My problem is now there are 2 slopes happening in my house at once! I've been smoking cigars for a little while and my curiosity got the best of me and I started asking about pipes back in November or December. Macke sent me a couple of pipe tobacco samples in December and I finally picked up a corncob pipe the other day and smoked one of the blends. ...and it was wonderful!
Before I smoked last night, I read a how-to on packing it, along with looking over some tips Macke gave me. And then I just started smoking. The rest came pretty naturally to me, even without reading much about it. I had to use the foot of a bottle opener last night as a tamper, but I picked up a pipe tool today in a local B&M. Also enjoyed making my first pipe tobacco purchase today. One's an English blend and one is a cherry vanilla. Can't wait to try them, plus the rum and maple that Macke sent me.
...my only problem is I burnt my tongue. Oops. Tips on keeping from doing this next time? I'm afraid to smoke another bowl until that clears up!