Tobacco pipes are considered one of the oldest smoking devices to be used till date. In fact, it is the only consistently used artifacts ever know to mankind after civilization. A meditative and calming hobby, smoking tobacco through a pipe can be real fun. With practice and patience, one can easily master the art of smoking tobacco pipes perfectly.
Buying a Pipe
The first step is to buy tobacco pipes – when you start, you should buy just one pipe to master the smoking method. There are various choices available these days.
There are some less expensive options like corncob pipes, the least expensive, though not widely recommended. Their quality is poor and may dilute the flavors to tobacco. So, you should go for medium-quality pipes like meerschaum pipes – beautiful and decorative.
It is very important to buy fresh tobacco for smoking. Pipe tobacco should be fresh all the time. There are certain levels of moisture that should be present for pipe tobacco so that it burns evenly. Therefore, you must store tobacco properly in airtight containers or bags and seal them completely. Try to avoid overly fragranced tobacco; they are usually difficult to light and they keep burning continuously.
It is also very important to pack the tobacco properly inside the pipe. Take small amount of tobacco between the forefinger and thumb, just a pinch, and place it inside the pipe. Do not push it down, but let it reach the rim of the bowl, using the flat end of the pipe tamper, pat down tobacco carefully. That’s it!
Clean the Pipe
It is very important to keep the pipe clean and well maintained so that there are no issues. Regular cleaning increases longevity of the pipe.