This is a discussion on Zippo within the Cigar Accessory Discussion forums, part of the The Cigar Lounges at Puff category; How many use zippo lighters? I recently started using a zippo for my cigars and bought a zippo pipe lighter ...
I have been through many torch lighters that have ultimately disappointed me, so I switched to standard zippos, and I now prefer them (for both cigars and pipes). I do not find that the lighter fluid affects the taste. If anything, I have found that the extreme high temperatures of a torch lighter can leave a cigar tasting a little scorched.
"Quite simply, my dear, tobacco is the greatest pleasure that we have ever discovered... I know of no other miracle like it in nature." -- Bela Lugosi, 1939
Zippo a few years back changed their fluid formula and got rid of the kerosene/diesel taste it would leave behind. i do like Zippo lighters, however on recommendation from a friendvand a broken flint wheel I bought a jetlight from Wal-Mart. Been using it for over a year with no problems and only one refill.
I currently have a Zippo Blu, can't really say that I love it. I definitely prefer some of my other brand torch lighters. Haven't used my standard Zippo in a long time, the torch has taken over because it started on the golf course and expanded from there.