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Trimming the Wick on Your Zippo

worn zippo wick

A worn-out zippo wick

 

Has your zippo lighter lost its strong, wind resistant flame? Do you have troubles lighting your lighter? It may be time to trim down your zippo wick!

Trimming your zippo wick is a very easy task and should be done quite often to ensure that your zippo is performing at its best as well as ensuring that your lighter stays reliable in windy weather.

This regular maintenance task should take no more than 2 or 3 minutes of your time.

 

 Things you Will Need:

  • A pair of Needle Nose Pliers or Tweezers
  • A pair of Side Cutters

 

 Extending the wick out of the lighter:

Inspect your zippo wick for severe burns, fraying or damage. If the wick needs to be trimmed due to one of these reasons, you will need to start by extending the wick out of the insert.

To do this grab a pair of needle nose pliers and use them to pull on the wick, pull out the damaged portion of wick until the length of damaged wick clears the top of the chimney.

You should now have a length of new wick inside the chimney.

frayed zippo wick

The old length of wick has been extended out

Ensure that the new zippo wick is flush with the top of the chimney and that the old damaged portion is protruding out from the top of the chimney. (Figure 1 above)

 

Trimming the zippo wick:

Once you get the wick pulled out and a fresh wick has been exposed in the chimney, You can trim the zippo wick to the proper length.

To do this simply grab a pair of Side Cutters and trim the old portion of wick off with the cutters.

trimmed zippo wick

The old length of wick has been trimmed

You should now have a fresh wick inside of the chimney, ensure that the new portion of wick is flush with the top of the chimney.

You do not want the wick to be protruding out from the top of the chimney as this will cause unnecessary fuel consumption as well as a potential risk of the flame burning your hands in windy conditions.

newly trimmed zippo wick

The new length of wick is flush with the top of the chimney

You have now trimmed your zippo wick! Trimming the wick on your zippo should be done on a regular basis to ensure that your lighter will be reliable and working at its best.

The wick may be trimmed upto 2 or 3 times before it is necessary to Replace your Zippo Wick.

When trimming the wick, it is a good idea to check that there is still a sufficient length of wick inside of the lighter insert, this will ensure that the wick gets properly saturated with fuel thus increasing the reliability of the lighter.

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