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Message posted by blazin on August-01-2011 at 05:40 - IP Logged
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I light my cigars with matches because I have a ton of them. Is there a taste difference between lighting a good cuban with a match compared to a Bic lighter? I would imagine the gas used to fuel the fire might seep into the cigar when it is being lit.

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There is no difference in taste between using matches or a butane lighter. I like to use a butane torch for the convenience.

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With my Zippo Lighter I like to flavour it by using sprays on the cotton. It means you have to replace the cotton in the lighter a lot more often, but it is one way of adding flavour to smokes. I tend not to use this zippo for my cigars though, in case I ruin the original flavour.

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There shouldn't be a difference, unless you inhale a little of the sulfur from the match when you take your first hit off the cigar. Other than that, it should all burn the same, regardless.

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I believe the butane torch is the way to go, at least for me. Many diehards swear that the only way to light a Cuban is with a piece of cedar (one may find these in many cigar boxes and, of course, if the cigar is cedared, save it for the lighting of the same). However, I have several butane torches - it is easier to get a good light without having to burn through a number of matches; and I am a fanatic about a clean even burn...if the cigar begins to canoe, the butane torch is the only way of which I am aware, to correct the burn and return it to an even state. I like the Rocky Patel lighters because, if there is a problem, the dealer will exchange your lighter on the spot. Steer clear of Xikar...they look good, but I haven't had one yet that performed...and I have had 3...two I had to return to Xikar for repair or replacement...I waited 6 months for the first, and it finally arrived but has exactly the same problem..the second one has not yet been returned...I purchased a ST Dupont torch for my wife...it was VERY pricey and it is the ONLY Dupont not made in France but in China...however, her lighter (she smokes cigs)has NEVER misfired nor failed to light going on one year now...I am tempted to fork out the bucks for one for myself!
So, for me it is the torch...

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Would a butane torch be what I would refer to as a jet lighter/windproof lighter? I remember having one and it was absolute hell to try and find gas refill for it.

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Where would I find a "butane torch"? How is that different from a regular lighter? Is that the same as a Zippo, or another form of refillable lighter?

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I do not like the smell of butane so I prefer either a smaller lighter where I can't smell it so much or matches. UKsmokes that is an interesting idea about the flavored sprays, where do you find those?

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I prefer the butane because it has no odor as does lighter fluid..butane is available pretty much everywhere, but one would want to purchase a good brand with plenty of filtration in the process...your local cigar store should sell it or one may order online...yes, a butane torch lighter is a jet lighter but whether or not it is "windproof" is all in the way it is constructed..one may purchase a relatively inexpensive butane torch insert for Zippos and I find them much better for cigars...they are refillable and if they malfunction, simply replace it! Rocky Patel makes a full line of torch lighters with single flame, double, triple, even a table lighter with five flames...I like RP because they are instantly replaceable at my tobacconist with no questions asked if there is a problem...personally I would not sully a Cuban cigar with ANY kind of spray...I smoke the cigar for the tobacco contained therein...just a personal preference...I don't enjoy "flavored" coffee either...pure coffee...pure Habanos!!

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I never really thought about it. I use whatever I have handy. I think that matches have a better flame, though. The problem with that is, holding the match without burning your fingers.

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A butane lighter is so easy to use, and I never can put my hand on a book of matches when I need them. For me, it's not about the lighter anyway. It's about the cigar.

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I use a regular lighter because that's usually what I have on hand. Like Clingfree said, for me it's about the cigar, so whatever form of fire happens to be nearest to me when I'm lighting up works for me.

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Bic lighter is one of the mistakes every cigar smoker should make. But matches are much better, believe me.

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Well, I prefer lighting my cigars with matches. It is a more complicated process than lighting them with a lighter but it is more correct. At least, I think so.

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I use them both, whatever is at hand at the moment.

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