I have had mine for over a year and use it daily and is my exclusive pipe lighter for at home use. It works very well indeed. I recommend well filtered quality butane. The other little trick is to light it while vertical, I am not sure why but my ignition seems more reliable when I start it right way up and then tip into the bowl to light. Usually fires up nicely on first or second stroke as long as vertical, laid over its more iffy. Also its safer to light that way as if for some reason it doesn't ignite you are blowing un-burned butane into the bowl and possibly inhaling it and if you re-strike it can ignite the excess butane from the first attempt and flare up!!! I recommend this with all butane lighters, strike, then tip into the bowl!!!