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Fan Mail: Your Burning Cigar Questions, Answered (Part 34)

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Still staying at home? Us, too. But that doesn’t mean compromise on a good smoke – so to help you keep your smoking game on point, we’re doing a little pro bono work from home and shooting these quick video answers to readers’ cigar questions.

With the weather turning especially nice these last few days, we’ve got tips to get even more enjoyment out of cigar season. All three questions were submitted by everyday cigar smokers like you: the careful way to remove a cigar band, keeping an even burn while you smoke outside, and comparing torch lighters with soft flame cigar lighters 

If you find these tips helpful, GREAT – all we ask in return is that you share these videos with your other homebound smoking buddies. And be sure to subscribe to our YouTube channel and click on the notification bell to be first in line when we release a new video! 

And iyou have a burning question, need some cigar related adviceor have an idea for something we haven’t covered yet – drop a comment below or hit us up on social media, so we can answer it in our next Fan Mail! 

Cigar Question #1How do I keep mcigar burning evenly when smoking outside? 

By Jared Gulick 

This month’s question comes from Kris in Surprise, AZ. He writes, “When I’m outside, my cigar keeps burning all crazy. Up one side, then the other. I can’t figure out how to keep it straight. What am I doing wrong?” Kris, your question is about a problem likely affecting most smokers these days. With cigar stores and lounges largely closed, most smokers have taken to smoking at home – usually outside – with summer right around the corner. The good news is your burn going awry (often from canoeing) probably isn’t your fault when it’s happening outdoors. The better news is that it’s super easy to fix. Check out how you can keep your cigars burning straight in the video below! 


Cigar Question #2: How do I remove a cigar band from my cigar? 

By Gary Korb 

There are plenty of videos on WHEN to remove a cigar band, but this question from Jack in Lubbock, Texas asks HOW to remove a cigar band.  Since removing a cigar band is something cigar smokers do almost subliminally, there’s really no “traditional” method. So, I’m sharing a few of my own personal techniques for removing the band from a cigar. Watch now and see if there are any similarities to how you do it. 


Cigar Question #3: What’s better for lighting cigars, a soft flame or a torch lighter?  

By John Pullo 

So asks Frankand this is a great question, not only because how you light your cigar – and how WELL you light your cigar – will determine how well your cigar will burn, and really, sets the tone for your entire smoking experience. But there are so many choices: torches and Zippos and Bics and matches and spills and….So today we’ll talk a little about each flame, give some tips on toasting cigars, and answer Frank’s question. Watch now! 

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