Best Way To Light Your Cigar

You’ve likely heard many different do’s and don’ts when it comes to lighting a cigar. A particular subject that is often highlighted and scrutinized is what to use to create the flame.

After all, humankind paved the road to civilization by mastering the art of making fire. Like our ancestors, we should ensure that we have the proper tools for creating a healthy flame!

Firstly, it’s important to remember that combustion of any type is a chemical reaction. Different fuels contain various by-products used to stabilizing or storing them. Whilst some of these are odorless, others are not.

For instance, liquid petroleum gas (LPG) as used in stoves contains traces of hydrogen sulfide and mercaptans. As pure butane and propane are odourless, these are included to create a bad smell if the gas leaks. Therefore, never use a stove to light your cigar!

Similarly, cardboard matches and candles feature their own various chemicals that will taint your cigar. Another culprit are and oil-fueled lighters including Zippos. The fuel for this is based on paraffin, which leaves a strong and unpleasant taste.

In a pinch, you could use a Zippo if you let it burn before bringing it to your cigar. Some say that the odor dissipates after a few seconds. However, there’s no guarantee that it won’t affect your cigar’s flavors.