where to buy lighter fluid?

Discussion in 'Home Repair' started by Nate Nagel, May 10, 2009.

  1. Nate Nagel

    Nate Nagel Guest

    do any drugstore chains still sell lighter fluid? I asked at CVS
    yesterday and they recommended a tobacconist's, but I'm guessing that's
    a waste of time, as wouldn't someone who likes good cigars/pipe tobacco
    be using wood matches rather than a Zippo?

    I'd really just like to have some for cleaning small stains in
    upholstery, but it seems quite hard to find. And I'm guessing that it
    can't be mail ordered :)

    nate

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    Nate Nagel, May 10, 2009
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  2. Nate Nagel

    RicodJour Guest

    On May 10, 12:17 pm, Nate Nagel <> wrote:
    > do any drugstore chains still sell lighter fluid?  I asked at CVS
    > yesterday and they recommended a tobacconist's, but I'm guessing that's
    > a waste of time, as wouldn't someone who likes good cigars/pipe tobacco
    > be using wood matches rather than a Zippo?
    >
    > I'd really just like to have some for cleaning small stains in
    > upholstery, but it seems quite hard to find.  And I'm guessing that it
    > can't be mail ordered :)


    Any hardware store will carry it.

    R
    RicodJour, May 10, 2009
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  3. Nate Nagel

    fftt Guest

    On May 10, 9:17 am, Nate Nagel <> wrote:
    > do any drugstore chains still sell lighter fluid?  I asked at CVS
    > yesterday and they recommended a tobacconist's, but I'm guessing that's
    > a waste of time, as wouldn't someone who likes good cigars/pipe tobacco
    > be using wood matches rather than a Zippo?
    >
    > I'd really just like to have some for cleaning small stains in
    > upholstery, but it seems quite hard to find.  And I'm guessing that it
    > can't be mail ordered :)
    >
    > nate
    >
    > --
    > replace "roosters" with "cox" to reply.http://members.cox.net/njnagel


    http://www.zippocasemuseum.com/inde...ctid=416&directoryid= 264&ctrl=productdetails


    they changed the formulation to "reduce odor & lessen possible skin
    irritation", at least that's the party line, who knows? maybe
    the EPA or air pollution considerations


    you could try various naphthas, which are the "catch all name" for a
    general group of different flammable liquid mixtures of hydrocarbons

    lighter ones (lower molecular weight / density) are probably what you
    want....lighter fluids being towards the lighter end and hopefully
    with the fewest impurities

    cheers
    Bob
    fftt, May 10, 2009
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  4. Nate Nagel

    dicko Guest

    Mineral spirits
    dicko, May 10, 2009
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  5. Nate Nagel

    Nate Nagel Guest

    RicodJour wrote:
    > On May 10, 12:17 pm, Nate Nagel <> wrote:
    >> do any drugstore chains still sell lighter fluid? I asked at CVS
    >> yesterday and they recommended a tobacconist's, but I'm guessing that's
    >> a waste of time, as wouldn't someone who likes good cigars/pipe tobacco
    >> be using wood matches rather than a Zippo?
    >>
    >> I'd really just like to have some for cleaning small stains in
    >> upholstery, but it seems quite hard to find. And I'm guessing that it
    >> can't be mail ordered :)

    >
    > Any hardware store will carry it.


    My local hardware store told me to try CVS. CVS told me to try the
    hardware store. I left neither with lighter fluid in my possession.

    nate


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    Nate Nagel, May 10, 2009
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  6. Nate Nagel

    Doug Miller Guest

    In article <>, Nate Nagel <> wrote:
    >
    >My local hardware store told me to try CVS. CVS told me to try the
    >hardware store. I left neither with lighter fluid in my possession.


    Go back to the hardware store and ask them for naphtha. It's the same thing.
    Doug Miller, May 10, 2009
    #6
  7. Nate Nagel

    Oren Guest

    On Sun, 10 May 2009 14:27:38 -0400, Nate Nagel <>
    wrote:

    >My local hardware store told me to try CVS. CVS told me to try the
    >hardware store. I left neither with lighter fluid in my possession.


    I have a small collection of Zippo lighters. Check out the site for a
    location near you.

    http://www.zippo.com/index.aspx?bhcp=1

    Zippo lighter fluid.
    Oren, May 10, 2009
    #7
  8. Red Green <postmaster@127.0.0.1> writes:

    >> You could also use naptha paint thinner. Essentially the same stuff.


    >It's exactly the same as naptha. Look at the contents of a container of
    >lighter fluid - Contents: naptha.


    Yeah, but not all naptha is the same chemically. Naptha isn't a single
    pure substance; it's a soup of several different hydrocarbons that all
    have relatively low boiling points, and come off the distillation column
    in the refinery near each other. If you're just going to burn it, it's
    probably all pretty much equivalent, but if you're using it as a
    solvent, you may care what it is chemically.

    My own experience is that "lighter fluid" naptha and "paint thinner"
    naptha are both pretty good are removing the adhesive from sticky
    labels, while not attacking most plastics (at least over the span of a
    minute or so). While "camping fuel" naptha is a lot more aggressive at
    dissolving some plastics; I don't recommend it for sticky labels.

    When I'm doing something particularly sensitive to contamination, like
    cleaning gunk off a lens when water plus detergent (lens cleaner) and
    alcohol won't touch it, I tend to use Ronsonol lighter fluid. It
    evaporates with no residue.

    You can often buy Xylene from the same shelves as generic "paint
    thinner", and that's a well-defined single chemical compound no matter
    who makes it. But it's a pretty strong solvent, and has a strong smell
    too, so I avoid it when I can.

    Dave
    Dave Martindale, May 11, 2009
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  9. Nate Nagel

    Guest

    On May 10, 11:17 am, Nate Nagel <> wrote:
    > do any drugstore chains still sell lighter fluid?  I asked at CVS
    > yesterday and they recommended a tobacconist's, but I'm guessing that's
    > a waste of time, as wouldn't someone who likes good cigars/pipe tobacco
    > be using wood matches rather than a Zippo?
    >
    > I'd really just like to have some for cleaning small stains in
    > upholstery, but it seems quite hard to find.  And I'm guessing that it
    > can't be mail ordered :)
    >
    > nate
    >
    > --
    > replace "roosters" with "cox" to reply.http://members.cox.net/njnagel


    If all else fails...try Coleman stove fuel. But be REAL carefull!!!
    , May 11, 2009
    #9
  10. Nate Nagel

    Pat Guest

    On May 10, 12:17 pm, Nate Nagel <> wrote:
    > do any drugstore chains still sell lighter fluid?  I asked at CVS
    > yesterday and they recommended a tobacconist's, but I'm guessing that's
    > a waste of time, as wouldn't someone who likes good cigars/pipe tobacco
    > be using wood matches rather than a Zippo?
    >
    > I'd really just like to have some for cleaning small stains in
    > upholstery, but it seems quite hard to find.  And I'm guessing that it
    > can't be mail ordered :)
    >
    > nate
    >
    > --
    > replace "roosters" with "cox" to reply.http://members.cox.net/njnagel


    Walmart carries it near the tobacco section. Usually it's by one
    register, down real low at floor level.
    Pat, May 11, 2009
    #10
  11. Nate Nagel

    harry k Guest

    On May 11, 6:58 am, Pat <> wrote:
    > On May 10, 12:17 pm, Nate Nagel <> wrote:
    >
    > > do any drugstore chains still sell lighter fluid?  I asked at CVS
    > > yesterday and they recommended a tobacconist's, but I'm guessing that's
    > > a waste of time, as wouldn't someone who likes good cigars/pipe tobacco
    > > be using wood matches rather than a Zippo?

    >
    > > I'd really just like to have some for cleaning small stains in
    > > upholstery, but it seems quite hard to find.  And I'm guessing that it
    > > can't be mail ordered :)

    >
    > > nate

    >
    > > --
    > > replace "roosters" with "cox" to reply.http://members.cox.net/njnagel

    >
    > Walmart carries it near the tobacco section.  Usually it's by one
    > register, down real low at floor level.


    I always got it at the grocery store. Making a trip there today and
    will look to see if things related to smoking have changed that much.
    Of course the old type lighters using that stuff are probably getting
    pretty rare as the butane ones are so much more convenient.

    I would also suspect that barbecue starter fluid is probably the same
    stuff.

    Harry K
    harry k, May 11, 2009
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  12. Nate Nagel

    K Guest

    Pat wrote:
    > On May 10, 12:17 pm, Nate Nagel <> wrote:
    >> do any drugstore chains still sell lighter fluid? I asked at CVS
    >> yesterday and they recommended a tobacconist's, but I'm guessing
    >> that's a waste of time, as wouldn't someone who likes good
    >> cigars/pipe tobacco be using wood matches rather than a Zippo?
    >>
    >> I'd really just like to have some for cleaning small stains in
    >> upholstery, but it seems quite hard to find. And I'm guessing that it
    >> can't be mail ordered :)
    >>
    >> nate
    >>
    >> --
    >> replace "roosters" with "cox" to reply.http://members.cox.net/njnagel

    >
    > Walmart carries it near the tobacco section. Usually it's by one
    > register, down real low at floor level.
    K, May 11, 2009
    #12
  13. Nate Nagel

    K Guest

    Pat wrote:
    > On May 10, 12:17 pm, Nate Nagel <> wrote:
    >> do any drugstore chains still sell lighter fluid? I asked at CVS
    >> yesterday and they recommended a tobacconist's, but I'm guessing
    >> that's a waste of time, as wouldn't someone who likes good
    >> cigars/pipe tobacco be using wood matches rather than a Zippo?
    >>
    >> I'd really just like to have some for cleaning small stains in
    >> upholstery, but it seems quite hard to find. And I'm guessing that it
    >> can't be mail ordered :)
    >>
    >> nate
    >>
    >> --
    >> replace "roosters" with "cox" to reply.http://members.cox.net/njnagel

    >
    > Walmart carries it near the tobacco section. Usually it's by one
    > register, down real low at floor level.


    Supermarkets also sell it - look in the vicinity of the cigarettes.
    K, May 11, 2009
    #13
  14. Nate Nagel

    DerbyDad03 Guest

    On May 10, 12:17 pm, Nate Nagel <> wrote:
    > do any drugstore chains still sell lighter fluid?  I asked at CVS
    > yesterday and they recommended a tobacconist's, but I'm guessing that's
    > a waste of time, as wouldn't someone who likes good cigars/pipe tobacco
    > be using wood matches rather than a Zippo?
    >
    > I'd really just like to have some for cleaning small stains in
    > upholstery, but it seems quite hard to find.  And I'm guessing that it
    > can't be mail ordered :)
    >
    > nate
    >
    > --
    > replace "roosters" with "cox" to reply.http://members.cox.net/njnagel


    Despite what others have suggested (hardware stores, supermarkets,
    etc) I too have been finding it harder and harder to find Zippo and
    Rosignol (sp?) in my area. I tried a tobacco shop and the price was
    ridiculous, especially for the amounts I use.

    My last purchase was from the following site. Any order of three or
    more 12oz cans, including shipping, gets the per-ounce price below
    anything I can find locally - and I don't have to drive all over town.
    I'm ready to place my next order...

    http://www.uptownenterprises.com/Zippo-Lighter-Fluid-12-oz-can-P46.aspx?AFID=1
    DerbyDad03, May 12, 2009
    #14

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