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  1. #1 Zippo Lighter Fuel Evaporation Problem 
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    Hello,

    I own a zippo lighter. The fuel that I fill it with is Naphtha.
    Even though the fuel is kept inside cotton inside the lighter.
    Eventually it evaporates, ussually in 2 days and I have to refill it.
    I do keep it in a cool dark place, however I still have the problem.

    Will keeping it in the fridge help?

    Any other idea's to slow down the evaporation?

    Thanks.


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    I can't think of any...maybe smoke less? Just don't overfill it...I did once and the extra spilled in my pocket...left a chemical burn on my thigh.

    Zippo's are cool..especially if do the slick "flip open and light in one gesture" move.


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    Yeah, I can do the trick where you hold it with 2 fingers at the top and your thumb at the bottom with one hand, then you SNAP it open.

    I also made my own trick, same as the first one, but holding the lighter upside down, a bit harder.

    As for the fluid, any idea's?
    Any feedback on the fridge idea?
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    uh...why not use regular lighter fluid? I have no idea about that evaporation, but I doubt it has anything to do with temperature.
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    Regular lighter fluid is naphtha, although its composition can vary a bit. Concerning evaporation rates, check this link:

    http://wiki.answers.com/Q/How_long_d...d_to_evaporate
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    In other words, keep a tight seal and don't store it in your pants pocket.
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    my father (I never smoked) used to use lighter fluid, that same type of lighter, and kept it in his pocket. It never evaporated. What is going wrong here?
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    I wouldn't want those fumes to get all over the food in the fridge.

    If you are storing it in the fridge, you must not be using it very frequently, so my suggestion is when you do use it, just put a little bit of fluid in it - however much you are going to use.
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