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Rudiments of Lighting

Rudiments of Lighting

Rudiments of Lighting

STORY BY Chuck Holland
PHOTOGRAPHY BY Chuck Holland

Rudiments of Lighting

STORY BY Chuck Holland
PHOTOGRAPHY BY Chuck Holland

Rudiments of Lighting

STORY BY Chuck Holland
PHOTOGRAPHY BY Chuck Holland
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Lighting a cigar is the final step in the preparation ritual, but it entails more than simply bringing a fl_ame to the foot of the cigar. Much like the cutting process we examined in the previous issue, you have to make choices and follow procedures to guarantee a great smoking experience.

The first decision is selecting the type of flame used to light the cigar. The fl_ame from paper matches is usually too small and inadequate. Candles, Zippo lighters, gas stovetops, and BBQ grills will introduce odd fl_avors to a cigar and should be avoided. A true cigar-smoking purist will insist on using a wooden cigar match with a sulfur-free tip. You can use wooden kitchen matches in a pinch, but only after allowing the sulfur in the match head to burn off. Some aficionados take the extraordinary step of using a lit cedar strip called a spill to create a _flavorless light.

The easiest and most popular lighting method is using a torch lighter designed for cigars that burns tasteless and odorless butane fuel.

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Rudiments of Lighting

Lighting a cigar is the final step in the preparation ritual, but it entails more than simply bringing a fl_ame to the foot of the cigar. Much like the cutting process we examined in the previous issue, you have to make choices and follow procedures to guarantee a great smoking experience.

The first decision is selecting the type of flame used to light the cigar. The fl_ame from paper matches is usually too small and inadequate. Candles, Zippo lighters, gas stovetops, and BBQ grills will introduce odd fl_avors to a cigar and should be avoided. A true cigar-smoking purist will insist on using a wooden cigar match with a sulfur-free tip. You can use wooden kitchen matches in a pinch, but only after allowing the sulfur in the match head to burn off. Some aficionados take the extraordinary step of using a lit cedar strip called a spill to create a _flavorless light.

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