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Brewdude
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PostSubject: Back to matches   Sat Dec 29, 2012 10:04 pm

For the past several weeks I've gone primarily back to matches - the wooden strike on box type mostly and not the large wooden strike anywhere kind.

I was mostly using my Zippo, but have been having intermittent problems with it. Not sure why as I've addressed all the issues like flint/wick/fuel/etc. And I do have a soft flame IMCO which also gets occasional use.

Dunno why but just started using the matches and find I really like them. Nice soft flame, and although it takes two to get things going there's something about the interaction with the light I enjoy. Kind of like back to basics I guess.

Ya, there's the initial sulphur blast but I let that burn off for a second or so and I'm good to go. Have a whole bunch of these matchboxes from various sources. And when I run out they're pretty darn inexpensive.

I might have found my new/old favorite way to light!

jocolor


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PostSubject: Re: Back to matches   Sat Dec 29, 2012 10:27 pm

cheers Oddly, I've been doing the same recently (although no problems with my Zippo). I put it down to the fairly cold weather (for here at least, 30s & 40s) and some atavistic desire to have some wood smoke around in such a chill, though
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PostSubject: Re: Back to matches   Sat Dec 29, 2012 11:08 pm

I only use my lighters when I go out with my pipe. When I'm home it's wooden matches for me. Has been for over 40 years now ! I personaly feel it's THE ONLY way to light a pipe Razz
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PostSubject: Re: Back to matches   Sun Dec 30, 2012 2:09 am

I love matches but I hate rim char so.... IM corona for me!
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PostSubject: Re: Back to matches   Sun Dec 30, 2012 9:49 am

I'm a match guy myself, for the same reasons you posted. Outside, I'll take a Zippo but definitely prefer a wooden match.
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PostSubject: Re: Back to matches   Sun Dec 30, 2012 10:07 am

riff raff wrote:
I'm a match guy myself, for the same reasons you posted. Outside, I'll take a Zippo but definitely prefer a wooden match.
I think we have to remember the inside/outside divide -- some of us are primarily outdoor smokers for a variety of reasons. For us, going to matches requires a bit of luck, even on a still day!
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PostSubject: Re: Back to matches   Sun Dec 30, 2012 5:17 pm

Any tricks for matches on a re-light, when your deep into the chamber?
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PostSubject: Re: Back to matches   Sun Dec 30, 2012 6:34 pm

Kelhammer wrote:
Any tricks for matches on a re-light, when your deep into the chamber?

Stuff you probably aleady know: Puff the flame down. You only need to touch the tobacco with the flame. If the tobacco won't stay lit, dump it. If you still want to smoke it, dump it, dry it, and sprinkle it on the top of your next bowl. Also, don't drop the match into the chamber.
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PostSubject: Re: Back to matches   Sun Dec 30, 2012 7:12 pm

Matches do work great. With how windy it gets around these parts though, and with smoking out on the ranch and such quite often matches don't work out so well. Usually bring my regular zippo with me (with the wind screen) and it works quite well.

Though if I am inside or at the B&M I will either use matches or a lighter, all depends.
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PostSubject: Re: Back to matches   Sun Dec 30, 2012 10:37 pm

I almost always use matches, even outside, although timing lights with wind gusts can be a challenge.

How to avoid rim char -- Get the match down close to the rim, lating horizontally across it, if you can. Remember you only need to light the surface, not suck the flame down to the airhole. At the end of the smoke, wet a fingertip with salive and touch up any scorches.

When possible, I like to use the match to light a dry pine needle and use the pine needle to light the pipe. No particular reason.
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PostSubject: Re: Back to matches   Tue Jan 01, 2013 8:51 pm

I love striking matches indoors for a pipe. I think the reason is that my Gramps told me a story of his Grandad once. He told me he always smoked his pipe indoors even though his old lady didn't like it. He had an old (I'm guessing it was new at the time) standing ashtray that filled up at the bottom, and you'd have to take it apart to get everything out. All ash/matches/butts, just fell to the bottom of it. My Gramps said he visited regularly and every time his Gramps had him take out his ash. He said it was more matches than tobacco, and when talking about it to him later in years, he found out he spent more money in matches than he did in tobacco. Apparently the old man had one hell of a time keeping a pipe lit.
Out doors, I use my pipe Zippo, or my IMCO lighter. Pull out the candle bit of it, and it's like a match.
Zach
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PostSubject: Re: Back to matches   Tue Jan 01, 2013 8:52 pm

And I don't have a problem with charing the bowl when using matches... Maybe I'm doing it wrong? Laughing
Zach
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PostSubject: Re: Back to matches   Tue Jan 01, 2013 9:37 pm

GuitarMyFriend wrote:
And I don't have a problem with charing the bowl when using matches... Maybe I'm doing it wrong? Laughing
Zach
Not by my experience. I find the match is more friendly to the bowl than a lighter.
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PostSubject: Re: Back to matches   Tue Jan 01, 2013 10:28 pm

riff raff wrote:
GuitarMyFriend wrote:
And I don't have a problem with charing the bowl when using matches... Maybe I'm doing it wrong? Laughing
Zach
Not by my experience. I find the match is more friendly to the bowl than a lighter.

This is my experience as well.


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PostSubject: Re: Back to matches   Tue Jan 01, 2013 10:47 pm

Sold my lighters; prefer matches in any case.

Bottom bowl:

1. robust flame
2. insufficient O2 for the match inside bowl; suck the flame down to the tobacco.
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PostSubject: Re: Back to matches   Mon Jan 07, 2013 3:13 pm

Yes, matches are easier on the pipe's rim than a torch lighter. But the match can leave some combustion byproduct that is easy to remove. When I light the match, I let the initial flare burn off and then lay the match East and West across the bowl, then puff to light the surface, and then proceed with the matter at hand. As I light, the match is physically in contact with the pipe's rim. A dab of saliva and a soft cloth removes any residue. I don't use paper towels, because they're rough enough to take off some stain along with residue. I like wooden kitchen matches. A tin from Peterson University Flake makes a great little case for a day's supply of matches.
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PostSubject: Re: Back to matches   Mon Jan 07, 2013 8:08 pm

Matches eat it for lighting a pipe.

Bic. Very Happy

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PostSubject: Re: Back to matches   Mon Jan 07, 2013 9:53 pm

Far inferior! You can't carry a supply of Bics in a Pete UF tin.
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PostSubject: Re: Back to matches   Tue Jan 08, 2013 12:42 pm

Matches are my preferred tool for lighting a pipe. Bic's are not a bad way to go however.

For the hell of it, I purchased a Zippo lighter with the pipe insert and I cannot get over the taste of the fuel that comes through when using it. It ruins the pipe for me.

One day, I would like to own an IM Old Boy.
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PostSubject: Re: Back to matches   Tue Jan 08, 2013 2:10 pm

DrumsandBeer,
I want a Corona also...
Now for pipe Zippos, are you talking this;


Or are you talking this;


I use the first, and have no problems. I do feel as if the second would be dumping butane into your pipe.

Zach


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PostSubject: Re: Back to matches   Tue Jan 08, 2013 2:20 pm

DrumsAndBeer wrote:


For the hell of it, I purchased a Zippo lighter with the pipe insert and I cannot get over the taste of the fuel that comes through when using it. It ruins the pipe for me.


Is that with the low scent fuel in the black can?

I primarily use a zippo with the pipe lighter insert. I strike it, wait to a count of 6 or so and fire it up. No issues for me.

BUT I recognize my palate is not as developed or as discerning as many of the brothers and sisters. That's actually a blessing I think Laughing
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PostSubject: Re: Back to matches   Tue Jan 08, 2013 3:33 pm

Guitar - I use Zippo number 1.

Slide - I bought the Zippo Brand Fuel in the black can. I wouldn't question your tastes Scott. You currently appreciate and have turned me onto some fine baccys. The Dark Flake, Birdseye and Triple Play are all great, IMHO. Maybe my fuel isn't the "low scent" variety?
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PostSubject: Re: Back to matches   Tue Jan 08, 2013 3:49 pm

Well.. you're too kind.

But I believe you have the low scent fuel.

Thank goodness there are multiple lighting options! Something for everyone Very Happy
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PostSubject: Re: Back to matches   Wed Jan 09, 2013 12:15 am

I use #1 (Zippo Fuel) and #2 T-bird insert, depending on conditions. I think the T-bird insert, with an adjustable flame does less damage to the bowl top and is easier to control flame-wise. Plus, for travel, it never dries out and a fill lasts a long time. It is almost useless in any wind, so I swap in the Zippo insert on those days.
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