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kcghost

Lifer
May 6, 2011
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Olathe, Kansas
It is a natural part of smoking a pipe correctly. I put tobacco in and tamp it down to the correct depth and then take a small draw on the pipe to see that I have the correct draw on the pipe. Then I put in some more and repeat the drawing on the pipe. Sometimes I need to do it a third time to properly fill the bowl. For me taking a small draw on the pipe is protection from overpacking the pipe.
 

Sobrbiker

Lifer
Jan 7, 2023
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Casa Grande, AZ
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Once I know a blend/pipe, I load it and smoke it. It took a while to get the hang of it loading for good effect, but now I’ve found it’s more about the prep and dryness ahead of putting it in the pipe.
 

LeafErikson

Lifer
Dec 7, 2021
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16,521
Oregon
I usually spend no more than 5 seconds packing the pipe but I've smoked thousands of bowls. If you smoke enough it'll likely get like that for you too. The pipe for me is more of a habit than a ritual.