Re-Fueling Your Zippo - Epic Fail





Introduction: Re-Fueling Your Zippo - Epic Fail

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Okay, In this instructable, I will be showing you how to put fuel in your Zippo lighter WITHOUT lighting your hand on fire. If you enjoy it, please feel free to vote for me in the Epic Fails contest.

Step 1: Deconstructing Your Lighter

The first step to refilling your lighter is taking it apart, this is also the safest step, just open your lighter and pull it out of the case.

Step 2: Filling the Lighter

Okay, the dreaded filling of the lighter. This step requires the utmost caution. You must lift the felt tab on the bottom of your Zippo, Open the lighter fluid container, and pour fluid onto the cotton. Now you push the felt back down, Insert the lighter back into it's case and light it.

Step 3: FIRE!!!!

Here is where I messed up. I lit the lighter without washing my hands first. The fluid that I had gotten on my hands had caught on fire when I lit the lighter. I ran around like a mad man, blowing on the flames. I will admit this was not my finest moment, it was funny though! Whenever you are working with fire, be careful, and have a camera ready. You never know when something funny will happen!

Step 4: The End

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    You do not need to lift up the felt. There is usually a hole in the felt that you can push the fuel spout into. Be careful not to overfill.

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    The hole was made for a paperclip so you can easily lift the felt. That is a cool idea though.

    I have a Zippo knockoff called a "WIND-GUARD" that was given to my grandfather by his employer, and has the company's name and an earthmover on the outside. Seems they were really popular as advertising items in the 1970s and 1980s. I'm going to have to replace the cotton, however, before refueling.

    Interesting, what you describe what happened was exactly what my grandparents told me could happen if I tried to refuel the lighter.

    mine threw a big flame when I left it lit for 30 seconds. Damn, that scared th hell out of me xD, seems that the fluid evaporated and the flammable vapors exited through the wick hole, creating a big flame that almost burns my eyebrows. never use a zippo as an oil lamp for melting wax or anything else (and also be careful when melting wax, if a fire starts, remember, NEVER ever try to put out an oil fire with water or you'll have a fireball)

    I have watched my Dad do this before, but not on accident. :)

    lol I did that the first time I refueled my lighter, I sat there and watch my hand while it was on fire for a little bit till it started to hurt

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    Nice instructable! Glad you didn't burn up!