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what alternate fules can u use in a zippo? Answered


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Dr.Bill (author)2010-01-16

I have used white gas for cook stoves.
Kerosene. Does not work well.
Various paint thinners.
I used methel ethel ketone one time but I don't recomend it !
Even the very liquid plastic model cement that comes in a bottle works well.
100 proof alcohol.
Possibly rubbing alcohol.

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Dr.Bill (author)Dr.Bill2010-01-16

Almost anything that evaporates rapidly.
Nitro methane model engine fuel. Will make your heart beat faster if you get it on your hands.

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Koosie (author)2010-01-14

Try something different, diesel would probably take to long to ignite but it'll be a first.  Paraffin should also work and might last longer than traditional lighter fluid.

You could also mix different fuels or add something to the lighter fluid to get a different colour flame.

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Burf (author)2010-01-14

Just about any flammable liquid whose ignition point is low enough to be lit by a spark wheel will work in a Zippo lighter, but most are either too sooty, too flammable or volatile, (they evaporate very quickly and you have to refuel the lighter frequently) and most have a bad odor.
If you're looking to save money, liquid Zippo type fuel is just plain old Naptha. You can buy a quart at most hardware and paint stores for about $10 U.S., about the same price as twelve ounces of Zippo or Ronson lighter fluid.

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lemonie (author)2010-01-14

Petrol (gasoline) will work, but it'll burn sooty and it stinks.
Alcohol (methanol, ethanol, IPA) would work, but probably not as well as lighter-fluid. White spirit / Stoddard solvent, but it might be a bit sooty.
If you want something cheaper than Zippo fluid, have you looked for cheap generic lighter-fluid?


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