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How to Adjust a Lighter

By Keith Dooley
Properly adjust the flame of a lighter for the task at hand.
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Lighters are used for a variety of tasks including lighting candles, igniting grills and camp fires and lighting cigars. Manufactured by a variety of companies in different shapes, sizes and colors, lighters commonly use butane as fuel. Adjusting the flame of a lighter can be done so the flame height can be matched to the task at hand. Flame adjustment is done by means of a control typically located on the bottom of the lighter.

Turn the lighter so the bottom is easily accessible. Locate the flame adjustment control and determine if the adjustment is made with a finger, thumbnail or blade screwdriver control.

Turn the control to the left, or counter clockwise, toward the plus sign to increase the height of the lighter flame. Slowly turn the control and do not force it to prevent potential damage to the lighter.

Turn the flame height control clockwise, or to the right, toward the minus sign to decrease the flame height. Use the finger control, a thumbnail or blade screwdriver to turn the adjustment control.

Position the flame height control in the middle -- half way between the plus and minus signs -- as a starting point for adjustment with a new lighter. A middle setting will result in a medium-size flame that allows for adjustment up or down.


Things You Will Need

  • Lighter
  • Blade screwdriver

About the Author


Keith Dooley has a degree in outdoor education and sports management. He has worked as an assistant athletic director, head coach and assistant coach in various sports including football, softball and golf. Dooley has worked for various websites in the past, contributing instructional articles on a wide variety of topics.