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The Urge to Purge: How to Purge a Lighter

How proper maintenance will help extend the life of your torch lighter

By Jonathan DeTore

The Back Story
Christmas is right around the corner and people are going bananas trying to find that perfect gift for their friends and loved ones. It can all be very stressful. Through all the stress during the holidays, I find my cigar smoking buddies to be very easy to shop for and so I�d like to share these three recommendations with you.

1) Cigars (duh)
2) Fine Bottle of Scotch
3) A Torch Lighter

Lucky for my friend, Richie, he�s got both a birthday and Christmas within a week of each other, so he�ll get two items from my list. (I�ll tell you right now, it�s not going to be the scotch - sorry for ruining the surprise, buddy.) A great gift for Richie will be a good torch lighter; I�m thinking along the lines of XiKAR or Lotus. Usually when my buddies and I smoke cigars, we use a Nibo lighter given to me by my brother six years ago. That�s right, SIX YEARS and I still haven�t lost it! That must be some sort of record. Better yet, the lighter continues to work like new, and it�s due in large part to two things - proper maintenance and periodic purging. But our regular use of my lighter has left Richie completely unaware when it comes to the subject of proper maintenance of a lighter. So for those of you who can relate to my friend, here�s the 411 on how to get better performance and longer life from your torch lighter.

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