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Old 09-22-2016, 01:46 AM
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Blast match are horrible although customer service was nice. I had purchased a ultimate survival technology kit say 7 years ago comes in a waterproof OtterBox with pocket chainsaw, blast match, micropur tabs, and signal mirror opened it recently reading about Flint rot and went to test out the blast match and grey powder lined the OtterBox and not knowing what it came from I went to play with the blast match and it opened exposed the rod and it wouldn't budge I put almost my body weight into it and tried working it to no avail. In all fairness customer service was happy to replace it but I wouldn't bet my life on it again give me old Flint and steel which I've had some from boy scouts going on 20 years and still functional.
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Pretty much the same as most are reporting. I have assorted butane lighters leftover from when I smoked, and I quit on January of 1990. A random check on five lighters, had all five light up.
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My son worked his way through college as a corrections officer and he would bring me home the lighters the incoming inmates had to surrender as they were brought in to the county jail. I have several large zip lock bags filled with disposable lighters dating back to the early 2000`s. I use them around the house burning papers and on the work bench and so far I have had no failures.
 
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I have a jewelers torch and have been lighting it with the same BIC lighter for 20 years...
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You can also refill them:


I am sure you could use propane.
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I would think the first thing to go would be the rubber seal that keeps the fuel in. If properly stored the rest of the lighter should out last us all. Had a friend duct tape together a couple dozen lighters into a "lighter ball" because he got tired of people stealing and losing lighters. Asked about the "lighter ball" a couple years back and he pulled it out of a closet, covered in dog hair and dust but the lighters still worked fine.
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I would think the first thing to go would be the rubber seal that keeps the fuel in. If properly stored the rest of the lighter should out last us all. Had a friend duct tape together a couple dozen lighters into a "lighter ball" because he got tired of people stealing and losing lighters. Asked about the "lighter ball" a couple years back and he pulled it out of a closet, covered in dog hair and dust but the lighters still worked fine.
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Well she made it 30 minutes, I owe somebody $1...

I would take a $1 worth of lighters
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Can I PayPal you some lighters? I was actually impressed/surprised she made it. You deserve every penny!
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Only prob I ever had with disposables was getting hot if left in a vehicle in the summer. Had a couple explode from the heat. Neve a prob w/Zippos. What I REALLY want is an old style lighter with a release value on the liquid fuel storage section.
I remember seeing them as a kid. 1/2 clear so you could see how much fuel was left & it didnt evaporate cuz there was a button that released the fuel in small quantities.
Ronsum, Ransom . . . something like that ???
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Ronsum, Ransom . . . something like that ???
I believe, you are talking about Ronson lighters. May be something like Ronson Aurora - flint lighter, fuelled with butane.
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Hi all, sorry for bumping an old thread but this is one of the top Google results...

I just experienced flint rot for the first time. I didn't even know such a thing occurred and I smoked for years. The Bic lighter I just tried was about 15 years old (I quit 14 years ago) and the flint turned to a gray dust when I tried it.

47 years old and this is the first time I ever heard of this. I'm glad it wasn't a survival situation. This is exactly the kind of thing that goes wrong though, at the worse possible time.
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Flint rot, the breakdown of the ferrocerrium rod, from my experience is usually found in the cheaper butane lighters.

I've never seen this issue with the "BIC" lighters, or those of similar quality. I have only seen this twice in my lifetime, and both times were with the really cheap knock offs.
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was trying to start the bbq with a long nose lighter. liquid in reservoir. slide switched to max. but no flame. did light gas though by squeezing trigger a bunch, no spark visible.
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