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Solid Fuel Lighter

Candle and flint in a zippo-style case
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Much like normal, but wouldn't evaporate when left for weeks on end.
mitxela, Jan 06 2010

Sterno http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sterno
[2 fries shy of a happy meal, Jan 06 2010]

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       It's called a match.
phoenix, Jan 06 2010
  

       You can't do zippo tricks with matches.
mitxela, Jan 06 2010
  

       Calcium acetate and isopropanol?
nineteenthly, Jan 06 2010
  

       Any ideas of what solid fuel to use? Otherwise this is a bit of a WIBNI.   

       Why I ask is that not many truly solid fuels are spark-ignitable. Some solids containing flammable volatiles certainly are - but they'll "evaporate when left for weeks on end".
Custardguts, Jan 06 2010
  

       maybe a phosphorous nano-bead lurking in there somewhere.
FlyingToaster, Jan 06 2010
  

       Three words: gunpowder.
MaxwellBuchanan, Jan 06 2010
  

       I was imagining a fiendish contraption which sparked onto dry tinder; miniature bellows (actuated by the opening of the lid) to blow it to a flame and a sprung arm to carry the burning tinder across to the candle wick. [+]
pocmloc, Jan 06 2010
  

       If the base of the Zippo had a spring loaded or a turn screw fuel raiser, (think antiperspirant dispenser), you should be able to use a Sterno [link] gel type of fuel.
It will still evaporate over time but much more slowly.
  

       how'bout what [phoenix] said (more or less): rub the components of a match together.
FlyingToaster, Jan 06 2010
  

       "You can't do zippo tricks with matches."
You can't do Zippo tricks with a candle and flint, either.
phoenix, Jan 06 2010
  

       // not many truly solid fuels are spark-ignitable //   

       Nitrocellulose ?   

       The issue may not be so much identifying a spark-ignitable involatile solid, but more with identifying one which can be effecively quenched by closing the lid.   

       Many candidate compounds would continue to react merrily inside the closed casing, with potentially dangerous and spectacular consequences. Not that this is a bad thing, but it might fall outside the standard repertoire of "Zippo tricks", which are not noted for including "Blowing one's hand off above the wrist".
8th of 7, Jan 07 2010
  

       but which are however noted for blowing one's moustache off (half, anyways... don't ask)
FlyingToaster, Jan 07 2010
  

       Isn't there a story about wagering a pinky finger on a zippo's ability to light ten times in a row?   

       ... since we are on the subject of Zippo tricks involving loss of extremities.
MikeD, Jan 07 2010
  

       I'm not a smoker and I don't recommend this, but just take a normal Zippo and fill it with kero or diesel. Neither will evaporate under livable conditions. A quick Google search says either will work. Not sure what taste that would add to a cigarrette, but same issue as a candle, but easier to fill. White kero probably has less smell.
MisterQED, Jan 07 2010
  

       I object to arbitrar cutting off the first syllib of words.
Voice, Sep 23 2015
  

       //Nitrocellulose ? //   

       [8th] - In my experience it sure takes some sparkin' to get smokeless powder to ignite, and that's basically watered down aired out nitrocellulose. The sparker for this might have to be pretty aggressive. Not that that's a bad thing or anything.
Custardguts, Sep 23 2015
  
      
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