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#1 devilstoothpick

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Posted 19 October 2019 - 01:10 PM

How exactly did that work - Cigarettes are in rations and matches - why are Zippos so prevalent from the 40's on how could they possibly be used in the field? 

 



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Posted 19 October 2019 - 02:18 PM

How exactly did that work - Cigarettes are in rations and matches - why are Zippos so prevalent from the 40's on how could they possibly be used in the field? 

 

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Hi,  here's a quote from the internet regarding Zippo lighters, lots of people will agree with it, lots will call it fantasy, try speaking to Viet-Nam vets they might tell you from the horses mouth . . . . . . . . . . . . ;)

 

Cigar pipe Insert[edit]. The article doesn't mention that there is a cigar insert for making lighting ... I have a new lighter whose case is marked "B 08" and the internals are marked "C 08", which are both only a few months old in terms of production. ... tie a shoelace around the insert and dip it in the gas tank of a Jeep to refill it.
 
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Posted 19 October 2019 - 02:22 PM

I remember a WWII GI many years ago told me he used to dip his zippo in a jeeps gas tank to wet the cotton wadding.


Edited by militbuff, 19 October 2019 - 02:23 PM.


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Posted 19 October 2019 - 07:24 PM

Seems like every film of infantry  be it hollywood or news reels guys are using Zippos - I have a few that I've owed from the 70's at least - and like the old half and half tins 

it's the same old shinola - the fluid is the same like the pocket warmers  - no way heating oil or gasoline were used in these - who the heck used these? 



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Posted 21 October 2019 - 11:02 AM

I'm not quite sure what you're saying. Zippo fluid is just white gas - the same thing used today in Coleman lanterns and stoves - and is essentially just unleaded gasoline without all the additives. Ordinary unleaded gasoline can be used in place of white gas, though it will gum things up more quickly. Older forms of gasoline didn't have as many additives as we have today, so this may not have been as much of a problem in World War 2.

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Posted 21 October 2019 - 12:24 PM

Our CG cutter spent most of its Market Time patrolling in Area 9 that covered the south tip of Viet Nam and up the west coast to the Cambodian border.  This area was very shallow and the draft of our class cutter made it the correct choice for the area.  The cutter had a small ships store that maintained its inventory with the weekly supply ship run from Subic Bay.

 

Each morning we would be hove to and our USN Swift Boats would come along side for breakfast, fuel,  ammo, crew change, and ships store run for the local US Army special forces outposts  that the swift boats had contact with. The SWIFT crews would swap crews that would overnight on board to get a days rest up. Cutter crewmembers would often take up a USN crew spot on the boat.   Was always a plentiful supply line for those life basics even in some crappy neighborhoods.


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Posted 21 October 2019 - 01:00 PM

In one of Ernie Pyle's books, Ernie states that the president of Zippo sent Ernie a case of Zippo lighters..Ernie stated he passed the Zippo's out to troops as he made his rounds...as Zippo lighters were highly sought after by the troops overseas.... 

 

as far as fuel...I gotta guess they used what was available..regardless of what people use today



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Posted 22 October 2019 - 11:04 AM

I've burnt gasoline in mine in the day and my father in law was a WWII B-24 crew Chief and he used av gasoline in his zippo during the war.



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Posted 22 October 2019 - 12:01 PM

In one of Ernie Pyle's books, Ernie states that the president of Zippo sent Ernie a case of Zippo lighters..Ernie stated he passed the Zippo's out to troops as he made his rounds...as Zippo lighters were highly sought after by the troops overseas.... 
 


Were these the ones with Ernie's name on?......Or were those given out posthumously?....Bodes

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Posted 22 October 2019 - 01:03 PM

Hey  Bodes

 

 

After Ernie's death, the president of Zippo sent "In memory of" lighters overseas...according to the net...to the USS Cabot....

 

I am not sure if the lighters sent to Ernie while Ernie was in Europe, were engraved ...they might have been...now that gives me a good reason to re read his books...



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Posted 17 January 2020 - 09:15 PM

The Jeeps we drove in the 1980's, when you opened the gas cap, there was a little basket in there you could pull out. Must have been a strainer of sorts. You could put your zippo in there and dip it into the tank.

Pull it out put it back together wipe it off and good to go.

The only problem with zippos is if you leave em in a pants pocket, they leak and the gas, fluid or what ever can burn your skin. Speaking from experience with that one.



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Posted 12 March 2020 - 04:04 PM

The only problem with zippos is if you leave em in a pants pocket, they leak and the gas, fluid or what ever can burn your skin. Speaking from experience with that one.

 

When you get that last light out of your Zippo;

 

Pop it open and squirt. Count to 5. Stop squirting. 

 

You'll NEVER burn you tender bits and the front of your thigh again!  :D

 

As for fuel I've always heard that ALL field lighters be they Zippo or Ronson or all of those snazzy "trench lighters" could burn the same stuff as the Shermans! Gas! 

 

As mentioned white gas was a supplied item but was probably more scarce the closer you got to "the sh*t". 

 

I had an old M51(?) stove and the directions said (paraphrased of course) "use white gas but in an emergency use gas".



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Posted 14 March 2020 - 06:18 PM

Suppose you can use what you want but smell Zippo fluid and smell Naphtha 



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Posted Yesterday, 03:47 PM

Suppose you can use what you want but smell Zippo fluid and smell Naphtha 

 

 

What's the difference? 

 

I've never used VMP naptha. Used Zippo and Ronsol and tried lawnmower gas back in the day in a pinch now that I think of it! (Really stinky and very dirty black smoke)

 

I personally like the Zippo fuel better than Ronsol. 



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Posted Yesterday, 05:25 PM

Suppose you can use what you want but smell Zippo fluid and smell Naphtha 

 

And thats what it is - not gasoline:

 

Naphtha is a flammable liquid hydrocarbon mixture.

 
Mixtures labelled naphtha have been produced from natural gas condensates, petroleum distillates, and the distillation of coal tar and peat.



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