What is the BEST (or PREFERRED) way to light your pipe? Yes, we use many different methods, but which one do you think is the best for ensuring a cool and efficient light?
I usually use a butane and/or a zippo for the pipe. The other evening I was getting the patio fireplace/pit thing lit, using a box of long wood kitchen matches. So I figure what the hey, might as well light my pipe before I toss the match onto the kindling. Wow, the coolest and easiest light I have ever had! Now I try to use wooden matches wherever possible (obviously, not when I'm on the road, can't carry that huge matchbox around)..
The match is like a paintbrush, you can guide it easily around the bowl. It is thin so no vision obstructions. And as long as its not a howling gale outdoors, a match does stay lit reasonably well. I find it a cooler flame than the zippo (which would be my second choice, except for charring lights in which case I use a butane).