Butane is not created equal. Stick to high-quality butane that has been triple-refined, if not four or five times. The majority of the low-cost generic brands found at convenience stores will not suffice. Why? Butane that hasn’t been refined, or that hasn’t been refined enough, has a greater amount of contaminants. Fuel impurities will block your lighter’s jets. Using the cleanest gasoline possible ensures that your lighter performs at its best and lasts a long time. High-quality, ultra-refined butane is produced by both Xikar and ST Dupont.
A crucial step is to bleed, or purge, your lighter. The fuel tank in your lighter fills with air when the butane in it is reduced by normal use. When you try to replenish an empty fuel tank, the air left at the end will prevent further fuel from entering the lighter. The air is released, totally emptying the tank and making place for a new, full injection of butane.
You’ll need a paper clip or a small, thin screwdriver to bleed your lighter. Press in on the fuel inlet valve at the bottom of your lighter using the straight end of the paperclip or the tip of your screwdriver. Keep the valve closed until all of the pressure has been released. It takes roughly 5 to 10 seconds on average. As the air and any remaining fuel are discharged from the tank, you will hear a hissing sound.
Turn the flame adjustment wheel to the lowest setting after all the air has been expelled. A (+) and a (-) indicate the flame adjustment setting (-). Turn the steering wheel all the way down to the bottom (-). This ensures a quick and effective filling while also preventing any trace quantities of surplus air from entering the tank.
Hold your lighter backwards. As you ready to refill the lighter, turn the butane can upside down. The reason for inverting the can is straightforward. There are two components in a can of butane: butane and propellant. Because propellant is lighter than butane, it is found near the top of the can, closer to the nozzle. As you prepare to insert the butane into the valve on your lighter, turn the can upside down to shift the butane closest to the fuel nozzle.
While the lighter fills, press the nozzle into the valve for about 5 or 10 seconds. As a result, the lighter will become chilly. You can visually monitor how much butane makes it into the tank if your lighter has a fuel window. Keep in mind that topping out a butane lighter is practically impossible. In the tank, there will always be a little pocket or bubble of air, which will show up in the fuel window.
- One method that always works for optimal speed and efficiency when refilling your lighter is to put it in the freezer for about 10 minutes after you bleed it and just before you refill it. The butane enters the tank as quickly and thoroughly as possible by cooling the lighter to a freezing temperature.
Wait 3 to 5 minutes after the tank is full before attempting to use the lighter. This allows any surplus butane (on the outside of your lighter) to evaporate, as well as giving the lighter time to cool down. With the (+) and (-) at the bottom, set the flame height to about the halfway. You don’t want to crank it all the way up to the (+) position right after a new refill because it can generate a massive explosion of flame. After you’ve lit the flame a few times, gradually raise it to the appropriate height. It’s now time to fire the next cigar!
Do you shake butane before filling?
Q. I recently purchased a new cigar lighter from my local cigar shop. I noticed that before inserting the needle into the lighter, the counter man shook the container. Is this really a good idea, given that the gas in the can is compressed?
We frequently shake a can or jar of liquid to see how much is left out of habit. While shaking a deodorant spray or an air freshener before refilling a butane lighter is acceptable, it is not acceptable to shake a can of butane before refilling a butane lighter!
The amount of propellant in the mixture that goes into the lighter tank is increased by shaking the can. Excess propellant, as well as anything else in the tank, will cause ignition problems.
How do you fill a scorch butane torch?
It’s critical to learn how to replenish your cigar lighter. When the butane gas in non-disposable cigar lighters runs out, they must be refilled.
- Re-light the lighter and insert the butane fuel nozzle into the refill valve. Check that the butane can nozzle is properly positioned in the filling valve.
- Before you use your lighter, wait 10 minutes. This allows the gasses to settle and eliminates any unwanted vapors.
Is butane illegal in California?
(a) A manufacturer, distributor, reseller, retailer, or other person or entity may not sell any quantity of nonodorized butane to any client, except as allowed in paragraph (b).
Do butane lighters work in the cold?
Butane has no color and no odor. It swiftly and attractively illuminates. The fluid may cool below its flashpoint in the cold, but it will not freeze. They aren’t as long-lasting as a fluid lighter, but they recharge quickly.