How to Light a Cigar

Try and use wood matches or quality butane lighters to light your cigar. These two types of fire will help preserve the flavors of your cigar once lit. You have spent good money on the cigars in your humidor and it only makes sense that you want to protect everything about them for a more enjoyable smoke. Learning how to light a cigar properly will let you experience the full flavor of your cigar.

If you are set on lighting your cigar with paper matches or a lighter fluid lighter, make sure that you do not touch the cigar with the flame. This will help to minimize the risk of taking away the natural flavors in the cigar. If you are using paper matches let it burn a bit to burn off some of the sulfuric dioxide before you try to light your cigar. Below you will find the steps on How to Light a Cigar.

How to Light a Cigar

Now that we have, a better idea on the proper fire utensils for our cigar lets go ahead, light it up, and enjoy. Before we light the cigar we need to properly cut the cigar. You can find more on How to Cut a Cigar here. Take your time when lighting your cigar. There is no need to rush the process of lighting your cigar properly.
lighting a cigar

To light a cigar you want to bring the foot of the cigar to the tip of the flame. Make sure not to put the foot of the cigar directly into the flame. The idea is NOT to char the cigar. Once the cigar foot is on the tip of the flame, you want to start rotating the cigar in your fingers. The process of rotating the cigar in your fingers is so no one portion of the foot gets too much heat. You will continue this process until the cigar is lit evenly.

You can test that a cigar is burning evenly by blowing on the foot of the cigar. If you are still seeing black when you do this, the cigar is not lit evenly and needs more flame.