Using a Zippo Lighter As a Survival Tool

by Josue Tavorn

As a outdoors man, I had my doubts about using a Zippo lighter as a survival tool. But after evaluating them, I found that Zippos really do serve more of a purpose than just lighting cigarettes or cigars.

Zippo’s have great resources such as a quality flint. The great thing about flints is they will spark in any weather condition so if you find dry tinder you can more than likely start a fire. Zippo lighters also contain cotton absorbing fuel pads if you get really desperate to have a warm fire just pull them out and use as flammable tinder. Zippos do have a small fuel container and can run out of fuel quickly but there are many alternative flammable liquids you can use. Although the Zippo brand fuel works the best, generic lighter fluid will work. Zippos also provide a great light resource. Read more about usb lighter.

With a large flame they can provide excellent light in dark caves or any were needing illuminating light. The outer casing of a custom Zippo lighter can be handy too. The solid brass casing could be used as a great source for heating small amounts of water to purify from any bacteria or any harmful things that might be creeping in water you find. Yes, I had my doubts but turns out the legendary Zippo truly serves as a great survival a outdoor tool. I always carry a handy Zippo in my pack. You can find more survival tips at Discovery Channel’s website. Take yours outdoors next time.