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finnian3

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Feb 12, 2015
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After a bad few weeks of tongue bite, I am stepping back from the pipe for a week. I rarely smoke during the week as time is in short supply, and I already hot box my smoke as it is. Being rushed will not aid in this. When I return to the pipe, I shall pack it a little lighter, smoke it a little slower and maybe switch to a smaller bowl? Life is short harsh enough without self-imposed respite but better to be self-imposed then forced.
 

hoosierpipeguy

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Jan 28, 2018
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The tongue bite should heal in a day or two. Dry your tobacco more, more than you ever thought possible. Run a pipe cleaner up the stem and draft to absorb moisture while you smoke. If the bowl starts to heat up, set it down until it is completely cool. Perhaps you should change the genre of blends you're smoking, it could be a chemical or allergic reaction.
 

cosmicfolklore

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Aug 9, 2013
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The nice thing about pipes over all other forms of smoking tobacco is that you can set aside a pipe and relight it later. And, with some blends it tastes even better the second and third time you do this.
Smaller pipes is just begging for bite, IMO, as I find that smaller bowls are best smoked even slower than a larger pipe. YMMV
 

mso489

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Feb 21, 2013
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At least with your pipe, you have to slow down. In fact it could be the best remedy for hyperactivity and stress. Set aside an hour, go into slow motion, sip don't puff, slow down your cadence, relax your shoulders, and see what happens.
 

burleybreath

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Aug 29, 2019
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Finger Lakes area, New York, USA
Tongue-bite?! Ever had your tongue crack and bleed from pipe smoking? I have, 'cause I'm a lunatic with a high pain tolerance. Even now, after 50+ years of pipe smoking, I have to watch myself. The better a blend tastes, the more likely you are to subconsciously puff more agressively. Looser pack helps; larger bowl helps; switching to cobs helps; switching to "soft" perfumed-air aromatics helps; switching to cigars helps; not smoking the tasty but nasty dottle helps. But those just apply to me. YMMV, as they say. One thing I want to check out is sipping ice water as I smoke. The cooling effect feels great, but more importantly, to my mind, is the dilution of what some claim to be a chemical reaction. If so, it seems as though that would mitigate the effects--THEN I COULD SMOKE EVEN MORE THAN I DO NOW! YEE HAW!!!
 
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bullet08

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Nov 26, 2018
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Don't just leave the tobacco out for however long and say it's dried. Check every 5-10 min to see if it's really dried. You shouldn't feel any moisture, and the tobacco should be just tiny bit crisp. And pack light. Don't push down the tobacco into the chamber hard. If you test the draw, and you should, it should be almost free and unobstructed. Forget about sucking on a straw until you can get this done.
 

finnian3

Member
Feb 12, 2015
152
232
Illinois
Sometimes it is just the delightful aroma that gets me puffing away. Other times it is the packing. Too lose, to tight, too damp... all impact the smoke.