Ever asked yourself why some people prefer pipe tobacco? And how to take care of a pipe?
A new pipe should always be broken in. This involves only half filling the bowl and drawing gently to permit the charring process to happen gradually; it will also allow the pipe to harden.
To enjoy a satisfying smoke a pipe must be filled correctly.
Filling the Pipe
Hold the pipe upright and trickle in tobacco before the pipe is full. Tamp it down gently then repeat 2 or 3 times until the bowl is full. Draw on the pipe prior to lighting to ensure there aren’t any blockages. Failure to fill the pipe properly may cause the pipe to burn hot and bitter, resulting in “tongue bite” a stinging on top of the tongue.
Lighting the Pipe
Light the pipe utilizing a pipe lighter or wooden match, petrol lighters can cause unpleasant odours and tastes. At first try to char the top of the tobacco, to permit the flame to catch. The “charring light” as it is called should try to ignite the tobacco, without scorching the bowl. Tamp the charred tobacco down after which apply the second flame, puffing gently while you light the tobacco.
Re-lighting and Moisture
Tobacco does naturally go out if left. If the occurs just re-light the pipe. Occasionally you might hear or taste moisture within the pipe, if this occurs run a pipe cleaner on the flue, tamp and relight the tobacco if required.
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Cleaning and Maintenance
A well looked after pipe can last for years, improving as we grow older. To make sure this happens you have to undertake basic maintenance. Never refill a warm pipe, hold back until it has cooled. Many smokers prefer two pipes to permit ample cooling time. When washing the pipe, hold it through the bowl, the simply tip the ash in the bowl, before running a pipe cleaner with the stem to remove moisture. Do not bang the pipe against a wall or shoe, as this will damage the bowl.
A small layer of carbon will slowly start to accumulate from the first smoking, never allow this layer to get more than 1:16 of an inch (1.5mm) thick or risk the bowl cracking. To maintain this layer make use of a pipe reamer or smokers knife, (NOT a penknife or pointed object.)
Insert the reamer then slowly rotate to strip way excess carbon.