Well, here we go again, big dump of pics of pocket dumps from the last 3 or 4 months. Hope you enjoy!
A new category of entries/posts for the site!
Amazing Lost And Found Files; I figured these occurrences needed a name, considering how often it tends to happen. And how interesting, amazing and even hilarious myself, and a few other tend to find it.
Been a LOT going on this summer, and I do have things to post, but no time to do it. Lots of catch up posts this fall probably.
Until then, a few pocket dump pics to catch up that archive, and a few pics of other things thrown in, sort of a teaser. 🙂
Or a hot idea perhaps.
A fiery one at any rate.
So, I’ve been using the match safe and matches for a few weeks before this, partly because it was fun and works fine. But mostly because I ran out of butane, And lighter fluid.
And I’m miserably broke. So no fuel of either type was forthcoming anytime soon.
I’d been using the liquid fuel lighter inserts most of the summer, and winter, because I ran out of butane in the mid summer. And just happened to get a free can of Zippo lighter fluid when we cleaned the previous tenant’s “trash” out of one of the houses we worked on. 😀
@ $10+ a can, I’d given up buying the lighter fluid a couple years ago in favor of butane inserts. But the butane isn’t exactly cheap..
Anyway, I got to thinking about what else I could run a Zippo on. I’ve never done it, but Dad had told me years ago that they will run on gasoline, and diesel(and probably kerosene) if you can stand the smell.
I wondered this winter if my Zippo hand warmer would run on Heet, or Iso Heet alcohol. Never got around to trying it. The general concensus on the interned is that the lighters will run on the alcohol, but not great, and it evaporates out of them a Lot faster.
Next couple days, if I find I still have a bottle of it kicking around, I’ll try it in a lighter and see how it does.
I also wondered if I could use the can of white gas I have… but that’s pretty volatile stuff, didn’t want to blow up a lighter! Or me. 😉
Little research though, and, turns out white gas is a fancy name for what is basically 99% naphtha. Interesting!
Id always known that lighter fluid is basically 99% naptha.
My Ford Zippo is now running one Coleman stove fuel(white gas)!
Burns the same, and the exhaust, smell is the same.
The kicker here is that I have almost a full gallon can that I bought almost a decade ago for my Coleman multifuel stove!
At the time that gallon can was a horrific $10. What I’d pay now for a maybe ~ 16oz bottle of lighter fluid! Hate to think what the gallon of white gas costs now!!
Ever seen one of these?
Regular, standard Zippo on the left (vintage steel cased from 1952 actually)
Slim zippo center (vintage from 1985)
And, a custom cut down I did several years ago. These kept popping up online at the time, supposedly something that was “theatre art”; items made by deployed soldiers. From the vietnam war era, done to make them smaller to carry.. I call BS on that one! No way a soldier in the field ever did this mod, unless he was on a base with a machine shop handy!
I simply liked the square, balanced look, so I had to make one. Shortening the case is pretty easy. Shortening the insert is interesting…The real pain is re mounting the hinge, and getting the lid to body fit gapless and snug, without binding.
Couple years ago I did this project with a brass Zippo case, making a vesta out of it(a Vesta is a old fashioned match case/match safe). Works good too, if I do say so myself. Lately, I’d been going through some gear, and was loking at this gorgeous silver(real Silver, or at least Silver plated) lighter that my mother gave me a few years ago.
I always loved this lighter, its one I remember her having as long as I could remember, and she said she got it from a boyfriend she had once.. Since she met and married my dad in the early 60s, this lighter is older than that, and that makes this a pretty long lived lighter.
Its not a Zippo, and actually its not marked at all, in any way… Who knows, it could even be a one off, hand made item..(although I doubt it, since there is a guy on the forums that has one just about identical to it, but I don’t know how old his is.) Its a bit wider than a Slim Zippo; a Zippo insert doesn’t fit tightly.
Anyway, I love it but since the butane inserts for slim lighters are so hard to get stateside, and I don’t use a lighter often enough to justify wasting money on liquid lighter fluid that evaporates in a short time, I’ve not used it. It was on the shelf with the brass converted Vesta, and I’d been looking at vintage, and older styles of gear, and it clicked; Make a match safe out of it too! It even has the look of a Vesta, since a Lot of those were tall, slim and done in fancy silver, with carving and scroll work.
Its a simple mod, the same way I did the brass one, just cut the bottom off on a Zippo insert, invert, and epoxy into the case at the right height to clear the lid closing, but high enough to give good friction fit to hold the lid shut.