MSR piezo igniter vs. Mini Bic
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Trek Guy
(trek_guy) - M
MSR piezo igniter vs. Mini Bic on 04/01/2013 14:41:14 MDT Print View

I found it interesting that the standalone piezo igniter that is bundled with the MSR Microrocket weighs 0.5 oz., while a Mini Bic with plastic insert removed weighs a bit less at 0.4 oz.

Question: even if the Mini Bic runs out of fuel, won't the igniter mechanism create a spark and more or less function just like the MSR piezo igniter?

Randy Martin
(randalmartin) - F

Locale: Colorado
Re: MSR piezo igniter vs. Mini Bic on 04/01/2013 14:49:37 MDT Print View

Yes, but I think the benefit of the piezo lighter is that the spark is further away from your hand and therefore much less chance to get burned.

Bob Gross
(--B.G.--) - F

Locale: Silicon Valley
Re: Re: MSR piezo igniter vs. Mini Bic on 04/01/2013 15:02:46 MDT Print View

The Mini Bic is dual purpose for me. Besides making fire, I can count the number of days that I've been out starting my stove by how much hair is burned off the back of my right hand.

--B.G.--

Dale Wambaugh
(dwambaugh) - MLife

Locale: Pacific Northwest
Re: Mini Bic burns on 04/01/2013 15:13:14 MDT Print View

And Bob is left handed! :)

Bob Gross
(--B.G.--) - F

Locale: Silicon Valley
Re: Re: Mini Bic burns on 04/01/2013 15:23:12 MDT Print View

It gets more confusing with a white gas stove, because the initial flare takes out all of the hair on the back of my right hand in one puff. Then I can't keep track of days.

All of that is useful, though. It makes the "Stove Is Lit, Dummy" indicator.

--B.G.--

jerry adams
(retiredjerry) - MLife

Locale: Oregon and Washington
Re: Re: Re: Mini Bic burns on 04/01/2013 17:37:50 MDT Print View

white gas stove - takes off eyebrows also

Ben 2 World
(ben2world) - MLife

Locale: So Cal
Re: MSR piezo igniter vs. Mini Bic on 04/01/2013 18:51:53 MDT Print View

Before piezo, I carried two mini BIC's. Now, I carry just one -- as backup. So the piezo is 0.1 oz heavier.... but it's cool and fun to use. :)