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Matches vs Lighters vs Hemp Wicks: The Best Way to Light a Bong

Lighting a bong, also known as a water pipe, is a common method of consuming cannabis, also known as marijuana. There are several different ways to light a bong, including using matches, lighters, and hemp wicks. In this article, we’ll explore the differences between these three lighting methods and discuss the pros and cons of each.


Matches are a common method of lighting a bong, as they are widely available and easy to use.
Some of the pros of using matches to light a bong include:

  • Matches are readily available and can be easily carried with you.
  • Matches are relatively cheap and easy to replace.
  • Matches can be used to light a bong in a variety of situations, including outdoors or in areas where a lighter may not be available or may not work well

However, matches can be difficult to light in windy or damp conditions, can be messy and may leave residue on the bong or on your hands, or may not be as convenient or easy to use as a lighter.

Box of Matches
Box of Matches

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There are both pros and cons to lighting a bong with a lighter. Some of the pros of using a lighter to light a bong include:

  • Lighters are typically more reliable and easier to use than matches, especially in windy or damp conditions.
  • Lighters can produce a strong, sustained flame that is effective for lighting a bong.
  • Lighters are convenient and easy to carry with you.
  • Lighters do not leave any residue or mess behind.
  • Additionally, Clipper Brand lighters fit very neatly in the mouth of our Original Smoking Lamps for extra convenience.


  • Lighters may run out of fuel or may not work in certain conditions, such as high altitudes or extreme temperatures.
  • Lighters may be more expensive than matches, and may need to be replaced more frequently.
  • Some people may prefer the traditional method of lighting a bong with matches.
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Clipper Lighters in a row

Hemp Wicks

Just as some people prefer to use matches in the “traditional” sense, other have re-discovered Hemp Wicks as another means to light their Smoking Lamps.

Using a hemp wick to light a bong has both pros and cons. 

  • Hemp wicks burn at a lower temperature than butane lighters, which can help to preserve the flavor of the smoke and reduce the risk of inhaling harmful chemicals.
  • Hemp wicks are made from natural materials and are considered to be a more environmentally friendly alternative to butane lighters.
  • Hemp wicks can be easier to use and more convenient than matches, as they do not blow out in windy conditions and do not leave any residue behind.
  • Hemp wicks can produce a strong, sustained flame that is effective for lighting a bong.

However, hemp wicks may be more difficult to find and may be more expensive than other lighting options, such as matches or lighters.

Hemp Wick Ball
Hemp Wick Ball
Hemp wicks are a newer option that are believed to produce a cleaner, purer flame, but they may not be as widely available as matches or lighters. Ultimately, the choice of lighting method for a bong is a personal one and will depend on an individual’s preferences and needs. If you’re considering using a bong to consume marijuana, it’s always a good idea to speak with a healthcare professional before starting any new health regimen.
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