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Flints: Gone But Not Forgotten

Postby fuzzy » Mon Feb 09, 2015 5:03 pm

It occurred to me that I should check my flint stash for various fire starters, after all, it has been at least 20 years since I checked them. I never did like to just rush into anything. The flints were just little piles of gray dust. Completely useless. They disintegrated. I knew they would do that over time, but I had forgotten how long it's been since I checked them. I won't forget to replenish them, that's for sure. Maybe you should check your supply. Starting a fire quickly could be a real luxury.

While I was going through my fire-starting stuff, I played around a little bit. A vaseline impregnated cotton ball will burn for a little over 5 minutes. A good flame too, shoots up about 6 inches, and easy to ignite. Plenty flame to start a fire, if you have everything (tinder & kindling) ready to start piling on.

Some kind of little commercial wick-type thing burned a smaller flame for only about 3 minutes! It was harder to light too. More wasted money. Oh well, live and learn.

Hope this post will help someone prep better.
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Re: Flints: Gone But Not Forgotten

Postby Naughty n Nice » Mon Feb 09, 2015 11:12 pm

Bic lighters is a good source for flints for zippo lighters.

Don't throw away your Bic's until after you have harvested the flint.

The flint, if kept in a pill bottle should keep indefinitely.
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Re: Flints: Gone But Not Forgotten

Postby fuzzy » Tue Feb 10, 2015 1:58 pm

Something like that is what I planned to do. The next time I go to town I'm going to buy some more flints and put them into something airtight. I'll be harvesting the old flints from old lighters too. Thanks!
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Re: Flints: Gone But Not Forgotten

Postby beachbrratt » Fri Feb 13, 2015 7:05 am

Now I know. I have been saving the old bic lighters for the flints and have had several people ask me for what. I didn't know but I knew I needed them and now I know, the Zippo type lighters. It's good to know I have to store the flints in an airtight container, I had no idea. Thanks Naughty...
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Re: Flints: Gone But Not Forgotten

Postby jimLE » Mon Dec 21, 2015 11:18 am

i save the flints from bics,scriptos,and crickets for my zippo.and the tube is what superglue or krazy glue came in..and i find the ones from bics are the best out of the 3 lighters..

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Re: Flints: Gone But Not Forgotten

Postby Helipilot » Sat Jan 16, 2016 4:19 am

Your thoughts on ferrocenium rods? I have a couple and they seem to work great. Flint has been hard for me to find around Little Rock.
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Re: Flints: Gone But Not Forgotten

Postby jimLE » Sat Jan 16, 2016 11:03 am

helipilot..have you done a web search?.i just did.and found a few sites that has them for sale..
https://www.google.com/search?q=ferroce ... erium+rods
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Re: Flints: Gone But Not Forgotten

Postby Helipilot » Sun Jan 17, 2016 3:44 am

Thanks Jimle for the tip. Will check it out
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