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Lighting Up Without A Lighter? Try These Alternatives!

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So, you’ve got a fresh bowl loaded and you’re anticipating that first hit, then you realize that you don’t have a lighter or matches. Luckily, there are ways to smoke without one. You just have to be creative.

4 Ways to smoke without a lighter


Knifehits are the go to solution for the stoner without a flame. All you need is a stove, some metal knives, and an empty bottle to make a “freezer buddy” to inhale your cannabis.To start, you’ll want to heat your knives on the stove. I prefer to stick my knives directly into the burner, so they’re easier to grab once they’re heated up. Laying them directly on the burner will work just fine. While your knives are heating up, you’ll need to make your freezer buddy. Take an empty one liter soda bottle, and cut off the bottom of the bottle. Once you’ve got that done, stick it in the freezer for about five minutes. I prefer to use glass, as it tastes better and seems to get cold faster, I wouldn’t recommend it if you aren’t a pro at breaking glass. Once your knives are sufficiently hot enough (in my experience ten minutes is a good length of time) take your buddy out of your freezer and hold it in your mouth so that both hands are free. Use one knife to pick up your bud, and press it on the other knife. Inhale the smoke through the bottle. You can also take a knife hit without a freezer buddy, but you’ll lose a lot more smoke without it. Serving yourself is tricky and it takes a lot of practice. Try it with friends first, if at all possible.

Magnifying Glass

Did you ever burn ants with a magnifying glass when you were a kid? Me neither, that would be cruel. As you learned in science you can start fires using a magnifying glass and the light of the sun. While sitting outside, during the daytime obviously take a magnifying glass and hold it over your bowl. If you’ve never started a fire using a magnifying glass before, it’s pretty simple. You hold the magnifying glass at an angle so that you can see a bright dot. Make sure that the dot is on your bowl. Hold the magnifying glass steady until you start to see smoke. Once your bowl is lit enough, puff away!

Dry Spaghetti Noodle/ Toothpick

This trick also requires use of your stove. Heat your stove on high for a few minutes. Take a dry spaghetti noodle and hold it to the burner. Once the end catches on fire, use it to light your bowl. Make sure to put the fire out, so you don’t inadvertently burn yourself or start a fire, someplace besides your bowl. Repeat as necessary until you are sufficiently high. A toothpick will also work as a makeshift match, but if you’re as klutzy as I am you’re more likely to burn yourself on accident.


This is a trick I’ve used quite a few times. It requires extra care because you don’t want to inhale wax, or spill it on your bowl. Light a candle using your stove. A brand new candle will be best for this, so the wax doesn’t pool. To avoid making a mess with wax, I’d recommend dumping the hot wax out of the candle onto a plate or another surface that won’t catch fire. This way you can tilt the candle like you would a lighter. You can also heat the wick enough so that you can pull some of it off of the candle, that way you can avoid dealing with wax altogether.

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Not having a lighter doesn’t have to ruin your plans. There are a few tricks that you can use that will get you by until you can find a flame. As always, exercise caution when you are experimenting with new ways to smoke without a lighter or matches. How have you solved this conundrum? Let us know in the comments!