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by lost dutchmanfromDoesn't come with lighter fluidNote: Comes without lighter fluid.
I tried tip from other reviewer--Coleman lantern fuel. Worked fine.
Date published: 2012-08-17
Rated 5out of5
by Christopher SnyderfromGreat LighterI bought this lighter about a month ago and have been extremely pleased with it. From lighting your campfire to lighting your cigar this thing performs just as it says it will. It's light, compact, and functional. Just as is claims, the lighter is windproof which is the main reason I bought it and I have to say I've been really impressed with how well it actually does in both a light breeze and heavier wind. With that said though, the lighter does not come with fuel in it which means you have to buy along with it a can of Zippo's lighter fluid which will run you about 3 bucks. This fluid also tends to evaporate quickly which means that you may find yourself filling the lighter more often than you thought which isn't hard but can get annoying. If you are going into the backcountry I would absolutely recommend this lighter. Best lighter I've ever owned.
Date published: 2014-04-18
Rated 5out of5
by super Hikerfromnicei love my zippo it is the best light i ever bought it is alot cheaper to refill it than than to buy an new cheep lighter so i flat love it
Date published: 2012-08-15
Rated 4out of5
by Gary JP4fromGreat basic lighterI have explored many ways to start a fire. Some are exotic. I have dozens of spent butane lighters. This is great for everyday carry. But, most everyone knows that. These things have been around for decades and became popular during world war II.
Mine is red. Nice to keep it visable, but the red is paint and does get chiped in my pocket bumping against knife, flashlight, etc. For continued good looks one might prefer brushed chrome. The red is chrome underneeth the paint. The base metel is brass I believe. asfda
I thought I should probably buy this somewhere else cheaper, but found it for the same price at a local pharmacy, so I got it at REI.
When hiking or backpacking I might still carry fero steel, cotton/vasaline tinder etc. But, this has become EDC for me and I don't smoke.
Date published: 2014-01-23
Rated 2out of5
by MN HunterfromNOT FOR CAMPING! Around the house..maybeI bought this lighter looking for something light weight and reliable. I loved the look and feel of it so I actually bought two. After filling both I made a bonfire in my backyard and had a blast using them both. However, the next day neither would work. I filled them and they worked but only for a day or two. After that, they were empty. I knew I had not used them so tried again and same thing happened. I concluded that the fuel was not draining or burning but evaporating. Within 2 days it was useless. I was really disappointed because I wanted to use them on a BWCA trip this fall. After researching in depth it sounds like the newer Zippos have this problem a lot and most people are fine with just filling them every few days but if I am relying on it when I am out in the sticks, I am going to carry something I can count on. While I loved the look, feel and function of this lighter, I gave it a lost score because it was unable to do the one thing I needed it to do, light. If you are fine with filling it every few days, this is a GREAT lighter! If not, then I would recommend a jet lighter or a $.99 lighter at the gas station. Hope that helps.
Date published: 2014-01-16
Rated 4out of5
by DeschutesfromClassic, field-maintainable lighterAfter using a variety of fire-starters on many backpacking trips (firesteels, matches, disposable lighters), this has become my primary one. It's very rugged and comes with a free lifetime warranty (Zippo will repair or replace any lighter for free, no questions asked), and it's made in the USA.
The lighter is also completely field-maintainable. It can be taken apart by hand, and I keep a spare flint and wick under the batting at the bottom of the insert.
Best of all, lighter fluid is simply white gas (aka, Coleman fuel), so when my lighter runs out of fluid, I just refill it with a few drops from my Whisperlite's fuel bottle. Also, even when completely empty, the lighter still produces a nice spark that's good enough to light a stove, or even some tinder.
On the negative side, lighter fluid does have a tendency to evaporate (I've discovered that a fill-up will last about 10 days). Also, this lighter is not waterproof, so if you drop it in the water you'll have to dry it out. Both problems can be remedied by keeping the lighter in a small ziplock bag when not in use.
All in all, this is a nice, rugged, and field-maintainable firestarter. It will always light, no matter the altitude, temperature, or weather. I would simply recommend that REI start carrying the "slim" model by Zippo, which is smaller and lighter than this full-size model, and even better suited to backpacking.
Date published: 2012-05-17
Rated 5out of5
by PgunnzfromAs expected from a Zippo!It is a Zippo after all so you know what you are getting. Works great in almost any conditions plus you save on replacement lighters as you only need to replace the fuel, wick, and flit when they run out. far more cost effective over disposable lighters. The only problem I see with it is the fuel will evaporate if you leave it sit for a while. This is not an issue as long as you are on top of it and top it off before you head out. I would recommend storing it as empty as possible so you don't waste fuel when not is use. Bottom line I want to get another one! (probably a nice one with a design) Oh and I will have to try the white gas suggestion when I take on the Colorado Trail.
Date published: 2012-11-25
Rated 5out of5
by ttkfromOld ReliableAfter buying and then returning a few fancy wind proof butane lighters that eventually failed I contacted REI asking them to add a Zippo to their line. This lighter is the same one that millions have used for generations. It requires little dextarity to light with cold hands and will stay lit long enough to get natural tinder started. Make sure to check the flint and fill the fluid before you leave home. I use Zippo fluid because it does not evaporate and does not have much of a petrolium smell. A lanyard loop would be handy.
Date published: 2012-09-03
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