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disposable lighters

Postby powertechms » Thu Feb 21, 2013 9:06 pm

Just a thought about those handy little fire starters that tend to get thrown away when empty, I personally have found that the fluid runs out far in advance of the flint. What I have begun doing is using the striker to convert the flints into a very effective fire powder. I hold the dead lighter over a small container ( altoids tin, skoal can etc. ) and by slowly turning the striker it grinds the flint into a fine flammable powder that can be mixed with other fine dry tinder or left as it is, a small pinch and a spark is all that is needed to set a tinder nest ablaze.
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Re: disposable lighters

Postby mmpaints » Thu Feb 21, 2013 10:32 pm

or, just store bic brand lighters. 20 year shelf life and they don't leak.
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Re: disposable lighters

Postby SurvivIt » Thu Feb 21, 2013 11:49 pm

Seems hard on yer thumbs...! I'm sorta with mmpaints on this one.

Probably makes a nice hot fire, though
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Re: disposable lighters

Postby Blackthorn-USA » Thu Feb 21, 2013 11:59 pm

Better turn it really slowly cause as soon as you make one spark your tin full will go up in a flash of smoke. Buy a firesteel. If you really want a bag full of fire starting material, take a drill to one of those crappy magnesium bars and turn it into shavings. Just drill as many holes in it as you can and then put the shavings in a bag.
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Re: disposable lighters

Postby ForwardPreppers » Fri Feb 22, 2013 7:56 am

SurvivIt wrote:Seems hard on yer thumbs...! I'm sorta with mmpaints on this one.

Probably makes a nice hot fire, though

Same here.
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Re: disposable lighters

Postby Blaundee » Fri Feb 22, 2013 9:41 am

powertechms wrote:Just a thought about those handy little fire starters that tend to get thrown away when empty, I personally have found that the fluid runs out far in advance of the flint. What I have begun doing is using the striker to convert the flints into a very effective fire powder. I hold the dead lighter over a small container ( altoids tin, skoal can etc. ) and by slowly turning the striker it grinds the flint into a fine flammable powder that can be mixed with other fine dry tinder or left as it is, a small pinch and a spark is all that is needed to set a tinder nest ablaze.


I like that tip!!! THANKS!
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Re: disposable lighters

Postby donba » Wed Mar 13, 2013 9:41 pm

Put the flints in a small container. Then use in a zippo lighter, the last twice as long as a regular flint...
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