Cigar lighters are an important part of cigar smoking. Without the use of lighters, you’d be stuck with matches, which are notoriously hard to use and often frustrating.
When you need to light your cigar, you can sometimes feel like all the pressure is on you to not mess up the lighting process and waste your perfectly-rolled cigar in frustration. Luckily, there are many ways to bleed a cigar lighter and make sure it’s ready when you need it!
1) Cold Water
This method is simple. All you need is some water and your cigar lighter. Insert your cigar into one end of your cigar lighter, then turn on your lighter and let it heat up. Once it’s hot enough, plunge your entire cigar-and-lighter combo into a bucket of cold water.
You’ll hear hissing sounds as air pressure escapes from within, leaving you with an oxygen-free fire rod that should light right up when you try again. Be sure to remove it before turning off or unplugging the lighter; don’t want any accidents!
2) Evaporated Milk
No, that doesn’t mean it’s gone bad. If you put regular milk in a can and boil it down, you get evaporated milk. The only difference is that evaporated milk has less water content than regular milk—i.e., more fat and flavor.
To use it for cigar smoking, just scoop some into your lighter fluid bottle or mini travel sprayer and you’re good to go! Some smokers swear by it over standard fluid butane… so give it a try!
One of the simplest ways to bleed lighter fluid is with vinegar. Grab a box of white vinegar and fill your cigar lighter about halfway. Flip up or open one side and allow it to drain into an empty container until there’s no fluid left in your cigar lighter.
This should take about 20 minutes, but check on it every five minutes or so in case you’re faster than expected! To dry out your cigar lighter, turn it upside down and place it on top of some paper towels for a few hours before using again.
What is better than cigars and beer? Nothing, right? We can’t think of anything else that tastes as good as both at once. If you’re an advocate for Cubs baseball and a Budweiser (or any beer, really), then now you can enjoy it even more with your favorite cigar.
Beer enhances flavor and alcohol helps mellow out your smoke. The best part about pairing beer with cigars is that no matter what cigar you choose to smoke or how much you drink, both taste great when paired together.
Here are some tips on using each one 8 oz glass of ice cold Budweiser. Light up a Rocky Patel Decade Robusto, a strong but smooth cigar perfect for smoking while drinking. After every few puffs take a sip of your ice cold beer. Inhale through your nose and exhale through your mouth.
You should feel refreshed after every puff/sip combination! Make sure to use lots of coaster under your glass so you don’t make a mess! Repeat until finished with entire box/bottle (depending on how long game lasts).
5) Full of Dip
Most people who are new to cigar smoking want an easy-to-use lighter. And while it’s true that there are lighters specifically designed for cigars, they can be complicated and difficult to use. Instead, consider buying a butane lighter designed for cigarettes (butane is what makes them work).
When choosing your lighter, look for one with an adjustable flame so you can make it bigger or smaller depending on how big your cigar is. Some cigarette lighters are sold in different sizes – look for one that has at least three settings so you can match its size to your cigar.
6) Ice Cubes/Water
Adding water or ice cubes is another way of cooling down your lighter, and it works much faster than blowing on it. Start by submerging your cigar lighter in a bowl of water for about 15 seconds. Then, remove and shake off any excess water.
Light up as you normally would and repeat as necessary if necessary. If you’re in a rush, freeze an ice cube (or two) beforehand so that you can use those instead of plain old water.
While we’ve already said that liquid doesn’t necessarily cool down your cigar faster than air, adding an ice cube adds some weight to your lighter too; which will help make sure it stays stationary while you light up!
7) Disassembling your Cigar Lighter
Remove any residue inside of your lighter’s fuel tank and refill it with new fluid. Once you’ve done that, you can proceed to step two if you have manual or flip-top models, but if you have an automatic lighter, skip ahead to step three for instructions on how to bleed that.
Open your lighter’s fuel tank. Insert a long pin (like from a safety pin) into the hole where your wick would normally be in place and pull back on it until air is extracted from both sides of your fuel tank.
Allow all air bubbles in your tank to fully dissipate before closing and reassembling it; they are what causes burning issues with lighters so getting rid of them is crucial!
8) Hot Water
Running hot water over your lighter will soften any blockage inside and bring it back into working order. This is not only ideal for clearing wick and fuel buildup, but also for preventing future clogs from forming in your lighter.
The best part is that you don’t even need to go out and buy special fluid—tap water works just fine. To purge your lighter of buildup or remove an unpleasant taste, simply run hot water over it until any residue has disappeared (this may take several runs).
Once finished, leave your lighter on an empty table with its fuel pump open until completely dry; if you have one on hand, even better. By doing so, any remaining moisture can evaporate and leave you with a fully functional lighter free of complications down the road.
9) Windshield Washer Fluid
If you want to get those last few drops of fuel out of your cigar lighter, fill it with a clear liquid like windshield washer fluid. Pour in enough that it covers all of your lighter’s parts and place it upside down on top of some paper towels for 24 hours.
Afterward, go ahead and empty out the fluid (which can be stored indefinitely) and refill your lighter. You might need some new butane at that point—but if you’re careful not to overfill, you should have plenty left.
Be sure you are familiar with cigar lighters and understand how they work before doing any maintenance. If you don’t feel confident in your ability to perform these steps on your own, ask someone who knows what they are doing for help.
Inexperienced vapers may want to pass on performing maintenance of their cigar lighter themselves until they have had more time and experience with vaporizers in general. Improper bleeding techniques can lead to issues like spitting/spurting and leaking fuel.
Also, if you don’t already know, cigars are different than cigarettes—they use butane as fuel instead of fire! Be sure you’ve stocked up on fresh butane prior to attempting any servicing of your cigar lighter. Good luck! I hope that was helpful!