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lyle37

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Oct 8, 2016
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Just thought I would see what you all preferred, matches or a lighter. I have always preferred matches myself...

 

mackeson

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Mar 29, 2016
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I like a simple Bic lighter. Sometimes one of my Zippos, but mostly the Bic

 

oldgeezersmoker

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Oct 7, 2016
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Definitely matches whenever possible. When in the car, I use a Corona Old Boy or a Zippo pipe lighter. Outside, a Zippo

 

captpat

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Dec 16, 2014
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Northern Virginia
Depends on what and where I'm smoking, but matches, zippo's and butane pipe lighters, like the Old Boy, see service as does the occasional hemp wick.

 

katarn07

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Mar 1, 2016
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I'm an outside smoker. Matches are a no go for me most days. I had a cheap Z-Pipe Butane lighter insert but it stopped giving me a flame so now I use a Peterson pipe lighter. Love it.

 

mayfair70

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Sep 14, 2015
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In a perfect world where I smoked inside my own personal Diogenes club, it would be wooden matches. For practical reasons, I have always used a Bic lighter.

 

texmexpipe

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Oct 20, 2014
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I go through periods where I use only my zippo with a pipe insert. And times where I use only matches. A good ole bic makes its way in there sometimes too. All work great

 

anthonyrosenthal74

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Jan 8, 2013
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When inside, I'll usually go for the matches. But I'll use my pipe zippo as well. When outside, it's always the zippo.

 

kane

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Dec 2, 2014
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Start with matches for the charing light and relights when the bowl is more than half full and I can get it to light with the match held above the bowl. After that it's a Zippo pipe lighter. It seems faster and safer for the rim of the bowl to suck down the flame from the Zippo pipe lighter rather than trying to get a burning match to work when the bowl is low, especially if it's a deep bowl. I probably have a bad match technique.

 

mso489

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Feb 21, 2013
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I like matches for their softer flame, their tradition, their sound and look, and the ritual involved. I have a couple of lighters, but I haven't used them enough to become adept; I'd hate to burn up my brims learning to use them, but I like matches too well anyway.

 

kane

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Dec 2, 2014
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Hmmm...I always assumed that wood burns hotter than lighter fluid (don't know about Butane). I assumed that a wooden match is more likely to burn the rim, as the flame gets wider as the match burns, whereas the Zippo pipe lighter has a relatively narrow flame that is easy to center over the bowl and away from the rim. I like matches when the pipe is full enough to hold the match about 1/2" above the bowl, but when relighting a low bowl the match gets too close to the rim. I probably don't have the correct technique, though, as I know that you and many other people feel lighters are more likely to char a rim.

 

mawnansmiff

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Oct 14, 2015
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Never used a match yet to light my pipe, I always use angled gas lighters. Cheap and dependable for about two months then the 'clicker' refuses to click anymore so I have plenty at hand.
Regards,
Jay.

 

jvnshr

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Sep 4, 2015
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Baku, Azerbaijan
I used only matches for a year, nothing else. Then I started smoking while driving, so I had to switch to Bic. And you can totally feel the difference between the matches and the lighters after using only matches for a year. Soft flame lighters have more combustion temperature than matches for sure and they alter the taste. I use matches 90% of the time.

 

darthcider

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Jan 24, 2014
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Wales
Usually matches as they are always around the house.

Cheap chuck away lighter when away from the house.

 
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