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Your Take on Zippo and Pipes

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    Hey guys I here a lot of negative and some positive thoughts about lighting our pipes with a Zippo. What are your thoughts about this matter.

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    I tried lighting with a Zippo twice. My mouth must be sensitive to the Zippo fluid. I had nasty Zippo flavored tongue burn that lasted about 3 days.

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    Ouch not good.

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    Welcome to this great forum.

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    Nothing beats a bic I love my zippos but they just don't behave well with my pipes.


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    I've got about 6 Zippos and love using them. My ony problem is getting the tobacco going on the intial light. For the charring light I prefer matches or a butane lighter. So yeah I carry 2 lighters.

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    I love my Zippo with the pipe insert. The regular not so much. I have tried it with both and I dont like the tilting you have to do with the standard one. If you but a standard you can have Zippo replace the insert to a pipe for the small fee of mailing it to them.

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    I use em all the time.

    And to all a good night.
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    Me too.

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    If ya get some strips of balsa or cedar wood and use the lighter to light the wood then light the pipe. I find it difficult to light a pipe with a zippo its too unwieldy. I burned my finger.

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    If ya get some strips of balsa or cedar wood and use the lighter to light the wood then light the pipe. I find it difficult to light a pipe with a zippo its too unwieldy. I burned my finger.

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    I use my Zippo pipe lighter all of the time. I must have 30 lighters but Zippo is the one that works every time.

    Blowin' smoke since 1970.
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    I too love the zippo. Remember guys there is no right are wrong answer here. This is just an opinion on what you think about using a zippo to light your pipes. If you like them as I do then great. If you hate them and think there stupid are they flavor your mouth are tobacco then that's fine. This is just a preference thing. Do you prefer it are do you not.
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    When I first started I used bics so once I purchased a zippo I had trouble. Fluid evaporated quickly, couldn't get the bowl lit (charring or bottom of bowl) but I kept with it. You just need to learn how to use it just as you learned how to smoke your pipe. Learn that if you are tasting the zippo fluid to the point of tounge bite you may be overfilling, or to open the zippo, pause a second, light it, pause a second, then light your pipe.

    I love my zippo, I am sad if I ever need to reach for a bic because I said to myself... I can get one more bowl out of it before I need to refill DOH!!!
    It's so easy to refill I dk why I just don't do it when the flame starts to diminish.

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    I have a pipe lighter insert and I don't like it. I find it's troublesome getting flake and course cut latakia tobaccos lit with it. I stick to a bic.

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    I prefer my Old Boy lighters to the zippo.

    "The thinking man always smokes a Peterson." -Peterson of Dublin
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    Everyone swears by matches, but I love my zippos.
    I have one with the pipe insert, and one that I took a dremel to and modified for pipes.

    The flame on matches always seems to spread too wide for me. Maybe it's the type of matches I've tried.

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    There's a technique to using a Zippos when lighting a pipe. Master that technique and you'll have to problems. There are also the advantages of the Zippo; it is cheaper to use, because you fill it with fluid, as with Bics you have to toss them away after a few days; they are windproof, and they are just cooler, the opening of the lighter, the snap of the wheel, the lighting, then the closing snap. They are part of the pipe ritual that I enjoy.

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    I use my Zippo on a regular basis, as well as wooden matches and Bic lighters.

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    I have tried the butane pipe lighters, matches and always come back to my Zippo with the pipe insert. For me it works the best.

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    Love Zippos, but wooden matches are better.

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    Just wanted to add that I am talking about the zippo with the pipe insert.
    Thanks

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    I get tired of wasting matches in the wind when smoking outside - I can go through a small box in a couple of days. My Zippo works better in the wind for me - and if I let it burn for a second or two before pulling the flame into the bowl, I don't get the lighter fluid flavor hit.



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    It's kind of funny you should ask....

    Several days ago I started a similar thread noting that I was having a lot of trouble with my Zippo pipe lighter and talking about my new Xikar and how much I loved it. And don't get me wrong, the Xikar is a beautiful piece of pipe-lighting machinery, and I do prefer it over the Zippo - at least for indoor smoking.

    But the days are still warm, and the summer nights soft and gentle. I would much rather smoke outside by the creek, or even on the porch. Using the Xikar in even the mildest breeze is an exercise in frustration so I went back to the trusty Zippo. These last couple of days I'm finding that what everyone else told me in my other thread was true - I was over packing my pipe. Now that I've accepted the fact that it's not necessary to fit the whole tin into the pipe at once, I'm getting a much better light with the Zippo.

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    I love my Zippo, especially when I'm on the boat!

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    Matches for inside, Zippo with a butane insert for outside. My Old Boy is when I want to impress someone, so it doesn't get much use.

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    I have never tried the zippo with the butane insert. But I do love the standard Pipe Zippo.

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    I honestly hate my zippo pipe lighter and only use it if it is real windy out and I do not have a way to use my IM Corona lighters. The flame is so unwieldy and difficult to control that I hardly every use mine.

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    I don't like using a zippo because I can taste the fluid and it tastes terrible imo. I have had no problems with butane lighters or bics or matches. If it is really windy, I will light up in my doorway and then go outside.

    "I believe that many who find that 'nothing happens' when they sit down, or kneel down, to a book of devotion, would find that the heart sings unbidden while they are working their way through a tough bit of theology with a pipe in their teeth and a pencil in their hand"
    ~ C.S. Lewis
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    I have never had good luck with Zippo lighters they always leave a funny taste on my tobacco and I hate constantly refilling them, and while matches are great in the wind they don't do so hot, I personally like Djeep lighters there like a bic on steroids.
    ~Ron

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    Zippos for everything, with or without insert, wooden matches or Bic when I run out of fluid in the Zippo & too lazy to fill it right then.

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    I love my standard Zippo as a pipelighting mechanism; but I have Bics lying about.

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    Got a Zippo a few weeks ago. I'm very happy with it so far.

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