Using a torch lighter can be very convenient for lighting things like candles, starting a campfire, or even creme brulee. However, the hissing noise torch lighters make can also be annoying and disruptive in certain settings. Fortunately, there are some simple ways to make your torch lighter much quieter, or even silent.
What is a Torch Lighter?
A torch lighter is a refillable lighter that produces a hot, intense flame powered by butane fuel. It’s called a “torch” lighter because the tall, angled nozzle concentrates the flame into a small blue torch shape. The intense concentrated heat makes torch lighters perfect for lighting cigars or pipes.
The characteristic “hissing” sound of torch lighters comes from gas escaping through the nozzle as the flame ignites. This hissing noise can be loud and disruptive if you need to use a torch lighter discreetly.
Why Torch Lighters Make Noise
There are a few reasons why torch lighters tend to hiss loudly when lit:
- Gas escaping: The pressurized butane gas has to escape from the nozzle rapidly to create the torch flame. This rapid escape of gas makes the hissing sound.
- Loose parts: If internal lighter parts are loose or worn out, extra gas can leak out causing more noise.
- Clogged parts: Built-up grime or debris can get clogged in lighter parts leading to uncontrolled gas flow.
- Improper flame size: Having the flame adjusted too high results in more gas being released, increasing noise.
How to Make a Torch Lighter Silent
Luckily, there are some easy methods you can use to make your torch lighter much quieter or even silent:
Clean the Lighter Thoroughly
One of the best ways to quiet a noisy torch lighter is to thoroughly clean it. Grime, dried fuel, and other buildup in the lighter’s internal parts can cause extra noise.
Take the torch lighter apart and use compressed air, pipe cleaners, and cotton swabs to gently clean all the components. Cleaning the nozzle and ignition column is especially important. Make sure no cotton/debris is left behind when reassembling.
Use High-Quality Butane Fuel
Try using a high-quality, purified butane lighter fuel from a reputable brand. Impurities and additives in cheap butane can make the flame noisy. Good butane burns cleaner and more quietly. Also, refrain from using non-butane fuels which can increase noise.
Adjust the Flame Size
Experiment with adjusting the torch flame size smaller using the lighter’s adjustment dial. A smaller, more concentrated flame requires less gas flow so it will be quieter. Find the smallest flame size that still ignites easily.
Lubricate the Internal Parts
Apply a small amount of lighter lubricating fluid to the lighter’s o-rings, threaded joints, striker wheel, and other internal parts. This lubrication allows parts to move smoothly without extra noise.
Tighten Loose Parts
If you hear a hissing noise even when the lighter isn’t lit, this means you likely have a gas leak from loose parts. Try tightening any loose screws or threaded joints on the lighter using the correct-sized screwdriver. Do not over-tighten.
Replace Old Parts
Parts like o-rings, gaskets, and ignitors wear out over time. If cleaning and lubricating don’t quiet your old lighter, you may need to replace its internal parts. Light repair kits are available online and in smoke shops.
Fixing a noisy torch lighter is usually an easy process. Start by cleaning all the parts thoroughly and using high-quality butane fuel. Make adjustments like tightening loose parts, lubricating, and turning the flame down. If those steps don’t work, internal repairs or replacements may be needed. A little maintenance goes a long way towards a silently functioning torch lighter.
What are some quick fixes to quiet my torch lighter?
Try cleaning the lighter, especially the nozzle area. Also, adjust the flame size smaller and tighten any loose joints or screws.
What should I use to lubricate and clean a torch lighter?
Use a specialty lighter lubricating fluid along with compressed air or pipe cleaners. Avoid using water or rubbing alcohol which can damage the lighter.
How often should I clean my lighter?
Clean your torch lighter every few months or any time it starts making more noise or isn’t working properly. Frequent cleaning is key for a quieter lighter.
Why does my lighter still make noise even when not lit?
This indicates a gas leak from the lighter needing repair. Try tightening loose parts or replacing damaged internal gaskets and o-rings.
Do I need special tools to fix my torch lighter?
Basic tools like screwdrivers, tweezers, and lighter lubricant fluid are all that are usually needed. Avoid taking apart the lighter unless you are familiar with how to properly reassemble it.