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Cigar Q&A: Why Butane for Lighting Cigars?

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Lighting Cigars? Why Butane Cigar Torches are Recommended

Q. Why are butane lighters preferred for lighting cigars?
– Craig W. in Richmond, VA

A. The primary reason is that butane burns “clean,” unlike lighters that use fluid, which tend to emit an undesirable odor. The logic behind this is the cigar may pick-up the odor from a fluid-based lighter, thereby adversely affecting the taste of the cigar. Moreover, the same logic would apply to paper book matches.

Actually, when lighting a cigar, you want to light it with as “focused” a flame as possible. That’s why blue flame torch lighters are preferred. But you have to be careful with them too, because  torch flame lighters are more powerful, so there’s a risk in over-toasting your cigar. If you really want to go the “cool flame” route, cedar stick matches and spills actually burn cooler than lighters.

Regardless of your lighting source of choice, the trick is to keep the flame from making contact with the tobacco by holding the flame about a quarter to an half-inch away from the foot. Don’t worry, there’s plenty of heat to get your cigar toasted and lit without burying the foot in the flame. At the end of the day, your cigars won’t pick up any undesirable odors, and they’ll taste better, too.

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Gary Korb

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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.

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