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OK ... since you may have the packing down, let's back up for a moment and check out the tobacco. Take a bowlful out of the tin or pouch and put it on a piece of paper or a plate. Do the "pinch test" -- take a pinch of that tobacco between your thumb and forefinger, lift it up from the paper or plate a couple inches and drop it -- does it remain clumped together? If so, your tobacco is too moist. Let that bowlful dry until you can do the pinch test and the tobacco falls back down in the plate and does not clump together anymore. This can take from a 10 minutes to a lot longer, heavily cased aromatics are more "wet" and can take forever to dry properly.
Now, you can pack the bowl. Pack lightly, using pinches of that properly dry tobacco, dropping them in the bowl, using your index finger just to lightly even things out in there. Once done packing, the tobacco should be "springy" in the bowl.
Test your packing now. The "pull" should be like sipping soda through a straw ... if the pull is more like sucking a milk shake through a straw, you packed it too tight, so do it over.
Use a match (preferred), a Zippo, or a soft flame butane lighter -- never use a torch because it is much too hot and can easily burn your pipe bowl -- do the charring light, puffing to get it going, then use your tamper (if you don't have a pipe tool/tamper yet, a large nail works fine). Then another match or two for the true light, puffing to get it going.
Sip slowly. Then slow down some more. If it does go out, so what, just relight -- enjoy