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How to light a Cigar

Lighting a cigar is not like lighting the tip of a cigarette or the wick of a candle, it takes much longer .The lighting of premium tobacco is a sudden and abrupt process involving not only severe temperature changes, but also strong chemical changes forced quickly onto an organic substance. You can imagine how, as you smoke a cigar down, the tobacco further up the cigar feels first the warmth of the smoke flowing past it, then a slight warmth as the flame approaches, then a gradually increasing warmth as the flame draws near, until finally this portion of the cigar ignites from the previously smoked portion.

Cigar Lighting Devices
If you use a match, wait till the sulphur burns off before using it to light you cigar. Also if you can find those fancy long cedar matches all the better. If you use a lighter, use a butane one. The gasoline based ones impart a foul flavor to your smoke. Of course this statement irritates the hell out of the Zippo manufacturer, so in rebuttal they actually published a rather nice little book that explains that if you allow the flame to burn for a few seconds all of the disturbing odor will dissapate. Try and see for yourself is my advice. Personally I use a butane lighter. I have no experience with the new fancy flameless lighters, so to put it simply: ask someone else.

How to light- Step by step
1. First I preheat the foot (the open end) by slowly rolling the cigar above the flame at an angle allowing a tiny black ring forms all the way around the wrapper. I don't allow the flame to touch the cigar.
2. I lay the cigar in my mouth, and draw in as I repeat the process, slowly rolling the cigar at an angle above the flame, but never letting the lighter flame actually touch the cigar. I guess about a 1/2 inch or so away. What appears to happen is the flame seems to leap from lighter up onto the foot of the cigar, even though my stogie never comes in direct contact with the lighter's flame. Remember to slowly spin the cigar to establish an even burn.
3. Once I think I have it lit, I remove it from my mouth and actually look at the glowing foot to see if I did my job properly. Now if the burn is really uneven, I will repeat the previous step on the proper side to even the burn. If it is just a bit uneven (which in my case it typically is) I gently blow on the end in the appropriate place to intensify the heat there, and will then take a couple steady draws, but will then just wait a minute before continuing to puff. This short delay seems to allow the cigar a chance to stabilize and self correct the burn.
4. Then I sit back and relax and smoke to my heart's content!
5. If I am outside, and it is windy, and shelter is not accessible, I then throw decorum out the window, and I flame torch the end, and put up with the initial bitterness to ensure a fast even light. Hey you, yeah you, the cigar snob, stop that groaning! :-)
6. If my smoke happens to go out, I just knock off the ash, gently blow through the cigar to clear out the old smoke, then I jump right to the drawing while rolling part of my light up sequence.

Cigar Etiquette - To Relight or Not to Relight
If you forget to puff, any cigar will go out. Relighting a warm cigar will be easier and faster than when it was new. Resist the temptation to put your half-smoke cigar away for another day. It just won’t taste the same (read, as good). Sometimes cigars are badly rolled and may have to be relit repeatedly. If this is a fine cigar, you should bring it back to the tobacconist.
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