bic lighter

Discussion in 'Wilderness & Survival Skills' started by sasha, Apr 3, 2017.

  1. ThePeacent


    Sep 15, 2013
    Getting into those as of late.

    I found them more comfortable and reliable, and I really like'em better
  2. bore


    May 20, 2015
    Do the clippers dry up like zippos?
  3. Low_rez

    Low_rez Gold Member Gold Member

    Mar 15, 2011
    IMG_0776.jpg IMG_0777.jpg For camping, I got a Soto Pocket Torch last summer for $20. It uses cheap $1 gas station lighters inside (Scripto is best) and turns them into a flameless torch. Works Great!
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  4. Mikel_24


    Sep 19, 2007
    Nop, they are just like a BIC (same fuel) but in a different format (roundish, instead of flat-oval) and allow you to store extra fling and replace as needed. They are also refillable.
  5. The Zieg

    The Zieg

    Jan 31, 2002
    Love this, but the product page indicates it may not work above 5000'/1500m. That rules out the entire state of Colorado. I'm only just between Denver and CoSpgs and I'm at almost 7000'. I might just buy one, though, and see how it works! Maybe I'll ride the airhead up to the top of Pike's Peak and try it there.

  6. adnj

    adnj Gold Member Gold Member

    Aug 15, 2006
    I carry a Bic in a plastic bag or wrap it in cling-wrap. A nylon sheath on your belt works well, too.
  7. tiguy7

    tiguy7 Gold Member Gold Member

    Jun 25, 2008
    IMG_2179.JPG IMG_2145.jpg At the Blade Show they had a limited edition (200) Bic caddy that glows in the dark.
  8. SW-EDC

    SW-EDC Platinum Member Platinum Member

    Dec 4, 2015
    I use weatherproof matches but do want a good lighter in my pack.
  9. supertac916


    Sep 6, 2014
    I usually carry three mini bics with me. One in my pocket, one in my Altoids tin on my sheath, and a spare in my pack. I also have the firesteel that I use for fun, along with some tinder and water proof matches in the Altoid tin as well. Went for an overnighter two weekends ago in the Tahoe National Forest below the snow line. There was only one other group on the entire lake and it was a father and son doing an overnighter. The Dad asked for "fire" and it took me a few seconds to process the fact he needed something to start a fire. I gave him the Bic in my pocket because I had the two spares on me. At least I know that I'll never be without fire for the most part. Couldn't imagine hiking in and than realizing I forgot my lighter or matches in my truck, when the temps were dropping into the 30's without wind chill. Had a similar instance during the winter in the same area. Two guys were doing a two night snow camping trip and they couldn't get a fire started. Temps dropped into the single digits, so it was good that they found us and we were able to help them process wood and get their fire started. I always carry spares because they're light and cheap, but also bring along other means of fire starting as well.
  10. Jester60

    Jester60 Gold Member Gold Member

    May 21, 2011
    A couple of the trick birthday candles that can't be blown out ride along with a mini bic in my fire kit. Work great when the wind is up a bit.
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  11. 22-rimfire

    22-rimfire Gold Member Gold Member

    Nov 20, 2005
    A little redundancy in the fire starting area is a good thing. I always have a large bic lighter with me in the woods and usually matches in zip lock bags along with a spare large bic lighter. The problem with the lighters is that if you have a lot of stuff in your pockets, you can press the lever and release all the fuel (vapor).
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  12. neeman


    Apr 5, 2007
    I just purchased a Vector Thunderbird Zippo Butane Insert
    I am very pleased with it as it is much more wind resistant and easy to use as it burns without holding little lever that burns your hand
  13. gadgetgeek


    May 19, 2007
    Just got one of those exotac bic holders. Adds some weight, but I think it should work quite well, and gives a good grip, if the hands were cold, it might make the difference.
  14. puukko


    Dec 1, 2005
    This has been an interesting thread. Thanks for the info. I too have carried BIC's like many of you. I also carry strike anywhere matches in K&M match cases, and sometimes fire steels. Early on I found too many lighters that had run out of gas from the button being pushed while being carried in a bag or pocket. I started transporting them in prescription pill bottles that fit the large and mini lighters. You can also squeeze some tinder in the bottle too. Not waterproof, but water resistant. Before I found the Exotac cases I had been using, and still do use the Airborne cold medicine containers. They are pocket sized, will hold a mini and some tinder and are water proof. The medicine is like an Alka Seltzer tablet so it must stay dry. The cap also has a compression unit in it to keep things from rattling around. I haven't had a problem with any of the Airborne containers so far. Just something that has worked for me. I pulled these containers from my truck and a pack I carry in my truck. The tinder is wetfire.
    pill bottle 1.JPG pill bottle 2.JPG small bottle 1.JPG small bottle 2.JPG airborne 1.JPG airborne 2.JPG airborne 3.JPG
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    Nov 5, 1999
    I can't find any documentation on this story, but I fished with this guy back in 92. He never mentioned it but some of the other guys told me the story. I'm told bic used it in an ad.
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  16. John A. Larsen

    John A. Larsen

    Jan 15, 2001
    Diver John, That is were I learned about it, in an add for Bic. John
  17. leghog


    Aug 10, 2013
    Just put it in your pocket or vigorously rub it's length against your pant leg. Just need to heat the fluid a tad.
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    Apr 14, 2006
    You want foolproof in cold weather? Sure, carry a Bic or 2 but also carry a Zippo with a can of fuel (it's not that big and heavy) and a package of flints. It would be pretty hard to get skunked with this combo since the cold weather doesn't affect its lighting ability, unless if you're maybe in the Arctic???

  19. neeman


    Apr 5, 2007
    Guess what the devil uses to light his fires?
    A Baby Bic.....
  20. Midwest Ninja

    Midwest Ninja

    Jun 26, 2007
    Another fan of the Bic here. Even when they're out a fuel, the flint will almost always still work, and I have used that successfully to start fires before. The quality of your tinder must be rather higher for it to light with just the spark of the flint, but it is doable. Still, nothing beats redundancy.

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