Helpful Lighter Related Links

The purpose of this page is to have a centralized location from which readers can access resources which are discussed in an article, YouTube video, Ebay listing or other content. I get many questions via the comments section and email relating to methods, materials and tools needed for vintage lighter repair. Some of these links are simply informational and can help you down the road to gaining a blueprint or a better understanding of how petrol lighters work.

Some of these links lead to Amazon, Ebay or some other affiliate website where you can purchase the products we have discussed. If you click through these links and make a purchase, will earn commissions from these sales. 

On The Lighter

A wealth of knowledge and info on old lighters. Their newsletter is invaluable.

Frank Dutton’s Vintage Cigarette Lighter Site Hosted By Toledo-Bend

Hands down, the best vintage lighter page out there. I am forever indebted to he and his collaborators. When I need information on an old cigarette lighter, this is the first place I look.

1954 Lighter Repair Manual: this link leads to a web friendly version of the manual on the Toledo-Bend VCL site. The repair manual was a paper book back in the day that was available to jewelers, watch repairman and others when ordering kits of repair parts for cigarette lighters.

The Lighter Library

This site appears to be put together by a group of collaborators with big plans. Many of the links for various lighters and manufacturers are still labeled “Coming Soon” but there are many cool old advertisements and related info that are unavailable elsewhere.

Volker Putz Lighter Collection

An outstanding online museum featuring lighters arranged in various categories including country of manufacture, technique and a very long list of Dunhill lighters.

Links to Purchase Flint, Fuel, Wicks, Etc.

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Many times you will not be able to reuse the old wadding  pulled out of the lighter. This organic cotton coil is a good replacement.

Zippo fuel, flint and wicks will work in the vast majority of petrol lighters, especially the flip-top, Zippo style. 

Vector Butane is a good choice for vintage gas lighters as it comes with refill adaptors that enable you to fill a variety of gas valves.

Specific Dunhill flints are called for by particular models.

If you are unsure what fuel or other supplies your lighter requires, leave a comment below and I’ll get you going in the right direction.

Ebay Links To Vintage Lighter Supplies

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Vintage Auermetall Lighter Flints that may work better in some vintage cigarette lighters.

Wire lead(or IMCO) wicks similar to the old Ronson wicks. These work best in lighters with a wick chimney.

Beattie Jet Lighter

Patent Info

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Purchase Wire Lead Wicks on Ebay.





Zippo Date Charts








Butane Lighter Repair

Google Search

Thorens Single Claw Papers


24 thoughts on “Helpful Lighter Related Links”

  1. Hi there – I have a lighter I recently picked up from a flea market in France. The bottom tells me its an Allumatic Systeme Ruetz. Some light searching hasnt told me much about how to repair it, do you have any tips?



    1. Hello, Jesse. From the photos I can find online, the lighter you are asking about appears to be a basic petrol lighter. I have written an article that covers all the basics on petrol lighters with videos and links to other articles. It is the perfect place to start.✌️

  2. Hello,
    I am looking for replacement wick, flint for a Penguin No.18250 lighter. I also don’t know what kind of fuel to put in it. It was my grandfathers and it was never used. Can you please help? I have called every single smoke shop/lighter repair shop in California lol

    1. The old Ronson wicks or the wire lead IMCO wicks will likely work best for that particular lighter. May have to experiment between Zippo, Ronson or some other flint but any of them are likely to work. Regarding fuel, regular Zippo fluid or Ronsonol should work just fine.

  3. I have a question. I bought a lovely Rogers liquid fuel lighter circa 1959 with a Frank Lloyd Wright artwork on the side. I cleaned out the old decayed flint successfully and can get a good spark if I manually spin the wheel. Unfortunately, the mechanism itself does not appear to spin the wheel when it is pressed open – so no spark. I am beginning to suspect there is a part missing, perhaps someone tried to clean it and didn’t put everything back. I can’t find any diagrams or parts lists online. I will provide pictures. Thanks!

    1. Yes, Doug, I would be glad to help if you can email pictures to me, I can get a better handle on the mechanism in question. Pictures of the top of the lighter open and the base would be helpful. I look forward to hearing from you.✌️

      1. Doug never sent any pictures, Brett. Can you email pictures of the base of the lighter and the top of the lighter with the lid open? That would allow me to understand the lighter you are speaking of and hopefully help with your problem.✌️

  4. Hi, Joseph, I’m in the process of restoring a 1920’s Thorens Single Claw I was given with the friction wheel missing, which is on the way. As for consumables, Auermetall flints seem the best fit and results and so are IMCO wicks, (Zippo wicks don’t fit as good?). Fuel doesn’t seem a problem for all of them work kind of the same (right?). I’m asking all this because this article below scared me, not very optimistic as for getting consistent lighting easily:

    It’s pretty long but maybe it’s of your interest. Thank you! 🙂

    1. Good morning, Asier. My day could not have started better than it did thanks to your reading recommendation. What a well-written, witty article. I have felt all those pains and disappointments the author describes. We have all chased answers to why the laws of physics aren’t behaving in our presence.✌️

      1. So glad you liked it, I thought you would, been reading a lot about it lately. What’s your experience on your Thorens? Now I’m afraid I’ll go through the same nightmare described in the article, but I want to be forwarned to ease frustration for I’m so excited to assemble my incoming friction wheel. As for the most proper wick, flint and fuel, what are your thoughts?

        1. I have been very fortunate. I have owned five Thorens double or single claws and all of them have functioned flawlessly with little or no help from me. I’ve not found them to be finicky with the wick, flint or fuel but rather seem to desire the momentum that slams the lid open, laying fire in your hand(the “bang” of which the author speaks). It’s robust nature can be startling, don’t let the lighter jump out of your hand.

          1. Hi, Joseph,
            I recently received the friction wheel for my Thorens Standard, new flint and wick but I’m missing to tune the lighter for a nice “dependable flame” . I wonder if I can contact you somehow for pics and videos for a diagnose and advice on a possible fixing, but I’m not sure if you offer that kind of service -please, do! LOL. Thank you, anyway 🙂

          2. Sorry for the delay, Asier. I’ve been moving into a new place and have been very busy. The good news is I am moved in now and will have my workshop set up soon.

            You can email photos and videos anytime. Hopefully, I’ll respond faster than I did to this comment.🤦‍♂️

            We could also schedule a Zoom meeting where you could share these directly from the application interface, and we could discuss in real time to team up on your project.✌️

  5. Hi Joseph; I recently bought a made in France vintage Feudor lighter. It seems to work fine, but I can’t figure out wich kind of fuel should I use to flame it. Could you help me?


  6. Great information! I am new to collecting lighters. My dad had a Continental so I am focusing on those to start with. One I recently acquired is missing the filler plug (screw). Do you have a source for those? Seems I can find everything but those.


    1. My “source” is a room in my house that has become a sort of lighter salvage yard. Send a picture of the base of the lighter and if I have one I’ll send it to you.✌️

  7. Hello,
    I have just acquired a vintage Thames lighter (made in Japan), and am unsure as to what kind of fuel it might need. Can you point me in the right direction? Thanks for providing this resource!

  8. Joseph, I have a Beattie Jet Lighter that is missing the flint spring and wick. Wondering if you have any suggestions on where to find replacements.

    1. The IMCO wicks on this page should work just fine. As for a replacement flint spring, I usually buy a donor lighter or test flint springs and screws from discarded or dysfunctional lighters.✌️

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