How to Smoke A Pipe

This Post will give both new and experienced pipe smokers how to get full enjoyment out of their Pipe.


Step 1: Gravity feed tobacco by sprinkling it into the bowl. Level off excess with top of bowl. Press tobacco down gently about 2/3 from top.



Step 2: Again, sprinkle tobacco and level off excess with top. Press until tobacco is 1/3 from top.







Step 3: Once more sprinkle tobacco into pipe until overflowing. Press firmly. Tobacco should be slightly springy and level with top of bowl.


            When lighting, puff with long, slow puffs. Move the match or lighter slowly around the outside edge of the tobacco. Puff as many times as necessary to completely light the top surface of the tobacco. This “false” or “charring” light will assure an even burning load.






Next, take the pipe out of your mouth and gently tamp the ashes on the unburned tobacco.




Now, relight and puff rhythmically. Blow lightly into the stem between puffs as though you were inflating a tiny balloon. This feeds air to the pipe’s base like a bellows feed a forge.

Again, smoke s-l-o-w-l-y. Don’t let your new pipe get to hot. IMPORTANT: Don’t knock the ashes out of the first load of your pipe. Instead, just fluff the loose ash gently. If there is unburned tobacco missed in with the ashes, you are not smoking far enough down. Make sure that you have only a grey ash residue in the bottom of the pipe. Cake the heel first; the top will gradually cake itself after a number of smokes.


Last But not Least…… Enjoy


As your carbon cake builds on the inside of the pipe, the cake may be uneven, or thicker at the top than at the bottom. Should this occur, use a conical shaped reamer to shape the cake thinner at the top and slightly thicker in the heel.

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