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  • March 10, 2023You Have HOW Many Pipes?

    I actually don’t really know. I mean, I have some vague idea, more of a guess, a sort of order of magnitude dart throw. I swear, this isn’t a point of pride or some kind of bench racing brag, but rather something closer to embarrassment. As I wander through the boxes, racks, pouches, bags full of pipes, in an attempt to 1) get them into a semblance of order, and 2) think about thinning the herd a little, it’s feeling a little daunting. Worse, it’s not the first time I’ve been through this, and I’m afraid it might not be the last. It all began at a time when I would answer the question, “How many pipes do you need?” with the ever so witty, “Just one more.” I know I’m not alone there. I sometimes feel like there should be a twelve-step program for the pipe acquisition afflicted. But, they’re such compelling little things; tiny works of functional art, where the beauty of the wood and the skill of the maker come together to yield something that’s too often hard to resist. I easily recall my early days as a young pipe smoker, enthusiast, burgeoning collector, fanatic, whatever I was at the time. I was full of wild enthusiasm towards building up a good collection. It began with just wanting a nice seven-day set, so I could let my pipes rest a week between smokes as I was told was necessary for optimal smoking. That happened fairly quickly, though my seven pipes weren’t all anything to be truly proud of. Then, I wanted enough pipes for two weeks, because I began to think that if one week of rest was good, two would surely be better. After that, it really did seem a good idea to have different pipes for different types of tobacco. (I still adhere to this notion fairly strictly.) And, then there should be smaller pipes for shorter smokes, larger ones for the longer, leisurely periods. See where it starts? When we’re told that a seven-day “set” is an almost necessary practicality, at least if we’re going to truly enjoy smoking a pipe on a daily basis, “they” might as well give us the first one free. The seven-day, at least for me, quickly revealed itself to be a gateway drug, leading me by the hand down a dark corridor to a much more sinister affliction. So, thus disordered over the years, I’ve found myself collecting brands, makers, pipes from specific countries, shapes, finishes – if there’s a way to categorize pipes, I’ve probably at some point had a sub-collection specializing in that particular categorization. I’m a pipe nerd; things like this are bound to happen. At some point in the journey, I had the bizarre notion that if I ever were ever to reach 100 pipes, I’d surely have enough, and I could stop looking for new ones. Or, perhaps better still, the collection could remain at or near that figure by careful selling and trading. This delusional strategy worked just fine. Until it didn’t. The collection continued to grow. More and more of the pipes in my collection began to take on some sort of emotional value. I’ve mentioned in the past that pipes can be talismans of events, or even more importantly, of people. Recently, I was reminded of an old friend who sold me a very special Castello 55 from his own collection. He is no longer with us, but that pipe will always remind me of him, of his vast knowledge, freely shared, of Castello pipes. I now have a lot of pipes like that. Some of them I smoke regularly, and the idea of parting with them never even occurs to me. Others, I don’t, for whatever reason, but when I think about putting them on the block, they whisper their stories in my ear, and back they go until the next round. The century mark has long ago come and gone. A bunch of years ago, I was fairly successful in weeding the garden a bit, selling off quite a few, and feeling quite proud of myself for thinking that, just maybe, I might once again find 100 pipes in my collection, this time coming at it from the other direction. I’m sure it’s no surprise that this hasn’t happened. What’s wrong with having so many, some would say too many pipes? It’s hard to find an answer I can really live with. I suppose perhaps the worst thing is that some of them, even the special ones, might be too-long ignored. Maybe this isn’t really a bad thing. Once in a while, there’s the opportunity to rediscover some old gem, listen again to the stories it might tell, put it into rotation for a while, and experience it all over again. Maybe it’s just keeping track of everything amidst my disorganized chaos, or finding suitable ways to display them all, while keeping them clean and dusted, or just finding them if they’re bagged up in their fancy leather gloves. Maybe it’s just me fostering feelings of excess, latent notions of decadent overindulgence. I should talk with my therapist about that. What I do know is that no matter how, or how many times I examine my “condition,” the same conclusion persists. I have a lot of pipes, and it’s highly likely that this will not only be an enduring condition, but it’s probably only going to get worse. There are times when a particular piece just stops speaking to me, and even that can be a problem. In the past, I’ve too hastily sold off or traded a piece that no longer felt special, only to years later regret parting with it, wishing I’d kept it. Or worse, scouring estate pipe offerings looking for it, or at least a suitable stand-in. There was this lovely old Charatan Executive, you know, and a pair of Larsen bulldogs, one straight, the other bent, that were different from any seen […]

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  • March 7, 2023Pipes Magazine Radio Show Episode 547

    Welcome to The Pipes Magazine Radio Show Episode 547! Our featured interview tonight is with Dan Croxall. This is the third in our series of interviews with “Journeymen Pipe Smokers” – guys that have been smoking pipes between five and 10 years.Dan is a professor at his alma mater, the University of the Pacific, McGeorge School of Law. Prior to returning to academia, Dan practiced law at the world’s largest law firm (DLA Piper LLP) as a complex civil litigator and white-collar criminal defense attorney. He then opened the world’s smallest law firm (Croxall Law) in 2013 to focus his practice on representing California Craft breweries and related parties.At the top of the show, Brian will have a trip report on his visit to Jackson, MS to The Country Squire for the party and last recording of the Country Squire Radio Podcast.Sit back, relax with your pipe, and enjoy The Pipes Magazine Radio Show!

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  • March 6, 2023Ashton Guilty Pleasure Tobacco Review

    Guilty pleasures—we all have them; whether it’s bingeing the latest water-cooler television show, midnight-snacking entire pints of ice cream, or devoting hours to an online debate that we’re sure we’ve won. Us pipe snobs (face it, if you’re reading this article, you’re likely past the point of no return into the hobby) often catch flack—or give flack—for full aromatic blends, mistakenly thinking them the piper’s equivalent of a bike with training wheels, or confections for filthy casuals. A true pipe smoker, such prevailing wisdom may say, can only find enlightenment in the most mephitic of concoctions, the kernel of bodhi within which they have unlocked through years of trial and sacrifice, with wonderful tastes that they alone know how to perceive, naysayers be damned! Well, that’s poppycock. As the holidays came and went, I thoroughly enjoyed working my way through the tins of the aromatic C&D offerings reviewed in the last column, finding subtle little hints of new flavors here and there with every bowl full; I was particularly saddened when I went to re-order them and found them sold out; perhaps my guilty pleasure of being an unabashed aromatic smoker was not so singular as I had presumed? Such it was that I found myself pondering as I navigated the streets of the Financial District and popped in to Barclay-Rex, the City’s oldest family-run tobacconist—and indeed one of the few left of its ilk anywhere. Perusing through their offerings for new review material, my eye was drawn to the jazz-age graphic of a couple of flamenco dancers mid-embrace on a rose-colored tin of Ashton’s Guilty Pleasure, a no-pretense aromatic manufactured by Kohlhase & Kopp for the Ashton brand. Sure, there were English and cigar-leaf blends aplenty, various Virginias as far as the eye could see, but my holiday sweet tooth had not quite yet been fully sated. “This glorious mixture of Cavendish, Virginia and Carolina burley carries an irresistible aroma of vanilla, mango, and exotic citrus,” reads the tin, promising an immodestly candied experience. Kohlhase & Kopp have produced many of my favorite aromatic blends, notably the erstwhile Peterson special editions, so I had great confidence that the tobacco would be of the best quality and not a waste of my time or money, as the price of tobacco in Manhattan is on the verge of requiring a bank loan. Popping the tin certainly confirmed this hypothesis; it unleashed a bright and floral confectionery sweetness that was sure to send the burliest he-man Latakiaphile running for the hills. The tobacco itself was that perfect melange of light-gold to dark-mahogany leaf of consistent cut that is a trademark of K&K blends in my experience. Parsing the aromas back in the laboratory, I kept searching for vanilla and mango—‘exotic citrus’ being indefinite enough to discount. Vanilla firmly chimes in as an overall binding aroma that the fruity notes couch themselves within, but I found mango or citrus aromas neither overt nor distinct in the blend; rather, they are verbal proxies for the overall sweetness and fruitiness with a decidedly floral bent of the bouquet; in fact the unique and unmistakable—though confoundingly unspecific—flavor of Necco wafers popped into my head as the best analog, a notion which would later prove to be shockingly precise. Even after weeks of an open-and-closed tin while sampling, the aroma remains quite strong and readily induces salivation. Not to say that it’s done with too heavy or indelicate a hand—the tobaccos are clearly highest quality and allowed to shine through the mix to shape the smoke, which is quite a bit more restrained than the tin note would suggest. Puffing through a half-dozen bowls in search of the best instrument, I found the smoke then to be quite good and much more rounded than merely aromatic, if perhaps lacking a little in real depth, particularly held up against the last review blends mentioned. Bowl after bowl it presented quite brightly on top and faded to a good sweet nutty Cavendish-burley by mid-bowl, and tapered down slowly through to the heel—a heel that was easily reached with slow sipping and temperature control as well as a few rest periods and relights, and not goopy at all. Once I’d honed in on the proper pipe, cadence, and drink pairing, it was sweet heaven through the end of the tin. As for the room note, it is sweet but rather tame compared to the tin note; I would place both flavor and room note on the bright and fruity side of mild-to-medium. While swapping out pipes to find a good mate for this blend I stumbled upon my cache of several years’ worth of Kaywoodie pipes from the holiday dinner and slow-smoke, to my good fortune. The straight billiards and clay cutty I started with weren’t really bringing out the full experience of the blend, tending to get too hot past top-bowl and not really hitting the mark on the aromatic notes while smoking. The delightful Shellcraft half-bent billiard pictured, handmade by Bill Feuerbach of very old-stock Algerian briar and vulcanite stem, nailed it like Mary Lou Retton on a floor routine—the perfect geometry of chamber to coax down a small ember, and the bend deep enough that the smoke could drift up to the nose easily for sidestream olfaction, all at barely an ounce of weight—as fine as any Dunhill in my collection, not to mention a repository of fond memories. There’s a lesson to be learned here: before finding just the right pipe, the blend would score below fair-to-middling; after, it was sweet euphoria. Finding the best drink pairing for such a sweet blend proved challenging as well. Sometimes the notions come to me and I test them out to find they work perfectly, other times it’s down to a more Edisonian approach: determine the prevailing notes and alkalinity, then find drinks to congenially act as foils or amplifiers through brute force trial and error. In general it’s a good start to look for mildly acidic drinks, […]

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  • March 2, 2023The Pipes and Tobacco Life

    Ah, yes, March rolls in a-roarin’ like a lion and trots out like a sweet, innocent little lamb. So they say, whoever they are. Let’s not forget college basketball’s March Madness is also in this maelstrom. And Pundit is here to tell you that means only one thing, my pipe-loving amigos. The weather is getting about right and it’s time to grab a pipe and a new blend. And make certain the tele is in good working order for crazy Final Four Bracket hoops time. Just what the Pundit had in mind: a new pipe and a new blend for this mad, mad, mad month. But first, a bit of history. It will be brief for you non-history aficionados out there. Shame, shame. So, there was a day when the Pundit was a touch wet behind the ears (groan) and green as a freshly harvested stalk of green tobacco (better). One day in the deep iron and wheels of Atlanta while sauntering about and looking at pipes in a corner shop, well-known then for its fine offerings of Charatans and other legendary pipes, a veteran B&M and owner suggested I take a peek at his Savinellis. Now being a be-bopping college guy, Pundit said, “sure, is it parked outside?” and proceeded to look about for a snappy Italian sportscar. Let’s just say the B&M veteran pipe store owner tried to hold back a cheek-filling guffaw before sputtering, “you are kidding, of course!” Not to expose more ignorance, I just nodded and stared at a wall of pipes. Welcome to Pundit’s introduction to the famed Italian pipe makers of Savinelli. Today, Pundit owns quite a few Savinells, especially the “author” or the 320 KS, 320, and 321 series. All three have that pure “writerly” look to the Pundit’s eye. In a word or three, Savinellis are exquisite works of operatic tone and aura. Yes, most Savinellis are machined but are completely finished by hand, meaning artisans take over from the industrial side to finish things. So, Pundit was off and puffing with Savinellis, especially when he found the author group. Throw in a couple of Savinelli handmade Autographs and the mighty Hercules style of Roman and Greek mythology to sweeten the herd. While on mystical thoughts, the Savinellis—which ring with foreign intrigue for the Pundit—opened a brave new world for fresh pipe adventures. No longer a stranger in a strange pipelandia, basket pipes of questionable heritage, gave way to handmade wonders to behold. Oh, the Pundit fell in love with the singular Savinelli Autographs, but this also brought into focus other Italian pipe makers, such as Ardor, Ser Jacopo, and Claudio Cavicchi, among others. This of course led to the sky is no limit sort of thinking. Next arrived the Great Danes, such as Neerup, Bjarne Nielsen, Harcourt, Stanwell, and Erik Stokkebye 4th Generation. You’ll note that none of these brands were in the stratospheric price range, such as a Bo Nordh. Then came a whole array of exquisitely made English pipes, such as Dunhill, Ashton, and Peterson (in the Irish tradition, of course, in pipe making in Great Britain). Never mind independent pipe-carvers, who abound in our galaxy of wonder. This is just a quick history of loping down one pipe-puffing lane, as it were. This is to say, pipe smokers of today are blessed and afforded such magnificent pieces of briar for smoking, relaxing and just simply enjoying a day away from stress and worry. Looking at you, March Madness! Just to be transparent, as they like to say in today’s media frenzy, Pundit apologizes for not alerting you to International Pipe Smoking Day on Feb. 20. Oh, the horror! So a respectful roundup of pipes in the Pundit pack serves as a kiss and make-up for overlooking one of our global events enjoyed by millions. And, yes, more expensive pipes do smoke better in most cases. However, I have a couple of basket pipes that outperform some herd pipes in the posh and ritzy crowd. For any newbies out there, in an old-school B&M, you can still find decent basket pipes. Later you can reach for the stars of pipe making and tobacco blending. Pundit began stuffing Prince Albert, Granger, Sir Walter Raleigh, and non-descript drug store bulk blends into his first pipes. It was good enough for many of my college professors, so I thought it would naturally make me smarter if I mimicked the academics. That scheme didn’t work out as planned. But there is always hope and another pipeful. So, here is to more pipes, more pipe tobacco, and more pipe puffing enjoyment for the wilds of March, and beyond. Now for our pipe-smoking celeb for March: Theodor Seuss Geisel, better known simply as Dr. Seuss, legendary children’s author. He was born March 2, 1904, in Springfield, Mass., and died: on Sept. 24, 1991, in San Diego, Calif. Today was good. Today was fun. Tomorrow is anotherone—Dr. Seuss And a philosophical note from The Pundit: Ancient Greek philosopher Heraclitus philosophized around 535 BC that “change is the only constant in life.” Pundit, aprimordial pipelosphersays “constant change in pipes and tobacco is the life.”

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  • February 28, 2023Pipes Magazine Radio Show Episode 546

    Welcome to The Pipes Magazine Radio Show Episode 546! Our featured interview tonight is with Jon David Cole. JD is the Owner/Tobacconist at The Country Squire in Jackson, MS, and he is the co-host of the podcast, Country Squire Radio. After a 10-year run, and approaching their 500th episode, it was announced that they would record their last episode live on March 4 at a big party in Jackson, MS. Read the press release here. In addition to talking about the podcast and the retail store, our main discussion will be JD’s recommended pipe tobaccos in each genre that are readily available for purchase, as opposed to vintage collectible tobaccos that are hard to get.At the top of the show, Brian will answer a question on how to proceed when your friend wants to try smoking a pipe for the first time. Sit back, relax with your pipe, and enjoy The Pipes Magazine Radio Show!

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  • February 21, 2023Pipes Magazine Radio Show Episode 545

    Welcome to The Pipes Magazine Radio Show Episode 545! Our featured interview tonight is with Ethan Talley. This is the second in our series of interviews with “Journeymen Pipe Smokers” – guys that have been smoking pipes between five and 10 years. Ethan has been a Level 4 Kayak Instructor, an instructor inCanoe, Kayak, and Raft Rescue, and has a Masters in Professional Counseling. He got his first taste of pipes and tobaccos in 2013 at Boda Pipes and Cigar Lounge in Greenville, SC. At the top of the show, Brian will answer a listener’s questions on some behind the scenes tobacco manufacturing practices. Sit back, relax with your pipe, and enjoy The Pipes Magazine Radio Show!

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  • FAQs

    How many bowls of pipe tobacco a day? ›

    If you smoke between three-and-five bowls each day, then four-to-six pipes should easily accommodate a rotation according to the "24 Hour Rule." I've found that after a pipe has rested several days, that first bowl is one of the best that pipe has ever offered.

    How do you know when a tobacco pipe is done? ›

    (11) Put the pipe to your lips and take a test draw. The resistance should be minimal, like sucking on a straw. If there is any more than this, dump out the tobacco and start over. Now, if all of the above steps have been successfully completed, your pipe is properly packed and ready to be lit and smoked.

    Should pipe tobacco be moist or dry? ›

    Pipe tobacco should typically be somewhere between 18 percent and 22 percent moisture. That means that if you were to weigh a quantity of tobacco, then bake all of the moisture out and reweigh it, it would weigh 18 percent to 22 percent less afterward, depending on where you started.

    How do you make pipe tobacco moist? ›

    You can reinvigorate your tobacco and add moisture by filling the pot halfway with boiling water. Do not put the tobacco in the water. Instead, place the dried out tobacco into the basket and let it sit for about a half an hour.

    Why can't I taste my pipe tobacco? ›

    The Draw - For many pipe smokers the flavor of their tobacco becomes lost in a blaze of heat. This is caused by inhaling too aggressively. Just as the flavor of meat is lost when it's burnt, so too will the flavor of tobacco be undermined by being burnt. So relax.

    How often should you tamp a pipe? ›

    You are going to want to tamp very lightly every 5-10 puffs to help keep the ember going. Place the tamper just on the top of the ash, puff slowly. Move the tamper around the bowl, either in a swirling motion, or moving the tamper upland down to tamp the ash of the whole bowl.

    How tight should you pack a tobacco pipe? ›

    For bowls with straight sides, you should tamp gently until the tobacco half fills the bowl. For pipes with tapered bowls, aim for more like two thirds full.

    How many times a day can you smoke the same pipe? ›

    Some folks prefer a seven-day rotation, setting aside one pipe to smoke for each day of the week. That works fine if all you smoke is one bowl a day but if you enjoy your pipe more often than that, then you should consider adding even more.

    What does pipe tobacco do to your body? ›

    Pipe tobacco has many of the same carcinogens as cigarettes. It also has nicotine, making it addictive. People who smoke pipes are more likely to develop cancers of the head and neck, liver, and lung as compared to nonsmokers.

    How long should a pipe rest between smokes? ›

    For best results, only smoke a clean and dry pipe. A pipe should be allowed to rest at least 24 to 48 hours before smoking it again. Briar can become foul if not cared for.

    Can you ruin a tobacco pipe? ›

    Even though pipes, with their hearty briar and morta, are resilient to a degree—they do manage flame afterall—that doesn't mean the instrument isn't without its weak spots. We've already covered the dangers that can befall a stem through heat and clumsiness, but your bowl is another site of potential damage.

    Do you clean a tobacco pipe after every smoke? ›

    Tobacco pipes typically need to be cleaned at three intervals; first, a basic cleaning after each smoke; second, an alcohol-based cleaning can be done every few smokes for a more thorough cleaning; finally, the pipe should be disassembled and cleaned carefully once a month or so--depending on usage.

    Do you cover the hole when smoking a pipe? ›

    If there is a carb, be sure to cover the carb hole using your thumb or finger while inhaling the first half of your puff. Then release your finger and allow air to flow through the carb hole while you inhale the second half of your hit.

    How do you keep pipe tobacco fresh longer? ›

    The trick of keeping it in the fridge

    Rolling tobacco can retain its moisture for much longer if it is stored in the fridge in a plastic wrap bag or in a specific tobacco can. It is important that the tobacco package is hermetically sealed to preserve its good condition for much longer.

    How long will pipe tobacco last in a ziplock bag? ›

    Tobacco with a lot of flavoring and humectant can sit in zip lock bags for a couple of years and not dry out noticeably. Most bulk blends can surely do likewise for six months or so. The more you open the bag the quicker it will become dry.

    How dry is too dry for pipe tobacco? ›

    Generally speaking - Yes, tobacco can become too dry. Usually people decide tobacco is too dry when it: 1. Crumbles or becomes powder-like.

    How do you get the most flavor out of pipe tobacco? ›

    1. Find the right cadence for YOU.
    2. Let the smoke (which, by now should be cool and dry) swirl in your mouth just a while to let it hit all the taste buds (the time will vary between people)
    3. Breath smoke. The flavour difference it makes is enormous.
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    What is the best humidity for pipe tobacco? ›

    Pipe tobacco needs to be stored in the proper conditions to stop it from drying out and becoming difficult to smoke. We suggest maintaining a relative humidity level of between 55% and 72% and keeping the temperature between 15 to 21 degrees celsius.

    What gives pipe tobacco its flavor? ›

    The aromatic tobaccos' exotic aromas and flavors are derived from pipe tobacco manufacturers applying a top flavoring or a casing to the tobaccos in each blend. Some aromatic pipe tobacco blends contain tobaccos that have been cased and then have had a top flavoring added to them.

    What causes tongue bite pipe tobacco? ›

    Moisture Level

    Because the most common source of tongue bite is too much moisture in the tobacco, the best remedy is to reduce that moisture. How far that reduction should go is a matter of preference aided by some simple experimentation.

    Why do tobacco pipes gurgle? ›

    Pipe gurgle is caused when moisture gathers in the bottom of our bowl and bubbles about when we draw on our pipe. The moisture comes from three sources. The first is from tobacco that has a moisture content that is too high.

    Does smoking permanently damage your taste buds? ›

    Foodies: beware. Smoking can dull — or kill — your taste buds by changing the blood supply your taste buds are getting.

    Can I tamp too hard? ›

    Apply 20-30 pounds of pressure, and polish

    Baristas often recommend 30 pounds of pressure, but some do as little as 20 pounds. More and more are finding that tamping pressure is overrated—it's hard on the wrist and cause an over-extracted, bitter brew.

    What happens if you don't tamp? ›

    What happens if you don't tamp coffee? Tamping coffee is when you apply downward pressure on coffee using a tamper. If you try to brew a portafilter with loose grounds, the water will move through the coffee instead of brewing it. As a result, you'll get a watery, under extracted, sour espresso.

    How do you pack a pipe for beginners? ›

    Pack my pipe: to pack a pipe means fill the chamber with tobacco. To do this step, you have to crumble your tobacco between your fingers, then put it in the chamber, pinches by pinches. Do not compress the tobacco for the moment.

    How do you sip pipe tobacco? ›

    The art of slow sipping is everything when smoking a pipe and can be the difference between a great experience and a burnt mouth. When you sip, take very long slow sips, drawing as slowly as you possibly can. If you do this you will taste your smoke and all of it's nuances all the better.

    How long should a pipe stay lit? ›

    Keep puffing periodically to make sure that the pipe stays lit. The bowl should stay lit for at least 5-15 minutes once it is properly burning. Keep air flowing through the tobacco. If you don't want to inhale so often, try exhaling gently into the pipe.

    Do pipes need to rest? ›

    Place the pipe back on its rack/stand, always 'bowl down', and allow it to rest, preferably for at least two to four days before it is smoked again. Periodic Cleaning: Much as in the case of housework, where there is daily/weekly cleaning, and then there is a deeper or "Spring Cleaning", so it goes with your pipe.

    Does smoking a pipe affect your lungs? ›

    Cigar and pipe smoking double the risk for the airway damage that leads to chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), a lung disease that includes chronic bronchitis and emphysema. Smoking can also worsen asthma. Heart disease. Smoking cigars or pipes increases the likelihood of having heart disease or a stroke.

    Is pipe tobacco worse than cigarettes? ›

    Conclusions Between pipe and cigarette smokers, no or only minor differences were found in mortality from any cause and the specified smoking-related diseases. Pipe smoking is not safer than cigarette smoking.

    Why is pipe smoking so relaxing? ›

    Nicotine is relaxing if you are addicted, as it takes away the craving (totally been there with cigarettes and snus before i quit those). Sitting still on the back patio with your feet up, listening to the wind quietly blowing thru the trees while smoking a pipe is very relaxing because... well of course it is.

    Is smoking a pipe once a week bad for you? ›

    Is it bad to smoke a tobacco pipe only once a week? Inhaling smoke from anything that burns is unhealthy. Doing it less is not as bad as doing it often of course. But all smoke contains carcinogens that are the result of the burning process.

    Can you get addicted to pipe tobacco? ›

    Cigars and pipe tobacco are harmful and are not risk-free alternatives to smoking. They're addictive. They can cause serious health problems. Smoking cigars and pipes can increase the risk of cancers of the lung, head, and neck.

    Can you smoke the same tobacco pipe every day? ›

    Many pipe smokers will smoke the same pipe multiple times each day, every day, without ever changing which pipe they use. As long as your pipe does not start presenting an undesirable sour smell and taste, then it's up to you if you'd rather just smoke the same pipe all the time.

    How many cigarettes are equivalent to a pipe? ›

    One head of unflavoured tobacco has the nicotine equivalent of 70 cigarettes. Waterpipe tobacco also contains numerous toxins known to cause lung disease, cancer, heart diseases and other illnesses.

    What is the best tobacco to break in a new pipe? ›

    Virginia blends are a good option for breaking in a pipe without it ghosting. I'll generally use straight Virginia blends to break in a pipe. The one draw back is that their sugar content makes them burn hot if you're not careful with your cadence and packing method.

    Can you use rubbing alcohol to clean a tobacco pipe? ›

    Some smokers prefer to clean their glass with isopropyl alcohol, which is often paired with salt. This is a faster option than using vinegar and baking soda, but it is slightly harsher and must be handled with care.

    Can smoking out of a dirty pipe make you sick? ›

    Glass pipes and bongs can get really dirty. Not only does this result in stains on your beautiful pieces, but it can introduce dangerous bacteria into your lungs and even make you sick.

    What happens if you don't clean your tobacco pipe? ›

    As smoke passes through a dirty pipe, it collects that residue and actually affects the flavor of the flower. So you might not get the same taste as you would if it were a cleaned piece. The smoking experience won't have all the terpenes and characteristics that premium flower normally has.

    Why do bubblers get you higher? ›

    The Bubbler

    The mouthpiece and bowl are smaller than a normal bong, so less smoke is inhaled. This leads to a more controllable high. A bubbler uses the same water filtration method to purify the smoke but in a more manageable, hand-held size.

    Do you smoke a pipe to the bottom of the bowl? ›

    Tamp down the burning tobacco and again light the tobacco evenly. Smoke the pipe slowly and completely. Taking long, slow draws will help to form a good, even cake. It is important to smoke the pipe to the bottom to establish the cake all the way to the bottom.

    How do you pack a pipe perfectly? ›

    Start by gravity-feeding the pipe to overflowing (sprinkle loose tobacco into the chamber until it mounds up over the top). Next, press the tobacco down until it's compressed down to about the halfway point. Repeat the gravity feed and pack the tobacco down to the 2/3rds to 3/4 level.

    What is cake pipe tobacco? ›

    As a thick layer across the bowl and chamber of the pipe, cake acts as a protective barrier, helping your pipe to last a long time. Cake is made from carbon deposits that remain after tobacco has been smoked, and this lines the chamber and protects the wood of the pipe from burning.

    How long does 1 oz of pipe tobacco last? ›

    There are 28.34 grams in 1 oz, therefore 1 oz will fill 10 full group 4 bowls, and one group 2 bowl.

    Is pipe tobacco bad for lungs? ›

    Pipe tobacco has many of the same carcinogens as cigarettes. It also has nicotine, making it addictive. People who smoke pipes are more likely to develop cancers of the head and neck, liver, and lung as compared to nonsmokers.

    Is pipe tobacco healthier than cigarettes? ›

    Pipe and cigar smokers often wave off worries that smoking is bad for their health. They claim their habit is harmless and perpetuate the common misperception that pipes and cigars are somehow safer than cigarettes. In reality, these tobacco products carry the same health risks as cigarettes.

    Is pipe tobacco stronger than cigarettes? ›

    Smoking a pipe or cigars is not better for you than smoking cigarettes. Research shows that pipe smoking is every bit as dangerous as cigarette smoking, and possibly even more dangerous. Cigars have a higher level of carcinogens, toxins, and tar than cigarettes.

    Can you just smoke crumble? ›

    How to smoke crumble? You can consume crumble in a plethora of different ways – feel free to experiment. However, there are some basics which we'll cover in-depth below: Joint – because of its crumbly texture, it is easy to burn when you roll it inside of a joint.

    How do you add flavor to pipe tobacco? ›

    In many cases a single capful of liquor/liqueur will be enough to flavor several ounces of tobacco, depending on your preferences. Essential oils are very potent, so when using these to flavor your tobacco you should dilute the oil in distilled water.

    Do you pack tobacco in a pipe? ›

    Pack my pipe: to pack a pipe means fill the chamber with tobacco. To do this step, you have to crumble your tobacco between your fingers, then put it in the chamber, pinches by pinches.

    What can I use to practice cake piping? ›

    He reveals, 'If you're looking to practice your piping, the best thing to do is to get some Smash, which is instant mashed potato. ' 'This type of mashed potato is the right consistency for piping. All you have to do is add water to it and it's very cheap,' he adds.

    What is the easiest piping tip to use? ›

    The star is perhaps one of the easiest, and most versatile, of the beginner piping techniques. The great thing about the star is that the tip does all the work for you… simply squeeze and pull away.

    What are the most popular piping tips? ›

    The 1M is the most popular piping tip. It's often referred to as the Wilton 1M tip, but you can use any brand of 1M tip, such as Loyal or PME. It's a perfectly sized star tip that is fantastic for piping rosettes on cupcakes or adding detailed borders onto your cake edges.


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