Zippo lighters

Discussion in 'General' started by brispencer, Mar 23, 2009.

  1. brispencer

    brispencer Member

    Not sure where to put this one but just having bought my latest zippo lighter and knowing that they have a long history with American forces in several conflicts I was wondering what fuel is used "in the field". I doubt there were cans of lighter fuel around so wondered if ordinary petrol was used. Anyone any idea ?

    Bit daft I know but a point of interest.
  2. Drew5233

    Drew5233 #FuturePilot Patron 1940 Obsessive

    I used petrol in mine when I smoked if I never had any lighter fuel around.....It did produce a lot of black smoke though :)
  3. David Layne

    David Layne Well-Known Member

    I have used petrol and avgas in Zippos.
  4. von Poop

    von Poop Adaministrator Admin

    Normal petrol works alright but it is a bit dodgy in Zippos; dries out too quick, black smoke, makes your fag taste funny, rots holes in whatever pocket your lighter's kept in, along with any skin it finds through said holes, and sometimes bursts into flames in entirely the wrong way... quite funny when that happens (to someone else) down the pub though.
  5. Tom Canning

    Tom Canning WW2 Veteran WW2 Veteran

    Bris -
    first - get yourself a Sherman Tank -

    next - stand close to it - your lighter will work - first time


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