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  • Replace Your Zippo Flint With Flint From a Dead BIC

    Just an FYI for people. On my Zippo the spring collapses completely with the correct size of flint so adding any extra stuff means the screw won't turn in completely.

    Ronson & Zippo are now the same company & the products are identical except for branding & packaging.

    This. I tried charcoal lighter fluid and couldn't get it to light with the Zippo. It would ignite using another flame source but what's the point in that? Afterwards I had to take the cotton & wick out & wait a few days for it to evaporate completely before "filling" with Zippo/Ronson fluid.

    It's a single flint & and particles of said flint burn. This is easily visible if you grind a Bic & light it. You get a nice sparkler display. But even if particles don't burn & become embedded in the wick they will only absorb fluid to the point where they become saturated. Also, the wick is much better than any solid particle at, well, wicking fluid. So the wick isn't going to dry out. MAYBE you'll use more fluid than normal but that's it. Now, everything may burn/end up dirtier than if using genuine Zippo/Ronson consumables (they are the same company now), but that's nothing a quick cleaning won't fix. Using a single Bic flint isn't likely to necessitate needing a fresh wick, but even it does one only needs to pull a ¼" of fresh wick to solve any problems. One should...

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    It's a single flint & and particles of said flint burn. This is easily visible if you grind a Bic & light it. You get a nice sparkler display. But even if particles don't burn & become embedded in the wick they will only absorb fluid to the point where they become saturated. Also, the wick is much better than any solid particle at, well, wicking fluid. So the wick isn't going to dry out. MAYBE you'll use more fluid than normal but that's it. Now, everything may burn/end up dirtier than if using genuine Zippo/Ronson consumables (they are the same company now), but that's nothing a quick cleaning won't fix. Using a single Bic flint isn't likely to necessitate needing a fresh wick, but even it does one only needs to pull a ¼" of fresh wick to solve any problems. One should obviously use genuine consumables whenever possible but using a Bic flint once in awhile isn't going to harm your Zippo. It may require a quick cleaning with a wire brush & ¼” of wick, but that hardly constitutes "expensive lighter parts and upkeep." It's simply routine maintenance that should be done anyway.

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  • Replace Your Zippo Flint With Flint From a Dead BIC

    Awesome way to save some cash!My modification: Instead of cutting the flint I cut one end off the spring from the Bic lighter so it would fit on the screw from the Zippo. I put the original spring & flint spacer from the Zippo in a parts box for later. Could have cut the other side of the spring so the spacer would fit as well but it is very loose & doesn't retain the parts like the Zippo spring & I didn't want to risk losing the spacer the next time I take it apart.The photo shows the Bic spring's cut end on the right and the the original end on the left which is too small for the Zippo screw/flint spacer.

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