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To Bleed or Not To Bleed

October 1, 2013

To Bleed or Not to Bleed; That Is The Pipe Lighter Question?

Some pipe smokers suggest that one must ALWAYS bleed their pipe lighter between refills, while others say bleeding is unnecessary. The thought behind bleeding is that air is captured in the fuel tank of the lighter and must be expelled for the lighter to perform properly. This is done by taking a very small screw driver (the size of the one that comes with an eyeglass repair kit) or the poker from your czech tool and pressing it into the fuel valve until all of the remaining butane and air is released. You can tell when the lighter no longer “hisses”.

The “no-bleeders” say this step is not needed since all fuel and air (if any) is released during the lighting process over time, and when the lighter no longer lights due to an empty fuel tank, you just refill.

Actually, the best way I suggest is to bleed once your pipe lighter no longer lights just to make sure the fuel tank is empty. It only takes a second or two and then you know all the air is out.

One of the most important step is using triple refined butane or higher as this will keep the fuel nozzle cleaner and enable you pipe lighter to operate better.

Either way, don’t stress over it, just pack, tamp & light.


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Those Doggone Dogs

August 3, 2013

Maybe if you own dogs and smoke a pipe you’ll understand.

It was 2:17 a.m. and Precious, my 15 year old Dachshund very mixed breed, starting whining. It was this low pitched whine/moan kind of sound that means she has to go out and eat some grass. Now remember it 2:17 in the morning, but there’s no ignoring it as it will not stop until she goes out. So, I reluctantly get up, put on my khaki shorts and grab my 13 year old Chihuahua very mixed breed, that only has three good legs and go outside with pipe in hand; this will be no 5 minute stint!

So, I fill my pipe with my favorite private tobacco blend and take one of my pipe lighters and light my Peterson Donegal Rocky 05.

Precious begins her systematic grass eating and I my slow puffing. It doesn’t take long before I remember how magical this time of the night really is. The air is still and the night sounds are soft and my mind is relaxed and allowed to ponder my favorite thoughts undisturbed.

I think (kind of a pray/think) about my family; my amazing wife of 32 years who is asleep, my three children and four grandchildren. Lord let your grace rest upon them. I ponder God and his love for us; let me nestle in it. And before you know it, a couple of relights later, it is 3 a.m. and Precious is ready to return to bed, and so am I.

Isn’t it neat that undesired, unsought for blessings can come our way in the shape of two old dogs.

By the way, I sleep til the late hour of 5:30 a.m. When Jimmy, the Chihuahua tells me it is again time to get up. The magic never stops 🙂


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Xikar Resource Pipe Lighter

January 9, 2013
Angled Candle FlameStainless steel tamper, poker and knifeLightweight & elegant

Universal filling valve

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