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Bleeding Your Cigar Lighter Before Refilling


Your torch lighter is certainly an important part of your smoking pastime. Without it, youd have a rather difficult time lighting up! Of course, while your lighter is undoubtedly high quality, youll still need to take care of it and maintain it properly. If you do not bleed your lighter regularly, you can find that it does not perform to your expectations. How do you bleed your lighter? Why should you bleed it? Here, youll find the explanations you need, as well as a helpful guide to ensure that you are able to bleed your lighter safely.

Why does your lighter need to be bled? The bleeding process ensures that all old fuel and air within the fuel chamber are eliminated. This ensures that you have a smooth, even flame, without any fears of flares or sputtering. The bleeding process is simple and effective. Youll need only a single tool and a few safety steps to ensure your lighter is performing properly.

Invert your lighter, so that the bottom is facing up. Now, locate the filler nipple, through which you add fuel to the lighter. This will be a metal nozzle, located on the bottom of the lighter, usually within a circular flame adjuster. Once you have located the nozzle, insert a small screwdriver or a similar tool and depress the nozzle. You will hear a hiss as the gas begins to escape. As a note, you should keep the lighter away from your face and your ears during this process. You should also avoid doing this near any source of flame.

In a short time, the hissing sound will stop and you can release the nozzle. Shake the lighter vigorously several times. Now, insert the tool into the filler nozzle once more. You will hear the lighter begin hissing again, though it may sputter a bit. When the hissing stops (keep the lighter away from your ears), you can refill the lighter. Maintain the upright position while refilling the lighter.

Bleeding should be done anytime that you notice the fuel beginning to run low in your lighter. If your lighter does not have a sight window, you will have to pay careful attention to the flame. If it sputters or flares, you know you are running low on lighter fuel and will need to bleed and refill your lighter soon.

Brian is a consultant for an online specialty torch lighter store and has expert knowledge of cigar accessories, including zippo butane lighters.