Bleeding Your Cigar Lighter Before Refilling

Leave the first response October 9, 2009 / Posted in Lighter Repair

That torch cigar lighter is a vital part of enjoying the wonder and simplicity of a fine cigar. Of course, you can use matches, but lighters offer a bit more speed. However, if you are not properly maintaining that lighter, you might find that it doesn’t work as well as it used to. How do you ensure that your lighter is maintained properly? The first step is to make sure that you bleed it on a regular basis. How do you bleed your lighter? Why bother? Here, you’ll learn all that you need to know about the bleeding process and the reasons behind it.

Why should you bleed your lighter? When you bleed your lighter, you eliminate old fuel and even air that can build up within the fuel chamber. Old fuel mixed with air can make your flame sputter and flicker, reducing your ability to gain a clean light. The bleeding process is very simple and you’ll only need a single tool to accomplish it.

First, you’ll need to hold the lighter in a vertical position, with the bottom of the lighter facing up. Keep the lighter away from your face during this process to avoid the hazard of lighter fluid spraying into your eyes. Now that you have the lighter positioned properly, take a small screwdriver and depress the filler nozzle (the small metal nipple through which fuel is added). Hold the lighter away from your body and keep the screwdriver or other tool firmly depressed until you no longer hear any hissing. The sound you hear is lighter fuel and air escaping from the chamber. Obviously, you should avoid doing this near any open flame.

As mentioned, once the hissing has stopped, you can release the filler nozzle. Shake the lighter several times and then return the lighter to its position, with the bottom facing up and the lighter held away from you. Depress the nozzle once more and you should hear a bit more hissing or sputtering as the last of the air/fuel mixture is expelled. When you no longer hear any hissing, you can refill your lighter. Maintain the upright attitude of the lighter during this process.

It’s highly advised that you bleed your lighter when you see that the fuel is getting very low. If you cannot check the fuel level of your lighter, you should bleed it when the flame begins to flicker, sputter or change heights. Exercise care when bleeding your lighter, and you’ll be able to remain safe.

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