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Wednesday, 22 May 2013

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Lighters

Lighter Fluid Lighters

Lighter fluid lighters aren’t a terrible choice when it comes to lighting cigars, but like paper matches, they have the odor problem.  You want to be able to enjoy the unique flavors offered by each cigar, and that could be tainted by the chemical odors emitted by lighters that employ lighter fluid.

When using such a lighter, you can reduce the chemical odor/flavor by igniting the lighter and letting it burn for a few seconds.  Once you are ready to light your cigar, hold the flame close to the cigar.  You do not want the flame to be directly touching the cigar when you start, as that’s a good way to ruin the flavor.

Butane Lighters

Butane lighters are a personal favorite.  Think of them as the Bugatti of lighters.  (You’ll actually find Bugatti butane lighters that are pretty snazzy).  Besides their high end aesthetics, some butane lighters offer neat extras such as colored flames, as well as other functionality.  For the ultimate in butane lighters, go for the gold with one that has a torch-style flame.  These will obviously get your cigar lit in a jiffy and are often wind-proof, but watch out – you could give yourself quite a painful burn if you’re not careful.

Multi-Flame Lighters

There are several companies that manufacture multi-flame or multi-torch lighters.  These top-shelf accessories mostly employ butane and are definitely effective and awesome to use at the same time.  You can find dual-torch, triple-torch, and even quad-torch lighters.  A dual-torch should be good enough, as it provides the multi-flame experience and won’t use as much butane as a lighter that offers three or four flames.  Then again, if you don’t care about refilling your lighter on a frequent basis, you might as well aim for the skies with a quad-torch lighter.

That completes this look at the different ways to light your cigar.  It’s ultimately your choice as to whether or not you prefer matches or lighters.  Hopefully the advantages and disadvantages listed for each category will help you as you embark on your cigar smoking journey.

If you want to get the inside scoop on which lighting accessories are the best, head over to the Puff.com forums and peruse the Cigar Accessory Discussion board.  Once there, you will find plenty of discussion on cigar lighting accessories, humidors, and more.

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0 # Need to add cedar spillsThomas Person 2013-05-22 13:47
A spill is a slender piece of wood or twisted paper, for lighting candles, lamps, campfires or fireplaces. Before more modern inventions such as lighters and chemical matchsticks, a cedar spill was the traditional method to light a cigar.

Wood of various lengths, thickness and species were torn into narrow strips and lit with whatever flame source was handy. Cigars were slowly roasted and toasted, allowing the oils and water within the tobacco leaves to slowly smolder, ignite and reveal almost immediately the full flavor and aroma of the cigar.

Regardless of what method you use to light your cigar, take your time when doing so.

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