Introduction: Orange Peel Flamethrower

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No, this has nothing to do with textured plaster. Basically, you just squeeze some orange peel towards a flame, and you get more fire. Check it out.

Step 1: Get Orange Peel and a Lighter

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-Get an orange, peel it and eat it. Keep the peel. Other citrus fruit will work too.
-Get a lighter, candle, high voltage arc, or other source of ignition.

Step 2: Burn, Baby, Burn!

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Wad up some of the orange peel in your hand and squeeze it. Orange oil will come out in a fine mist. Try not to get this into your eyes; it will most likely hurt a lot. It does smell nice, though.

Do this near a flame, and you will see little jets of flame due to the burning oil. If you throw a section of orange peel into a bigger fire, you might see little jets popping off the surface as the cells boil and explode. This will not smell quite so nice, though.

There must be some way of extracting this oil in large quantities, maybe for use in orange-scented floor cleaners, or to add a fruity aroma to burning biodiesel. Just a thought.

Oh, and remember: I'm not responsible for any loss of life, limb, property, or eyebrows resulting from the use of this instructable. Have fun!


pyroman50 (author)2008-06-29

WHERE CAN I GET A ZIPPO!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

dla888 (author)pyroman502009-12-27

I've found two zippos. Both rusted beyond repair.

slipknot rules (author)dla8882010-03-09

if theyr genuine zippos u could send dem 2 zippo nd get new ones

ad895 (author)slipknot rules2012-05-21

im pretty sure if was genuine they wouldn't rust because they are made of brass not sure about the insert tho

ToddisI (author)ad8952012-06-13

learned this from the guy with the youtube channel "cutlery love" Check the pins holding the flint wheel and the cam. If they are brass than its fake. Also, check the bottom of the lighters for a single letter, if the letter is beyond L in the order of the alphabet, than its a fake. this is because they use those numbers to mark which month the zippo was made in. ( and i just realized im commenting on a post made about 3 years ago... lol

somebody12345 (author)pyroman502012-01-23

wal-mart sells them

Matt D655 (author)pyroman502008-07-19

if im correct try just type zippo.

tbh-1138 (author)2011-09-28

So does this mean that lemons are combustible?

krazymonky (author)2011-08-22

use grape fruits!

techno guy (author)2011-04-30

Is the orange peel juice just orange oil?

ZxxxY (author)2010-03-26

Hi i ve also found this about four years later. it works even beter if you put it in hot, liquid paraphine.

Norwegianguy21 (author)2010-02-16

this is cool :)  i allways used to spit high proof rum at a lighter or light a bit of gasoline on fire when i was a kid, that was fun. :) i'll try this some time =D

knektek (author)2010-01-25

could you possibly use a pestle and mortar to crush the skin. then soak the powder in water for a few days, then use the sifting method to get the oil.

Nerdz (author)2010-01-21

Ive read on the web if you soak them for 10 days in water, you can extract the oil

Another method is to boil the peels for 1 minute

Yet another method involves simmering the peels in water for a few hours.

Im trying the 10 Day Version. The water smells nice and orangey so far, but I dont know if its actually a cleaning solution.

MarkieThe10 (author)2010-01-20

I have a collection of zippos from my grandpa so those will be put to good use!

Hexpigge (author)2009-08-26

will this work if I add this to a new lighter instead of petrol?

ragdollman (author)Hexpigge2009-09-01

it'll take too many oranges to make enough for lighter fluid. when you squeeze the peel a fine mist of oil sprays out.

Hexpigge (author)ragdollman2009-09-04

giant citrus fruits will do then... :)

gatsaymeow (author)Hexpigge2009-09-17

if you were to squeeze an entire orange it may work...I'm not responsible for what happens whether it be explosions or some cool fire. any loss is your fault.

Hexpigge (author)gatsaymeow2009-09-17

lol :D... nope actually, entire orange wont work because its juice... not oil... :) but still, thanks :D

taji kato (author)2009-08-06

i dont think its a good idea to do it right in front of your computer lol

struckbyanarrow (author)2008-08-22

i want a zippo so bad i have like every kink of lighter but a zippo i ride my bike around my neighborhood looking for zippos twice a week, anyway i can get one as a kid?

i to am DYING to get my grubby little hands on a zippo as bad as you are!!!!!!!!!go to a pawn shop or you can also go to

my parents said no and i dont have a credit card and if i do find a way to order 1 they will be suspicious if i get a package in the mail and not tell what it is. i went to goodwill and they wouldnt let me buy one. so.... thats the only pawn shop aroung my area ( well at least within biking distance)

I bought my zippo at one of those Tibet Asian Import stores at the mall. It's one of those places that sells fake samurai swords, airsoft guns, incense, and tacky sculptures of dragons. I imagine if you go to the store and pay cash then your parents won't know. Of course, I can't be found liable when they find you setting things on fire, so don't come crying to me! That said, my Zippo hasn't been working very well lately. Maybe because I was using gasoline instead of the prescribed "Authentic Zippo Lighter Fluid." A one dollar bic lighter works better for most things, but of course isn't nearly as cool : )

malau1995 (author)discontinuuity2009-01-23

I think its cause ur zippo is a rip off, to check open it and if the screw holding your wheel is brass (golden color) it is fake if it is stainless steel then its original (its the easiest way to check if its a rip off)

sharlston (author)malau19952009-07-26

thats not 100% true

thanks but the mall in my town was demolished 'bout ten years ago so.....

Is it illegal to sell lighters to people under a certain age in America / England? In Australia I bought a zippo and I am under 16, which is the age we can buy knives, so I guess I'd be under aged if there is a law here.

There probably is, but no one ever checked my ID when I bought mine. Maybe it's because I was about 18 or 19 at the time. In America, the age is probably 18, but I think they're more concerned about selling tobacco than lighters to minors.

qballcat (author)struckbyanarrow2009-04-20

in canada yes you can, im 13. as long as your over 11 you can buy them. this is because they dont come with fuel in them. you have to be 18 to buy the fuel. but yay for me there is a shop that sells weed (bad) but they also sell fluid (good) so to wrap it all up. yes you can buy a zippo

corey_caffeine (author)qballcat2009-05-09

that "weed" is probably salvia which i legal even in the overprotective USA.

qballcat (author)corey_caffeine2009-05-09

it is weed my uncle is a pothead and thats where he got it, they also sell HUGE bongs but i dont smoke...

struckbyanarrow (author)qballcat2009-04-20

canada huh? well shucks! im in America....

qballcat (author)struckbyanarrow2009-04-21

well there is no shame in trying... just go to the dollar store and ask. thats mine exept mine has a nice big Remington label across the front :) plus it has nicer colors

struckbyanarrow (author)qballcat2009-04-21

the doilar store?

dude im 13 and i went to canada, this is not a racist comment or anything but the person who was selling this to me was a chinese (THIS IS NOT RACISM KEEP READING) and she was new so she didnt know how to speak well i guess she wanted to sell as many as she could so she sold it to me without asking age or anything i bought it at sear gift shop on a mall. Or just ask ur mom to buy it to you and say to her u dont smoke its just for doing tricks thats what i said to mine so she could give me the money

discontinuuity (author)malau19952009-01-24

You can also sometimes find them at military surplus stores or thrift shops.

I just bought a nice zippo off eBay for $10. Lol, im 13 and i stole my mom's creditcard, I will have some explaining to do when a box is sitting on my doorstep. I dont think she will explode tho. Good luck! Zippo ftw!

OH and I got some fluid ( ronsonol ) for $5 (a 12oz bottle, should last a LONG time) at my Walgreens. all of my gas stations in my town don't carry oil fluid, only butane ( BAD IDEA FOR ZIPPO!!!)

you can just go somewhere that sells them and buy one. it wont be filled with fluid but you can do that somewhere else or ask a friend to get it filled for you. my friend got one in Canada and they didn't ask for an adult or anything and he's 14.

hello people (author)2009-07-03

Lol i like your disclaimer "NOT RESPONSIBLE FOR LOSS OF LIFE, LIMB, PROPERTY, EYEBROWS!" cool instructable, and lighter..

akshay.kering (author)2008-01-12

use a deo(read:deodrant) can...spray on your lighter and enjoy a log jet...dont spray too long and from too close to the lighter or it will ingnite...the craziest thing to do is to spray the deo on a pair of jeans(read:ONLY JEANS NOTHING ELSE!!)in a design or spray your name and set on fire...smack it off in 5 seconds or youll have charred and useless jeans..the best way to do this is put on the jeans repeat the above process and enjoy...most normal(read:straight guys get a kick out of this)...NOTE-when your jeans feel HOT,it might be a good idea to put off the flame..just smack it hard with your hand a few times...does the trick...everytime i have a sleepover,we do this crazy shit stuff...

PKTraceur (author)akshay.kering2009-05-20


akshay.kering (author)PKTraceur2009-05-21

haha should honestly try it sounds daredevil,but any kid could do it : )

phapboy (author)2007-11-09

why not just buy orange essential oils?, theyre the most concentrated source of orange extract you can get.

PKTraceur (author)phapboy2009-05-20

They aren't particualry cheap though. -PKT

phapboy (author)PKTraceur2009-05-20


volquete (author)2008-12-05

what's so special about zippo brand lighters?

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