Why does your lighter need to be bled? The bleeding process ensures that all old fuel and air within the fuel chamber are eliminated. This ensures that you have a smooth, even flame, without any fears of flares or sputtering. The bleeding process is simple and effective. Youll need only a single tool and a few safety steps to ensure your lighter is performing properly.
Invert your lighter, so that the bottom is facing up. Now, locate the filler nipple, through which you add fuel to the lighter. This will be a metal nozzle, located on the bottom of the lighter, usually within a circular flame adjuster. Once you have located the nozzle, insert a small screwdriver or a similar tool and depress the nozzle. You will hear a hiss as the gas begins to escape. As a note, you should keep the lighter away from your face and your ears during this process. You should also avoid doing this near any source of flame.
As mentioned, once the hissing has stopped, you can release the filler nozzle. Shake the lighter several times and then return the lighter to its position, with the bottom facing up and the lighter held away from you. Depress the nozzle once more and you should hear a bit more hissing or sputtering as the last of the air/fuel mixture is expelled. When you no longer hear any hissing, you can refill your lighter. Maintain the upright attitude of the lighter during this process.
Its highly advised that you bleed your lighter when you see that the fuel is getting very low. If you cannot check the fuel level of your lighter, you should bleed it when the flame begins to flicker, sputter or change heights. Exercise care when bleeding your lighter, and youll be able to remain safe.
Brian is a consultant for an online specialty torch lighter store and has expert knowledge of cigar accessories, including zippo butane lighters.