how to smoke weed without a lighter

Got Weed, But No Light?

Wednesday September 9, 2015

T here is only one thing sadder than running out of weed: having some but no way to smoke it. If you’ve ever been caught with a packed bowl but no lighter, then this one’s for you. For this week’s Ask Pot Guide, we’re going to show you some stoner hacks to get you smoking even without a lighter.

How can I smoke weed without a lighter?

Whether there’s been a lighter thief in your home or you’ve just burnt out your last one, no flame plus a fresh sack of ganja always equals a bummer. But don’t worry! We’ve got some clever ways to smoke marijuana without having to use a lighter at all.

Try a Knife Hit

Knife hits (a.k.a. “spots”) are a simple way to heat weed using only a few simple supplies: butter knives (not the good ones), an electric burner, a soda bottle top and, of course, little “spots” of weed. To take a knife hit, position the butter knives in between the burner coils then heat. Once heated, touch one knife to a small piece of marijuana then smash it between the other heated knife. Hold the soda bottle top in your mouth (or have a friend help) and inhale the vaporized weed slowly.

Use Dry Spaghetti

This one also requires a stove top burner, though ideally this one will be gas-operated. All you have to do is heat a piece of uncooked spaghetti on the stove until it catches fire then use the flame to light your bowl. You can also use hemp wick if you’re out of spaghetti, but the spaghetti trick reminds me of my college days, so I felt compelled to share it anyway!

Harness the Power of the Sun

Last year, I found a YouTube video that blew me away: it’s a how-to video that shows how to use the sun, a glass jar and a magnifying glass to heat a piece of bud to smoking point. You can watch the video here, but it basically just tells you to put a small bud into a glass jar with a tight-fitting lid then use the magnifying glass to concentrate UV light directly onto the bud. Soon, the bud will begin to smoke and the smoke will fill the jar. When full, just pop the top and take a rip. You can omit the jar, but you’ll probably lose some of your smoke in the process if you do.

Create Sparks

My budtender taught me this trick. In an attempt to light his dab torch, he came across a crazy way to make a spark using only his car’s cigarette lighter and a nickel. After heating up the car lighter, he placed a coin upright then snapped it to the side to create a spark. This was enough to light his torch so he could be on his merry way. Thanks for the idea, Matt!

Bake your Bud

You don’t have to smoke your weed to get high, just infuse it into a little butter or oil then use it in your favorite recipe. Begin by decarboxilating your weed in the oven (to bring out its psychoactive properties) and then use your stove top to infuse cannabinoids into lipids. I suggest using the Mota Pot to take the guesswork out of the process so you’ll end up with the perfect infused product every time.

No need to run out to the corner market for a fresh flame. Use these simple stoner hacks to help you get high even without a lighter on hand.

No need to run out to the corner market for a fresh flame. Use these simple stoner hacks to help you get high even without a lighter on hand.

How To Smoke Without A Lighter

We’ve all been there. You just rolled up/packed a bowl and are ready to smoke. But you reach for your lighter and it’s not there. What now? Do you give up and forget smoking? No. A stoner is persistent. You figure out a way to smoke. This post will give you some ideas on that.

Where’s The Lighter?

Various scenarios could have played out and your lighter could be anywhere. Retrace your steps. Did you lose it again? This is a popular reason for disappearing lighters. If losing lighters is a habit for you, maybe try out a lighter leash.

Another popular reason for missing lighters is that a smoking buddy pocketed it. What’s up with lighter thieves these days? One of my buddies claims that it’s a habit to put a lighter in his pocket, but I say he’s just always in need of a new one.

Anyways, enough of that. Here’s some ways that you can still light that marijuana up without a lighter. Most are common household items.


This is a classic no-lighter method of smoking. It may not work with a bowl of marijuana, but it will surely work with a blunt or joint. All you need to do is turn on your stove (enough where the flame can hit the blunt/joint) then spark your weed with it. Make sure to turn off your stove once your weed is lit.

Of course, electric stoves may not work. You need an open flame (such as a lighter) to place the blunt/joint in. No gas stove? Continue reading, we have plenty more.


You can also try to use a toaster to spark up. Again, this method will not work with a bowl. I do not recommend sticking your pipe or bong inside a toaster. However, if you have something rolled up, stick one end into your toaster while it is heated up. The sides of the toaster should be hot enough to light the weed. If not, turn the heat up on the toaster and try again.

While attempting this method, never stick your hand or fingers in the toaster. It’s not going to feel too good. Maybe the toaster method isn’t for you. After all, it is sort of hazardous. Try the ones below instead.

Magnifying Glass

Most of us have probably seen a video floating around the internet of someone using a magnifying glass to start a fire. One viral video is that of someone using a magnifying glass on an ant (poor ant). People have also started campfires, candles, and yes, even smokeables with a magnifying glass.

Now, it must be sunny outside for this method to work. You may also want to be outside to attempt this. What you’ll need to do is place your weed under the magnifying glass, as if you were going to study it. Allow the magnifying glass to get hit by direct sunlight, shining through and onto the weed. With enough light and heat, the weed should begin to catch fire, and you will be able to smoke it.

Having a rainy or cloudy day? The magnifying glass method may not work, then. Maybe it’s cold and rainy outside and you simply want to stay inside and bundle up, getting cozy and smoking weed. Grab some blankets, light some candles. Speaking of candles, here’s another way to smoke with no lighter.


Some people enjoy having candles lit around their homes. After all, some candles do smell very good. Personally, me and my wife love candles around the house. It keeps a dim light in dark rooms and keeps the air smelling good. It also helps well with the smell of weed.

This method is pretty self-explanatory. It may not work with a bowl, but it will with blunts and joints just fine. Just make sure not to get any candle wax on your weed, as smoking that stuff may be harmful for your lungs. And, of course, the candle must already be lit. If you need to light the candle first, just skip the candle and use the primary source to light your weed.

In conclusion, there are multiple ways to get your weed lit. Never let a lighter hold you back. That’s all for this post, hope you enjoyed. Thanks for reading!

We've all been there. You just rolled up/packed a bowl and are ready to smoke. But you reach for your lighter and it's not there. What now? Do you give…