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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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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