Greetings from the cold Northwoods of Wisconsin. I have been a tobacco smoker for the better part of 17 years and just recently switched over to the pipe. It was about a month ago and have come to thoroughly enjoy the time I have spent. I have had some difficulty getting a solid method of packing and smoking. Packing not so much as in the beginning but my smoke only seems to last 10-15 min. out of my MM legend. May be the tobacco? I've been smoking on super value vanilla. Yes I know its cheap stuff but its what is sold in my town and didn't want to get to crazy and find out I wouldn't enjoy it. Maybe its how I smoke? I seem to go through the bowl so fast and I cant seem to keep a bowl burning for a good amount of time. I don't mind the relight, but if I'm not going hard and fast I don't seem to get much smoke and it goes out. Probably my pack job is my conclusion. What I am hoping to get from here is some new tips and knowledge on the whole aspect of the pipe smoking experience. Meet some people who have similar ideas and even those who don't. I enjoy learning and listening to peoples thoughts and ideas. I was on for awhile yesterday evening before my approval and already have decided that this will be a good place for that. hope to hear from y'all. And how do you combat the tongue bite? Had it for a month now and miss tasting my meals. Hell I cant even barely taste my African coffee which usually has a bold earthy flavor to it. Almost is like I'm back in the army drinking Uncle Sams version of coffee again. Sincerely, Rhodes A. Freeman
Post by lonecoyote on Dec 15, 2018 13:16:15 GMT -5
Welcome to the Patch, hope you enjoy your stay. Any questions feel free to ask, a bunch of great members within this forum 👍👍
PS Your tongue bite: make sure your tobacco is not overly moist. Dry out in a small tray/dish for 30 to 60 minutes if your smoking a fresh blend. Pace you cadence as well. Also, try a few different ways to pack your pipe, you might be packing to tight. Try a gravity drop, light up and tamp, relight if necessary.
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Welcome, Rhodes. You've come to the right place for all things pipes and tobacco. There is a lot of knowledge and the members are very generous with their advice and encouragement. Enjoy your time here and let us know about your adventures in piping.
Welcome from southern Michigan. By the sounds of it you're going too fast. Think of a pipe as making the tobacco last as long as possible. 20 minutes is about the time it takes to smoke a bowl of ribbon cut in a legend. Pack looser and smaller puffs. If you can find prince albert, carter hall, half and half, or sir walter raleigh try those as they aren't aromatics which can be very damp smokes and will steam the tongue if pushed. The 4 I listed are all hundred year old blends that generations of pipe smokers have learned from and they are all fairly good to outstanding smokes. Good luck and good smokes.
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Welcome Rhodes! Early in my pipe smoking I made the mistake of packing too tightly, thinking the idea was to get as much tobacco in the pipe as possible. That leads to difficulty keeping the pipe lit and necessitates puffing too hard, which causes the pipe to burn hot, which, along with damp tobacco, produces steam, which cooks your tongue. Or some version of that. For me the key is packing with a light touch and sipping more than puffing. There are more than a few variables involved; discovering them is half the fun.
Enjoy your smoking!
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Welcome from Oak Ridge, Tennessee. Could be that the tobacco you are smoking is too moist. Set some out in a dish to dry out for however long it takes to get it drier. You might want to try a different tobacco that is not so aromatic, like Carter Hall or Sir Walter Raleigh. Sir Walter Raleigh Aromatic is a good blend to try - it smokes relatively dry for an aromatic.
Post by Legend Lover on Dec 15, 2018 14:53:22 GMT -5
A warm welcome from Ireland. I hope you enjoy your stay here. Start some threads asking the questions you have. People will be quick to help you out. I had a similar situation as you. I learned a lot from places like this. Pack lightly, don't tamp too hard and make sure you've got a good charring light and good true light. And experiment. I'd try some other cuts of tobacco too in case that helps too.
I found carter hall a great one for packing - it's like filling the pipe with sand. It almost packs itself!
Post by just ol ed on Dec 15, 2018 16:00:00 GMT -5
adding my welcome/greets from 50miles East of Buffalo, NY. all 51 pipes with Lucite stem, smoke only heavy latakia blends. At my age of near 78, very set in my ways & probably enjoying my "seniority" here. Great place to hang out
I've been smoking on super value vanilla. Yes I know its cheap stuff but its what is sold in my town and didn't want to get to crazy and find out I wouldn't enjoy it.
That is like buying generic whiskey and expecting a smooth taste....ain't going to happen.
Some good smoking suggestions have already been suggested, but you need to buy some decent tobacco...I would phone Smokingpipes and ask them to send you a few ounces of:
Lane 1 Q for an aromatic, or a tin of Cult Blood red moon
A Top Selling Virginia blend
A top selling burley blend
A top selling English blend
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Post by bonanzadriver on Dec 15, 2018 21:49:40 GMT -5
I'd encourage you to take your time finding the right tobacco for you.
There is compelling evidence that tongue bite is more often a result of your bodies ph levels and less often a result of how you pack your pipe or how you puff.
That being said, I would encourage you to try the "Less is More" approach... Meaning, less moisture, less tobacco, less aggressive puffing.
Let your tobacco dry out a bit before you pack your pipe. You'll find that drier tobacco is somewhat "springy" therefore resulting in it being more difficult to pack as tightly as moist tobacco.
Pipe smoking differs from cigar smoking in that you don't keep a big billowing cloud of smoke going like you do with cigars.
I've found that many of the bright virginias and aromatics, especially cherry blends, tend to bite the hell outta me. As a result of this I steer clear of em and really enjoy English's , Balkan's and some VaPers (Virginia Perique).
I find that Carter Hall, available over the counter at most all retailers that carry pipe tobacco, is almost always at the right moisture level and never bites.
Most of the online retailers offer some sort of Sample Size selections and are a great way to experiment until you find something you like.
Post by smellthehatfirst on Dec 15, 2018 22:03:44 GMT -5
I'mma second bonanzadriver 's recommendation of Carter Hall. It is an always-satisfying favorite. Something that's never far at hand, however long I smoke a pipe.
I find it helpful to remember that Carter Hall and Prince Albert were once "smoking mixtures," for use in pipe or cigarette. In an age before the dreaded filter, this was the flavor that lit America aflame.
Post by Lady Margaret on Dec 15, 2018 22:20:27 GMT -5
welcome from Charleston, WV! you've come to the right place
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