How To Smoke Tobacco With A Pipe
Smoking a Pipe. A new pipe should always be broken in.
This involves only half filling the bowl and drawing gently to
allow the charring process to happen gradually; it will also
allow the pipe to harden. To enjoy a satisfying smoke a pipe
must be filled correctly.
Filling the Pipe. Hold the pipe upright and trickle in
tobacco until the pipe is full. Tamp it down gently then repeat
two or three times until the bowl is full. Draw on the pipe
prior to lighting to ensure there are no blockages. Failure to
fill the pipe properly may cause the pipe to burn hot and
bitter, leading to "tongue bite" a stinging on the top of the
Lighting the Pipe. Light the pipe using a pipe lighter or
wooden match, petrol lighters can cause unpleasant odours and
tastes. At first try to char the top of the tobacco, to allow
the flame to catch. The "charring light" as it is called should
aim to ignite the tobacco, without scorching the bowl. Tamp the
charred tobacco down and then apply the second flame, puffing
gently as you light the tobacco.
Re-lighting and Moisture. Tobacco does naturally go out
if left. If this occurs just re-light the pipe. Occasionally you
may hear or taste moisture in the pipe, if this occurs run a
pipe cleaner down the flue, tamp and relight the tobacco if
Cleaning and Maintenance. A well cared for pipe can last
for years, improving with age. To make sure this happens you
need to undertake basic maintenance. Never refill a warm pipe,
wait until it has cooled. Many smokers prefer two pipes to allow
ample cooling time. When cleaning the pipe, hold it by the bowl,
the simply tip the ash from the bowl, before running a pipe
cleaner through the stem to remove moisture. Do not bang the
pipe against a wall or shoe, as this will damage the bowl.
A small layer of carbon will slowly start to accumulate from the
first smoking, never allow this layer to get more than 1:16 of
an inch (1.5mm) thick or risk the bowl cracking. To maintain
this layer use a pipe reamer or smokers knife, (NOT a penknife
or pointed object.)
Insert the reamer then slowly rotate to strip way excess carbon.