Zippo Lighter Fluid Substitutes

Discussion in 'General Discussion' started by johnlives4christ, Aug 31, 2010.

  1. HunterAlpha1

    HunterAlpha1 Former Guest

    Aug 8, 2011
    Yorktown, VA
    lol ok so i guess it's hopeless then
  2. armedandsafe

    armedandsafe Guest

    The alternative is to keep the fuel in the original container.


  3. HunterAlpha1

    HunterAlpha1 Former Guest

    Aug 8, 2011
    Yorktown, VA
    well i have been looking for a small bottle or can that i can put some lighter fluid in to keep in my bugout bag, but i haven't had any luck yet.
  4. fuzebox40

    fuzebox40 Active Member

    Mar 29, 2010
    Apple Valley, Ca.
    Empty out a visine bottle. The small ones are only 2 inches tall.
    Half the size of the zippo.
  5. boatme99

    boatme99 New Member

    Feb 23, 2011
    Midddle Tennessee
    whats av gas?

    Aviation fuel. Not jet fuel.
  6. WOWWWW~~~~NEVER TERRY just think if someone puts that in there EYES!!!


    Buy a plastic bottle of Zippo or Ronson lighter fuel use that then REFILL with

    I smoke about a pack/pack & a half a day my fuel lasts like 3 days before needing 2 refill with Naphata

    Capt. Mac
  7. LittlestoneAmmo

    LittlestoneAmmo New Member

    Oct 26, 2011
    I'm inclined to agree with the torch point of view. Seems it would be a lot more versatile in a survival situation.
  8. bluesea112

    bluesea112 Active Member

    Nov 20, 2005
    West, TX
    Mineral Spirits work very well in zippos.
  9. JoeyMos

    JoeyMos New Member

    Jul 30, 2013
    Back in the Corps, we would use either JP-8 (jet propellant, kerosene. Based) -not recommended; or, we would use reg ol gasoline.. Yea yea yea, not healthy for ya, but neither is half the **** i so to my body... Anyways, just dont ignite too close to your face as the flames do sometimes tend to be quite larger than w lighter fluid..
  10. JoeyMos

    JoeyMos New Member

    Jul 30, 2013
    So i see that my answer is a few yrs too late.. Looks that i was pickin off hajjis from their mud brick homes/firing positions during the time this thread was initiated.. Apologies..
  11. bntyhntr6975

    bntyhntr6975 Member

    May 5, 2009
    Wichita, Ks.
    Better late than never. Welcome, and thanks for your service.
  12. runes

    runes Active Member

    May 7, 2009
    Been using Coleman camp stove fuel for years. Work fine.
  13. bluesea112

    bluesea112 Active Member

    Nov 20, 2005
    West, TX
    Mineral spirits will ignite from a spark. It comes in quarts and gallons from the hardware store.
  14. lcn

    lcn Well-Known Member

    Apr 11, 2013
    Washington State
    The only fuel that works in a Zippo is a fuel that puts off ignitable fumes or vapors. Therefor Kerosene or Coaloil won't work as they have a flash point above 135 degrees. Paint thinner also won't work for the same reason. Stoddard solvent (dry cleaner solvent) is the same as paint thinner and at one time Standard Oil Company rebranded it and added smelly stuff to it and sold it as a charcoal lighter fluid. All gasolines and pressure appliance fuel will work and that includes av gas. And napthas. In a pinch you can use regular gas in your pressure appliances, stoves and lanterns. When I was in Alaska in the 1950's and 60's the regular gas was called White gas and was use in the old gas engines in boats, it had an octaine of about 78 and was used in the stoves and lanterns and Zippo's too. The largest missunderstanding about gasoline is that the higher the octaine the the hotter it is. Wrong. the higher the octaine the slower it burns. the lower the octaine the faster it burns. Lead was added to slow the burn rate so that the high compresson engines could use it. They now use other additives to do the same. Oh, by the way along time ago I worked for Standard Oil Company of Calif.
  15. thumper2t

    thumper2t New Member

    Jul 31, 2013
    I just learned allot more than I intended to
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