The Puff FAQ for March
Written by James Payne

Wednesday, 10 March 2010

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After this, you will need to actually light the pipe. As with a cigar, you want to light your match and give it a moment so that the minerals can burn off the top of the match (if you do not, the minerals can infiltrate you tobacco and mess with the taste.)

Run the match over the top of the tobacco, and give the pipe a nice puff. Do this several times until your pipe is lit. The heat from this initial light will cause the tobacco to expand some. Because of this, you will want to tamp it down gently again.

This action inevitably leads to the pipe “going out”, so you will want to repeat the process again, sans the tamping part. Once lit, take a puff every ten seconds. Now you are smoking!

No one expects you to puff away like a steam engine. Smoking is relaxing, so if you want to take a break while smoking to read a few pages or just relax, let the tobacco burn out, then relight it after a few minutes and begin again.

Another thing to keep in mind is that the more you do puff on the pipe, the hotter it will get. A pipe should always be warm and never hot. If it gets hot too often it can overheat, and that is a no-no in the pipe world – it causes the pipe to taste funny, and can crack it.

There is a lot more to consider when smoking a tobacco pipe (from which tobacco to buy, which pipe to purchase, how to clean, etc and so forth), but this is what you need to get started smoking your first bowl of tobacco.


Thanks for hanging in their for another exciting episode. I hope this issue helped you learn a little more about that regal art of pipe smoking. As always, I encourage you to submit any question you might have, or if you have no questions and only answers, send those in too. Smoking can be done in solitaire, but at its best it is a communal hobby, meant to be shared with fellow smokers. And what better way to share smoking with a new smoker than by imparting some of your well-earned wisdom so that they too can enjoy the smoke and one day pass their knowledge on to the next generation.

See you in the next installment! Till then…



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