I've had several over the years, usually gifts.
Everyone has without exception been utterly useless, there's no way i'd rely on one.
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edd175 wrote (see)
Ah right ok...is there anything else you could recommend for lighting cold meths, apart from just heat it for longer?
Use a bit of tin foil under the burner as a priming plate to prime it. ?
Personally i add a wick to my winter burners, though i've only ever needed to use it once and i've camped down to -10.
I'm guessing the tin foil is spread the heat through the meths?
Drip a few drops around the bottom of the burner and light it to help the burner and meths warm through.
The drops will light far easier than a pool of meths, as in the burner.
jhb 0510 wrote (see)
When using a meths stove, I always use a fire steel, the sparks coming off it are so hot, they are not affected by wind or damp.
For those that haven't lit a meths stove with a flint before, be sure to hold the striker and pull the flint away from you, the opposite way to what you'd normally do.
You really don't want to knock over a pool of meths whilst lighting it, especially if in your porch.
Back to Turboflame for a min, I actually reckon they're good! I've got two, had them for over 10 years now I reckon, and both are still going strong, never failed to light or malfunctioned in any way. I really like the strong, directional flame on them, good in breezy conditions and great for pointing horizontally or downwards at a burner without getting burnt fingers.
Btw, mine are the original (afaik) design like the picture. I couldn't say if any of the other versions are any good.
Starting to see a bit of a trend here...Just out of interest, how do they actually fail, like what goes wrong?
Mine lasted about 3 weeks, it only had light use, I'm not a smoker.
It would hardly ever light even when full of gas. The spark seemed ok, it just wouldn't ignite the gas. Sometimes if you played with the mix it would light, but it took ages. I blistered my thumb trying.
I should have got a refund, but never got around to it.
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