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mso489

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I suspect everyone does this move, but for newbies who may not have discovered it yet: After a light or relight, if the ember looks like it hasn't quite caught, just wrap a finger or two over the top of the bowl so there is still plenty of air opening but the ember has a little more heat in the chamber. Often, the ember will revive, signaling with a ribbon of smoke, and off you go again. Tamp first of course. This will revive the fire, or if it doesn't, you may be out of burnable leaf.
 

chasingembers

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Great advice indeed. You may also revive the ember using the tamper. Just start puffing slowly while holding the tamper on tobacco. With every single puff change the location of the tamper.
Absolutely, this brings the ember back into contact with the tobacco when it lifts off of it as the tobacco expands from the heat. You chase the ember with the tamper.
 

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renfield

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A great way to rekindle without fresh flame.

This technique even showed up in one of the Lord of the Rings movies. I think it was Samwise. The actors had gotten some pipe smoking training for the movie.
 
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alaskanpiper

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I’ve always heard it called stoking the bowl. Cover almost entirely with two fingers, draw, and half way through the draw let one finger loose, providing a rush of air to the freshly heated ember. One or two will bring a dying ember back rapidly. Three or four will result in instant tongue bite, hahaha. Very useful though.
 

alaskanpiper

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I've heard stoking, choking, and carbing. The latter never with tobacco, though.
Haha yeah the word carb definitely calls to mind the smoking of a different leaf. That and flying. I’ll never forget my flight instructor constantly asking “When’s the last time you checked the carb heat?” Thank God the plane I fly now is fuel injected :ROFLMAO:
 

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I'll check to see what's left, and just relight. Used to cover with two fingers and pull and lift both fingers, but if it's too far gone or hit the bottom moisture, doesn't work for me. After running out of bics, now I carry both Zippo and Kiribi. So, not worried about running out of light.
 
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BROBS

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Haha yeah the word carb definitely calls to mind the smoking of a different leaf. That and flying. I’ll never forget my flight instructor constantly asking “When’s the last time you checked the carb heat?” Thank God the plane I fly now is fuel injected :ROFLMAO:
Dude I had that once. Left a blister on my thumb.
 

BROBS

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Sometimes I cup the whole pipe in my hand leaving a small air gap above the chamber with just the stem poking out and smoke it that way. Especially if it’s really windy... but it also works to rekindle the ember. So the rim of the pipe is against my palm.
 

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