butane advice. Shamelessly lifted from...

replicant_argent

2X Secret Probation.Bitch
Xikar... but I didn't think they would mind.



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Don't Shake that Can!XIKAR Experts Kurt and Scott
Through form of habit we often shake a can or jar of liquid to determine how much is left. While this is fine practice with a deodorant spray or air freshener it is NOT OK to shake your can of butane right before you refill your butane lighter!
Shaking the can increases the amount of propellant in the mixture that goes into the lighter tank. Anything other than fuel in the tank will cause ignition problems, including excess propellant.



I am going to try to remember this, because I tend to shake aerosols as a habit.
 

d.o.

Young Ape
Well hell, I never even thought of it like that. Another tidbit-- bleed the lighter before filling. This is supposed to help keep any build up of anything from happening. Who knows?
 

mikeyj23

Alpha Silverback
Well hell, I never even thought of it like that. Another tidbit-- bleed the lighter before filling. This is supposed to help keep any build up of anything from happening. Who knows?
Bleeding it definitely helps.
 

Akicita

Young Ape
Not only do I shake the can once, but when my lighter isnt filling properly, I shake the crap out of the can. Thanks for the advice.
 

_mo

Young Ape
if you shake more then twice you're just playing with it.. :bn


I used to do this as well, thanks for the heads up.
 

TOB9595

Managing the UnManageable
Thanks for the heads up.

I too wonder what propellant is in there besides butane????
Butane is a propellant in many sprays
 

ChuckW

Newbie in the jungle
Thanks for the heads up.

I too wonder what propellant is in there besides butane????
Butane is a propellant in many sprays
Yes, butane IS a propellant. As I understand it, most commercial butanes have a small amount of propane mixed in which aids the combustibility, so I'm a little skeptical of this no shake info.

Look, Xikar sells humidifier solution which they claim should be used continuously and won't clog humidifiers. To me, this can only mean that they put such a small percentage of propylene glycol into their solution that their customers are paying an exorbitant price for distilled water.

I like getting information from vendors, but I don't believe everything they say.
 

alley00p

ChestBeater
Xikar... but I didn't think they would mind.

Ask the Experts

Don't Shake that Can!XIKAR Experts Kurt and Scott
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I am going to try to remember this, because I tend to shake aerosols as a habit.
Thanks for the info... I do this too and this is probably why I have trouble with my jet lighters! :tu
 

Smokin Gator

Young Ape
I had a problem with my Xigar lighter for the first time last weekend. I had just refilled it and I think I remember shaking the can. Afterwards, the lighter we really hard to light for a while. Could be just a coincidence... or maybe not!!
 
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