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What do you use to light your pipe?

edited July 2012 in Other Forms of Tobacco

To me, matches are the best way to light a pipe.  But I often run out of "wood" and then I fall back on my Zippos.

I have 2 of these lighters, one ordinary pipe lighter and one with the butane insert.  Both work pretty well although, for smoking outdoors, nothing beats the real Zippo.

I also have the Peterson version of an Old Boy but that's my "show off" lighter which I only use at pipeclub meetings. The "P" on the lighter is also my initial and many a guy has believed me when I told them it was spacially made for me!!!!

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  • SlideSlide Member
    I use a butane pipe lighter. I have one really nice one and several that cost less than $10.00 that work just as well.

    Many of my friends prefer matches though,
  • I am not a purist using either matches or butane.  I have to be a touch careful with the butane though because I have been known to not be paying proper attention and wind up tryig to ignite the pipe itself....Not so good.
  • I use a Zippo Blu lighter, can't be beat IMO.

    Stefan

  • Most often I'll use a simple Bic lighter.
  • Depends where and what I am doing. But I always use some form of fire, Bic ,Zippo pipe or a butane Pipe lighter like a colibri or xikar pipeline and not often enough wooden matches or a branch from the fire pit. 

    I was looking at the Peterson old boy, But them funds would buy some good smoke. And I really don't care to impress, I practice ego deflation. I have only seen one pipe smoker in person, and I never seen anyone use snuff.  I really should get out more often. 
    It's not the having, it's the getting. Elizabeth Taylor

  • bobbob Member
    butane is a no go for me and pipes. Matches are perfect. Zippos are good too. You don't need the extra heat of a butane for a pipe it kills the flavor.
  • I have a wide variety of lighters lying around, including old boys, imcos, xikar's version of the old boy (i forget the name at the moment), and numerous zippos (both pipe and regular), but most of the time I just use a plain old bic lighter. 
  • @basement_shaman, I got my Peterson "old boy" for a song.  It sells for R700.00 ($87.00) in SA but I only paid R350.00.  It was "smuggled" into the country by a friend.  That's all I may say!!!
  • I use matches, mostly, at home or the cigar shop. Out and about I just use a plain old Bic. I've been meaning to get a Zippo pipe insert...just haven't yet. It would be nice to have a use for some of the Zippo lighters left over from my cig smoking days.
  • MouseMouse Member
    Zippo with pipe insert, Old Boy, and a Pearl 'Eddie' which is more tolerant to a breeze than the Old Boy
  • I use a pipe zippo or an IMCO butane.
  • Fire
  • @n9inchnails, I was waiting for this one!!!
  • @PieterClassen at that price I will take two.
    It's not the having, it's the getting. Elizabeth Taylor

  • Matches, Zippo, or Bic, whatever is available at the moment
  • I usually start with a match or two, then I use my Zippo w/ pipe insert exclusively.
  • Mr_OMr_O Member
    Does anybody have any data on the variance of temperature between, for ex. a long match, a cedar splint, the flame from a wick lighter etc? I suppose butane would be hotter than the others, especially a torch flame, but I don't know the science here.

    I usually end up using a lighter of various types.
  • A torch flame is a no go as far as pipes are concerned. It will scorch the rim for sure!!
    I've been using butanes and Zippos for ages and it does not cause any scorching at all. Matches, of course, are the #1 "lighter" for a pipe
  • I have a lot of zippos, but none with the pipe insert. I find that the regular zippos are a little difficult to light with, and I'm terrible with matches... I usually just use a Bic.
  • Mr_OMr_O Member
    Pieter, yes I don't use a torch on a pipe either, except for a cheapo cob or other more "disposable" type pipes and only when it's the most convenient lighter nearby. Anyone else ever had to rely on a burning candle for a lighter?
  • You want to talk unique ways to light tobacco? I once had to light a cigarette with a tightly twisted paper towel, some WD40, and a blowtorch striker.
  • I've been know to use a toaster for my cigarettes from time to time. As far as my pipe goes(or any fire source for that matter), i have the Zippo bug. I love them them and own about ten. For those w/have never played w/one, i suggest buying a base model. You can find them for around $10. Once you ahve used a Zippo, nothing else can take its place.
  • willcwillc Member
    If I have no wood matches a BIC lighter does ok.
  • @Harlequin I've lit my BBQ with gunpowder and carburetor cleaner... It seemed like a good idea at the time...
  • Mr_OMr_O Member
    Good to be crafty...
  • AbraxasAbraxas Member
    edited July 2012 PM
    Bic type lighters seem to be the best to me.

    A pipe question for the experts: I've smoked pipes for about 30 years, but on and off. I know how to smoke one and am not a beginner in that sense. Thing is, I've never owned anything other than cheapish briars. The last two cost me 14 euros. Is there a difference in smoking a cheapy over a Dunhill or whatever? I'm perfectly happy with what I have - am I missing something? I have no interest in prestige brand names, but as I have got a little more interested in pipe smoking as I get older I wonder if I should shell out a bit. I suspect this is like asking if snuff is better out of a gold snuff box, but as I am no expert on piping I thought I would ask. Running out of snuff on holiday and buying a pipe to keep me sane has re-kindled my interest and I have been avidly smoking corner shop/gas station brands of baccy since I got back from Greece a couple of weeks ago.
  • @snuffster

    Up to a certain point (say around $200) paying more does (usually) result in a better product, in terms of fit and finish, materials and engineering. That is not to say that there are not wonderful smokers to be had quite cheap. I've had some great basket pipes over the years that I paid less than $30 for, but in general mid-grade pipes do smoke better than really cheap pipes. The reasons for this include factors such as accurate drilling, well-finished stems with comfortable buttons, well-cured briar, and the absence of shellac type finishes that interfere with the pipe "breathing." The $200 figure cited above is not a hard-and-fast rule by any means, but, in general, once you get above that level you are paying mainly for aesthetics/collectability.
  • MouseMouse Member
    Ian Walker of Northern Briars make a nice pipe, there's something different about a hand-made pipe. Peterson makes a decent pipe also for not much money.
  • Bic type lighters seem to be the best to me.

    A pipe question for the experts: I've smoked pipes for about 30 years, but on and off. I know how to smoke one and am not a beginner in that sense. Thing is, I've never owned anything other than cheapish briars. The last two cost me 14 euros. Is there a difference in smoking a cheapy over a Dunhill or whatever? I'm perfectly happy with what I have - am I missing something? I have no interest in prestige brand names, but as I have got a little more interested in pipe smoking as I get older I wonder if I should shell out a bit. I suspect this is like asking if snuff is better out of a gold snuff box, but as I am no expert on piping I thought I would ask. Running out of snuff on holiday and buying a pipe to keep me sane has re-kindled my interest and I have been avidly smoking corner shop/gas station brands of baccy since I got back from Greece a couple of weeks ago.
    I agree with what @tybalt has siad. I have 4 dunhill pipes and i guess you just have to smoke one to fully appreciate the workmanship. That being siad, my dunhill's are all estate pipes bought of ebay for between 40 and 200 dollars. Oldest is 1929 and newest is 1969. Dunhill makes superb pipes, but i couldn't see myself paying $500 for a new one when you can get a well looked after one which is essentually the same pipe for $120-$150.
    I do have a few cheaper estate pipes that have turned out to be really good though. I start every day with EMP in a small French bulldog that i paid $5 for.
  • Agreed on the Dunhills. I like them, and own several, but have never bought one new. Here's why: I just picked up an estate Bruyere finish rhodesian on ebay the other day for 128 dollars. Brand new that pipe retails for about 730 dollars. Not worth 700 bucks in my ever so humble opinion, but worth every cent of 128...
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