Originally Posted by Bigmuz7
This is a good tool when it works .. but its a bitch to get going ... anyone else use them, and got any magic tips ? or use any other good ones ? It wont be the best for boating if anyone is wondering cos its a live flame
No naked flame but certainly a source of ignition for petrol vapour.
PITA to light sometimes- nearly sent mine back after 3rd use as I couldn't get it to stay lit.
top tip is to ensure the reservoir wadding doesn't get pushed down too far when you fill it - it needs to fluff up (!) at least level with the top of the reservoir.
Some other makes have a better filling mechanism that avoids filling via the wadding.
I put 2-3 drops of lighter fluid on the inside of the burner catalyst, assemble and light- it flames like a zippo for 10 seconds or so where you then 'baste' the burner in the flame as much as poss to get it hot. Holding a lighter on the outside works too but tends to soot up the catalyst. It should glow faintly when going- see attached
Holding the thing upside down seems to help get it going -vapour is heavy ??
When it does go it is too hot to hold without its case!