Before matches, a spill was used to transfer a flame from the fire in the hearth to a candle, lamp, cigar or pipe. A true spill was not a piece of paper, a stick, or a sliver of wood, it was a specialized wood shaving, given its name from the way it “spills” from the wood plane that produces it.
A spill's daily usefulness has long passed, but has been revived as a way of imparting a neutral flavor when lighting a pipe without the gasses or odors from the flame source. With a spill, the pipe lighting process is slowed, highlighting the nuances, character, and flavors in the pipe, bringing total fulfillment to the smoking process.
Much like hand-rolled cigars, our spills are a truly hand-made product. Each is hand-planed from select Spanish Cedar, individually inspected, and packaged in a clear tube highlighting the beauty of the wood from which it was produced.
Why use a spill to light your pipe?
Softer flame: 500° vs 1500° - 2500° of lighters
Less chance of scorching the tobacco
Imparts a neutral aroma
No Sulfur aroma of matches
No lighter fluid aroma
Slow the lighting process to savor initial flavors and aromas of the pipe.