Person that has refused pipe only because he hasn’t managed to fill it correctly or to burn it or because from the very beginning he has chosen bad pipe, refuses himself in pleasure. Mastering some time-tested rules, you will achieve level when smoking will give you pleasure but pipe will be better smoked and will serve longer. So, in front of you are pipe, pack of tobacco and matches… Some people imagine that tobacco can be filled in anyhow, that it is not important at all and that it is possible to treat pipe equally carelessly as with a cigarette. Such interpretations also are reasons of all troubles of all pipe smokers-beginners. On the owner’s rudeness pipe shows its own defense: inhales badly, goes out, overheats, moistens and, finally, can burn out from one side or burn down in whole.
First pipe is quite uneasy. Pipe is generally a complex thing, mysterious and interesting. But the first one is the most important. It is possible that you will not get any pleasure from first pipe smoking but you mustn’t despair. Try and you will succeed. Considering all above stated, here are some advices for beginners:
1. Always smoke fresh, rested, clean and dry pipe. If in pipe remained from the last lighting up tobacco that hasn’t burned down, it doesn’t manage to inhale and will taste bitter. Always, after cleaning the pipe after smoking allow it to cool down, clean and let it to have rest minimum for a day.
2. Always use quite well moistened tobacco. If you don’t buy fresh tobacco in cigarettes shop from humidor and don’t store it well-packed, tobacco easily dries up. Dry tobacco burns quickly and hot and is not good neither for the pipe neither for you. From another part tobacco cannot be over moistened. Such tobacco is difficult to light up, it burns badly, it is difficult to be inhaled what will make you “puff over” more diligently and you will inhale hotter smoke. Such smoking will not be nuts for you. Ideal conditions to store tobacco – approximately the same like for cigars: approximately 70% humidity and 18 Celsius degree. Of course it is difficult to support exact such conditions and it is not strictly necessary.
4. To light the pipe is better with wooden matches or gas lighter. Don’t use cardboard matches or be benzene lighters. Tobacco very easy absorbs outside aromas that is why don’t use something else besides matches or butane to light up tobacco. By the way, matches are preferably as butane’s burning temperature is higher than the wood’s and lighter’s flame can scorch the pipe.
5. Don’t be ashamed to light your pipe up often. Many beginners consider that experienced smokers light their pipes up from first time and if to use few matched for lighting up, it will show that they are beginners. Don’t feel shy – use as many matches as you need. Two matches for lighting up you will need only on pipe smoking championships. Use as many matches as you need – match’s manufacturers will love you!
6. Don’t be afraid to use brushes during smoking. Often, when you smoke, pipe begins to gurgle. Especially often it happens with curved pipes where easily gathers moisture. And the sound is nasty and drops of moisture saturated with nicotine when getting in mouth leave very unpleasant sensation. That is why as soon as pipe begun to gurgle bravely insert the brush in pipe’s air passage and soak moisture. And calmly smoke after that. Although, this advise is especially good for pipes without filter. But also in filtered pipes brush will reach only half of mouthpiece, absorbing extra moisture.
7. Remember, that pipes must be changed every day. Pipe must rest not less than one day before smoking it again.
8. Never take to pieces pipe while it is still warm. In such a way it can be easily broken. Pipe mustn’t cool down completely before you take the mouthpiece off it and start cleaning.
9. If you beforehand have bought not broken in pipe, you obligatory have to form “jacket” on pipe’s walls – thin burnt layer that will protect pipe from burning. There are a lot of methods of breaking in the pipe. The most widespread – smear inside surface of the cup with thin layer of honey. It will help to form quicker the snuff that is called “jacket”. Jacket is needed for your pipe to be smoked chilly and cup will not burn down.
10. And the most important to get pleasure from pipe smoking time is required. You can smoke a cigarette on the run, on work, in WC. Pipe is a ritual. Choose an hour-two, relax. Allow the fuss let you for a while. Slowly and accurately fill in the pipe. Lean back comfortably in your favorite arm-chair. Light up cigar and take full mouth of aromatic smoke. Let out clouds of smoke and feel how all your problems disappear in it.
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