Thunderbird Lighters: The Thunderbird Lighters are not Zippo's but they are almost identical in feel, quality, weight and most importantly reliability. However they are more rounded for the pocket and Gas fuelled so you do not taste the fuel like you do with a Zippo Petrol Lighter. They are Ignited by a flint and flint wheel, which need replacing but are significantly more reliable than the Piezo electric ignition.
So you get all the advantages of a Zippo lighter without the pungent petrol flavour protruding through your favourite smoke. And the gas doesn't evaporate so it will work when you pick it up. Here at your favourite specialist tobacconist we rarely recommend anything above a Thunderbird lighter.!!
Pipe Lighters: Windproof 45 Degrees flame, which remains lit until the lid is closed. This means you can keep those digits well away from the flame to light the pipe.
Fuel: The Thunderbird Gas Zippo replicas take standard Ronson or Zippo (recommended) flints and good quality Butane Gas refill available from most supermarkets or your local tobacconist. The instructions will tell you to use Thunderbird or Vector gas but any quality gas such as Ronson, Zippo or Colibri will more than suffice. If it is Bull Brand or from the pound shop the gas is likely to be full of impurities and will block the valve so avoid these.
Please Note Due to postal regulations introduced in 2013 we are no longer allowed to send lighters that contain gas. Your lighter will be supplied with out any gas and will therefore need filling on receipt.