Bic Plus

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  1. mtwarden

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    I assume everyone carries a Bic lighter at some time or another (or all the time)- tough to beat the simplicity when you need instant ignition. I carry one on a daily basis and thought it would be useful to have a reliable tinder source close by as well. I flattened a couple of tinder tabs and slid them under a section of inner tube. They are in there tight and not going anywhere. The inner tube serves double duty as a fire extender, works very well in this role.

    One of the drawbacks of a Bic is getting it accidently discharged- I've tried a couple of different size o-rings which didn't work, small zip tie which worked, but a pain to remove (and not going back on) and settled on a tied section of shock cord- can't discharge the lighter with it on and goes off/on easily.

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  2. Mtnfolk Mike

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    Love it.. I do a similar set up, to keep the gas from leaking..
     
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    I like the shock cord idea. I've been using a narrow piece of ranger band folded under the release button. It's not super handy, but it is removable/replaceable and works to prevent accidental gas leaks. Having the emergency tinder on the ignition source is thinking ahead, too,
     
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    Going to cut a piece of shock cord right now!
    Kevin
     
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  5. oathkeeper762

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    Love it, thanks for your post.
     
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    If you have a Starbucks near you they sell a little container of mints that's a perfect storage case for a Bic, with a little bit of room left over to squeeze in some tinder ... You have to get a little crafty with the top of the container, cut away some aluminum & the plastic mint dispenser hole.... Nothing most Bushcraftin types couldn't handle lol... It's not waterproof, but it will prevent accidental discharges, and keep the package pocket sized.

    I can't find the one I converted for a pic, but here's an image from the web so you get the idea ....

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  7. MrFixIt

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    Nice post @mtwarden , that is a great idea!
     
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    Great idea!
     
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  9. DomC

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    Those ponytail elastics would work if you don't happen to have shockcord... Novel idea, I likes it! Thanx for sharing!:dblthumb:

    Dom
     
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    I wrap duct tape around mine with the same idea
     
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    Thats awesome. Altoids makes a sinilar vertical tin Ive been thinking about turning into a centronella candle
     
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    nice idea, might have to steal one from my wife.... or i could just used @mtwarden and use shock cord, have plenty of that around. Great idea as well!
     
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    I had the same idea, but the altoids is not long enough.
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    @SoreFeet , you could use a Mini Bic. I've got one of those Altoids tins at home that I'm going to throw a Mini Bic and some Tinder tabs in!
     
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    A mini bic will fit in a standard altoids tin. I carry mine with me every time in the field. Also inside are two pieces of fatwood, a button compass, and a loud whistle.
     
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    I find the lighter leash super useful.
     

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    I carry a bic in my pants pocket and have never had one go empty on me before I lose it or loan it and not get it back. I end up buying 2 or 3 bics a year, most all bics and similar lighters have a child proof or safety feature that would prevent accidental discharge but I guess. You can never be to careful.
     
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    Good post. cool
    As a long time smoker...carried Bic's everywhere.....felt naked without one...
    Don't smoke any more...but still carry a couple of Bic's....full size in pocket. ....Mini in belt pouch.

    Cheap insurance.
     
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    The Exotac Firesleeve is huge... this is a little more practical:

     
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