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twiggy

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I'm a new pipe smoker, in fact so new that I consider my first pipe to have been smoked this past Sunday. I did smoke a pipe a couple times when I was 19 (legal smoking age where I live) but it was cheap stuff from a convenience store, and I didn't know what I was doing, so I don't count it. I'm 24 now.
I recently bought two new pipes, a pipe tool, some pipe cleaner, and some new tobacco, though I still have most of the tobacco I bought 5 years ago. One is a briar pipe that costed me $35 and the other is an MM corn cob, that was only $10.
I think I am getting better at it, but I do need to learn to light things better, because I am confident in my packing, but not in my lighting. I am just using a regular bic lighter right now, but it's hard to use upside down, and when there's even a breeze outside let alone significant wind. Smoking inside would be easier, but my folks don't allow that, for

understandable reasons.

Just saying hello.

 

derhammer

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Sep 7, 2018
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Welcome!

It is nice to invest in a zippo pipe lighter for their versatility. However I do find matches are best for me personally.

 

alaskanpiper

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May 23, 2019
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Get you some charring lights going, I usually do two before I start actually smoking...
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=q6EWJcSbhLY
Save yourself some time and set the playback speed to 1.5. Muttnchop has great info for beginners, but talks slow as hell. I'd recommend checking out his page for other great beginner vids and info. Certainly helped me a lot getting started.
As far as lighters go, pipe lighters are pricey, but great. For now, spend your money on some tins of fine tobacco, but when you get to that point check out kiribi kabuto lighters. They are not cheap, like any good pipe lighter, but a great value.

 

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puffy

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Hello and Welcome..Don't let yourself get frustrated..All of us at one time were where you are now..With some practice you'll find what works for you.Hang in there and it will be well worth it.

 

trudger

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Jan 1, 2019
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Sup Twiggy?! Welcome to the forums! Read some old threads, ask some questions, and watch some vids. Gets easier with experience and patience.

 

jaytex969

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That's the same cob I use for the occasional aromatic smoke. As stated, practice makes perfect and the learning is part of the experience.
Welcome to the forum!


 

trouttimes

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Nov 26, 2018
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Welcome! Don't give up. It takes a while to get the hang of it all. Just ask questions. We all had to learn.

 

elbert

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Mar 10, 2015
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Hello!
I don't worry about rim char on cobs, so I pretty much exclusively use a bic now. Less fuss than zippos. It's just a matter of shielding the flame with your hands. You'll want to get a zippo anyway, to improve your options. But I've never met a cigarette smoker who gave a second thought to their lighter...they just cup their hands and smoke.
Just some thoughts from a fellow outdoor smoker!

 

mso489

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Welcome. So far, good start. Don't be afraid of relights. Use your tamper gently. As you go along, questions welcome.

 

dcon

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Mar 16, 2019
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Welcome from NE FL. Relax and enjoy. Half the fun is reading and exploring the pipe culture. +1 on the Zippo for windy days.

 

bayareabriar

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Use the tamper gently like previously mentioned. Tamp only dead center and that should help build up a nice cake.

 

gerryp

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I use Bics too, or the refillable Clippers. Sometimes if I feel fancy, or when using a lighter would require getting up and finding one, I'll use a tobacco store freebie wooden match.

 
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