I mentioned in one of my first posts here that I wasn’t going to teach you how to smoke; I’m still not. Rather, I will tell you how I smoke.
Choosing a pipe.
Im going to tell you how I choose mine. Now, if you’re and older pipe smoker, you may remember the addage “choose a pipe that fits your face”. I find that to be kinda shit, simply because I choose whatever pipe I want. Only thing I do look for is comfort. Does it sit in my jaw fine and comfortable, or does it take a horrendous amount of strength to hold it? What am I doing while smoking? If both hands are going to be occupied, then look at a bent, otherwise, a straight stem will be just fine.
Choosing the tobacco.
What to choose? This could be a bit troubling, what with flakes, Virginia, English, aromatic and so forth. What I look for is what’s it going to taste like? Right now I have some Virginia’s Gold that I bought from rite aid in my Kriswill Golden Clipper. It has some Cavendish and burley in there, and tastes pretty damn good. If you’re new to the hobby, then ask someone at your local tobacconist, or a friend or even the internet. All pipe smoking is choice.
What if I want to smoke several blends from the same bowl? Well…get a cob. The different blends may leave residue known as a “ghost” and fir a long time that pipe will taste like the other blends; cobs are great because they don’t absorb any of the other tobacco’s tar and oils, especially great if you like to smoke a Latikia blends…
How to fill your pipe.
There are various methods, but mine is to grab a few fingers with snd stuff it in. Google the others and see what works best for you.
Light the fire…
Some say that the wooden match is the ONLY way to go. I say that is bullshit simply because it depends on how you use the lighter. If you have a Zippo and fill it so that the wick is dripping with fluid, then yeah, it is going to taste like Zippo fluid. Don’t fill it all the way and you’ll be good. I use a Zippo or a Bic, or whatever happens to have fire to light my pipe.
The next step is smoking it..
After you get it lit, the next logical step is smoking it. Take short puffs do as not to get the bowl too hot. How do you know if the bowl is to hot? You won’t be holding on to it long…
To clean it,I just run a pipe cleaner through it. Some say to clean the bowl, but I like a nice cake, as I believe that it helps to cool the smoke in the bowl but that’s just me.
How this helps and if you have any questions, just let me know