Written by Puff Staff

Friday, 23 August 2013

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Pick your lighter

There are a wide variety of lighters designed for cigars, so you shouldn’t have any trouble choosing one—or a few. The most popular is the single flame torch lighter. These start at a couple of bucks and are easy to use, but you do have to be careful what fuel you use to fill them.

Don’t be tempted to save money by using cheap Ronson fuel from the drugstore. Ask your tobacconist for Triple Refined Butane, Quadruple or Quintuple Refined Butane. As you can probably guess, this stuff is more expensive because it’s been seriously refined. This makes the fuel much cleaner and less likely to clog up the jet of your lighter.


The single flame torch lighter delivers a very precise flame, which can make for slow going when you need to light a large ring gauge cigar. For that, you need a multiple flame lighter. Models with multiple flames provide a broader heat source that is ideal for the larger cigars but likely to scorch a petite corona.

Some smokers complain that double/triple flame lighters burn too hot. OTOH, they can come in handy when you’re trying to light a cigar on the golf course while the wind is blowing, as long as you don’t set anything else on fire.

If you want a really big lighter, go for a table torch. These are large, heavy lighters made to sit on a table top. They can have a wide single jet or several finer jets, and are meant to light cigars quickly. Table torches hold—and go through—a lot of fuel.

Can I relight?

There are two schools of thought on relighting a cigar after it’s gone out. Some purists claim that doing so is an abomination, because the cigar will never taste the same the second time around. Those purists tend to spend a lot more money buying cigars than the rest of us do.

The more practical view is that it’s OK to relight a cigar if it’s still warm and just went out couple of minutes ago. Besides, you can relight a still-warm cigar faster than you can start over with a fresh one. If you find your cigars going out frequently, you may have come across a batch of poorly-rolled cigars. Or maybe you need to spend less time talking and more time puffing.


What you don’t do is let a cigar go cold, then relight it the next day. The taste will be harsh and stale, so you might as well finish smoking it in one sitting.

The whole point of lighting your cigar properly is to get the maximum pleasure out of each and every puff. When a cigar has been lit to perfection, it will deliver the taste and aroma that drew you to cigar smoking in the first place!


0 # Thanksoscarsun72 2013-08-26 07:57
This's useful! Thanks :lol:

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0 # OKAYJoshua Hurst 2014-05-26 23:47
Good for amatures but I already knew that but thanks for the refresher.

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