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Old 2017-10-25, 4:58pm
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I have always used a match to light a Hothead Torch.
I would think a lighter would work
I just can not see a striker light a hothead torch.
Can any of you who use a hot head tell me which method you use to light it?
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Old 2017-10-25, 9:46pm
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Hi Mike. I use a BBQ lighter to light mine, though I have used a striker, and a match as well. I'm pretty sure at the gathering I went to (a few years back) they used strikers. - Oops, my bad, you asked about hotheads. I don't think I've ever used a striker on mine, just the BBQ lighter. I don't have one else I'd test it out for you.
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Old 2017-10-26, 5:06am
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Although I have not used a hot head in years, but when I did I used a striker because I red a book that indicated hot glass and lighters don’t mix. I do t remember it being a big issue, but it was a long time ago.
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Old 2017-10-26, 5:56am
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I'm on a hothead/bulk propane. I use a striker. When I started I used a BBQ lighter, but I gave that up when I switched from MAPP
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Old 2017-10-26, 10:29am
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I used a BBQ lighter but either a striker or a lighter works. I would think it's safer than a match. I don't want to get singed or fingers burned!
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Old 2017-10-26, 1:05pm
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Wood match. I light it and move it slowly up under the front of the torch face. Works every time.
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Old 2017-10-26, 3:09pm
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I should also mention that after I light mine with a BBQ lighter, I stick it over to the side and cover it with a kevlar sleeve so there's little chance of it getting hit by a piece of popping glass.
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Old 2017-10-26, 9:01pm
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I used a large wooden match to light my hot head without any problems.
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Old 2017-10-28, 4:10pm
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I use a striker and I'm using a BBQ propane tank I've always use the striker it's easy it's 1 2 3 I wouldn't use anything else
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Old 2017-10-28, 5:34pm
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Old 2017-10-29, 3:21pm
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Striker here, too.

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Old 2017-10-30, 7:25am
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I use a striker, though I'm tempted to switch to piezo unit or one of the electrical igniters from my welding shop.

butane and zippo style lighters can do bad things if things go wrong.
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Old 2017-10-30, 4:50pm
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I came across a bunch of novelty metal zippo's from uncle's house when cleaning it out. Is there anything wrong with using those? All have all metal construction.
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Old 2017-11-01, 3:04pm
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I came across a bunch of novelty metal zippo's from uncle's house when cleaning it out. Is there anything wrong with using those? All have all metal construction.
Metal zippos are the best. Safe to use. Kudo's to you on the find.

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Old 2017-11-01, 7:03pm
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Striker... watched dad use a striker all of my life, mom used a striker, sister uses a striker and now my niece uses a striker. Three generations of lampworkers can be wrong
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Old 2018-09-05, 11:28pm
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I use a striker. i just try to ensure that i direct the sparks into the outlet of the head and it lights every time.
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