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Unread postAuthor: Bedo » Tue Feb 28, 2006 10:06 pm

but if im clicking the piezo while holding the butane trigger with the back part open, it should ignite. it is a cheap lighter..5 pack from the dollar store :D , how could i find the leak if there is one? also ima go try a newer lighter real quick
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Unread postAuthor: cardinals08 » Tue Feb 28, 2006 10:08 pm

Try a different fuel as well, I cant think of what else it could be, unless it is that the spark isnt hot enough.
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Unread postAuthor: Bedo » Tue Feb 28, 2006 10:11 pm

hmm..it is a very very old piezo...like..years and years..it was from an old lighter at the lake house :wink: , so ima try an almost brand new one. im also going to try some axe in it in a second




UPDATE: lol the axe wont even light(i tried different amounts, i know how much to use due to previous minis) ...maybe a sign of a bad piezo..ima trying a diff one...
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Unread postAuthor: cardinals08 » Tue Feb 28, 2006 10:17 pm

Ok, I hope you get it working. If I may suggest an ammo, take a small piece of paper (around 2" by 6"), roll it into a cone until it fits into the barrel, then stick a needle(pretty much anything pointy and thin, I have also used t-pins, toothpicks, and sharpened coathanger pieces) through it. They can lodge a half inch or so into my bedroom door from about 10 feet, which is pretty good for one of these minis, I think)
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Unread postAuthor: Bedo » Tue Feb 28, 2006 10:41 pm

man this is makin me mad..i put the butane hose right by the spark and it still doesnt even light..i put a new piezo in and it doesnt light..what the heck o_o


edit: to make the spark gap im using small screws....would the spark be hotter if i used something a lot thinner?
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Unread postAuthor: nicholai » Tue Feb 28, 2006 10:49 pm

are you sure you have enough oxygen in the chamber to fire it? combustion = fuel + oxygen + spark. more often its beause there isnt enough oxygen and too much fuel
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Unread postAuthor: Bedo » Tue Feb 28, 2006 10:51 pm

im positive...i left both ends of the tube open...put the little hose right by the spark...sprayed butane right on the screws while clicking the piezo..and it still didnt light...whats the problem?
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Unread postAuthor: Rambo » Wed Mar 01, 2006 3:19 am

My mini pistol always ignites.It uses metanol and oxigen(you are not suprised aren't you).
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Unread postAuthor: nicholai » Wed Mar 01, 2006 4:48 pm

hey, try moving the spark away from the butane port, its possible the butane isnt mixing with the oxygen enough next to the spark (which is close to the where the butane comes in)
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Unread postAuthor: dragon finder » Wed Mar 01, 2006 5:09 pm

My mini sux it fires 2 out of about 20 tries I used it with hair spray before and worked great but then I tried butane from a lighter I will probubly use hair spray again.
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