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Many people bunch butane torches in with common disposable cigarette lighters. But they are not the same thing. The butane torch is not a mere convenience, it’s a bona fide tool that is used in medical laboratories, Michelin-rated restaurants and by jewelry makers and artists the world over. Like any tool, there are certain safety considerations that come into play when using a butane torch, as well as ways you should and should not handle it, and right and wrong ways to refill and maintain it. Below, we’re going to provide some basic tips related to all these issues.

Butane Torch Safety Tips

A butane torch is not a toy or a mere cigarette lighter. Improper or unsafe use could lead to serious injury. Here are some basic safety tips that owners of butane torches should adhere to.

  • Whether you’re a dabber or a research scientist you shouldn’t wear clothes made of highly flammable synthetic fabrics when using a butane torch.
  • Always make sure that the area where you’re using the butane torch is properly ventilated.
  • If you are using butane torches at home or work you should make sure there is a working fire extinguisher at the ready in case of an accident.
  • Always use refined butane such as Puretane or Whip-it! in your butane torch as this will ensure the torch does not become clogged with impurities, which could impede performance and create safety issues.
  • If you have young children make sure any butane torch you bring into the house has a safety lock on it and that you engage that lock whenever you are not using the torch.
  • Jewelers, artists and lab workers should always wear protective eye gear when using a butane torch.
  • Never use more flame than you need. We would recommend getting a butane torch with an adjustable flame so you can ratchet it up or down as needed.

The Right Way to Refill Your Butane Torch

The first thing you need to do before refilling your butane torch is to purge it of old butane. To do this turn the torch upside down with the head on a table top. Insert a screwdriver into the gas port and press. When you do this you should hear a hissing sound as the old gas leaves the torch. Keep holding the screwdriver in place until the hissing stops. Once you’ve purged the torch of old butane you can refill it. To do that:

  • Make certain that the gas flow is turned off.
  • Turn the torch upside down again. On the button, you will see a refill port (yes, the same port you just used to purge the old gas).
  • Uncap the canister of butane, flip it upside down and insert the nozzle into the refill port.
  • Push the nozzle down into the port and hold it, applying even pressure while the gas moves from the canister into the torch.
  • It shouldn’t take more than 10-15 seconds to refill the torch, so don’t hold it for too long.
  • Once full, flip the torch back over and stand it up on the tabletop, then recap the canister and store it away properly.
  • Finally, wait a few minutes before using the refilled torch.


The butane torch is not a toy and not a cigarette lighter. It’s a tool with myriad applications and like the rest of your tools, it needs to be respected and treated properly. Always use refined butane like Puretane, Ignitus, Whip-it! or Newport butane and make sure to internalize the above tips. That way you’ll ensure the safe and effective operation of your butane torch.

What can be said about a brand that so dynamically surpasses industry standards that it becomes practically incomparable to it’s peers? Puretane has done just that: created an entirely new tier of canned butane of a quality quite literally unavailable to most consumers before it’s introduction just a few years ago.

What Is N-Butane? How Is It Different From Regular Butane?

The term “butane” is really a misleading misnomer. Butane is it’s own gas, but we use the same term to describe lighter fluid of all types. So “butane” is actually used as a blanket term for a combination of dirtier gases.

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Founded in 1928 by Julius Lowenthal, the Colibri brand has been synonymous with quality and sophistication among a wide ranging line of products that include not only butane cigar and cigarette lighters, but an exquisite selection of men’s accessories such as billfolds, watches, writing instruments and jewelry.

The Colibri name has a long and interesting history. Let’s take a look back at this fascinating brand over the course of the last 9 decades.

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Like any other piece of equipment, the butane lighter you depend on to give your cigars a quick light that is free from residual aromas needs an occasional bit of “tender loving care” in the form of maintenance. While butane lighters used for lighting cigars have a minimum number of moving parts and will give good service for years if not decades, they still need to be cleaned and have the fuel line bled every few months. Butane does leave a residual film when it burns and not all of the butane sold on the market is completely free of contaminants. What that means is that your torch lighter or dual torch will need to be cleaned and bled if you want the flame to be optimal for cigar lighting. Many cigar smokers will tell you that they smoke for the sense of relaxation and calm that is associated with a good quality cigar. One would certainly not want that pleasant experience to be marred by a lighter that is not working properly, so let’s take a look at how to bleed and clean your butane lighter.

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In Part I, we learned about the chemical composition and reactions of butane, its formation, and the first steps of its refinement process. Let’s jump right into Part II to conclude the butane story.

The Butane Refinement Process: Part II

  1. Transporting Natural Gas
  2. After it’s extracted, on-site scrubbers remove sand and other large impurities, and heaters are set up to ensure that the gas does not form condensation, which could impede its flow through the pipelines. Unrefined natural gas is then transported thousands of miles through a network of pipelines that spans the entire United States. The gathering system transports natural gas from its place of origin to processing plants through low pressure, small pipes. Unrefined natural gas must be purified before it is allowed to travel throughout the major natural gas pipelines in the United States that provide heating and fire to homes and businesses across the country.

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An important and powerful natural gas derivative, butane is used to fuel tools from torches to soldering irons to camping stoves and portable heaters. It’s increasingly become an essential part of the modern world’s energy production and many around the globe rely on butane refills to power their daily energy consumption. With increased concern over the limited nature of many of our traditional energy sources, such as oil and natural gas, it’s more important than ever for the global community to take a close look at its energy consumption, uses, and the future of our planet’s energy environment. Learn more about how this fuel is produced and do your part as an informed citizen of the world to consume responsibly.

What is Butane?

Butane refers to one of two colorless, odorless structural isomers of the chemical compound C4H10. This hydrocarbon is known as n-butane, or “normal” butane, when the carbon atoms are linked in a straight chain and as isobutane, or methylpropane, when the carbon atoms are aligned in a branch formation.

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