Review: Zippo Butane Lighter Insert

Zippo lighters are damn near ubiquitous, and the attractive design can be customized to meet any style. All of which makes them popular among smokers, but because the lighter fluid used in their standard mechanism can easily taint the flavor of a cigar, they have remained basically unusable for us cigar smokers. There are aftermarket inserts available to convert Zippo lighters to use clean and tasteless butane, but Zippo itself has never offered them as an option. Until now.

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Cigar Review: Corona Cigar Co Nicaraguan 20th Anniversary FSG Robusto

Recently, I was in Orlando, Florida for a work-related conference and had an afternoon to myself. I thought about going to Disney, but one look at the wait times for the rides (and all of the screaming kids) and I decided that a nice quiet smoke was the better option.

After a quick Google, I found a cigar lounge near Orlando that boasted its own bar and a large selection of cigars. Sure enough, I walked in the door to find pretty much every stick I could ever want at my fingertips. From Montecristo to Acid and everything in between — it was all there.

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Review: Top-Z Butane Insert for Zippo Lighters

Ever since they were introduced in 1932, Zippo lighters have been the most iconic style of pocket lighter on the planet. Not only are their dimensions just right to fit comfortably in your hand, but there’s something strangely satisfying about the click that it makes when you open the lighter. And of course, the nearly infinite styles and designs that exist to suit every taste. There’s just one problem: they suck for cigars. Top-Z wants to fix that.

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What Makes a Good Cigar Lounge?

I’ve been in my fair share of cigar lounges of all shapes and sizes. Brand new or centuries old, only seating a handful of people or catering to a massive crowd, each has their benefits and drawbacks. As someone who has helped design a cigar smoking lounge before I’ve spent a good bit of time trying to figure out what key features make for that “perfect” cigar space, and I think I’ve got it narrowed down to a handful of things that you need to hit to be successful. Or, at least, to keep me coming back. Read More