Zippo Emergency Fire Starter Kit
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|Item Dimensions||3 x 2 x 1 inches|
|Item Display Weight||0.15 pounds|
|Shipping Weight||0.1 pounds|
|Size||4.50 x 4 x 6.25|
|Sport Type||Camping & Hiking|
The Zippo Emergency Fire Starter Kit could be the thing that saves your bacon or at least gives you the confidence to foray into the great outdoors. In the outdoors, getting a fire started quickly can be a matter of life and death. And with the Zippo Emergency Fire Starter Kit, starting a fire has never been easier. The reliable flint wheel ignition easily lights the water-resistant waxed tinder sticks. And with a water-resistant O-ring seal built into the case, the contents stay dry.Great addition to Emergency Survival Kits.Ideal for camping, hiking, extreme altitudes, hunting, and emergency situations.Made in the USA..
Top Customer Reviews
I was surprised by all the positive reviews. Did I get a bum one? Then I realized...I was spinning the strike wheel the wrong way! HEEE-HAAW! Wow, did I feel STUPID!!! I'm actually sitting here laughing at myself..what a doofus I am! Lol! So yes, it is well made, and functions flawlessly. Oh, BW, don't remove the little sticker on the wheel showing which way to strike it! DOH! :)
I like that it's packaged in a Zippo case the familiar Zippo "click" when you open it. I recommend buying a refill kit with it Zippo Tinder Sticks For Emergency Fire Starter so that you can test it out when you first get it. The kit itself only comes with four tinders.
Surprisingly heavy with a sturdy feeling a little more so than the regular Zippo lighters. There is a flipper there, just like the Zippo lighters and you can get the familar opening sound.
However, when closing, the o-ring deadens the sound and prevents full closure of the lid, until you actually press down properly. A good thing as it indicates that the o-ring is squeezing on the lid, which should keep the innards water-tight. I threw it in a sink of water and didn't notice any water ingress.
Having said that, I would recommend using a wide rubber band (like the type made from bicycle inner tubes) to ensure that the lid remains closed, but even if it were to open and flood the insides, the tinder would not be affected and you can quickly dry out the sparker by shaking or blowing out the excess water, followed by quickly striking it a few times.
The sparker is just as you would find on any Zippo lighter, except that it is turned 90 degrees so that the sparks fly out the front (i.e. the wide face) of the device. You pull it straight out and replace the flint by unscrewing the bottom, just like a typical Zippo. However, the screw does not have knurling on it to aid in grip, so you may have to use a coin or screw driver to loosen it. There isn't anywhere to store a spare flint, but each one should be good for quite a lot of strikes.
Replacing the sparker, you must note the direction of the wheel. You can accidentally insert it such that the wheel would throw the sparks on to the tinder.
I don't seem to be able to remove the black parts of the innards and I don't think you are meant to.
The tinder is pretty standard waxed cotton wool. It lights easily once you have frayed it and burns well. Twisting it seems to be the easiest way to fray it. They can be replaced with home-made versions if you don't want to shell out for the original stuff.
All round it is a good, sturdy, fire-lighting device, which can pretty much be operated with only 1 hand. It is too heavy for ultralight hikers, but should be alright for bug-out-bags, daily use (if you have a fire-place), multi-member expeditions (like a scouts camp), vehicular camping, etc.