Cigars 101

Multi-Jet Flames: When to Use Them and Why

Just as water seeks its own level, so do cigar smokers. We try all kinds of different cigar brands, strengths, sizes and shapes; cutters, lighters, humidifiers, etc., and eventually find our comfort zone.

As far as lighters are concerned, most cigar smokers prefer the torch, or “jet flames.” Torch lighters can vary from one jet to as many as five jet flames. For the purposes of this post, we’ll concentrate on multi-jet lighters.

I was at an outdoor party recently, and one of the guests, who is also a good friend, saw me lighting a 50+ ring cigar with a single flame torch lighter. He looked at me and said, “I’m surprised to see you using a single flame torch on that cigar.”

“Why?” I asked.

“I figured with all your experience, you’d be using a multi-jet lighter.”

In a way, he was right. A double or triple jet would have been better, but it just so happens, the only lighter I had on me was the backup I keep in my car.

So, is there a “when” and a “why” when it comes to using different jet-flame lighters? Perhaps, so let’s start with the when:

The double jet torch is perhaps the most versatile lighter since it provides plenty of flame to easily light cigars ranging from a 32- ring Garcia y Vega to a 50-ring Romeo. It can also be effective on larger ring cigars, but once you get into the 54 to 60-ring cigars a triple jet may be more in order.

Coincidentally, the past year saw several manufacturers release cigars that go far beyond a 60 ring. Take, for example, the INCH by E.P. Carrillo “No.64″– literally one inch in diameter; the Jaime Garcia Reserva Especiale “Gordo” at 66, the La Floridita LE “Gordo” at 68, or the 601 La Bomba “F-Bomb” at a colossal 70 ring, and even more 70’s from other brands are on the way!

For cigars in the 60 to 64 ring sizes, a four jet torch is ideal, but beyond that you may want to go with a five jet lighter, though many of them are of the tabletop variety.

Here’s the why. The more surface area the foot of the cigar has, the more flame you need to toast and light it evenly. Well, you don’t really need it; it can be done with a single torch, but it will take a lot longer to toast, and you may need to hit the foot several more times to get it fully lit, which can be frustrating.

Suffice it to say, there are no hard and fast rules for what lighter to use on a given cigar. However, just as it helps to have a cigar for different occasions, it may help to have a lighter for different cigars.

Gary Korb

Gary Korb

Executive Editor

Gary Korb has been writing and editing content for CigarAdvisor.com since its debut in 2008. An avid cigar smoker for over 30 years, during the past 12 years he has worked on the marketing side of the premium cigar business as a Sr. Copywriter, blogger, and cigar reviewer. A graduate of the Newhouse School of Public Communications at Syracuse University, prior to his career in the cigar business, Gary worked in the music and video industry as a marketer and a publicist.

Show all Gary Korb's Articles
master blenders klaas kelner davidoff cigars interview cacover

CA Master Blenders Video Podcast: Klaas Pieter Kelner, Davidoff Brand Ambassador

His father is one of the cigar industry’s legendary master blenders; Avo was his adopted uncle, he knows the cigar business inside and out. He’s also just a really nice guy: Klaas Pieter Kelner, Davidoff Cigars Brand Ambassador, who talks with us about growing up at the heart of the business, the appreciation of a fine cigar, and more

Read More
5 things you need to know about Culebra cigars CACover

5 Things You Need to Know About… Culebra Cigars

Culebras: those snaky-looking cigars, entwined in a set of three. Hard to find and rarely made these days, but they sure are fun to smoke, especially with two friends. Culebra cigars also have an interesting back story. We dig into what makes these time-honored cigars so unique, and demonstrate how to smoke them.
Read More
How to make a Havana cocktail cigar pairing CACover

How to Make a Havana Cocktail + Cigar Pairing Recommendation

Learn how to make a Havana cocktail with the "secret" house recipe from Leaf Cigar Bar! This is NOT your typical Havana - and neither is the smooth Drew Estate cigar we've paired with this nightclub classic. Get the recipe and watch how we make it with our simple Havana cocktail how-to!
Read More
CA Cover CLE Plus 2015 cigar review

CLE Plus 2015 Cigar Review: Video

CLE remade this cigar to be more refined than the original; did they succeed? Watch this Advisor CLE Plus 2015 cigar review, and see! 
Read More