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    mordy18

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    Smoked two bowls this weekend, both were free of tongue bite, required relatively few relights, and burned to the bottom of the bowl. One was an aromatic out of a cob the other was Frog Morton Cellar out of a Savinelli Bing favorite with no filter. I've made two changes based on some youtube videos. 1) Didn't do the three pinch pack, with progressive pressure. Just took a big wad of tobacco and dropped it in, and then tamped down with intermediate pressure; 2) used the breathe method -- breathed in and out through my nose with about 15% sipping to bring the smoke in and then blow back through the pipe, with an exhale of smoke on alternating "sips". Also made sure the tobacco wasn't too wet.

    Is the three pinch method generally used? It didn't seem to work well for me. And do people not like the breathe method for some reason -- seems like it works extremely well.

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    It's a matter of what works and what people are comfortable with. If it works for you, do it. How one smokes, loads, treats their pipes are all personal choices.

    A man without a shillelagh is a man without an expedient.
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    Sounds like your getting the hang of it! I still get some roughness in my mouth from time to time, simply because I don't think much about what I'm doing. But I believe that has helped on my methods. Don't think too hard about it, and you will have many more pleasurable smokes down the road.

    "I don't know half of you half as well as I should like, and I like less than half of you half as well as you deserve."
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    As long as you're enjoying your smokes, what else matters? Personally. I don't do any of that stuff, nor do I worry about "the bottom of the bowl", which is one of those pipe smoking myths that's bad for the pipe. I just dry my tobacco to the optimal moisture level for maximum flavor, pack it properly and enjoy a good smoke. Worked that way for 47 years.

    It is better to remain silent and be thought a fool than to open one's mouth and remove all doubt. - Mark Twain

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    What Sable said. Part of liking pipe smoking enough to hang around a forum dedicated to it is being a little obsessive over the details, but I think most pipe smokers get a little less precise over time.

    I used to worry about things like cadence and packing techniques. Nowadays, I just throw some dry tobacco in a pipe and stick it in my mouth (I guess a loose version of breath smoking). It's maximum enjoyment for minimal effort for me.

    De Gustibus Non Est Disputandum
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    As long as you're enjoying your smokes, what else matters? Personally. I don't do any of that stuff, nor do I worry about "the bottom of the bowl", which is one of those pipe smoking myths that's bad for the pipe. I just dry my tobacco to the optimal moisture level for maximum flavor, pack it properly and enjoy a good
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    Exactly. The concern over the number of relights, to me, is nonsense. Just relight it if it goes out.

    It always amazes me how complicated newbies make this.

    Ubi Ignis Est?
    Posted 3 months ago #
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    I grew up with a pipe smoker, Dad, who smoked only Granger in a pouch and shoveled the tobacco into the pipe bowl with his thumb. I've tried more complex rituals, one or the other for a while, but simplicity is often best. You can always do more elaborate prep for flake/coin/plug/rope, and observe procedures for mixing various leaf or blends, for variety or a change of pace. But on a Tuesday evening, when maybe you're a bit fatigued, no need to complicate things. Go for pleasure.

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    Don't over complicate it. Load, light, puff. Repeat as necessary.

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    Whether you use three steps, one big fill or a fold and stuff, the key is to check your draw before you light up. I prefer a little resistance, not too loose. Others want a looser fill as that works better for them. Figure out which you prefer and go with it.

    There are times where I will stuff a whole flake into a bowl and then check the draw to find out it is totally plugged. I will pull the tobacco out and try again.

    Harris
    Posted 3 months ago #

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