Introduction: Replace Your Zippo Flint With Flint From a Dead BIC

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these are step by step instruction on how to replace the flint in you Zippo with some from a disposible BIC light that has run out of gas.

Step 1: Removing the Flint and Disassembling Your Zippo

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if your flint is too small from being worn down, or just completly gone, you will need to take apart your zippo. do this by removing the metal portion fomr the colored shell, the same as you would to refill the lighter.

Step 2: Taking Apart Your Dead BIC

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first remove the metal sheild that surrounds where the flame would be.
Also, remove the saftey if you have one.
you can do both of these steps with a pair of needle nose pliers.
just grab, twist, and pull. both should come off fairly easily.
next, put the lighter in a clear plastic bag.
the lighter is spring loaded and if you don't take it apart in a clear plastic bag,
the parts wil fly out and be lost forever.
through the bag, grab the wheel with a pair of pliers.
carefully pull it to on side. after one side of the rod holding it in pops out,
it should come out easily. as soon as the wheel is removed,
the flint and spring will shoot out. the spring is about and inch to an inch and half long. the flint is about 3/32" in diameter.

Step 3: Cutting Down the Flint

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once you have taken apart the bic, lay out all the parts.
it should look something like this.
you will have a dead lighter body, spring, wheel, sheild, and flint.
the only thing you will need for this project is the flint.
place the flint in a pair of wire cutters, (usually found on needle nose pliers.)
put the pliers back inside the clear plastic bag.
you will be cutting the flint in half (length wise) becusae it is about twice as long
as it needs to be. the purpose of the bag is to prevent the flint from shooting across the room. next, simply cut the flint in half.

Step 4: Replacing Your Flint in Your Zippo

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unscrew the bronze screw on the bottum of your zippo "guts."
there will be a long spring attached to this, pull it out.
turn your zippo right side up, and shake it to make sure there is no
flint or anything else in the tube. next drop the flint you cut down the tube.
replace the spring and push it down and screw it in.
it won't be flush with the bottum, but it will close.
put the lighter back together and try it out.
if the wheel doesn't spin, the flint is too big.
you can either cut it down more, or file it down with a metal file and pliers.


tootall1121 (author)2017-06-14

um why are you people arguing over the fluid or butane? He's not saying that at all. th flint is all he's talking about. You can get a regular lighter to kind of work with this fix, but It's not recommended for the good of the lighter. These flints corrode easily and quickly.

BenecyaJ (author)2016-08-07

Cheers. Never would've thought of this

knex sniper123 (author)2009-06-12

can u use the bic lighter fluid in the zippo, i do then can u please post instructions. Thanks

sharlston (author)knex sniper1232009-07-26

ok a bic or disposable lighter burns gas zippos burn fluid

MisterHankie (author)sharlston2015-05-18

gas is a fluid

XavierP20 (author)MisterHankie2016-04-16

No, gasoline is a fluid, gas is a state of matter where the atoms are spread farther apart.

DeathsHeadK (author)XavierP202016-06-26

Both Gasses and Liquids are fluids. Look it up if you dont believe me.

zoone (author)knex sniper1232009-07-01

u cant bic lighters burn gas

cbrown222 (author)zoone2009-07-08

they burn butane a pressurized fuel, not gas

zoone (author)cbrown2222009-07-09

lol in the end its all some kind of gas

sharlston (author)zoone2009-07-26

no theres difference bettween a gas and liquid

zoone (author)sharlston2009-07-26

yes but in the end there both a kind of fuel

sharlston (author)zoone2009-07-26

yes but you quoted lol in the end its all some kind of gas

gas and fuel are different things

Please do your home work before acting like a rude genius. Butane is a gas. Period. It may take a liquid form under pressure, but since it appears in a gas form in atmospheric pressure it is a gas.

Google it!

sorry mr.killjoy

zoone (author)sharlston2009-07-26

your no fun at all are you

ArcticMoet (author)2016-04-30

This worked great, thank you! There are no retailers for zippo flints within a thousand miles, no kidding.

I'm not sure if there's a difference in the sizes between regular Bic lighters and Mini Bics, but I used the flint from a mini Bic and it fit perfectly, I didn't have to cut it.

thetacticalwalnut (author)2016-02-18

works awesome

thetacticalwalnut (author)2016-02-18

works awesome

thetacticalwalnut (author)2016-02-18

works great

thetacticalwalnut (author)2016-02-18

works great

TrishaG8 (author)2016-02-05

It worked! My husband thinks I'm a genius! Hahahaha! You're my hero! Thanks!

Deadpunk (author)2007-05-29

hey my zippo fluid just ran dry and i don't have any replacement fluid is there anything around the house i can use instead of zippo fluid like regular ligher fluid for camp fires or something like that?

MisterHankie (author)Deadpunk2015-05-18

liquid lighter fluid is acetone so just buy it at a hardware store. it should be wherever they keep paint thinner. you could also use nail Polish remover (also acetone). alcohol and acetone won't burn you if you spill it and light yourself on fire. I've done it several times and have never been burned. not that i would recommend it...

Pyroaniac (author)Deadpunk2010-12-07

you can use any number of thing as long as you saturate the cotton exp. axe spray, bug repelant suff of that flammability ( or you could go to a smoke shop they sell tons of lighter fluid for cheap

295291001 (author)Deadpunk2010-07-13

Isopropanol i beleive its called, But to be perfectly honest its rubbing alchohol very convenient very cheap. Burns very well just be sure to be very careful with it i was sent to the hospital with third degree burns. Isopropanol is clear 95% alchohol and odds are is you won't notice if you spill it on yourself, And it really burns running around just feeds the flame. But over all very convenient and easy to find.

curtcurmudgeon (author)Deadpunk2010-06-08

white gas for gas stoves itb is napa same as lighter check it out on wicppedia or some search engine agallon is 8 dollars never had a problem

yes, you can use the kind for the grill, it works, im not sure if its better or worse because i have an imitation zippo (it uses the same thing for lighting and stuff) and ive never used the other kind, but you can certainly use camp fire fluid.

i have a zippo style lighter i got it for £1 heres a pic: plz show me yours

gasoline might work and supposedly coleman lantern fluid is cheap cheap cheap and lasts forever sports shop have it a gallon for like 5-8 bucks supposedly its the same material i dont have a zippo, so cant test

Don't use Charcoal Lighter Fluid or Lamp Oil (Parafin) Neither can catch a spark anywhere near as good as a zippo. And once you fill it with a bad fluid, its a pain to flush it out. Down here, its like 1.50 for a can of zippo fuel that lasts forever (12 ounces is plenty!)

woody558 (author)Deadpunk2009-02-03

You can use lighter fluid. It's much cheaper than zippo fluid.

hey this is not new to me but i thank u for the step by steps but how do or can i take the fluid out the bic and other lighters mto use in my zippo?

chadwickp (author)2015-01-06

brother that was such a simple, well explained vid...i knew basically what 2 do, but i just hadnt thought if it til' i say your vid.

well done brother...& thanks.

winchesterdomme14 made it! (author)2015-01-02

Instead of needle nose pliers, I used tweezers, and it works perfectly! Thank you so much!

tootall1121 (author)2014-03-24

I've done this many times in a pinch, but I must say the Bic flints do not work as well as real Zippo flints. Only real zippo flints work like they're supposed to. These will do the job, but not as well, plan on many strikes to get it lit. If you ever look closely in comparison, you'll notice Zippo flints are a silver color. I think they have more to them than just flint material. Ronson flints don't work as well, neither does their fuel. Why, I don't know but having tried them all over the years, the fact is Zippo stuff works best with their style lighters. I've taken the flints out of other kinds of lighters too, it does work, just not as well as the real deal.

tootall1121 (author)tootall11212014-03-24

Save the spring as well, it can be used to replace a broken or damaged one. Needs cutting to do so, but will work.

borat007 (author)2013-02-23

I got given a "broken" zippo today, instead of taking like 2 weeks to ship new flint, it took a few minutes of research to find this and then another few minutes to replace the flint, thanks so much.

tootall1121 (author)borat0072014-03-24

Most places that carry lighters carry the real deal zippo flints. Try the name brand sometime, especially with the real Zippo fluid. I get the one flick lights.

cecilomar (author)2013-06-18

I did't know it would fit... Thank you.

Roryfo (author)2013-04-14

this is fantastic :D , easy to do, and it works, thanks

GhettoWhiteBoy (author)2012-03-27

i have looked everywhere for replacement flints. I.E: walmart, liqour stores, random supermarkets and gas stations but NO ONE has em. I didnt want to buy a new $10 zippo so i baught a POS BIC. My zippo has life thanks to you.

Amon-100 (author)GhettoWhiteBoy2012-09-19

You should try jewelers that sell Zippo's they usually will have the bits and pieces necessary to service them, flints, wicks, replacement cotton and felt bottoms, best to ask because they might not have them out front.

Zippo brand flints and wick are relatively cheap here in Ireland; 1 euro to a 1.50 for a pack or five or six flints and the same for a replacement wicks i haven't yet need to replace the felt in a lighter but it should be around the same price

Amon-100 (author)2012-09-19

Good Instructable something i noticed is that if you have a older Zippo that is sparking but not lighting easily. The problem may be with the spring that holds the flint to the wheel, if the spring isn't putting enough pressure on the flit it won't spark right, my solution is to put a second Zippo brand flint in tube. when your tightening down the brass screw there it should take a little extra pressure. the result should be a good strong spark that should have no problem lighting the wick. Resist the urge to just stretch the spring a little to get the same effect it will work for a short time but the spring will just end up returning to its previous shape, usually after a day or two.

A second unrelated problem that will effect the ability of Zippo lighting on the first strike is that the wick in the lighter may not be of good quality, this is common in second hand or found lighters where at some point the wick from a cheep oil lighter was used as a replacement for the original Zippo at some point. The only good long lasting solution for this is to get a Zippo brand replacement, in my experience only use the Zippo brand, other wick use synthetic fibers that that almost always burn away to nothing but the copper wire. Buy once and buy right and you wont need to worry about your Zippo's wick for a long time

juspassin (author)2012-08-05

how can i not comment? NEVER thought of it. but while looking for flints online, cause i just cant remember where mine are after moving a couple times ! thanks!!

Mrcheese15 (author)2012-03-17

the reason you should only use lighter fluid is because other flamable liquids burn dirtier, which chars the wick alot faster

Omnipharious (author)2012-01-11

I don't know why, but I'm surprised that this worked so well. My brother found a Zippo at the theater a year or two ago, and it recently ran out of fluid, and I noticed when flicking it, there was no spark. It had fuel, and it did light, so I'm not entirely sure how that happened without a spark, but now I can actually see that it's sparking, so thanks, mate!

jimmymeister (author)2008-10-24

lol, thanks a lot but i should have read all of the steps cuz when i took the wheel of the BIC the flint just shot out.

jramey1 (author)jimmymeister2011-11-02

Yup same here. I finally found it after 10 minutes and it worked great! XD

jprice19 (author)2011-10-12

Wow, this works great! The flint from BIC lighters work much better than the Zippo brand flints. Sometimes it would take a 2/3 sparks to get the Zippo to light. Now it only takes a single spark every time. I think the thicker diameter of the BIC flint allows a better spark which is why I'm seeing a noticeable difference. Great work!

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