If you’re a cigar smoker, lighting your stogie can feel like a rite of passage. The first time I lit up a cigar, I was nervous about burning my fingers and afraid that it wouldn’t smoke right. So if you’re new to smoking cigars or just want to brush up on your skills before firing up one at home, read on for our ultimate guide on how to light a cigar:
What kind of lighter should you use to light a cigar?
- The most important thing for you to know is that whatever you’re using to light your cigar should be hot enough to make an ember.
- If you’re using a butane torch lighter, make sure it’s filled with butane. You can also use wooden matches or paper matches (just be careful not to scorch the wrapper). When using something other than a butane torch lighter, be careful not to scorch the tobacco in any way—this will affect how long it takes for your cigar to burn properly and also cause unpleasant flavors as well!
What side of the cigar should you light?
You light your cigar on the end of the cigar called the foot, this is the end of the cigar where it is not closed off with tobacco.Just remember: always keep those fingers out of harm’s way while lighting up!
3 Steps to Lighting a Cigar
- Cut the cigar.
- Light the cigar.
- Smoke and enjoy the cigar.
Now you can light up! Puff slowly at first until your body adjusts to smoking a cigar; then take longer, draws until you feel comfortable with how much smoke you allow into your mouth . Remember: slow down if needed, this is a relaxing and enjoyable moment.Step 1: Cut
The most important step in lighting a cigar is the first one: cutting. If you don’t have a quality cigar cutter at home, do yourself a favor and pick one up. Cutters tend to come in three varieties: guillotine, punch and v-cut. Each has its own pros and cons but for this guide we’ll focus on the guillotine variety as it is arguably the easiest to use.
To cut your cigar properly, use your thumb to push down on one side of the blade while placing your index finger beneath the cap with slight pressure—this will prevent it from opening too quickly when cutting through your favorite stogie’s wrapper leaf. Finally–and this cannot be stressed enough–make sure you’re using sharp blades at all times; dull ones will simply damage the cigar,so unless there are no other options available then go ahead and buy some now!
Step 2: Light
- The use of a regular cigarette or pipe lighter will typically result in an uneven burn and poor draw, as the heat source is too small to sufficiently warm up the tobacco inside your stogie. You should use a butane torch lighter when lighting up; these are easy to find online or at your local cigar shop and will provide you with long-lasting flames that can be angled down into the foot of your cigar for the best experience. Make sure not to overdo it on this step—you don’t want to damage the cigar!
Step 3: Smoke
After you light your cigar and take a couple of puffs, you should take a moment to enjoy the sweet smoke of your well-earned stogie. Exhale slowly and smoothly so that it’s a nice steady stream of smoke. If you’re having trouble smoking smoothly or evenly, try slowing down how quickly you puff until things start going better for you!
Now you can sit back and enjoy your cigar. Light it up, take a few puffs and really appreciate the flavor and aroma of your cigar. The taste of tobacco is usually earthy but may vary depending on the type of tobacco used in a particular blend. This is why there are so many different kinds of cigars for you to try!
While smoking your cigar, don’t forget to enjoy the feel of it as well! Enjoying your smoke also means enjoying being with friends who share this experience with you or maybe even getting together with other enthusiasts at one of our events; see what we have coming up here!
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This is a very important topic, so we hope we’ve covered everything you need to know about how to properly light a cigar. If anyone has any additional questions or comments, please feel free to leave them below in the comments section! We’re always happy to hear from our readers! LM Cigars offers a wide variety of cigar lighters that are affordable and high quality.