How Long Does a Bowl Last You?

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Fiver5

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I've been smoking for a couple of months, I'm mostly just starting to enjoy it, I smoke mostly light English blends.
To the question, how long a smoke do you get out of a bowl? I'm finding I rarely get more than 30 minutes, even with a larger bowl, I've read people say they sometimes get 2+ hours and I scratch my head and wonder how?! I think I'm smoking pretty slow, I mostly just sip a tiny bit every second breath or so. On a typical bowl I might re-light 5 or 6 times. I typically toss the last 1/3 or so of the bowl, I find by then it start going out way too often and starts to taste like crap, plus the constant re-lighting cooks my tongue to medium well. Something else I do is dump some of the loose ash as I go. I've also experimented with is stirring around the tabacco and re-tamping as I get closet to that 1/3 bottom of the bowl.
Any tips are greatly appreciated.
 

Chasing Embers

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Nov 12, 2014
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I've been smoking for a couple of months, I'm mostly just starting to enjoy it, I smoke mostly light English blends.
To the question, how long a smoke do you get out of a bowl? I'm finding I rarely get more than 30 minutes, even with a larger bowl, I've read people say they sometimes get 2+ hours and I scratch my head and wonder how?! I think I'm smoking pretty slow, I mostly just sip a tiny bit every second breath or so. On a typical bowl I might re-light 5 or 6 times. I typically toss the last 1/3 or so of the bowl, I find by then it start going out way too often and starts to taste like crap, plus the constant re-lighting cooks my tongue to medium well. Something else I do is dump some of the loose ash as I go. I've also experimented with is stirring around the tabacco and re-tamping as I get closet to that 1/3 bottom of the bowl.
Any tips are greatly appreciated.
Three hours.

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alaskanpiper

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How long does it take to build a house? How long does overtime last in the NHL playoffs? How old are you when you start shitting your pants again?

It depends on so many extraneous variables (pipe size, tobacco cut, moisture content, packing preferences, relative humidity, cadence, etc.) that it's hard to say.

Bowls usually last me anywhere between an hour and 2.5 hours, depending on any combination of the above. You may just be a quick smoker. Nothing wrong with that if you're enjoying it.
 
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Op, I don’t have really a lot to add to your post, but I just wanna let you know that I agree with everything you’ve said. Rarely get hours-plus long smokes out of one bowl. Our puffing cadences must just be faster than others. My bowl never gets incredibly hot, and I find that I still get all the flavors, so it’s never something I gave a worry to. ?
 

hoosierpipeguy

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Lots of variables. Size of pipe, cut of tobacco, moisture level, my mood, etc.. Can range from 30 minutes with a smaller bowl of diet ribbon cut with me looking for some nic hit to over 2 hours with a medium to medium large bowl of folded Flake with me being mellowed out sipping and savoring. It's neither a race or a slow smoking contest, it's whatever hits the spot for me at the moment.
 

irishearl

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Been smoking some 45 years and smoke at a moderate pace, but not a sipper. Ribbon cut tobaccos generally last me 5 minutes in a small bowl, 15-20 in a magnum, which is why I smoke multiple bowls per sitting. I shoot for around 45 minutes. Flakes are a far different matter, generally lasting 3 times longer than ribbon cut. I would add that I never get hot smokes.
 
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OzPiper

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Lots of variables. Size of pipe, cut of tobacco, moisture level, my mood, etc.. Can range from 30 minutes with a smaller bowl of diet ribbon cut with me looking for some nic hit to over 2 hours with a medium to medium large bowl of folded Flake with me being mellowed out sipping and savoring. It's neither a race or a slow smoking contest, it's whatever hits the spot for me at the moment.
^^^^ Exactly that.

Except that I like variety and have a shortish attention span. I don't want my bowls to last much more than 45minutes. I tend to lose interest after that.

It's a bit like a restaurant meal - might be the best dish I've ever had, but after a while, I want to move onto the next course.

That's just me
 

DanWil84

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I have 2 largely different pipes and they both smoke about an hour. One smokes flake like a champ and the other smokes English mixtures like a champ. If I would fill the English mix pipe with flake it will take me about 2.5 hours to smoke it. Filling the flake pipe with a English mixture it will last me 20 to 30 minutes. So as said, it depends on a lot of circumstances.
 

jewman22

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Depends, what pipe, moisture level, how tightly packed, cut type, blend type, which blend within that type.
My usual English, ribbon cut is about a 1/2hr
Virginia ribbon cut is about 1/3hr.
Burley ribbon cut is about 3/4hr.
and about 2/3hr for most aros in my set.
Add about 20min to each if they are a flake/ready rub.
I also keep track of the average time it takes me to smoke different cigar vitolas. Some approach the 4hr mark.