Is it Okay to Partially Fill My Pipe?
I'm not sure I like the tobacco after I've lot it several times in my pipe. It tastes funny. Is it safe for my pipe to be filled only part way and more often? It takes me half a day to finish a bowl and I don't want to waste the tobacco because I can't smoke ot all in one go. So far I'm doing good with it and can actually keep it lit for ten minutes now! Your tips really help!
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The issue with doing this is building uneven cake, so it might
be better to switch to a smaller pipe...Or just fill the pipe and
come back to it later/might even taste better or what we call
sure, fill 1/2 way and smoke all the way to the heel. this method is common when breaking in a pipe. yes partial filling is ok my firend. i do agree a smaller pipe may be your best bet.
Thanks! Definitely getting a smaller one soon. I was worried I could burn the top off if I only filled it halfway all the time. After half a day of relighting it just tastes weird and sticky.
I kinda do the same thing elbhir - Sometimes I have the time to just smoke the entire bowl but sometimes I get busy and realize i have quite a bit of tobacco left in the pipe so I relight. I haven't done the half bowl thing yet but I just smoke until its done. Sometimes its taken me and entire day and on a few occasions, the next morning.
I would say yes. It's important to build a cake from the bottom, up. Something I've learned is not to give up on a blend right away. Give it some time, and don't throw it away if you don't like it! Come back to it in a few months and perhaps your tastes will have changed!
Is it safe for my pipe to be filled only part way and more often?
Won't hurt doing this occasionally, but I'm with others who caution against making partial bowls a habit, since its important to build cake evening throughout the bowl -- just buy a smaller bowled pipe.
If you like smaller bowled pipes most of the time, just buy those. Missouri Meerschaum sells "Mini" cobs for $2.39:
Lots of good advice in here.
The only thing I would add is to try and smoke a whole bowl when you can as often times the flavor and experience changes throughout the bowl. Many tobaccos smoke and taste differently during one part of the bowl than the other.
Different burn temperatures, air pockets, different leafs in the blend burning at different times make for a journey like experience with many tobaccos throughout the bowl.
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I go along with the smaller bowl method (as in a small cob) when either trying out a new tobacco or just getting in a really quick smoke.
"I'm always easy to please since I'm always satisfied with the very best." - Oscar Wilde
If you are only going to smoke part of the bowl, I highly recommend filling the bottom half of the bowl, rather than the top half.
Good one Winton! I think my problem is I bought really cheap tobacco as my first one. It's great value amaretto. It's a bit weak to start then when I go back 2nd time it's good. After 4th relight it's funky. Just got an ounce of highland whiskey from a cigar/ pipe store and no problems with funk today.
Thanks for all the great advice!
I use a clay (Dutch Gouda style) for quick taste'in and shorter
smoke times/about 20-30 minutes and since no real cake building
being done with a clay there are no worries they are also pretty
inexpensive around $10/ea...but whatever u do "don't" touch a clay
bowl when it is fired up and if you forget this advice you will remember
it when u feel the burn
For anyone new to, and interested in clay pipes: http://www.pipeshoppe.com/ps_clay.php
I often do half bowls. Sometimes the pipe I want to smoke is too deep for the time alloted. And while some smokers will talk about delayed gratification when relighting a pipe hours later, that really doesn't carry any wieght for me.
It's all about what floats your boat, but for newbies reading this, the counsel remains that the cake in a briar pipe is best formed evenly through the whole interior wall of the bowl and frequently smoking partial bowls, since doing this interferes with an even cake, is not recommended.
I am a follower of the DGT, and find that when I cannot smoke the whole bowl due to time or other constraints, I just set it aside. Often I'll pick it up hours later, sometimes the next morning.
There is little to no lill effect, and often the tobacco has taken on an all together more nuanced quality, like a stew tasting better some days later when the ingredients have melded.
As a bit of advice, I make sure to tamp the ashes down and swab the stem with a pipe cleaner so that any moisture is removed before coming back to re-light.
Now that I have better tobacco I will just let it go out and relight as desired. Thanks for all the advice!
Those clay pipes look awesome!
I have had a similar problem but it does kind of depend on the blend and the mood that you are in. Depending on whats in my pipe i have been known to dump it out and start over or pick it back up and give it a good relight, but im kinda new to this and my most expensive pipe is a Dr Grabrow.... if it burns up it was well worth the 25$ or whatever it cost. Now if i had something on the more expensive side i would more than likely be pretty particular about my pipe.
it's fie to only smoke half bowls. use matches not a lighter.
Hi. I'm glad to know there are others who smoke partial bowls and then go back and relight. I thought maybe I alone in doing that. I do find that the tobacco tastes different at various levels of the bowl. I hadn't thought about it until I saw it mentioned here but it's really true for me.
Hi. I'm glad to know there are others who smoke partial bowls and then go back and relight.
Yep, I think many, if not most of us put partially smoked pipes down and for one reason or another, and then don't get back to them until they have been out for some time. It's called DGT, Delayed Gratification Technique, because it's not uncommon for the relight of a partially smoked pipe to be, well, more gratifying than the first part smoked earlier.
Nothing wrong going back to it, in fact, as stated earlier in this thread, it's better to smoke the whole bowl, whether you smoke it all at once or in portions, as smoking only a partial bowl too often will cause cake to form unevenly which is bad for the pipe.
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