Do you Dump Ash Mid-smoke?

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Part of the Furniture Now
Oct 6, 2021
NE Wisconsin
Title edited. Please capitalize important words. -jpm

I've been frustrated to find several different blends delicious for half a bowl, but acrid after the halfway point (or thereabouts).

It occurred to me this evening that this may be due partly (or wholly?) to the accumulation of ash that I'm tamping on top. I just tried dumping ash about half way through (obviously some was still left), then tamping what remained and relighting. It seemed to improve the remainder somewhat (although it still didn't render it as good as the first half of the bowl).

Do many of you dump ash part way through, like this, and I've just missed this practice until now?
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Starting to Get Obsessed
Dec 17, 2021
Meriden, CT
Depends on the pipe/blend in question. Ashing is a thing with relights. Some blends are worse than others. I love old joe krantz, but the ash it produces makes relights difficult. Some others in the c&d line too, usually burley heavy.
And tall bowls get too hot for me if I don’t get the ash off halfway. Typically, I just turn it over and give a gentle one-fingered tap about halfway through.

What sort of blends/bowls are you dealing with?


May 15, 2014
East End of Long Island
I’ve never dumped ash mid bowl. Most of my pipes are group 5 and above and even after smoking the entire bowl to the bottom there is so little ash produced I can‘t imagine dumping some of it would make any difference in terms of taste.

Do you use pipe cleaners mid bowl? I do all the time, it helps remove any moisture that has accumulated. Acrid makes me think wet, if you aren’t already I’d give the mid bowl pipe cleaner a shot.


Part of the Furniture Now
May 9, 2021
There is good ash and bad ash, skinny ash and fat ash…only you can decide which ash is for you.

Maybe an illogical thought - but, the cleaner the tobacco, the cleaner the taste? Do you top a bowl off with ash and light it before you smoke?

I can’t say I have strong feelings one way or another - because, some of the ash might actually help keep a faint ember burning longer with the little bit of insulation it provides - or- hell, maybe it keeps the ember from staying lit? Outside of a personal preference and experience - it probably needs a scientific explanation per cut, tobacco type and how it’s packed. Start multiplying the possibilities. Trial and error seems like a lazy way to enjoy figuring it out. 🤷‍♂️ Just don’t forget to share laboratory results here.

Ultimately, I have no idea. But, I can tell you for certain blends I do turn over the pipe, pull a move like I’m going to put it down and yank it back up for a relight. When the pipe thinks it’s headed for the bench, it seems to smoke better.

Yes, I’ll have another please. Shaken, not stirred. 🤣
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