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Lighting a pipe
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MT21
Posted 10/25/2013 7:23 AM (#410412)
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My first smoke went pretty well last night. I smoke outside on my back deck. The weather was cool with no breeze so I was able to use wooden matches. What do you use when a match just won't say lit because of breeze/wind? Will a torch lighter do? I've seen a category of Pipe Lighters at on-line sites but I haven't had time to check them out yet.

Thanks for your help.
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lubrix
Posted 10/25/2013 7:27 AM (#410413 - in reply to #410412)
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I use a matches for English blends and a Bic lighter for aromatics,a torch is too hot and can scorch the pipe.
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Posted 10/25/2013 7:43 AM (#410419 - in reply to #410413)
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lubrix - 10/25/2013 11:27 PM

I use a matches for English blends and a Bic lighter for aromatics,a torch is too hot and can scorch the pipe.


I second this. Torches can ruin your bowl pretty fast. Bics and the like work well. Look for something with a soft flame.
Then again, if you have a windy-day-throw-away pipe, like a cheap corncob, when the torch scorched it beyond use, you have an excuse to get a new one.
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Bogglor
Posted 10/25/2013 8:05 AM (#410422 - in reply to #410412)
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Never use a torch. A garden variety Bic lighter is fine or you can get a special pipe lighter with an angled flame if you have a really prized pipe that you don't want ANY scorching on the rim of the bowl.
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The Burn Ward
Posted 10/25/2013 8:12 AM (#410424 - in reply to #410412)
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The Lacardo Pipe lighter with the tools seems to be a good one. You can usually find a deal on Amazon and make sure you click the Amazon link on the left hand side of the Cigar Geeks site. Happy Smoking!
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grabow66
Posted 10/25/2013 10:07 AM (#410442 - in reply to #410412)
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NO TORCH. Pipe Lighter. I use a cheap Vertigo pipe lighter that hasn't failed me yet. I also have a Zippo pipe lighter but I have yet to use it.
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ROTHNH
Posted 10/25/2013 11:14 AM (#410474 - in reply to #410412)
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I tried Xikars (gave up after sending them back twice), the Lacardo (returned one to CI, they replaced it, and the second didn't work either) and a Thunderbird Zippo insert (pooped the sheets after a few weeks).

A Zippo (Zippo will replace the standard insert with a pipe insert for free) works well in a breeze -- just let it burn a couple seconds after lighting it to get rid of the lighter fluid smell).

I usually use matches, but I also use Djeep lighters now. They have a large fuel reservoir, the flame is adjustable, and local tobacco discount store sells them for $1.29.

As others said here, keep a torch lighter the hell away from your pipe -- it's too hot a flame and will burn the crap out of the rim on your pipe before you even realize it.
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Mojo66
Posted 10/25/2013 12:01 PM (#410483 - in reply to #410412)
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I've heard good things about this one but that's from the only person I know that smokes pipes. I am not pipe expert.

Xikar Scribe Lighter

on sale here at 25% off
http://pipesandcigars.com/xisclibu.html
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toby2
Posted 10/25/2013 12:55 PM (#410492 - in reply to #410412)
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I use a flint light XiKar and it is the only one that hasn't been sent back multiple times. I like it. I second the no torch lighter for pipes.
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Hot Stuff x
Posted 12/26/2013 5:39 PM (#426619 - in reply to #410412)
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I use a torch to light my pipe. I have a Zippo pipe lighter, but i don't draw hard enough to pull the flame down into the bowl. A torch works perfectly, but you must be very careful, as stated above, to avoid damaging your pipe. I light the lighter, then carefully aim the flame toward the center of the bowl for the charring light, and only give it a second (or less) of flame. As you get further into the smoke, you can let the flame linger a little longer, but it only takes a touch of the flame. Any longer and you risk burning your briar.
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