Introduction: Homemade Zippo-style Lighter

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Do you have any empty lighters laying around? Always thought you could make something with them but never knew what? Now you have you solution! This simple instructable will teach you how to make a cool Zippo-like lighter out of an empty lighter and household stuff!

Step 1: Materials

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Here are the materials you will need for this project:

-An empty Bic or similar lighter
-Needlenose pliers
-A pair of scissors
-A tissue paper
-Lighter fluid
-A pointy object

Step 2: Preparing the Casing

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The first thing we want to do is to clear our lighter from any parts that won't be used in our project. With your pliers, remove the metal protector that usually goes under the flame (Picture #1).

Now, carefully remove the spark wheel, the flint and the flint spring (Picture #2). Watch out because the spring can easily fly out with the flint and if you lose either the spring or flint your project won't work.

Your lighter should now look like picture #3.

Next, squeeze the red gas switch out with your pliers (Picture #4), and remove the little plate under it as well and the spring that holds the gas switch in place (Picture #5).

Now, with your pliers, remove the pin located halfway in the fuel casing, halfway out (Picture #6). Your lighter should look like on picture #7.

Finally, with a sharp object, push the interior metal pin, that was holding the one you just removed, inside the fuel casing. You have now a prepared lighter casing!

Step 3: Fuel and Wick

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Next thing we want to do will be to fill our lighter with fuel and make a wick for it.
First, pour some lighter fluid in the hole leading to the fuel casing (Picture #1).

Your lighter is now fueled. To make the wick, we'll use a tissue paper.
First, cut a strip of tissue of about 1 and half inch wide (picture #2).

Then, twist your tissue strip as much as you can to make a clean and solid wick (picture #3).

Now, carefully insert the wick as deep as you can in the lighter casing (Picture #4).

Then, trim the wick about a half inch inch from the hole (Picture #5). Your lighter is almost finished!

Step 4: Putting Stuff Back On

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The last but not least step will be to put the spring, flint, wheel and protector back on.

First, insert the spring into the flint hole. Then, carefully compress the spring and put the flint with it. Then, place the wheel back where it used to be (Picture #1).

Now, place the metal protector back on, the same way you got it off (Picture #2).
Make sure it snaps in place.

Your lighter is now in working order! Simply adjust the wick height to change flame height!
Finally, to put it out, blow it or tap your finger on the wick. Have fun!


Maxtf2115 (author)2016-07-26

Thanks so much how can I make it not leak?

cantbesaved (author)2010-07-28

couldnt you use alchohol instead of LF?

MrPyromaniak (author)cantbesaved2010-07-28

yea but alcohol doesn't light as well a LF with only a lighter spark

beehard44 (author)MrPyromaniak2011-01-28

denatured alcohol does

Gordon. (author)beehard442015-11-06

But it's hard to see the flame outdoors in the day 'cause alcohol burns blue..

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.

Patented (author)2010-02-17

I would be scared, the whol thing can catch up fire and explode in your hands, but cool !

taj1994 (author)Patented2015-01-26

It won't explode for the same reason Zippos don't explode. There's not enough air to mix with the fuel inside the lighter

struckbyanarrow (author)Patented2010-05-03

nope, not a good fuel/air ratio inside the lighter.

Master Wasi 47 (author)2014-11-01


golddigger1559 (author)2012-11-22

im going to use an old "rippo" for parts and have a filling screw in the bottom. this is an excellent idea, and i curse myself for not thinking of it

bobthebuilder728 (author)2012-03-14

I did the same thing you did except made a case and everything. Thanks for the idea!

MrMadmonkey4 (author)2011-07-13

i made one of these but with a slightly different desine and t doesnt leak! :D

urtlesquirt (author)2011-05-17

Seal it with some fire cement or jb weld

AMP678 (author)2010-04-22

if it leaks, then it's useless... you could never take it anywhere

hintss (author)AMP6782010-12-16

yes you could

wait, is my pocket on fire? :P

kingdavecako (author)2010-10-31

Could you explain, in further detail, how you "push the inner metal pin in"?

There is a kind of metal tube that rests outside the case but goes like ¼inch down into the case. It's almost impossible to pull it out without damaging the casing so you can just force it in and leave it there in order to have a proper hole for inserting the wick.

jonchow96 (author)2010-05-29

Could you use a proper zippo wick instead of tissue paper?

mettaurlover (author)jonchow962010-07-05

Yes, but it might not fit as well and is more expensive and you're less likely to have them lying around than tissue paper.

sharlston (author)2009-11-22

you need some of them cotton woll pads like a real zippo to absorb the lighter fluid

fordman15243 (author)sharlston2010-05-19

Zippos actually use a rayon fiber, like cotton, but much more absorbent! =)

Morriscow (author)2010-03-22

 you should just use a little bit of cotton wick. this would pull the gas up through capillary action, and wont burn as much.

mnbasd (author)2010-01-13

I rolled up a cototn ball into yarn for the wick and it works great. doesnt leak even if held upside down doesnt evaporate much (i made it yesterday and it still has lots of fuel. only problem is it takes a few strikes to light it after its been off for a while but the think thats cause it doesnt keep sucking fliud when its off an the tip dries.

wallbangicus (author)2009-12-12

dude, this is awesome! one question though, does the lighter leak fluid at all?

 It does, but if you pad it with cotton balls it probably wont.

Holden_vy_s (author)2009-08-31

How long does it last till the lighter fluid evaporates? Need to work out a lid for it.

MrPyromaniak (author)Holden_vy_s2009-08-31

This is a problem because it lasts about an hour... Just don't fill it much so you don't lose much fluid. But if you're able to find a way to slow the evaporation, please tell me!

actually I made one and it lasted longer than my zippo does

Coffee bean (author)MrPyromaniak2009-09-04

add a cap to it something airtight.

deathsmileyinc (author)2009-09-27

just the music was good enough for 5/5! nice Instructable


Weston607 (author)2009-09-07

I dont get "with a sharp object, push the interior metal pin, that was holding the one you just removed, inside the fuel casing. "

Weston607 (author)Weston6072009-09-07

nvm, i pushed it in with a screwdriver.

8bit (author)2009-08-29

Correct me if I'm wrong, but it seems like this one would melt if you left it on too long.

MrPyromaniak (author)8bit2009-08-30

No, it wouldn't melt because the metal guard under the flame protects it... Also, on the picture, I had raised the wick a bit too much to show the effect so that's why the flame is so big. But even with that flame I don't think it would melt.

Sandisk1duo (author)MrPyromaniak2009-08-30

the heat from the metal thing would be transferred to the plastic, melting it.

MrPyromaniak (author)Sandisk1duo2009-08-30

Maybe you're right and it would melt but just if you left it on for a good while which you're unlikely to do anyway.

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