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Pipe Lighter Pros, Cons, Recommendations

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  1. cortezattic

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    ___ At home I use stick matches almost exclusively; but they're impractical when I'm out of the house. Does anyone have experience with the IM Corona Old Boy lighter? Do you have a recommendation?

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    I have to admit that I have been mostly using cheap plastic lighters.

    Back when I smoked cigars, I used to buy expensive, fancy lighters and every one of them broke.

    I have been wanting to get a proper pipe lighter though. One where the flame is pointed down into the bowl.

    Maybe some others here can enlighten both of us.

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    I have never had an Old Boy lighter, but a lot of pipers swear by them. I just could never bring myself to spend $100+ on a lighter.

    I do own a Zippo lighter with a pipe insert, a Colibri pipe lighter, and a Xikar Resource pipe lighter that I just got about a 2 months ago.

    The Colibri has a flint and wheel and works decently, but it takes a few strikes to get it lit sometimes. Because it has a problem lighting sometimes, I never use it outdoors because I would be striking it all of the time when the wind blows it out.

    The Xikar has an electric ignition and works pretty good so far. Most of the time it lights on the first or second time.

    The Zippo is the most reliable and most economic of them all. It always lights on the first strike and it is pretty wind resistant.

    There are a lot of people who say that Zippo lighters are not good to use because it uses liquid fluid instead of butane and it can impart a fluid taste to the tobacco, but I have never had any problems with that. I never taste any of the fluid in my tobacco. When I light my Zippo, I let it burn for a few seconds before lighting my pipe to let any excess fluid and fumes burn off.

    Another thing that I like about the Zippo is; the pipe insert has the holes in the side and you place the lighter directly over the chamber of the pipe. With the holes being on the side, there is no danger of burning the rim. Also, when you light your pipe using a Zippo, you are drawing the flame down into the tobacco which is the correct way of lighting the tobacco instead of the flame going directly into the bowl and sitting on the tobacco.

    So in summary I have never used an Old Boy so I can not comment on them (sorry). But I do use the other lighters that I listed quite frequently. When I am at home, I use all 3. When I'm out, I use the Xikar and the Zippo. So in terms of usage I will list my lighters in order from most used to less used.

    Zippo
    Xikar
    Colibri

    Always use soft flame lighters on your pipes. Torch lighters can damage your pipes very badly.

    P.S. On a side note on what Kevin said about cigar lighters. I have had problems with every cigar torch lighter that I have bought as well. I guess the holes for the fluid on a torch lighter must be smaller than a soft flame lighter because I always have problems with every torch lighter that I have bought.

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    ___ I have been using these $2.00 "Side-kick" lighters because they put out a soft butane flame, and the nozzle swivels thru almost 90°. Plus, they're refillable. The downside is the piezoelectric clicker fails before I can get thru 3 or 4 refills. At $2.00 I guess it's still not a bad deal. Pipesandcigars.com is selling the Old Boy for $79, so that buys about 40 Side-Kicks.

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    I forgot to mention that I use Bic lighters quite a bit as well.

    Larry, I used to use those Side-Kick lighters all of the time. The ones that I bought were not refillable and I think I was buying them for like $1.25 each. They are great lighters that are really cheap and lasted a while. Too bad that the place that I was buying them from no longer carries them.

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    I'm a fan of lighters with a right-angle candle flame. The problem is finding one that's reliable. The reason I like such lighters is because the soft candle flame permits the greatest control in lighting up the way you want to, rather than adjusting your lighting style to the technology.

    Though I usually use cheap plastic Bic lighters, I don't consider them the best pipe lighters for this reason. Bic lighters are probably your best bet because they're so ubiquitous, reliable and cheap. However, most of them lack a flame adjustment, and the flame comes out a bit too strong, which risks charring the briar and forces adjustments to the way you touch the fire to the leafs and draw the flame.

    I've never used the Corona Old Boy, but I have one practically identical in style and function. I like the flame, but I find the flint aggravating: the sparking flywheel usually requires far more pressure than a simple thumb flick, the flints wear down quickly (and it's tricky even assessing this), replacing flints is a pain, and flint replacements are shockingly exorbitant (at least in Canada: $5 for a simple little flint!). The flywheel that adjusts the flame length is very nice, but it doesn't make up for its detriments to me. Every so often I'll take it out and try to make a go of it, but it soon ends up a frustrating experience, which defeats the whole point of using lighters as a convenience.

    I recently purchased a Xikar Resource Pipe Lighter. (I wanted the Vector Colt but I couldn't find it anywhere I intended to shop, so I settled for the Xikar.) It comes with a built-in tamper/poker/knife tool that's pretty crappy but would do in a pinch if you forget your regular tamper. It has an adjustable flame, but it's not a simple flywheel which makes it a pain to adjust, which is its biggest design drawback. It also won't light in the cold fresh air of a Canadian winter. Indeed, it's generally a bit temperamental and requires a certain touch to guarantee the spark will catch.

    But I definitely favor electric lighters like this over flints like the Old Boy anyday.

    After saying all this, matches are still probably the best light, even though it requires two hands and has other inconveniences.

    Personally, I like the convenience of a lighter, and even though I haven't yet found the perfect one, the electric one will suffice just fine for me for now.

    Whatever you use, though, I agree with Bob -- always use soft flame lighters on your pipes (unless you have mastered the Frank method, grasshopper).

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    Good post ST!

    I agree with your assessment of the Xikar Resource lighter. The flame adjustment is a big pain in the butt and the tamper that is built is sucks. It is so tiny that it is almost useless.

    I think that they made the flame adjustment on it difficult because in the directions and everything that I read from Xikar on that lighter, they keep pushing buying the Xikar mutli-tool to adjust the flame. They say it fits the adjuster perfectly. But I refuse to buy a $40.00+ tool just to adjust the flame on my lighter.

    As far as not lighting in cold air; I find that that is the biggest drawback on all butane lighters. The butane gets too cold and turns into a liquid.

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    Bob,
    The refillable SideKicks are available from Iwan Ries. As I was reading your post about the Zippo's, something came to mind that you might like to know. Somewhere online I read that you can prevent leaks by putting a film of Vaseline or similar greasy stuff on the surface of the cartridge (or whatever the inner case is called.)

    sinistertopiary,
    The Xikar's look pretty nice. I read something good about them, but I don't think it was the "Resource". I'm going to have to retrace my steps to locate the blurb I read.

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    Hey all. Thanks for the welcome on the other thread and hello to those im just meeting. Im for the matches but cluttering and inconvenient compared to the lighter. My mentor uses an "IM Corona" , classy lil thing , and he swears by it . I'm a newbie, still yet, in the pipe smokers world and cant come to paying $100 + for a lighter let alone a pipe . So i went cheap and bout a JOBON . Its a combo torch and soft flame . Picked it up at a B&M for $20 . Then noticed them online for about $10 ..lol Go figure . But its been pretty trusty . Ive refilled it about 5 times now . The only trick is not to let it run out completely .. they seem to be less reliable when depleted .. maybe its just me ..dunno ?. I was looking at the "JOBON" line the other day and now some come with the tamper tucked inside like many high-end lighters.. if this one serves me well I"ll definitely stay in this market. .. If you do look at one of these , just disregard the torch feature ..Not at all good for the pipe.. Enjoy yourselves,
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    I think that they made the flame adjustment on it difficult because in the directions and everything that I read from Xikar on that lighter, they keep pushing buying the Xikar mutli-tool to adjust the flame. They say it fits the adjuster perfectly. But I refuse to buy a $40.00+ tool just to adjust the flame on my lighter.

    I didn't know they expected you to purchase such a tool. No way I'm going to fork over $40 bucks for that. I find that the spoon on my czech 3-tool tamper works just fine to adjust the flame. Maybe I'll try ripping the flywheel off my flint lighter and see if it works on the Xikar.

    As far as not lighting in cold air; I find that that is the biggest drawback on all butane lighters. The butane gets too cold and turns into a liquid.

    Is that the reason it won't light when it's -15C? I didn't know that. Thanks!

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    I bought both the Lotus 11 Series "Gaucho" Lighter - Pipe and the Lotus 25 Series "Double Down" Traditional Flame Lighter and I FREAKING LOVE both of them. I've used zippo and they are good but since buying both of these lighters they are amazing. plus the Gaucho comes with a tamper in which isn't great but it's not bad. But I've used the S.T. Dupont, davidoff, and the IM Corona and I'd take both my Lotus any day of the week.

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    bought both the Lotus 11 Series "Gaucho" Lighter - Pipe and the Lotus 25 Series "Double Down" Traditional Flame Lighter

    Both of those look like excellent lighters! Wish they sold those where I got the Xikar.

    I know which lighters I'll get next time I shop for one. Thx for pointing them out.

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    sinistertopiary,
    __ This is the Xikar lighter that I remember being touted online by a dealer who said he wouldn't sell anything else. It's called the Xikar Pipeline and goes for about $50.00, so we're starting to get a little pricey. To me it looks like a rip-off of the IM Corona; I wonder if the seals and innards would hold up as well as the Old Boy, which has a lifetime warranty. Thanks for mentioning the Xikar brand -- it jogged my memory.
    Now, the Jobon and the Lotus 25 look pretty nifty too!

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    Well I don't want anyone to think I'm trying to steer anyone away from a massive expensive lighter but the Lotus for me and like I said I've used the wayyy expensive ones before, just is an outstanding lighters. A friend of mines grandpa is like a millionaire and he has like 8 of those Old boy ones. He tried my Lotus 25 and just loves it! Glad sinistertopiary and cortezattic you guys are thinking about them. In my opinion are a great long lasting lighter!

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    The Lotus lighters do look pretty nice. Next time I am shopping for a lighter, I will be checking them out!

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    I've already decided to put the Lotus 11 on my next order with PipesandCigars.com; but that will be a while because I'm still flush with tobacco. Thanks sinistertopiary, because I never would have known about them if you hadn't spoken-up. If anyone else has alternatives to suggest, I, for one, would be interested in your opinions and recommendations.

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    I find the Zippo to be the best... High winds, no winds, inside or outside you get flame. If you are worried about the flint, just keep 1-2 extra under the cotton pad. There is one draw back, make sure you fill it often with fluid. Even if it runs out of fluid you will still have an emergency fire starter with the flint and wheel in the wilderness!

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    mark me down for the old boy, when i'm out of the house and disposing of spent matches isn't socially acceptable. it was a admittedly a over the top expenditure five or six years ago and my experience is that the lighter is bomb-proof. i have heard the newer models are even more reliable and if you do happen to have problems, their service department is reputed to be excellent.
    considering what i have p---d away on never used accesories or tobaccos tossed after six or less smokes, the extravagance (sp) of the old boy purchase ($80) now seems like a great deal.
    my experiences with colibri have been uniformly dismal
    in the car and for backup to my matches around the house, for the price the imco lighter from austria is a JR(taster) best buy.
    jrtaster/john

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    I use a JOBON dual flame, with Cigar punch it works great !!!

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    I use refillable Ronson lighters. I don't like filling landfills with plastic disposable lighters. Sometimes, I do use matches, but I really can't taste the difference.

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    The "Old Boy" may be expensive, but it lasts. Over the years I have tried many less expensive lighters, and I have a basket full of non-working less expensive lighters to show for it. On the other hand, I have a dependable "Old Boy" that still works as well as it did on the day bought it, more than ten years ago. Considering the amount I spent on the non-working lighters, the "Old Boy" was the best investment.

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    I just received a small order from Pipes&cigars.com, which included the Lotus 11 lighter recommended by skymuscle83. It seems to be every bit as good as claimed. In some future post I'll let you know how well it's holding up. Thanks for the heads-up skymuscle83.

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    My practical choice for outdoors (where I smoke) is a folding BIC butane grill/fireplace/candle lighter. They're about $4 at Safeway, and ratchet into three positions, including one that points close enough to straight down to make initial lights and relights a breeze. Actually, in a breeze, too. The product liability lawyers have a disclaimer on the package, discouraging their use for pipes, cigars, and ciggies, but I have had no problems. I like that it folds like a jack knife for transport in a jacket pocket or rear jeans pocket. Cheap and practical.

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    The Old Boy is the Cadillac of pipe lighters but for use outside, the Zippo with the pipe insert cannot be beat. As suggested above, a little Vasoline around the top of the insert will slow the evaporation of their new fluid. As for them leaking, just be careful not to overfill them. When you do refill the lighter, keep it inverted until you slide the outer case on.

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    I purchased an Old Boy about a year ago and have to say it is a very good lighter. It has survived a few drops that I expected would have damaged it (granted...it is a bit marred now). The only draw back to the Old Boy that I have found is that it is difficult to relight the last remnants of a medium sized bowl. One thing about the Old Boy that has amazed me is the amount of time between re-filling the butane. It seems to last forever.

    I also purchased the Lotus 11 (after reading the recommendation here). It too is a very good lighter. The ability to easily (meaning "really" easily) adjust the flame height is a great feature. Being able to stuff the "nose" of the lighter into the pipe is nice too...minimizes the risk of charring the rim of the bowl and easily relights the last remnants in the bowl. While the butane doesn't seem to last as long as the Old Boy, it still seems to last longer than most other re-fillable butane lighters.

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    I have more cigar lighters than I know what to do with. The cheap ones always seemed to last longer than any expensive brand I’ve ever bought. Based on that, I wasn’t willing to go overboard on a pipe lighter figuring I would have the same reoccurring issues. At the time I really needed a (new) pipe lighter so I went with the Zippo purely based on price. Haven’t even considered another lighter after buying it. Works great anytime, anywhere.

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    I used to have a zippo pipe lighter, years ago.
    I bore no resemblance to a flip top zippo.
    It was cylindrical and had a cubical area in the center with the striking wheel near the cubical area. You had to pull the two ends in opposite directions, and with practice you could strike the flame in one motion. When open it had a round hole through the middle of the cube. But, it always tasted like lighter fluid.
    It's one of things that kind of just vanished over time. I haven't seen it in years.


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    Again, ZIPPO all the way!

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    Just joined and I am new to the posting, but been reading all the posts for several months. New pipe smoker for about six months. Smoked pipes for about 10 years in my twenties, then quit. Was school teacher and found it difficult to give time to pipe that it really deserves. Finally decided to pick it back up when I retired last year. Really enjoy my pipes and now regret all the years I left the hobby. Anyway, enough of that. I have been using just good old kitchen matches all these months, and finally decided to purchase a Zippo past weekend. WOW Zippo IS the way to go. Got one with pipe insert, can of the new fluid, flints, and belt holder for $22.00, all new from local shop, I love the lighting with the Zippo and have had no problem (six days :)with lighting or smell. Just a newbies point of view. Love this site

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    Welcome Lozark, and well said for the ZIPPO!

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    I have a couple Zippo pipe lighters and they work well enough, although you have to refuel them quite often. For my pipes, I prefer Imco. Decent enough lighter. They last 2 or 3 years, and hold a charge of butane quite a long time.
    I prefer the ones with the tamper built in.
    I have a few Colibri lighters. I wouldn't buy another one. They are just not dependable.

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    I agree with you Max on the Colibri lighters...they just don't seem built to last.

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    I'm a bic guy.

    I've lost more lighters than I can count.

    And much to my wife's chagrin I am lighter thief beyond reform. If I have a lighter in my hand it just automatically goes in my pocket. Then of course I lose it or wash it in the laundry or whatever.

    I take the same approach with lighters I do to sunglasses. Buy em cheap and buy em often. (I dont' steal sunglasses though)

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    I don't know if the CVS pharmacies in your area carries refillable Ronson plastic lighters, but they come in a 3 pack, cheap, and they seem to last forever.

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    I just wrote a review on some lighters. Read it to get my thoughts on the lighters that I have used:

    A Few Pipe Lighter Reviews

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    That's another really handy article Bob. I posted comments there.

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    Thanks! I'm glad you enjoyed it.

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    I just ordered the evertech refillable butane pipe lighter with built in tamper. It was only $11.99 with free shipping. So what the hell. It looks awful similar to the Jarbo.

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    Joensing can you post a link where you got it? It looks pretty good.

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    Here ya go

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    Thanks Jonesing

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    Iam currently enrolled in a twelve step program called Lighters Anonymous . Dont call me a thief I suffer from pickumplightisnobelngtomeis . One in ten smokers have this ailment or meswtchemoldfornewbicmus. Owners of Zippo lighters suffer from metochptobuyflintus which causes them to mutilate used disposable lighters .But the real travisty is of butane lighter owners is meovrfl@blowupsealimuses But you can help,for the price of cup of coffee a day . You can sponser a fullgrown man suffering from one or more of these problems . In return you will be sent a picture and hand written letters you can read and be proud of . Remember only you can help . send cash , check or money order to the Igloo Needs Money For Lighter Foundation today.

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    Igloo, this sounds like a "scam" to me... Your going back to a flint and steel or two pieces of wood...

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    What do I have to do get Sally Struthers to cry . send cash now , or I swear I will cut my finger off trying to get free flint and post a video . Send money now have you no shame . For the love of God . Iggy

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    Ummmmmmmmmmmmmmmmm ? Yeah!

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    Ummmmmmmmmm, still not buying it! I do have a lighter or two I'll SELL YOU!

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    4 months ago I said:

    I just received a small order from Pipes&cigars.com, which included the Lotus 11 lighter recommended by skymuscle83. It seems to be every bit as good as claimed. In some future post I'll let you know how well it's holding up. Thanks for the heads-up skymuscle83.

    Well, the lighter worked just fine, altho it needed pretty frequent recharges. But,
    this morning it accidentally dropped from table-top height onto a concrete floor and
    it flew into a gazillion pieces. (Well, maybe not exactly a gazillion.) It was a total
    Humpty-Dumpty disaster -- just broke apart completely. Not being totally inept
    mechanically, I cobbled it back together, but just couldn't get the piezo-electric
    clicker to spark.

    So, that's how it went. I guess I should have gone with the Old Boy.
    (Darn. I never follow my instincts.)

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    Old Boys are hard to beat and worth picking up in the future. The two I have are going on 20+ years old.

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    keep Bic's in all the auto's as backup in case I forget my Zippo. I have used a Xikar Trezo since they came out for cigars and it has worked A-OK. So, I bought the Xikar Pipeline which I think came out about the time I started smoking a pipe and I have had no problems with it.

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  50. cortezattic

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    I think you got it right, Haunted. I always use matches at home, but I just gotta have a lighter for the car.
    I'll limp along with Bics for now, but I'm saving for the Old Boy.

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  51. dunendain

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    I stand by my plastic refillable Ronsons. They seem to last forever, until one of my sons walks away with one. Which tics me off. I would buy them Bics, if they would leave my lighters be.

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    I think I have said this before; but for me, I have two preferences.
    The first: While in my easy chair or on my deck for relaxation, I prefer wooden matches.
    Second: For nearly any other circumstance I will use the cheapest WallyWorld brand of disposable butanes. I reset the height control before using them to light my pipe. (But, I do not recommend adjusting the flame in this manner.) I have been doing it for years.

    The temperature difference between matches and butane (as mentioned before) makes for a faster light (butane), as opposed to matches. But, the enjoyment factor goes way up with matches because the flavor comes through better during the char, for me, than it does with butane. Not only that, as you guys know, I'm all about slowing down when indulging in a quality smoke. Matches do it for me.

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  53. cortezattic

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    Mick,
    Are these the Ronsons that you're so pleased with?
    Amazon has them @ 24 for $24.89

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  54. hobie1dog

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    bought an Evertech lighter on Ebay last week. It works flawlessly every time, perfect flame right out of the nice box it came in. About 20.00 with free shipping.
    Has a nice tamper built into the bottom as well

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    Let me first say that I'm a huge fan of this site's community and the wealth of knowledge all you salts are providing. I've been smoking pipes for two years now, and I'm still soaking up any scrap of information I can get my hands on like a fervent sponge.
    As to the topic at hand; I use almost exclusively matches. When I sit down to my pipe after a taxing day it's not necessarily the draw and exhale that I'm looking for, it's the whole experience. This is to say that I don't just want to get my pipe lit; I want to light my pipe. I revel in carefully packing the bowl, making sure it's properly aerated, and finally striking a match, of which I of course have my favorite types, to bring my evening pastime to life. When you get that perfect flame distribution in one match, the smoke and aroma billowing from the furnace, there is a definite sense of accomplishment and, yes, peace.
    Of course I own a lighter for emergencies and cigars (a classic Zippo), but I just can't put the quick, harsh flick of a lighter, even a soft flame, on anywhere near the same level of class as a simple wooden match. For me, there is a sever difference in the experience.
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    welcome to the forum.

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    Keep your eyes open for a colibri firebird lighter soft blue flame, good looking and inexpensive. I bought two of them at a bargain outlet for $5.00 each. That was a special "everything goes" price. If you can find one cheap I highly recomend it.Works like a charm.

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  58. hobie1dog

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    There are 4 different kinds of Colibri Firebird lighters on Ebay now and the cheapest one is $10.00 with shipping

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    They make a soft flame and a torch type so if you get one make sure it's the soft flame

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  60. classicgeek

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    I recently got a lighter. It is a relatively cheap Chinese one at the bottom of this page. Over a couple of weeks, I've grown to appreciate the difference between a wooden match and the lighter. They both serve their purposes but convenience aside, I prefer the match.

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  61. fred

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    When I'm around home the wooden match is my preference. When I'm out, the Old
    Boy has served me for years.

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  62. changojoe

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    wood match or my zippo pipe lighter !!! some times the less expensive things work better

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  63. hobie1dog

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    More kudos for my Evertech lighter....It got ran through the washing machine. It was about out of butane, so I refilled it and it fired right up. excellent Chinese craftsmanship

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  64. josephpaul

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    I thought these were worth sharing...

    1. Old Boy knockoff $20 "Monarch Flint Pipe Lighter"

    2. Old Boy knockoff #2 - $18 "Nibo Pipe Lighter"

    3. Beattie Jet Lighter - A classic! I love how you tilt this to get a pipe flame. You can find these on eBay for $10-$20.

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  65. cortezattic

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    Thanks for the heads-up josephpaul. I'm still in the market and I might take a chance on one of those three. The price is certainly right.

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    cortezattic - I've narrowed it down to those 3 or the Zippo. I'm leaning toward the Beattie Jet because it has character and it's unusual, but the Old Boy design is really classy, even if it is a knockoff. My priority is buying tobacco, but I'll be sure to write a review after I get around to picking one up. Until then, I'll just make due with my mini-bic.

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  67. cortezattic

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    Hey, josephpaul, I just pulled the trigger on the Nibo. That link you posted seems like a decent place to shop. Thanks for being so helpful.

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    Sure thing - let us know how you like it. I'm especially interested in how well it holds up over time, but it does have a lifetime warranty.

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    After reading this thread and learning about the reputation of Corona lighters, I just ordered this swanky looking piece.

    Pics of my pipes & stuff: http://photobucket.com/menckenite
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