The Basics of How to Pack a Tobacco Pipe

Many people take up the pastime of smoking a pipe. They make sure they have a wonderful looking pipe and they buy only the best tobacco. They choose their pipe cleaners and their windproof lighters and they think they are ready to go. However, one of the most difficult things about smoking a pipe is actually getting it packed correctly.

It is vital that you keep your pipe clean. If you have a brand new pipe that you have never smoked before, you don’t have to worry about cleaning it just yet. However, if you have a pipe that you have used before, even if it was without much success, you are going to want to clean it. Dump out the debris that is in the bowl of the pipe and then run a pipe cleaner through the step to remove and of the possible buildup.

When the pipe is clean, you are ready to start packing. Choose strands of tobacco that have no clumps or stems in them and then pack the bowl until it is one quarter from the top of the bowl. Tamp the tobacco down until it only takes up half the bowl and then hold a flame over the tobacco, drawing the heat into the bowl. Tamp again and then fill the bowl until it is full. Tamp once more, and then you are ready to light it. Hold the flame to the tobacco so that it is just touching and then draw through the step. This should light the tobacco and you should not have any trouble keeping it lit.

If you find that you are having trouble keeping it lit, you can empty the pipe and start the process over. When you are first starting out with your pipe, you may have to do this several times before you become adept at it. Practice will make perfect in this case.

Now you are ready to light the pipe with your lighter. Let the flame touch the tobacco and then draw slowly. It might take some time, but you will be able to get the hang of packing a pipe before long.

Ryder is a consultant for an online specialty Colibri lighters store and has expert knowledge of cigar accessories, including utility lighters.

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