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Peterson lighter problem

Postby SteveH » Mon Sep 29, 2014 4:58 am

My Peterson Old-Boy-alike lighter won't light! I've given it a good clean, it's sparking ok but I've put in a new flint anyway, the gas is flowing fine because I can light it with a match, I've tried adjusting the size of the flame, but it still won't light. Any suggestions?
I was on a boat once with four pipes, but nothing to light them with, so I threw one overboard, and the boat became a pipe lighter.
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Re: Peterson lighter problem

Postby SteveH » Mon Sep 29, 2014 7:27 am

Problem solved - the friction-wheel needed cleaning: it was producing sparks, but rather uncertainly, and not big enough ones. I cleaned it up with the point of a penknife blade (probably not good for the blade), and it's working ok again.
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Re: Peterson lighter problem

Postby Geo3rge » Mon Sep 29, 2014 11:30 am

Relieved for you, Steve. Nothing more frustrating, particularly as a lighter is my preferred tool. I also have a Peterson and have found it to be a reliable thing, with plenty of tank space for gas. The only thing I'm noticing now is the spring-loaded pivot arm that flips up. It doesn't seem to fit too snugly across the gas valve and I'm worried that the gas might escape at some point. Should that be a concern or is there a safety valve? No problems yet, but we will see.
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Re: Peterson lighter problem

Postby SteveH » Mon Sep 29, 2014 12:17 pm

Not had that problem so far. Could the spring be weakening? I think there are various reputable firms who repair Old Boys, and presumably Petersons as well, since the mechanism is identical.
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Re: Peterson lighter problem

Postby rbw65 » Tue Oct 14, 2014 3:39 am

They have 5 year warranty. Always use soft type flints.
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Re: Peterson lighter problem

Postby acaciavet » Tue Oct 14, 2014 5:18 pm

Here is a quick Repair1 Buy a Zippo! :lol:
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Re: Peterson lighter problem

Postby Geo3rge » Tue Oct 14, 2014 7:25 pm

Ha! :lol: I have a Zippo, which I love, but for initial lighting of the bowl I prefer the Peterson and its directed flame. Just seems easier for me. However, the Zippo was in action today as I have smoked mainly outdoors and once the bowl was under way, good old Zippo kept it going!
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Re: Peterson lighter problem

Postby rbw65 » Fri Oct 17, 2014 12:57 pm

[quote="acaciavet"]Here is a quick Repair1 Buy a Zippo! :lol:[/quote

Nothing like the smell of Zippo Fuel in the morning to awaken the senses.....and contaminate the tobacco.
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Re: Peterson lighter problem

Postby acaciavet » Fri Oct 17, 2014 3:17 pm

rbw65 wrote:
acaciavet wrote:Here is a quick Repair1 Buy a Zippo! :lol:[/quote

Nothing like the smell of Zippo Fuel in the morning to awaken the senses.....and contaminate the tobacco.



Ya got to let it burn off ! :D
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Re: Peterson lighter problem

Postby Falconeer » Fri Oct 17, 2014 6:59 pm

Yup all you have to do is read the instructions - or if you are an outdoor smoker like me, just let the "fresh" breeze off of the North Sea blow any fumes away. Zippoman since 1976 and too old to change now!
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Re: Peterson lighter problem

Postby 4nogginsmike » Thu Oct 30, 2014 2:15 pm

In my area in central North Carolina, Savinelli services OBs for a nominal fee.
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Peterson lighter problem

Postby RolandKa » Tue Mar 29, 2016 6:57 am

Thanks for this, Steve. I have found a similar problem with my own Peterson lighter could it be a design flaw?. I will try this remedy if I can. Much appreciated.
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Re: Peterson lighter problem

Postby Irminsul » Fri Apr 01, 2016 4:11 am

The same thing had just happened to my Peterson before I read your post. I cleaned the friction wheel and it worked. Much thanks.
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