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How to Smoke a Tobacco Pipe

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When it comes to the art of smoking a pipe, first things first, knowing what you need to start relaxing with your pipe. Here’s what you’ll need:

• A pipe

• Pipe tamper/tool

• Pipe cleaners

• Wooden matches or a pipe lighter

• Tobacco

Now that you know what supplies you need, let’s get to how to get your pipe properly set to enjoy. First you want to take your selection of tobacco and fill the bowl of your pipe. This step can be difficult to get the hang of, but is important to get right because it can affect the experience. Start out by filling the bowl of your pipe loosely with tobacco and press down on it gently with your tamper. This should fill the bowl half way. Add more tobacco on top and press a bit more firmly with the tamper until your pipe is about ¾ of the way full. Top off the bowl with more tobacco and press down firmly. You should see a small space between the top of the bowl and your tobacco.

Once you have your pipe packed with tobacco put the pipe to your mouth and take a test draw. Air should flow freely through the tobacco. If it doesn’t the tobacco is packed too tight, and just simply remove the tobacco and start again. When you get a good test draw, you’re ready to light your pipe.

Light your pipe with either wooden matches or a pipe lighter. Matches are less expensive, and the pipe lighter is designed specifically for pipes so it won’t alter the tobacco taste. If you choose to go with matches, strike the match and let it burn for a few seconds letting the Sulphur leave, then take gentle draws on your pipe while moving the match in a circular motion over the surface of the tobacco. Continue to do so until the tobacco is evenly lit. When it’s evenly lit, let it go out, and repeat the process to get the true light. Now you’re ready to enjoy your tobacco, but do so slow and steady. If you puff on your pipe too quickly you’ll get tongue bite, a burning sensation on the tongue. 

When smoking your pipe, if you get gurgling, that means there’s too much moisture in the stem. To fix this, just put a pipe cleaner in the end of the stem for a couple of seconds to remove the moisture. To prevent this from happening try to keep your mouth as dry as possible. If the pipe gets too hot while smoking, let it go out and relight. After you’ve enjoyed your tobacco always let your pipe cool down before cleaning it out. 

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