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So I have one of those Primus adaptor things for using gas canister (LP?) fuel to refill a storm lighter. I thought it would get rid of the problem of canisters with just a little gas left in them that were not worth taking backpacking and so on. But after nearly freezing my fingers off, spraying liquid gas all over the place, accidentally letting the remaining fuel that was already in the lighter out (thus emptying the lighter completely of proper fuel), filling the house with stinking gas before I had the sense to move to a well ventilated area, filling the well ventilated area with sprays of liquid gas and killing half of the birds in the neighbourhood...I decided it was time to reassess the situation:
It seems you need to use just the right amount of pressure on the lighter's hole with the adaptor's nozzle, or it goes everywhere but into the lighter; the metal adaptor, especially when you don't align the aforementioned interfaces correctly, will freeze with the liquid gas so that when you finish filling and put the canister down, the frozen spring will continue to release the gas into the air like a geyser from a cold hell; breathing half a canister of gas will make you see things you cannot un-see; it's better to just use up those nearly-empty canisters by either taking them car camping or making a drink in the back yard (while you give the birds a decent burial).
To make things worse, now that the storm lighter is full of fuel from the canister, the flame is half of what it was, which is surprising as I expected the fuel to be similar (otherwise what is the point?). I am calling it my "gentle wind" lighter from now on. Good job it was only a cheap lighter. The adaptor, however, is expensive and seems a total waste.