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    I was looking at getting a more powerful lighter (I have always just used cheap disposable ones). It would be used for lighting stoves etc. I've seen them used to light a Trangia when the meths were too cold to light any other way (personally I try to avoid Trangias, but sometimes have no choice).

    Hs anyone had any experience with Turboflame in particular (I hear they are a well known brand) or any other, cheaper ones?

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    I've had several over the years, usually gifts.

    Everyone has without exception been utterly useless, there's no way i'd rely on one.

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    Ah right ok...is there anything else you could recommend for lighting cold meths, apart from just heat it for longer?

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    what he says!
    work for about 5 minutes...

    waste of money. of you need to light meths, use a grass dip wick or make one from wire and little bit string. keep meths warm in subzero temps.

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    Quote Originally Posted by edd175 View Post
    Ah right ok...is there anything else you could recommend for lighting cold meths, apart from just heat it for longer?
    Use a bit of tin foil under the burner as a priming plate to prime it. ?

    Personally i add a wick to my winter burners, though i've only ever needed to use it once and i've camped down to -10.


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    Starting to see a bit of a trend here...

    Just out of interest, how do they actually fail, like what goes wrong?

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    I'm guessing the tin foil is spread the heat through the meths?

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    Quote Originally Posted by edd175 View Post
    I'm guessing the tin foil is spread the heat through the meths?
    Drip a few drops around the bottom of the burner and light it to help the burner and meths warm through.

    The drops will light far easier than a pool of meths, as in the burner.

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    When using a meths stove, I always use a fire steel, the sparks coming off it are so hot, they are not affected by wind or damp.

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    Is there any particular one/brand you would recommend?

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    Quote Originally Posted by jhb 0510 View Post
    When using a meths stove, I always use a fire steel, the sparks coming off it are so hot, they are not affected by wind or damp.
    For those that haven't lit a meths stove with a flint before, be sure to hold the striker and pull the flint away from you, the opposite way to what you'd normally do.

    You really don't want to knock over a pool of meths whilst lighting it, especially if in your porch.

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    Back to Turboflame for a min, I actually reckon they're good! I've got two, had them for over 10 years now I reckon, and both are still going strong, never failed to light or malfunctioned in any way. I really like the strong, directional flame on them, good in breezy conditions and great for pointing horizontally or downwards at a burner without getting burnt fingers.

    Btw, mine are the original (afaik) design like the picture. I couldn't say if any of the other versions are any good.

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    I've been using a Silva Helios for more than 12 years and it still works very well indeed. Lights anything in just about any conditions, including winds I can hardly stand up in. To be fair though I've hardly read a good review of it anywhere, so maybe I was just lucky, or got a well made early version.

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    save yourself some cash and get one of these from deal extreme:

    http://www.dealextreme.com/p/compact...t-lighter-4179

    Could get a few and it would still be cheaper than a turbo flame.

    You have to wait for like 3 -4 weeks for postage, but it's worth it.

    I've had one for 2 years and been using it pretty regularly for lighting meths. It's been great, only thing that has gone wrong is the head started to come loose. I just tightened up the screws on the side and it's perfect now.

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    I've bought a couple of cheap ones off Ebay so if they don't work I've only lost like a couple if quid...will probably get a Flint as well just as another back up. Judging from the reviews the branded ones don't seen too good!

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    I've been using a zippo blu for a fair few years now, it lights pretty much anything in any weather, will take plenty of abuse and the flint ignition could easily light a gas stove if ever you are out of gas for the lighter itself. The only downside is the weight and price.;

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    Quote Originally Posted by edd175 View Post
    Starting to see a bit of a trend here...

    Just out of interest, how do they actually fail, like what goes wrong?

    Mine lasted about 3 weeks, it only had light use, I'm not a smoker.

    Itwould hardly everlight even when full of gas.The spark seemed ok, it just wouldn't ignitethe gas.Sometimes if you played with the mix it would light, but it took ages. I blistered my thumb trying.

    I should have got a refund, but never got around to it.

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    Forget all the others, the original and the best is the PB207

    http://www.blazerproducts.com/tools/pb207.html
    http://www.hill.u-net.com/blue-flame-products.html

    I've had mine for a few years now and its been utterly reliable. It doesn't like it when its cold but if its in your pocket or somewhere similar then its fine. I use it for lighting my meths stoves, lighting fires and getting my bushbuddy going

    You can light something without burning your fingers, its a truly fantastic piece of kit. I carry matches as a back up but I would do this with any lighter, I've never needed to use them

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    £38.50 for a lighter?, i get 10 for a quid and carry 2.

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    cheap and cheerful anytime like!

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