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Old 09-20-2012, 04:51 PM   #61
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First third pack like a child.

Second third pack like a woman.

Third third pack like a man.
I've seen that and tried it but I guess I don't understand. Wouldn't packing hard on the top layer compress everything underneath?
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Old 09-20-2012, 05:11 PM   #62
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I've seen that and tried it but I guess I don't understand. Wouldn't packing hard on the top layer compress everything underneath?
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You want a hard packed crust so it will stay lit. You want it looser down through the bowl so it will draw right.

Too tight and it's like sucking through pumice. Too loose and it just burns hot.
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Old 09-20-2012, 05:14 PM   #63
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So? As tight as possible without a tight draw? I struggle with pack.

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Old 09-20-2012, 05:19 PM   #64
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So? As tight as possible without a tight draw? I struggle with pack.
Hardest part for me, when learning, was to avoid a "pinch and pack". Packing a pipe should be a relaxed process. Using your fingers only to drizzle the tobacco into the bowl as you pack.

Also, even with the ready rubbed tins. I get a much better pack if I take the time to rub out all the tobacco as soon as I open the tin. Without, I'd often get too many packed clumps that don't draw.
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Old 09-20-2012, 05:21 PM   #65
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I need to get on YouTube.

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Old 09-20-2012, 05:26 PM   #66
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IMO, it's impossible to say there is any one, definitive, way to pack a pipe because every tobacco is different (some very dry, some rather moist, some dry but "gummy", etc...) and every pipe is different. You have to practice with 1 pipe to get the method down and adjust from there between pipes and tobaccos.
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Old 09-20-2012, 05:31 PM   #67
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IMO, it's impossible to say there is any one, definitive, way to pack a pipe because every tobacco is different (some very dry, some rather moist, some dry but "gummy", etc...) and every pipe is different. You have to practice with 1 pipe to get the method down and adjust from there between pipes and tobaccos.
That's probably the best advice I didn't want to hear.
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That's probably the best advice I didn't want to hear.
I still struggle with cobb pipes. I worry that if I pack as tight as I do with the briar that the bowl will crack or something. I know I shouldn't worry, but I do.
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Old 09-20-2012, 05:39 PM   #69
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Smoked some of the tobacco I grew last year, last night.

Mild but extremely pleasant. Probably should have shredded it more like spaghetti, but it works.

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Old 09-20-2012, 05:44 PM   #70
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http://jimscigarandpipe.info/frank.html

Give this a try jeep. It works very well but always felt too loose for me early on (when I'd smoke doing yardwork the bowl seemed to finish way too soon).

Now, with a tighter pack, it feels like they take forever to smoke. i may have to revisit this myself to find a happy medium.
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