Hemp wicks

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lestrout

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Jan 28, 2010
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crash, on another thread, asked "Does anyone use the wicks, such as the hemp wick? I've been curious if it is really a soft enough flame to make it worthwhile." - too bad you didn't bring this up at the NE/KW Holiday Party, since I carry some hemp wick in a pipe case. I could have fixed you up with some on the spot.
Although it can be fussy (need another source of fire to light the wick), hemp is unparalleled for relights at the bottom of big bowled pipes. I think the flame temp is lower than either soft butane flames and matches, which may help reduce offtastes in delicate tobaccos.
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jkrug

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Jan 23, 2015
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I use the hemp wicks on once in a while.

The hemp wick procedure is sort of ritualistic and relaxing in some way.

I light an unscented candle on the table beside my chair and use it to light the wick when needed.

The candle also adds to the relaxing ambiance of the whole experience. :puffy:

 
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tuold

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I've got some hemp wick but every time I pick up the lighter to light the wick I just light my pipe instead. Just lazy, I guess.

 

warren

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+1 tuold! Plus frigging one!!!
What's the best lighter for lighting a hemp wick before lighting one's pipe? Which leads to the question, what is the best hemp on which one would use the best lighter to light so as to light one's pipe?

 

newbroom

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I've been using hemp wick for over a year. I find that it is second nature to flash my jet butane to the wick and it takes just a second to light.

My ashtray used to fill with matches.

I used to use a bic, and on bottom end relights, it could be awkward.

http://pipesmagazine.com/forums/topic/bees-waxed-hemp-wick-pipe-lighting

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=p3Noi73ce9Q

 

kanse

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You can get a free sample on various websites, with 1$ shipping or so.
Example: https://www.hempwick.com/products/hempwick-free-samples

 

jkrug

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I've got some hemp wick but every time I pick up the lighter to light the wick I just light my pipe instead. Just lazy, I guess.
Totally agree...makes no sense to light a lighter or a match to light the hemp wick....makes more sense to just light your pipe with the lighter/match.
I have seen systems that hold the hemp wick around a Bic lighter and you simply flick your Bic to light the hemp wick but to me it still doesn't appeal.
That's why I keep an unscented candle lit when I want to use the wick. :puffy:

 

crashthegrey

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Thanks for posting this, les. I regret not bringing it up at the NE/KW event, but so it goes. I can see why it seems like an added step and pointless for some, but I'm itching to try it out. Thanks for the input, all.

 

kanse

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I bought hemp string yesterday, tried lighting with it, it's quite good, softer than the match flame, and you don't get the butane. Have not dipped it in the beeswax yet, gonna post pics after I am done.

 

maduromadness

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I really like my hemp wick. I posted on a similar thread, but to me the taste of the wick is cleaner and softer than anything less a match. When properly used the line is much easier to use than a unwielding flame and especially useful for deep bowl relights. I like Virginia pipe tobacco and have many deep bowled pipes. It should be noted that I made a despenser for my wick with makes using it easier.
+1 jkrug