Can you no longer get those little fuel capsules that resemble carvol capsules. ?
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Montgomery Wick wrote (see)
No, I don't want to spend time hunched over my stove frantically scratching away at a flint fire starter.
If I went off-grid to the extent you do I'd carry a firesteel as a back-up. They are dead easy to use when you get the knack. You can make a lightweight one with a lenght of ferrocerium (ebay) & piece of hacksaw blade.
ed h wrote (see)
I carry those nice little (free) books of matches (outmoded concept I know) you get from Hotels and Parisian bars....
Similar - wind-proof matches left over from compo ration packs. Always in my first-aid kit as a backup when the BIC fails.
I carry those waterproof matches as back up left over from the ration packs, Never had to use them though.
Being an Ex smoker I know that there are lots of lighters which are reliable. Zippo's are good but if you are gramme counting think they weigh 70g when full of fuel. Something like a clipper which from experiance is just as reliable but not so wind proof and much lighter, Also the clipper will last about about 3 weeks smoking 20 per day before needing to be re filled with gas.
A filled up Zippo should last a fair bit but the fuel does evaporate quicker than you realise. A little 10ml plastic bottle should ensure a week long trip goes smoothly.
I like my zippo, don't smoke anymore but it's a lovely object. I've got a heating thingy from them as well that delivers a nice glow when started.
I take a couple of disposables (normally come in a pack of about 7 for £1), got a ziipo as a back up as well as they seem to be reliable (simple design and have never failed on me) also a flint (picked up on Ebay for £1. Also recently bought 2 cheaper versions of a turboflame lighter:
after hearing Turboflames were unreliable, I didn't want to for out £9 each, so got these for £1.74. haven't had any problems (yet) and they don't seem to use that much fuel either! Obviously with them being cheaper, there are a couple of things I've found with them; the gas stays on a bit when you have it turned right up and the lock on one of them has broken.
Re. the one shot capsules, haven't been sold in ages. Done away with on 'elf & safety grounds.
You can also get the same problem of not lighting if flint gets wet. or you drop it onto/into something wet, grass could do if wet enough.
I prefer lighters with Pizio ignition.
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