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  1. newbroom

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    I'd read about the various temperature ranges of the typical pipe lighting mechanisms and considered that the cooler the initial flame the cooler the tobacco's initial burn, and fuller flavor as a result.
    Seems that a hemp wick light is about as cool a flame as it gets.
    Added benefits are that your ash tray doesn't fill up nearly so fast if you typically use matches.
    The duration of your flame becomes your own decision, not the length of the match or the heat of your lighter.
    I've been using wick to light my pipes for a few months now, and I'm convinced it's the best way to go.
    I use a 'jet' butane to start it off...takes just a moment...and shake or blow out the flame when I've done with it and pinch the wick to still the ember.
    Re-lights or half bowls (if you're so inclined) are easily reached with a length of wick. I bought a few hundred feet of it in a roll and take it out in segments of several feet and put it into a home made dispenser.
    Highly recommended.

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    Newbroom... so glad you wrote all this, THANK YOU... I've been reading elsewhere on the Forae here about the same thing. I placed an order last Thursday and am excitedly awaiting a "complete hemplight kit". The company seems a little sluggish so your thoughts will help me to stay with it. I can see tons of advantages to this... I smoke mainly 9mm filter pipes so, if committed to match-lighting and judicious, mystically light-touched tamping, I can generate a large pile of matches. I DO NOT dig the S/Phospho blast from matches and I have noticed a butane flame is great but is risky around the rim of precious briar bowls. So upward and onward! Thanks again!

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    I use a hemp wick once in a while too when I have the time to really sit and enjoy my pipe. What I like to do is light an unscented tea light candle which I use to then light the wick. The candle adds a nice ambiance to the room and makes it easy to quickly light my wick. Silly I know, but it just seems to me that if I've struck my lighter I may as well use it to light my pipe since it's already lit. The candle is always at the ready and saves the step of using the lighter.

    newbroom it was your post, months ago, that got me interested in trying the hemp wick. Glad I did.

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    Got a link to the hemp wick seller?

    "The candle adds a nice ambiance to the room and makes it easy to quickly light my wick."
    And, you can fart as much as you want while smoking!

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    And, you can fart as much as you want while smoking!

    That's always a plus!! lmao

    I just went to the local head shop and picked mine up there. They had everything from tiny spools to big balls of it. Any place that sells those funky glass pipes should likely have it.

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    beewickhemp

    Bee Wick Hemp seems to have the best pricing I've found at 420ft for $17. 420 ft is likely over a years supply!

    Locally 5ft is $3.

    I did buy some locally just to play with, and seems to me this is the method least likely to char the rim of your pipe. Also made the deep relights a breeze, and is probably the only realistic way to smoke a MM MacArthur to the bottom!!

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    What's in the "complete hemp light kit"??

    Just curious because all you really need is the bees wax covered hemp twine, and a Bic Lighter: wrap 3 feet of the twine around the lighter and you're good to go for about a week.

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    Ebay and Amazon both have a crap ton of offerings. I just look for the most reasonable buy, but, there are quality variations. (thickness and uniformity of coating)
    I like to use my re-fillable jet port butane lighter because it is quicker to light the wick than a bic, AND, of course, re-fillable.
    Phil67 sent me a bic lighter and hemp 'caddy/cover' deal that can be seen at the previously mentioned sites and I take that with me when I'm needing to head to the store or like that.

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    You can find it on eBay at ~$13 for 7-800ft.

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    I had a big spool of waxed hemp string that came in an army surplus tent lighting kit. It was the best stuff for tying up cuts of meat, chick and turkey for the grill. Never thought to light my pipe with it.

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    You guys made me curious. Just ordered a small spool of hemp wick. As matches are a no-go and butane or gasoline lighters are a constant source of annoyance to me this might be a better idea. Well, we will see....

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    michiganlover, here's the "complete kit" I mentioned, first item on the product page: [url=http://www.hemplights.com/products.htm][/url]
    I hope I didn't screw up the URL thang. It's hemplights dot com if I did. This was the first and most popular thing that popped up on google. The previous brethern here had better ideas for price-point and the like. I tended to like the gimmicky end of the hemplights offering... thinking of quick, small, convenient for popping in the traveling pipe-bag, etc. I ordered it last week sometime and the shipping tracking link hasn't progressed at all. The site was glitchy the day ordered. (I'm saying the jury is out as far as me saying I'd recommend either the product or the business.) I'm spoiled by the superbly superior CS of SPC, P&C, and the like. I also can see the possibility of a feller getting a large bodacious ball or spool or coil of hemp-wick cheap and coming up with all manner of creative dispensers and the like... still am excited about trying the whole concept with bakkie pipes.

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    Man some of y'all really love to complicate things don't ya I've lit my pipe with a match or a zippo for decades, see no reason to fix what ain't broken. I might consider smoking the hemp wick though

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    Please report on your wick smoking experience! Grassy flavor? Earthy? Cow dung "flavor"?

    Though hemp, it likely has zero cannabis punch.

    I know that you believe you understood what you think I said, but I'm not sure you realize that what you heard is not what I meant.
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    http://www.amazon.com/Hemplight-Wrapper-Black/dp/B00S8IWE7I/ref=pd_bxgy_121_img_2?ie=UTF8&refRID=11ANA4PXGBKNPNWSFQ5G

    Check these out. Hemp Wick lighter combo.

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    Michiganlover mentioned above to wrap your bic with the twine and I wanted to second the idea. Works like a charm.

    I don't always use the wick but do enjoy it as part of the ritual when I know I have some time and want to relish a favorite blend.

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    Hemplighters are great! I make my own. Any small bottle. Drill a hole in a cork. Wind the hemp wick around a small tapered paint brush and slide it into the bottle and thread it thru the cork.

    The big one has a magnet glued to it.

    Are those Tobacco Brownies?
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    Ok what am I not seeing here? You need a match or lighter to light the wick, which you then use to light the pipe. Why not just use the match or ligher to light the pipe and skip the middleman?

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    I used to buy matches regularly. Not only that, my ash tray(s) were constantly mounding up with expended matches and needed to be dumped.
    I find lighters to be something I'll use as a last resort.
    A wick lights my pipe in the kindest and most gentle way possible and doesn't require disposal. Sure I have to light it. I use a lighter. It's a re-fill-able jet lighter that lights my wick in a half a second.
    The wick can then be leisurely employed at whim. It can be extended as long as you want to keep it lit.
    I haven't bought matches, gas or wick in months. Economical too!

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    Yes I would like too see how these work!

    I refuse to eat vegetables, but I'll smoke out of one.
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    I used to buy matches regularly. Not only that, my ash tray(s) were constantly mounding up with expended matches and needed to be dumped.
    I find lighters to be something I'll use as a last resort.
    A wick lights my pipe in the kindest and most gentle way possible and doesn't require disposal. Sure I have to light it. I use a lighter. It's a re-fill-able jet lighter that lights my wick in a half a second.
    The wick can then be leisurely employed at whim. It can be extended as long as you want to keep it lit.
    I haven't bought matches, gas or wick in months. Economical too!

    So you're saying you light the wick and leave it burning for the duration of the bowl, in case you need a relight? Otherwise, if you need to light the wick each time you need to light the pipe, I'm confused as to how it would save on matches or gas.

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    I've got a few reels of hemp wick.

    I like it, burns soft and doesn't have too much of a taste, unlike a bad match or zippo lighter.

    Other than obvious heat output benefit, almost no taste and the little negative of fuss involved and being careful not to touch the bowl with the wick! as it leaves beeswax on it and is a sod to wipe off. It'sa good thing to atleast try out.

    Had the reels of wick for several months, but I've not used it much. It's nice and all that but good matches do have an upside. Besides, if the baccy you smoke lights easily, it's kind of annoying having to faff about with a while wick reel to light it only once lol.

    Tip, I find bending the end of the wick to strenghten the lightability helps get it going without it dropping ashe in the bowl.

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    Shutterbug - you extinguish the wick with a flick of the wrist or a pinch of the fingers once the bowl is burning. It gets relit each time your bowl needs to be.
    It saves gas because instead of the 4-5 seconds of gas burning through your lighter as you light your bowl, the wick lights up in one second, if that.

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    Shutterbug - you extinguish the wick with a flick of the wrist or a pinch of the fingers once the bowl is burning. It gets relit each time your bowl needs to be.
    It saves gas because instead of the 4-5 seconds of gas burning through your lighter as you light your bowl, the wick lights up in one second, if that.

    Does it resist wind outdoors better than a match? Because if not it seems like you'd need to relight the frickin wick a dozen times to get the pipe lit. Whereas 4-5 seconds of a Zippo and you can get down to the business of smoking. Of course I'm assuming that's your ultimate goal. I mean, I like foreplay as much as the next guy, but...ya know...

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    I'd say not because it'd be easier to cup your hand around a match vs a holder filled with wick. I don't take wick with me when outdoors, then I'll just use a lighter or matches as it's strictly a utilitarian effort. If I'm home in the easy chair and wanting to savor a blend under optimal conditions, I'll use the wick.
    Just think of it as an endless match... it doesn't take more than a single match, maybe two, to light a bowl.

    Here's a video: http://youtube.com/watch?v=fBgZy-jxY8E

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    Love hemp wick....compared to all the other options it has it drawbacks but by far the best for pipes IMO. Low burn temp and it can be put into the deepest chambered pipes without fear of rim scorching. It does have a slight taste to it but nice compared to bics, butane, or a match. A dyi despenser it nice to. Just a bic and the wick. In my mind worth the extra effort for superior relight taste.

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    Taste? Other than the first moment the sulfur burns off a match (and I wait till it dissipates) I experience nothing of the sort with wooden matches. Nor butane. And only slightly with Zippos.

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    Matches with some age on them have a better result. I find that those made before 1970 are the best. The virgin growth fir trees they used were of the finest burning qualities. However, it's the sulfur compound in the head of the match as well as the marriage between box/scratch board and that compound that really makes the difference as the flame securely adheres to the clear, dry, white wood surface and provides its steady, natural flame.
    The sulfur burn off is particularly aromatic, too. /s.

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    If someone likes using wicks, then that's fine. But, the premise that using a lighter or match that burns at an initially higher temperature will make the tobacco burn hotter is not correct. Setting a pile of twigs on fire with a propane torch does not make the twigs burn hotter than if you started them with a match. The same goes for tobacco. Unless you are aiming a flame deep down into the bowl, it does not matter what the initial flame temperature is. I have to deal with different torches and create oxidizing flames in my work all the time. If I used a 1400F flame to start a fire in wood that burns at 600F, then once the reactions have been set to cause the wood to burn has stopped, the wood just continues to burn at 600F. If I start the fire with an 800F source, then it burns at 600F. The reaction doesn't change.

    I think that the problem many have is just technique. No matter what the method, I hold the flame of match, Bic, zippo, hot coal in tongs, about an inch to half an inch above the bowl, and use my breath to draw the flame down into the bowl. Those lighters that aim the flame down into the bowl will char out a rim in no time. Plus, you are sucking the flame closer to your tongue. Just not a good idea. Drawing the flame down is good for the pipe, creates a more even burn in the tobacco, and you don't look like a total goof in traffic with burning string hovering about your pipe while driving. I can't think of an even goofier way to turn potential new pipe smokers off than demonstrating this technique. Ha ha.

    But, to carry about a bit of twine, that I have to light, and then light my pipe with something that looks like a pyromaniac's cat toy... well, if you think the cigar guys laugh at how much junk we have to have to smoke now...

    But, if it makes you happy, then enjoy. But, if you are doing this just because you were getting your tobacco too hot, then you might want to just put a tad bit of distance between the pipe and the lighter.

    Michael
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    You nailed it Mike, Physics is Physics, well said.

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    What I have been saying, but much less eloquently. Regardless of the temp of the flame, having it the right distance from the tobacco will adjust the temp of the flame where it meets the tobacco so it doesn't torch either the tobacco or the rim.

    I've found that the less heat I can apply and still get the job done works best for me. Relights take no more than a second of flame to tobacco. Longer is going to scorch something, usually the tobacco, but eventually the rim.

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    It may be unrecognized, but it is no secret that I agree with Michael, Brad, and jpmcwjr on this point. I always lit my cigars with a soft flame butane lighter or a match, and did not let the flame touch the foot of the cigar. I applied this technique to pipe, even though it is somewhat more difficult on relights. (Like jpmcwjr, short bursts of flame help me to avoid scorching the tobacco.)

    That said, the hemp wick seems like fun, but way too much work for what is easily handled by my Atoll Retro soft flame lighters.

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    That Bee Wick Hemp is giving away free sample of 8 feet. You just pay $1 for shipping.

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    "Any place that sells those funky glass pipes should likely have it."

    Jkrug, I think the word your searching for is, wait for it, wait for it, "Head shop".

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    Do the people hooked on the dope use those to light their pipes? Makes sense I guess.

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    Jesus, no wonder everyone carries a man purse. Some of you guys got more shit than a woman.

    I'll stick to the Bic.

    "People are not made better by a briar. An idiot before smoking a pipe is still an idiot after smoking a pipe, they're just more likely to speak less drivel with something in their mouth. For that, all society should be grateful."

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    Jesus, no wonder everyone carries a man purse. Some of you guys got more shit than a woman.

    I'll stick to the Bic.

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    I lit the pilot light of my furnace with a cool-burning hemp wick, and now my house is too cold.

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    I do have one pipe that tended to burn hot... until I started lighting it with an ice cube.

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    "I do have one pipe that tended to burn hot... until I started lighting it with an ice cube."

    I tried that Michael, but they kept melting in my man purse.

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    I've tried this.
    The idea is you light a candle, then use the wick and the candle to light the pipe, from then on.
    So you only use your lighter or match once to light the candle.
    It was fun for a while but I went back to my lighters out of habit and convenience.

    But thanks for reminding me. Might try it again.

    -Tim

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    The idea is you light a candle, then use the wick and the candle to light the pipe

    The hemp wick is much less fuss than a candle. With a candle you have an additional step of boiling dripped wax out of the pipe bowl.

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    lol. let me reword that.

    "The idea is you light a candle, then light the wick with the candle and light the pipe with the wick.
    You can then use the candle to light the wick as many times as you want"

    -Tim

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