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.
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.
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!!! :rofl:
It's so easy to refill I dk why I just don't do it when the flame starts to diminish.
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.