighter. When I was a student, I tried all sorts of cheaper alternatives such as paint thinner. Which was probably very stupid of me as most of the time I was drunk and messing around with flames and giant bottles of paint thinner is not a good mix. In essence, it contains the exact same ingredients; 100% Naphtha but it is about an 8th of the price.
Using paint thinner did give a really tall blue flame though even if it smelt quite strong! Zippo lighter fluid does not smell as it doesn't contain any impurities. It is clear, which gives a better flame and also lasts a long time.
If you are in warmer climates then the fluid will evaporate quicker. I guess if this was the case I would not fill my zippo up to the top but only use half, keeping the remainder in the can in an air conditioned room. The zippo lighter fluid is also really easy to pour as it has a spout that fits neatly inside the zippo lighter. It also has a safe lid that prevents spills. Safety is pretty important and even if you do think that the zippo fuel is too expensive, the fact that it is a safe way of storing it should be it's main selling point.
Now before i get started, I must say I am great believer in Zippo products. I always prefer to spend a little more to get high quality if they genuinely beat the competition. Usually they do, but in the case of this branded fuel I would have to say it's not worth the extra to pay for the same solution as others.
The bottle looks good in its stealthy black with its cool Zippo logo, and whilst we are on the subject, these bottles are far more secure than they look. Although they feature a pivot opening with a fine applicator which means nothing for you to screw down, they do offer a very tight resistance fit and I have never had one leak. However that is what you pay for here. I have tried many different fluids and to me, they are all the same. They all come in the same bottle, some are just more expensive than others.
A word of warning when using these bottles, a small squeeze can send a fine stream of lighter fluid quite far across a room and this stuff is nasty, it will evaporate quickly but it is a solvent so be careful.
Overall, i have no problem with the product, it does what it says and well. But the higher price for the zippo brand is not justified here.
I have never owned a Zippo but have had many cheaper petrol lighters and some have worked better than some Zippos, as such I wouldn't go out of my way to buy a Zippo brand product. I bought this lighter fluid because it was in the shop at only £1 for 125ml. And a can this size is enough to last me around 6months although I do not use my lighter very often.
The most important thing for me is how easy the nozzle can be to flip open, to be honest it is a little difficult; you need to stick a nail under it and prize it open and then prize it open. But on the plus side I have never spent more than 20 seconds trying and it works really well as a safety feature.
Upon holding the can upside down (over a sink of course) no fluid leaks out which again is great meaning much less mess when refuelling. The instructions on the can are very easy to follow, but then again it if you have ever filled up petrol lighter before then you will not need them.
The smell is exactly how you would expect but disperses pretty quickly and any excess mess seems to evaporate immediately which I take as a good sign. When I try to light my lighter it starts first time every time so this Zippo fluid is definitely not inferior to my usual brand.
I would buy this lighter fluid again, but only if it was the cheapest as other than the cap being slightly easier to open than my usual brand, I can't see any advantages other any other lighter fuel. Perhaps if you use a Zippo brand lighter then you may want to invest the pennies for the sake of it, but I'll just stick to whatever is cheapest at the time.
after experimenting with lots of brands of lighter fluid and petrol lighters i found the zippo fuel to be by far the best because it lasts for weeks, unlike other brands that evaporate within a few days. presonaly i think it looks a lot more attractive than other brands. its definately worth paying the extra few pence
NOTE FOR ALL ZIPPO USERS: this is the only lighter fluid you can use in genuine zippo's or else it will void the gaurentee and you wont have the privilage of free repairs/replacements!
HOW TO USE
Remove the insert from the case, turn it up side down lift the felt pad, oped the spout on the cap of the fluid can (you can use the lighter case lid to do that) turn the fluid can up side down and gently squeeze for 5 seconds. let the cotton soak up the fluid for a few seconds then squeeze the can for another 5 seconds, replace the felt pad, put the insert back in the case and your lighter is all fueled up.