Big ring gauge cigars are everywhere. Cigars that were 54 or 56 in ring gauge used to be considered pretty thick, but today it’s common to encounter cigars with a 60, 64, or even 70 ring gauge. If you’re a fan of ultra-fat cigars, summon some extra patience when you’re lighting up. Big ring gauges take longer to ignite simply due to the volume of tobaccos they contain.

It’s a common sight to see fans of big ring gauge cigars blast the foot with a powerful high-octane cigar torch with three or four jets pumping butane into the end, but that’s overkill. You don’t have to hit the foot of a fat cigar with a flame-thrower to light it. Gently toast the end, but be a little more patient in rotating your cigar over the flame, whether you’re using a soft flame or a torch lighter. If you’re using matches, strike two at the same time to produce a wider flame. We recommend using two matches for all cigars in general, but especially for big ring gauge shapes.

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