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Has anyone tried to modify a torch lighter to get an easier trigger?

Discussion in 'Ask FC' started by OldCombustor, Nov 1, 2017.

  1. OldCombustor

    OldCombustor Active Member

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    The arthritis in my thumbs is getting worse.
    I know that the triggers on the igniters are made difficult purposely to prevent children from using them.
     
  2. emmdeemo

    emmdeemo Never ever, bloody anything, ever.

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    The ignition breaks on all the torches I've had, cheap to expensive... My solution, which could apply here, is use the 'keep gas locked on' slider switch a lot of them have, and a previously lit candle to light the torch with.

    Its a massive roundabout way to fix the problem but it was still cheaper than endlessly replacing otherwise perfectly usable torches and I ended up preferring it to the ignition clickers.
     
  3. snackmaster

    snackmaster Well-Known Member

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    Have you tried this style?
     
  4. OldCombustor

    OldCombustor Active Member

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    No, not yet. I have been limiting myself to the cheaper ones.
     
  5. howie105

    howie105 Well-Known Member

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    Take a look at candle lighters or BBQ lighters. It will at least let you use a different digit.
     
  6. OldCombustor

    OldCombustor Active Member

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    Yeah, but I need the torch type to get the VapCap going.
     
  7. emmdeemo

    emmdeemo Never ever, bloody anything, ever.

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    Get one of @Pipes vapcap heaters?
     
  8. howie105

    howie105 Well-Known Member

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    You might look at cigar lighters then, my cheap China torch model lets me use my index finger which is in better shape then my thumb.
     
  9. OldCombustor

    OldCombustor Active Member

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    I'd do that in a minute if I could afford it.
     
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  10. KidFated.

    KidFated. We Don't Even Live Here..

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    If I come across some cash I'll get each of us one.
     
  11. Squiby

    Squiby Well-Known Member

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    I find that the flint jet lighters are very easy on the thumb. I use these cylindrical flint jet lighters. They are cheap and I've had no issues with them.

    To use you push the gas button up and roll the flint wheel under you thumb. Very little pressure is needed and it can be accomplished using other fingers. Once lit, you don't have to hold anything down. When you're done, push the gas button down.

    The downside is that it stays lit until you shut it off. So, if you dropped it while lit, it will keep burning until the gas button is shut off.

    https://m.ebay.ca/itm/AOMAI-Cigaret...310471?hash=item25deb6c747:g:4cAAAOSwSDZZpNai
     
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  12. OldCombustor

    OldCombustor Active Member

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    Now you're talking!

    I'll have to try one of those.
     
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