The fire goes out. I relight when that happens. Of course I've only been smoking a pipe for 50+ years. You've answered your own question in your thread title ... technique. I suppose other than technique if someone turns a hose on you, a rain storm, Act of God? Damned if I know.
Perhaps some of these questions are more appropriately asked in the New Pipesmoker Questions forum...
A little over a year ago, I was very much like you. I had a million questions, and I wanted to absorb every little bit of information about pipe smoking.
I asked a few questions, got some good answers.
Eventually, I learned that all the questions that I asked were answered by themselves in short order through experience.
I'm not trying to demean you. By all means ask whatever questions you have.
Just know that as you smoke more, and develop your technique, you will answer your own questions in due time.
I worried about relights at first, and when I heard of competitions where people were going for upwards of 45 minutes to an hour with 3 grams and not relighting, I assumed I was doing something wrong.
Don't worry about it. Relight it as many times as you need. A few months from now, you will be relighting a lot less, and not even realize it. You will figure out your technique, and without any training or internet instruction, you will become an expert in smoking a pipe the way you want to.
well, I have found that lighting my pipe with a microwave will melt the stems long before the tobacco burns, and you always have to smoke close to an electrical outlet. ::
No, really, relights are ok, especially while you are building your skills at all of this. I started off using matches, and I went through boxes of the things till I got my cadence down.
When I was starting out (I feel like I still am sometimes) I would worry too much about relights and it was distract me from the pipe experience.
Once I started to dry out my tobacco a bit, and breathe slower, I had fewer relights. But I don't worry about them anymore.
Proper moisture of the tobacco is important. Not too dry and not too moist. Over time you will learn that. As stated above, the tamping and packing techniques also develop over time. Don’t over analyze and make sure you enjoy yourself
I love when we tell a new guy about packing, cadence, tobacco moisture, breathing, etc., then cap it off with "don't over analyze it". I mean, I know what you mean, but a new guy's gotta think, "These guys are are all nut jobs!". :rofl:
Nutjob reporting for duty! Your problems I would blame it on bolsonaro. Seriously though it's not bad to relight, there's so many factors, and I wouldn't assume that one's doing all the right techniques. It's depends where and from whom your finding your info. And there's really no one right way. There's a learning curve and you really leearn by doing so if you enjoy it and stick with it you will find your way.
There's no doubt that some tobaccos and cuts burn more readily. Don't stress to much about it. If you read through jiminks' reviews on tobaccoreviews.com, you'll notice that he'll frequently mention that a blend needs a few or several relights. He has written nearly 2200 reviews, so I trust he's an expert pipe smoker. Even experts have to relight.