Lighter recommendations? Ignition source, I mean...

Discussion in 'Kitchen' started by Helen E, Sep 24, 2020.

  1. Helen E

    Helen E Trail Blazer

    Hi folks

    I'm thinking of taking a lighter as a back-up ignition source for a canister-top stove but, inexplicably, typing 'lighter' into the search box brings up lots of posts about the relative weight of different items :banghead:

    Have picked up a torjet to try – is there anything else I could be looking at?


  2. Rog Tallbloke

    Rog Tallbloke Thru Hiker

    Common or garden clipper. Keep it dry, and the sparks from the flint will light your gas stove even if the lighter runs out of gas.
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  3. Shewie

    Shewie Administrator Staff Member

    +1 for a Clipper
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  4. Rmr

    Rmr Section Hiker

    Clipper or mini Bic for me.
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  5. Helen E

    Helen E Trail Blazer

    A theme emerging here, thank you – do you mind my asking, where do you buy them? I avoid Amazon when I can...
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  6. Shewie

    Shewie Administrator Staff Member

    Newsagents, offies and most petrol stations seem to have them, avoid the piezo jet versions as they're crap
  7. Helen E

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  8. Tartanferret

    Tartanferret Thru Hiker

    As well as my mini clipper, i also carry a mini firesteel
  9. Helen E

    Helen E Trail Blazer

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  10. dovidola

    dovidola Thru Hiker

    I use this one (Light My Fire I think) - weight 7g. For a striker I use the blade spine of my pocket knife. A standard Opinel will allow this operation with the blade closed (weight of my normally-carried Opinel No 6 Walnut is 28g).
    Nothing wrong with a Bic of course, but I just have an affection for backup gear which has no moving parts or fuel, and therefore no capacity for failure.

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  11. PhilHo

    PhilHo Thru Hiker

    Mini Bic. Get a bright coloured one.
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  12. WilliamC

    WilliamC Thru Hiker

    Or get a white one so that you can see how much gas is left (and be careful where you put it).
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  13. Rmr

    Rmr Section Hiker

    I use steel for my gas setup but always have a mini Bic for backup
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  14. Chiseller

    Chiseller Thru Hiker

    I've just bought a set of 5 mini bics from ebay £4.25 with some of them bright colours. I think that was the best deal I could find on the bay Helen.
    I foolishly stripped on down to see if I could extract the striker and flint as one unit, like with a refillable clipper...
    Note the word foolishly! :eggonface:
    It's not the same arrangement...
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  15. Lempo

    Lempo Thru Hiker

    So you were standing there buck nekkid with a broken lighter on your hand? :hilarious:
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  16. Helen E

    Helen E Trail Blazer

    Thanks, all

    @Chiseller – I'm not brave enough to try dismantling mine :eek:
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  17. Chiseller

    Chiseller Thru Hiker


    I need to watch that type suggestion... And my laziness :eggonface::D:biggrin::D:D:biggrin::thumbsup:
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  18. JKM

    JKM Thru Hiker

    Torjet lighters are good.
    Meths lights first time every time for me.
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  19. SteG

    SteG Ultralighter

    Yes I use torjets too and spare bic just incase. + 6 wind proof matches and strike.
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  20. Enzo

    Enzo Thru Hiker

    Mini BIC for me. Simple, cheap, mega reliable.
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  21. Foxster

    Foxster Section Hiker

    I always carry a 'Replacement CLIPPER Lighter Flint Barrel' bought off Amazon. Weighs about 2g.

    Its just in case the sparker on my Soto stove fails, which it did last winter when it accidentally got left overnight in a puddle. Was fine again once it dried out.
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    Robin Moderator Staff Member

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    Rog Tallbloke Thru Hiker

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    HillBelly Section Hiker

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