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post #1 of 50 Old 08-08-2010, 06:17 PM Thread Starter
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How I "Toast the Foot" of a Cigar

I recently stumbled across this tip in a thread that's surely buried by now. I wanted to pass it on by giving it a thread of it's own because it totally changed the way I light cigars and I now truly understand what "toasting the foot" of a cigar means. This is probably something a lot of people on this board already know, but I'm sure there are a few people like myself out there who may benefit from it.

I've always used a torch lighter for cigars... it's what everyone else seemed to use and soft flames have their difficulties, especially outdoors. I used to have the torch set to get a medium sized flame - something that was under control, but wouldn't take forever to get the job done. Well, after following this tip, I turned my torch lighter down as far as it would go without going out. Holding the stick vertically, I hold the lighter under the foot for a full minute (sometimes longer) with the flame nearly touching the foot. I'm constantly moving the lighter horizontally to different areas of the foot to get the whole thing toasted. The first time i did this was probably the first time i had a cigar perfectly lit with a full volume of smoke before i ever took a puff. The extra labor showed in the taste, too, as that cigar was especially delicious!
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It's always worth your time to light a cigar slowly and properly.

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Thats pretty much how I light mine. I don't have my torch high enough to melt metal, just enough to get the job done and not to overheat the cigar.

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I usually just draw while I light it with a torch lighter or matches. Matches usually go out though since I smoke outside.
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Re: How I "Toast the Foot" of a Cigar

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I recently stumbled across this tip in a thread that's surely buried by now. I wanted to pass it on by giving it a thread of it's own because it totally changed the way I light cigars and I now truly understand what "toasting the foot" of a cigar means. This is probably something a lot of people on this board already know, but I'm sure there are a few people like myself out there who may benefit from it.

I've always used a torch lighter for cigars... it's what everyone else seemed to use and soft flames have their difficulties, especially outdoors. I used to have the torch set to get a medium sized flame - something that was under control, but wouldn't take forever to get the job done. Well, after following this tip, I turned my torch lighter down as far as it would go without going out. Holding the stick vertically, I hold the lighter under the foot for a full minute (sometimes longer) with the flame nearly touching the foot. I'm constantly moving the lighter horizontally to different areas of the foot to get the whole thing toasted. The first time i did this was probably the first time i had a cigar perfectly lit with a full volume of smoke before i ever took a puff. The extra labor showed in the taste, too, as that cigar was especially delicious!

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Re: How I "Toast the Foot" of a Cigar

I toast, then light the entire foot until a gentle blow shows it all burning orange. Before I take the first puff, I do a gentle purge.

This has worked brilliantly for me since the Carter administration.
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Re: How I "Toast the Foot" of a Cigar

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I recently stumbled across this tip in a thread that's surely buried by now. I wanted to pass it on by giving it a thread of it's own because it totally changed the way I light cigars and I now truly understand what "toasting the foot" of a cigar means. This is probably something a lot of people on this board already know, but I'm sure there are a few people like myself out there who may benefit from it.

I've always used a torch lighter for cigars... it's what everyone else seemed to use and soft flames have their difficulties, especially outdoors. I used to have the torch set to get a medium sized flame - something that was under control, but wouldn't take forever to get the job done. Well, after following this tip, I turned my torch lighter down as far as it would go without going out. Holding the stick vertically, I hold the lighter under the foot for a full minute (sometimes longer) with the flame nearly touching the foot. I'm constantly moving the lighter horizontally to different areas of the foot to get the whole thing toasted. The first time i did this was probably the first time i had a cigar perfectly lit with a full volume of smoke before i ever took a puff. The extra labor showed in the taste, too, as that cigar was especially delicious!
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This kind of post is always a bonus to see because it emphasizes that you really can get more out of your cigar rather than just torching it and go. A careful and deliberate technique will add another dimension to the overall taste of your cigar if you take your time and get it to that orange glow Don talked about...when you get it to that level and then take your first draw it's really good rather than just putting fire at the end and sucking on it. I have not tried the torch with it turned all the way down...I might have some homework to do and I like the idea since I have so many torches available to me. I have been using my soft flame lighters as I was getting tired of refilling my torches every other day..this may slow down the amount of fuel I burn.

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This kind of post is always a bonus to see because it emphasizes that you really can get more out of your cigar rather than just torching it and go. A careful and deliberate technique will add another dimension to the overall taste of your cigar if you take your time and get it to that orange glow Don talked about...when you get it to that level and then take your first draw it's really good rather than just putting fire at the end and sucking on it. I have not tried the torch with it turned all the way down...I might have some homework to do and I like the idea since I have so many torches available to me. I have been using my soft flame lighters as I was getting tired of refilling my torches every other day..this may slow down the amount of fuel I burn.
I got 2 cool Zippo cases, but I don't use for cigars because that lighter fluid has a terrible odor. I been looking for a reliable insert that uses butane.

I always thought jet lighters were better.

There was 1 called z-plus, which was a jet lighter Zippo insert, but I heard it was rather cheap and breaks easily.

I found this soft flame which I may get.

Amazon.com: Butane Lighter Insert for Flip-top Lighters: Health &…
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I got 2 cool Zippo cases, but I don't use for cigars because that lighter fluid has a terrible odor. I been looking for a reliable insert that uses butane.

I always thought jet lighters were better.

There was 1 called z-plus, which was a jet lighter Zippo insert, but I heard it was rather cheap and breaks easily.

I found this soft flame which I may get.

Amazon.com: Butane Lighter Insert for Flip-top Lighters: Health &…
You are mis informed as the z- Plus insert works great the only downfall is the fluid reservoir is small. To boot it comes with a lifetime guarantee like all ZiPPO products. Now how can you beat that?
Mine is made by Blazer sorry for the confusion.

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