Matches VS cigarette lighters.

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Matches VS cigarette lighters.

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We light a fire at least once a day ,two if we light the other stove. That means we need a way to do that. Matches or cigarette lighters.When I first started out this prepping lark,I bought quite a few :lol: packs of safety matches from Wilkinsons. They came wrapped in cellophane,and I stashed them in sealed plastic boxes.They are still viable.However,at the same time I was buying disposable lighters too.You know the ones; ten for a quid.They were stored the same way,and again,still good.
Yesterday,the lighter on the mantlepiece ran out of fuel.It has been there forever! I went to get another,and realised that we don’t really use the matches.I always EDC a lighter too,not matches.

So my question is this: Are matches old technology?
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To me yes I too purchased 10 for a quid for my fire lighting using only 1 in a blue moon for that purpose the rest are slowly leaking gas some worse than others but their still working .
My box of swan vesta left next to lighters for several years crumble when struck thay got chucked years back .
A disposable lighter is small needs no maintaining and even out of gas you will still have sparks to play with .
Surely a main part of any e d.c. kit.

A observation with the demise of smoking and rise of vapes lighters matchsticks slowly are on their way out .
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We have quite a few boxes of matches and are steadily working through them in the house. Outside and in the workshop to light things like the gas burner I tend to use a disposable lighter so bit of both really...
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I tend to reach for a lighter when I need to light something. Have lots of them laying around, including a couple of refillable ones which I must have had since I smoked (gave up in the 90s). I've also got a couple of cans of gas which I use to refill a soldering iron/blowtorch
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Don't forget the humble Zippo .....

Fuel evaporates fairly quick but lighter fluid is cheap .


Turbo flame lighters are ok and have a half decent 2yr warranty
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Hmm. I have lots of boxes of matches - I hadn't thought of them crumbling, I must say, they've been stashed away for a long time in case of need, and since I moved here in 2010, I haven't had a manual-lit gas fire, so I don't need them at all, day to day.

I don't have any lighters at all, I don't want to buy disposables either. I'd happily buy a good quality refillable lighter, with fuel and flints extra - Zippo is the brand name I know, is that just the name, or are they best in some way?
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Any views on the electronic lighters can (if empty ) you use the spark to light tinder.
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Depends on my mood, if I want the ritual of laying a fire I'll use matches tinder etc if I want a fire its firelighters and a refillable gas lighter, :D
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Arzosah wrote: Thu Feb 10, 2022 11:07 am Hmm. I have lots of boxes of matches - I hadn't thought of them crumbling, I must say, they've been stashed away for a long time in case of need, and since I moved here in 2010, I haven't had a manual-lit gas fire, so I don't need them at all, day to day.

I don't have any lighters at all, I don't want to buy disposables either. I'd happily buy a good quality refillable lighter, with fuel and flints extra - Zippo is the brand name I know, is that just the name, or are they best in some way?
Zippos are good- sort of. I think they are great - especially outdoors ( wind proof pretty much) , BUT… Yorkshire Andy nailed it; the fuel evaporates quickly - about three days in my experience- so it’s not fuel-and-forget! More an EDC item I would suggest. As Andy also commented, the turbo lighters are good too. My wife has one ( in pink :lol: ) as she is partial to an occasional smoke. More like a mini blowtorch than a lighter!
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For round the house I like the long, refillable butane lighters. I have a good few cans of refill lighter butane and for "disposable" lighters I like the refillable ones that use a piezoelectric spark. Experience tells me that the little Ferro rod "flints" in disposal lighters do eventually breakdown but the piezoelectric sparklers less so (but they definitely do fail). I think the enemy of matches and Ferro rods is damp and oxidisation so there is some merit in sealing them in Mylar to prolong life.

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