Pipe Lighting

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JTWilliams
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Sun Sep 29, 2019 10:58 am

What are your preferred/favorite instruments and techniques for lighting a pipe? For a while I liked using a torch lighter (two buddies who are line cooks swear by creme brulee torches). I've given up on two finicky Ronsons and recently switched back to this little guy (partly because I like its little push-button blade).

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Sun Sep 29, 2019 11:06 am

To light my pipe I use wooden matches to get it going, then I'll switch to a Zippo for the rest of the way.
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Sun Sep 29, 2019 11:09 am

You have to be really careful using a torch lighter on a pipe because you can easily scorch the rim. I use a regular bic or any soft flame lighter.
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Sun Sep 29, 2019 11:32 am

In perfect conditions, a match
Nothing better, historically, metaphysically...whatever
I use and endorse the one dollar round Clipper lighters
Refillable
Replaceable flint
Tamper, perfect round-sized tamper
When you are at WalMmart check them out
I also order quantity from Amazon
Best buck I ever spent
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Sun Sep 29, 2019 11:38 am

So long as winds agree, I use Swan matches. Otherwise it is my trusty old Zippo with Thunderbird butane insert.
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Sun Sep 29, 2019 11:40 am

Middle Earth wrote: ↑
Sun Sep 29, 2019 11:32 am
In perfect conditions, a match
Nothing better, historically, metaphysically...whatever
I use and endorse the one dollar round Clipper lighters
Refillable
Replaceable flint
Tamper, perfect round-sized tamper
When you are at WalMmart check them out
I also order quantity from Amazon
Best buck I ever spent
The metaphysics of pipe smoking might make an interesting thread...
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Sun Sep 29, 2019 12:47 pm

Ray Mackessy wrote: ↑
Sun Sep 29, 2019 11:06 am
To light my pipe I use wooden matches to get it going, then I'll switch to a Zippo for the rest of the way.
That’s exactly what I do Ray.
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Sun Sep 29, 2019 2:31 pm

Wooden matches. When I'm out, a Zippo.
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Sun Sep 29, 2019 3:27 pm

Clipper . . .

Will no longer complicate life by maintaining expensive pipe lighters.

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Sun Sep 29, 2019 3:56 pm

Zippo, no pipe insert.

Since I usually keep a torch lighter on my desk for machine made cigars, I sometimes accidentally pick up the torch. I notice it, too, as the torch lighter's three flames get hissing. [I like my cigars the way I like my women, big enough to have something to hold onto, which makes them hard to set alight. I wish someone would make machine made Churchills.]. When I notice that I've got the butane torch fired up, I pause and look at it. "Do I really want to destroy this bowl?" I ask myself. Sometimes I do. Most of the time, I don't.
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