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Post by Perritonegro Mon Jul 20, 2015 5:56 pm

Can the lighter fluid used in the old zippo's be found? Alternatively can one use Naptha ---- la nafta?

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Post by CanuckBob Mon Jul 20, 2015 6:40 pm

Try Paz beside SuperLake. I'm sure I have seen it there.
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Post by JoeInMO Mon Jul 20, 2015 8:35 pm

Perritonegro wrote:Can the lighter fluid used in the old zippo's be found?    Alternatively can one use Naptha ---- la nafta?

Zippo lighter fluid is essentially naphtha, but there's no specific definition of naphtha. What is sold as naphtha (also called white gas) usually contains other petroleum distillates toluene and benzine, etc. The bottom line is that the Zippo can contains what we call naphtha.

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Post by Bunyan Mon Jul 20, 2015 10:05 pm

That was helpful, Joe. (I just can't help myself.)

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Post by JoeInMO Mon Jul 20, 2015 10:15 pm

Bunyan wrote:That was helpful, Joe.  (I just can't help myself.)

The bottom line is that you can use naphtha as a replacement for Zippo fluid. It's much cheaper. You can buy a lifetime supply for the cost of a few cans of Zippo. Petroleum distillates are complicated, but the general term of haphtha is general enough that even Zippo doesn't know exactly what they're getting. Be careful not to get naphthalene since it's similar sounding.

Naphtha is also known as spot remover, white gas, and a bunch of other names. Makes a good stain remover on color safe clothing on many stains. It's a very versatile product and cheap Zippo refill fluid. It's also used widely as charcoal starter in BBQ pits. Just try and buy one grade better than the cheapest since there are no specific definition of the product. One step up in grade will be much more stable. I don't know what's available in Mexico. Some also call it mineral spirits, but I wouldn't use that. White gas or naphtha.

Good luck. Glad to help.

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Post by Bunyan Mon Jul 20, 2015 10:44 pm

OMG

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Post by artesialulu Mon Jul 20, 2015 11:25 pm

As an aside, Zippo made their lighters so that you could dip them in a Jerry can (gas can) to fill them up.  Maybe the liquor store on the East side of Super Lake will have it.
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Post by JoeInMO Mon Jul 20, 2015 11:54 pm

artesialulu wrote:As an aside, Zippo made their lighters so that you could dip them in a Jerry can (gas can) to fill them up.  Maybe the liquor store on the East side of Super Lake will have it.

Do not dip your Zippo into gasolina... the results would be VERY dangerous unless you were doing nothing more than trying to prove you machismo. Burns hurt. Foolish decisions have consequences.

I'm done with this issue. Dip it in rocket fuel for all I give a damn. Just trying to give accurate information, not old wives tales or BS.

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Post by slainte39 Tue Jul 21, 2015 1:04 am

JoeInMO wrote:
artesialulu wrote:As an aside, Zippo made their lighters so that you could dip them in a Jerry can (gas can) to fill them up.  Maybe the liquor store on the East side of Super Lake will have it.

Do not dip your Zippo into gasolina... the results would be VERY dangerous unless you were doing nothing more than trying to prove you machismo. Burns hurt.  Foolish decisions have consequences.

I'm done with this issue.  Dip it in rocket fuel for all I give a damn.  Just trying to give accurate information, not old wives tales or BS.

-Joe

You are talking like that to someone who has an IQ of 140? Shocked

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Post by Perritonegro Tue Jul 21, 2015 8:00 am

Bob, Joe, thanks for the input and confirming naptha was a viable option. Appreciated.

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Post by Pedro Tue Jul 21, 2015 8:21 am

i bought it at paz for my zippo.
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Post by CanuckBob Tue Jul 21, 2015 8:39 am

Perritonegro wrote:Bob, Joe, thanks for the input and confirming naptha was a viable option.  Appreciated.

I think Zippo fluid has an additive that makes it evaporate slower. Since it is really quite inexpensive I would just stick with the real deal.
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Post by gringomojado Tue Jul 21, 2015 8:02 pm

Naptha,Benzene,Mineral Spirits,Zippo Fuel, can all cause cancer,then again if you smoke,you may not be worried. Use high proof rum or vodka and don't sweat it!

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Post by espíritu del lago Wed Jul 22, 2015 5:44 am

Joe I like you!

Straight up, no bullshit!
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Post by jrm30655 Wed Jul 22, 2015 6:38 am

Go to PAZ next to Superlake. Step inside and look to the left. There is a display cabinet on the front wall. In the bottom section you can find flints, wicks and fluid.

The last time I was there they were about out and I had to bend over and look to the back of the cabinet to find it but it has been in that location for the last 9 years

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