Prepping a New Zippo

How I like to prepare new Zippos before I start to use them.

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    8 years ago on Introduction

    Hi, I usually did the same thing.

    To stop/reduce flaring of the wick, I usually wound some cotton sewing thread a few loops around the top of the wick, tie it and snip off the ends. This seems to work pretty well whenever my Zippo would give me grief and I suspect it prolonged wick life greatly.

    Buying new wick is cheap, but back in my cigarette smoking days I would only be able to get hold of a replacement wick slightly inferior to the factory installed one -has this changed?

    I also cannibalized broken, disposable lighters for their flints, since these would usually last way longer than the ones sold by Ronson and Zippo.