Introduction: DIY Zippo Esque Lighter

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The Idea of this instructables it to make a lighter that stays lit out of your average Bic style lighter.

Note, Actual bic brand lighters will not work, if you take off the metal shield the spark wheel is no longer held in place.

Please rate if you like!!!

Step 1: Tools and Materials

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You need the following,
A lighter
almuninum tube
a drill bit the same size as the aluminum tube
Tiki torch wick (or cotton string would work)
razor blade
super glue (or any other heat and solvent resistant adhesive)

Step 2: Take Apart

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Start by taking off the metal shield then wiggle off the plastic piece and evrything should come apart pretty easily. Do not take the sparker wheel asyembly apart, if you do you will regret it.

Step 3: Drilling Cutting and Glueing

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Take apart the valve and bore out the center with the drill bit, Then cut an approx 1.5 inch piece of the tube and glue it in with a tiny bit sticking out of the top.

To cut the tube, put it on the table and roll it with the razor blade while applying slight pressure it will cut it with a few strokes.

Step 4: Make the Wick

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Cut a thin strip of the wicks casing with the razor blade and thread it through the aluminum tube.

Step 5: Fill

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Put some lighter fluid into the body I only fill it about a half inch at a time. Then screw in the wick tube.

Step 6: Finishing Up

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Now all you have to do is put the sparker back on and you are ready to go, You can put the metal shield back on but it makes it less reliable. I carry it in an altoids tin because it is not 100% leak proof.

I hope you enjoyed my instructable I am working on scratch building a zippo so you can look forward to that in the future.


tlo coco (author)2015-08-12

It's a wick style lighter, not Zippo style. Zippo lighters are a type of wick lighter, not the other way around. Terminology is everything.

cornflaker (author)2009-10-19

 kinda cool, but you can get cheap rip offs on Dealextreme ( for really cheap with free postage and there just as good as real zippos (I have both)

cornflaker (author)cornflaker2009-10-19

 Oh and this will work with bics beause the flint wheel is held in place when you take the shield off :P

Frogz (author)2009-10-15

oh also..
on another note, author is wrong, actual bic lighters would work fine,the flint is thicker than most lighters so it would last longer thanmost disposables, the 1 problem with bics is they have a metal thingwithout a screw thread/flame adjustment(ie, have to drill it out andglue a aluminum tube in place)

Frogz (author)2009-10-15

i see this as a arsonist's tool, have a bunch in a pack, flick 1 andtoss, it'll hit somewhere, keep burning and explode after a while, leaveout the aluminum for speed bombs or keep it on for delayed
(please note: i do not endorce use as such, and if you do, dont getcaught by steve urkle

woody558 (author)2009-02-17

what type of lighter should I use?

sharlston (author)woody5582009-07-22

a disposable one is better

Flashflint (author)woody5582009-02-17

You extinguish it by blowing hard. Use any kind of lighter.

555mst555 (author)Flashflint2009-06-21

i made's great!...u actually dont have to blow so hard...... the only thing tt sucked is that lighter fluid would leak (via the wick) if it's upside down

Flashflint (author)555mst5552009-06-23

Awesome, i'm glad it worked well for you.

MrPyro1010 (author)Flashflint2009-05-16


disturbedreaper (author)2009-05-22

as with all plastic lighters if you leave it lit too long and the plastic will melt and since the plastic lighters are filled with presurized gas will release it and turn the place youre tanding into a fireball and moltenplastic would fly everyWHERE but cool idea of removing the gas and filling it with fluid great ible

woody558 (author)2009-02-16

how do you extinguish the fire?

turnerfromdh (author)2008-09-07

awsome instructable i was trying to do this thing is the flame will start catching the plastic on fire lol

Flashflint (author)turnerfromdh2008-09-09

Make the tube a little longer to protect the plastic.

octavian234 (author)2008-08-29

cant you just light it and tape it down or put a rubber band around it?

LinuxH4x0r (author)2007-11-27

or just buy a real one....

littlesamurai (author)LinuxH4x0r2007-11-28

you could buy a real on always, but you can get a pack of fiver for a pound here of bic(like) lighters but a zippo costs about at least 5 to 10 pounds, and anyways instructables is for making things not buying things, i managed to make my own with just things lying around (litterally the person i live with leaves these lighters around everywhere) i love lighter instructables, keep up the good work

yes but zippos are refillable- and by the looks of it safer then this

This too can be refilled. And I know this is not as safe this is not meant to be a zippo replacement mearly a substitute when one is not available.

Flashflint (author)2008-02-19

Not exactly fireproof, the first few times you light it it melts a little but after a few times it clears up on it's own.

Seanzee (author)2008-02-16

Darn you pretty much perfected the rippo zippo out of disposable lighter that i wanted to do lol Nice job though it's very well done I wanted to know though is this one of those fire proof lighters? like the top pieces are fire proof?

BuckyOHare (author)2007-12-14

Petrol (Naphtha) lighter from pound store = £1
"Star" petrol lighter with lifetime guarantee, regularly sold on eBay = £2.50 delivered = £3.50 delivered
Yoda Petrol Lighter = £3.75 delivered

Your lighter is likely to burn itself into a molten mess of plastic - and it leaks!
I wouldn't want to smoke anything you lit with that, but some people smoke soap bar, so some people like smoking plastic.
How the hell do you turn it off? Spit on the wick?
I know instructables is for making things not buying them, but don't bother going through the effort of making an inferior product when it is so cheap to get a fully functioning, metal housed, safe, reliable, non-leaking, more aesthetically pleasing, petrol lighter.

Great for starting a fire.

pyro13 (author)2007-11-29

Nice instructable...... but this was mine and seanzees idea.... we've been talking about it for a while, but never got to publishing it, so good job! Procrastination is never good :p! nicely done!

Flashflint (author)2007-11-28

Thanks for the kind words. I am glad people are enjoying my Instructable.

bleachworthy (author)2007-11-27

that's bull, you can remove the metal shield and the wheel stays in place. that's how I get my safety's off, as opposed to just prying them off, and damaging the shield.

Lftndbt (author)bleachworthy2007-11-28

Is that not what they said? quote- "Start by taking off the metal shield then wiggle off the plastic piece and evrything should come apart pretty easily. Do not take the sparker wheel asyembly apart, if you do you will regret it."

GorillazMiko (author)2007-11-27

cool! :-)

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