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drunkfish3

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He says it to Cavendish 2oz, toasted Cavendish 1 oz, and whiskey 1oz. Hopefully it stops raining so I can try it tomorrow.
 

bluue13

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Cob pipe, cheap tool, some matches, pipe cleaners, and a pouch of whatever pipe tobacco blend you like. That's really all you need. Everything else is just luxury at that point. Your local B&M probably has some tins or pouches of pipe tobacco. One word of advice, in case you've not smoked pipes before, it's not really similar to cigar smoking. It's its own thing. If you're picking up a pipe and expecting it to be like cutting and lighting a cigar you may be disappointed. They are two rather different entities. From the flavors to the techniques, they can be rather dissimilar. Still, it can be very enjoyable. I definitely enjoy the hobby and you can surely blow cash towards it like any other hobby. I enjoy selecting a blend, a pipe, and packing it and lighting it, but it definitely requires more patience, more care, more technique than cigars which we all know are as easy as cutting, lighting, and boom you're going.

Anyway, just my .02 that I found out when I started with pipes.
I definitely echo this! When I started on pipes I became so obsessed with doing it the "right way" that I just wasn't enjoying it. You can read so many things about packing method, lighting, etc, that you'll end up feeling like if you have to relight your pipe you must be failing somewhere.

I've finally learned to let this go, to pack a bowl how it seems right for me, and enjoy. If I have to relight 3-4 times but I'm still enjoying the experience then I'm doing it right.

Something else I love about pipes is how easy it is to put a pipe down halfway through and come back to it hours or even a day or two later and its still good.

You'll find what works for you. If you're not enjoying it, try something different.
 

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I do not mean to take from OP and if I need to make a new thread I definitely will, but do you guys let your fresh purchases sit for a bit or set out on a plate for a while before smoking. Aka the dry boxing seen with cigars? @H. Vachon hit on this near the end of our last zoom but I was getting pretty far into my clean glasses at that point and completely forgot. Sorry buddy
 

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Corncobs are great, and cheap! Just don't get those shitty Chinese knockoffs, get the real deal. https://corncobpipe.com/

Pipesandcigars.com has a really good selection. like others said, pipe smoking is nothing like cigars. I love smoking a pipe once in a while, however it is different... Think of it like drinking tea vs an Americano. Or perhaps eating a veggie burger vs a double double (only some of you will get that). :D

I generally switch to pipes as Fall approaches, as it's cooler outside, and just more enjoyable to pack a quick 20 min bowl opposed to sitting outside in the cold for an hour. Lots of good tobaccos out there, and most are really cheap (compared to cigars). Definitely a fun hobby. Good luck!
 

H. Vachon

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I do not mean to take from OP and if I need to make a new thread I definitely will, but do you guys let your fresh purchases sit for a bit or set out on a plate for a while before smoking. Aka the dry boxing seen with cigars? @H. Vachon hit on this near the end of our last zoom but I was getting pretty far into my clean glasses at that point and completely forgot. Sorry buddy
No worries man! During that conversation I was talking about letting your pipe tobacco sit out for 15-30 minutes before packing the bowl to help wick off some of the moisture. Similar to cigars, If the tobacco is too moist it may lead to excessive relights and less that optimal flavor. Everyone has their own personal preference so you just have to try varying times to find what’s best for you/your pipe. If that wasn’t the conversation you were referring to hit me up and we’ll figure it out 😎
 

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I do not mean to take from OP and if I need to make a new thread I definitely will, but do you guys let your fresh purchases sit for a bit or set out on a plate for a while before smoking. Aka the dry boxing seen with cigars? @H. Vachon hit on this near the end of our last zoom but I was getting pretty far into my clean glasses at that point and completely forgot. Sorry buddy
You can dry it out to almost crunchy dry and it will still smoke great.
As you spend more time playing with blends, you'll get a feel for how the moisture feels vs quality of smoke you get.
 

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Also, very important (and has been mentioned several times) do not keep your pipe tobacco in the same humidor as your cigars... I have received cigars from some pipe smokers and sadly the cigars were unsmokable.... 😢
 

The Black Cloud

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I've either gotten my pack technique better...or more than likely, just stopped caring so much about it. If I have to relight, so be it. There are worse things. Plus it gives the pipe a little time to cool down if it's smoking too hot.
 
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