If you enjoy the relaxation and refinement offered by smoking a cigar or pipe, then you likely know the importance of having a quality lighter on hand. Purchasing high quality options in lighters, is simpler now than ever before. Thanks to the Internet, more and more lighter manufacturers are offering their products for sale in the online environment. However, you'll need to know a bit of information before you make that purchase. For instance, does the lighter come filled with butane?
The short answer is "no." Manufacturers are prohibited by law from shipping lighters prefilled with butane. Why is this? First, butane poses the threat of fire during the shipping process. Even if damage does not occur to the lighter's casing, if sufficient heat is applied to the packaging, it's quite possible that the butane will ignite. Not only would this damage the lighter, but also it could damage other packages, the delivery person or even the handling facility.
Second, butane can pose a threat if it leaks without igniting. This fuel is technically a noxious gas and, as such, can pose serious health problems to those working with and handling the packages. If the case were to become cracked and the fuel to escape during shipping, in addition to the threat of fire, there's the threat posed by inhaling the fumes. This is obviously a poor situation for those carrying such packages and must be avoided. Thus, the government prohibits the shipment of lighters prefilled with butane.
Of course, there are ways to circumvent the problem. The most obvious one is to have a canister of butane on hand when the lighter arrives. This way, you are able to fill the lighter immediately, allow the fuel to come to room temperature and then begin using it almost immediately. You'll need to know a few things before you rush out and purchase any butane, though and you'll need to inspect the manufacturer's supplemental documentation for it.
For instance, what type of butane do you need? What type of fuel filling nozzle is the lighter equipped with? Most of these are a standard design, to ensure they fit with almost every butane canister, but you cannot take chances. Find out the answers to these questions, purchase the type of butane specified by the maker and you'll be able to light up shortly after your lighter arrives.