How to Smoke and Care for a Pipe
Pipes can last you a long time with proper care, here is some information to get the most out of your pipe smoking experience.
How to Smoke a Pipe
Pipes are loaded in a three layer system. The first third is packed the lightest, the middle third a bit more pressure and the top layer with strong pressure. Light the tobacco in a circular movement and slowly draw from the mouth piece to allow the flame to reach the lower tobacco layer.
During this original lighting of tobacco the moisture emitted blocks the flame from reaching the lower levels. To counteract this, press the top layer of tobacco down gently using a tamper. Repeat this process of lighting and tamping until there is a steady ember in the middle layer. Your pipe will keep going out if only the top layer is burning. If the draw is to tight, loosen tobacco with a pick.
You regulate the ember with your draw. The key is to draw slow and gentle. Pipe tobacco should not be inhaled. Instead, taste the smoke for a few seconds in you mouth to experience all the different aromas the tobacco emits. To heavy of a draw will lead to "burnout" of the pipe at the bottom near the blowhole.
With the proper technique and a soft draw, a pipe can last for years. If your draw to strong or too frequent, you will soon be smoking wood. This will taste and smell bad. If a pipe gets to hot put it aside immediately to prevent cracks and holes in the bowl. Not all the tobacco will be smoked in the pipe. Near the end, the tobacco is filled with tar and condensation that may taste bitter. After smoking let your pipe sit for a day to give it time to dry out. For the best flavor make sure to clean your pipe after every use and change your filter if you have one. With prolonged use the tobacco will build up a charcoal layer in the pipe. A thickness of 1-2mm is explicitly desired as it protects the wood from the stress it is exposed to while smoking.
Enjoy your smoking experience!