Best Lighter for Weed

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  1. Euphoric7

    Euphoric7 Registered+

    I've tried Zippos (ewww), Bics, and other regular butane lighters. The gas tastes gross and it burns at too high of a temperature to economize THC (the heat of the lighter actually destroys a third of the THC). I've heard of jet lighters, but they burn even hotter than butane, making them worse for weed.

    So are there any alternative lighters that burn at a lower temperature to protect more of the THC from being destroyed?
  2. Sir Bliss

    Sir Bliss Registered+

    Matches. Or so I've heard.

    I doubt Lighters destroy 1/3 of the THC. That seems a bit exaggerated.
  3. Euphoric7

    Euphoric7 Registered+

    I assumed it would be 1/3, since most vaporizers claim to save 3x the herb. However, fire does degrade THC.
  4. the image reaper

    the image reaper Registered+

    some purists use a magnifying glass :wtf:, guess they don't smoke after dark :D
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  5. jimmy8778

    jimmy8778 Registered+

    you can use whatever lighter you want. what the real secret is how close you hold the flame. you can almost vaporize your weed in a bowl by properly controling how close your flame is to the weed. just because it doesnt light on fire doesnt mean nothing was inhaled. and magnifying glasses arent much better than flame because it does essentially create a flame, though you can make it just be warm over a given spot by changing the focus of the light.
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  6. justanotherbozo

    justanotherbozo Registered

    i think the reapers point was no chemicals so no aftertaste.
  7. Mississippi Steve

    Mississippi Steve Registered+

    I use a plain ol bic lighter.... no taste or smell from the butane
  8. BobBong

    BobBong Registered+


    Bees wax hemp wick.. I didn't believe it until i tried it...
  9. the image reaper

    the image reaper Registered+

    correct :thumbsup: ... paper ignites at 451 degreesF, and THC vaporizes good, around 325F, so not really necessary to burn the herb ... but, the glass won't work after dark :D
  10. the image reaper

    the image reaper Registered+

    same here ... I actually like my wooden matches best, but always misplacing them, so I pull out the old Bic ... butane is fully combusted, no odor or taste that I can tell ... :smokin:
  11. jimmy8778

    jimmy8778 Registered+

    matches would add more taste to the weed than would butane. merely because burning fossil fuels the by product, if no sulfur is added as a way to detect the odor, is going to be h20 and co2. its chemistry. its when the flame is changed in some way that the by products of combustion can be tasted, as in the butane doesnt burn fully it creates soot and the like. but at the same time the aroma of match wood isnt really an unpleasant one so comparatively the taste may be enhanced to some.

    and as for the hemp wicks i see no difference in them and matches, except you get to skip the phosphorus nastiness that matches bring, i hate that smell. and if you keep a candle lit near your smoking session you dont even have to worry about breaking out the lighter every time you need to relight them.

    i actually read this really cool way that you can take a DVD burner and a mini mag light, and with less than $20 of modification and a little knowhow you can actually create a laser that can burn things. for example you can burn through a piece of paper, watch the video, and it uses nothing but some batteries. how is that for efficient, cheap, and clean?

    the soldering iron is always a neat trick, just place the tip near or on the green and your set. the only problem is it is really hot usually several hundred degrees above whats necessary and they usually have a short cord and no safe way to store it so it wont burn things accidentally, and yes accidents happen, that is why they are accidents.

    any lighter that has a good flame would be the one i choose. you cant really go wrong with a bic usually but ive had a few i didnt like, flame too big, or too small. the cheapos are unrealiable but still work pretty well. i dont really trust torch lighters all that much the heat is very hot even where there is no color. and you can blow the loose weed around on top of bowls.
  12. dmahny88

    dmahny88 Registered+

    Dang! Yeah, short cord, uh im high, where should I put this soldering iron between hits?? lol fire**
    Not good.
    Met a guy one time with a battery-powered soldering iron-like tool he bought at a smoke shop meant to do just that. You just touch it slightly to the greens and it ignites! Pretty neat. Sure it was like 60 bucks or something though but it was really cool. Dude just pulled a pen-sized metal stick out of a little box, heated it up, and I was like WTF!?!

    But. My opinion on this whole light preference issue is kinda just about the best "ignitor"
    First off i think, if im assuming you're talking about igniting a "bowl" piece, than its about how you, the inhaler, toke it like jimmy said. If its the same bic lighter i will smoke with it a lot differently full and new than when the flame on that bic has dwindled and is almost empty. So this goes for any type of gas/butane light. Its not about how hot it is but more how long and how much you use that source of my no best lighter..only favorites:thumbsup:
    Well im not gonna touch the whole taste thing because i just taste the weed but I do notice the difference every so often with different lights. Definitely weird with a match for me. Whats the best taste? I'll leave that to the connoisseurs as I am merely a voice here:D
  13. Dutch Pimp

    Dutch Pimp Up in Smoke

    ...phfffttt...I use Scripto lighters...(made in China..half the price; I retired my Zippo) other news: I'm off the weed wagon...happy days are here again
    Last edited: May 24, 2009
  14. MadSativa

    MadSativa Registered+

    I got some too, just hasn't gotten hear yet. I had to ebay it they don't sell it in my area, but after token bong hits of hash, I had to try this, because don't matter if you use a bic, or a match anything short of the sun and you taste the hell out of it.

    You cant sun hit at night though, besides sun hits on hash is not like sun hits on herb it takes 2 times as long
  15. MadSativa

    MadSativa Registered+

    I'm using the beeline now , just started today, and it is more pleasant, than a lighter or a match or whatever. kinda nice especially for hash hits in the bong. Really nice
  16. Euphoric7

    Euphoric7 Registered+

    what's your technique to near-vaporizing using a lighter? Is it that you put the flame as far down into the bowl as possible (since the tip of the flame is the hottest) ?
  17. 420_24/7

    420_24/7 Registered+

    Clippers are the best lighters.
  18. eastbayboss510

    eastbayboss510 Registered+

    bics are the best lighters 2 me but i smoke blunts ..
  19. d00d989

    d00d989 Registered+

    bics are the best lighters. they last forever, are pretty durable, and are also pretty cheap in price. I dont ever taste the gas in my hits.:pimp::pimp:
  20. JohnnyZ

    JohnnyZ Registered+

    I just hold the flame about 1/4 inch above the bowl, and when you see the weed start to brown then take the flame away, mix up the bowl a bit and repeat. Works pretty good.

    Scripto lighters are retarded by the way. I have a hell of a time getting one of those fuckers to light when I'm stoned.

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