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A Pipe Noob Confession... A story about Noob who didn't know he was.

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    Young Puffer Fish DrumComp's Avatar


     

    A Pipe Noob Confession... A story about Noob who didn't know he was.

    I came to Puff because of the cigar forum but was happily surprised to see a pipe forum as well.

    Background
    I guess I should start form the beginning. Growing up I had an uncle that smoked a pipe however I almost never saw it. Most of the time he would roll pipe tobacco into a cigarette. I guess you could say he loved 1Q, most of time; should he be caught without his own smoke, he wouldn't accept anyone else's OTC cigarettes. This had always intrigued me, so when I was 18 I decided to try it[also it should be known I was a avid cigarette smoker by this point and knew a little about pipes due to other teenage smoking activities]. I tried some house blends at the local B&M... Had two Dr. Crap pipes [cough cough] I mean Dr. Grabows eh'hem, and a single corn cob, But most of my tobacco ended up in my rolling machine to make cigarettes. The way I had learned from my uncle, It should be stated RYO[Roll Your Own] is art form especially when using filtered tubes as opposed to rolling papers. However back than I could buy a pack of cigarettes for roughly two and half dollars, and the B&M charged though the teeth. So I didn't get that into it, and then I went to the military. No more pipes for me, I was introduced to cigars in Afghanistan but that a different story [and involves a danish exchange with cigars that can't be mentioned on this site]. Fast forward till 3 months ago.


    The Tipping Point
    All I have now is a "La Rocca" pipe and a rolling machine. My Local B&M is charging roughly $50 dollars for 8 oz. of 1Q. My uncle is paying 75 for a pound up in Houston. So one day when hunting for new B&M with better pricing and selection. I stumble into a nice place and ask for "1q" knowing most likely it will be under some house name brand. The guy gives me a weird look so I ask again. He looks around doesn't see any other customers, then he seems to relax, and picks up a jar and hands it to me. "Is this it?" I take a whiff, Yup sure is. He reply's "Its not often asked for by the manufacturing name, please call it by our name." We get to talking and he has me sample of his personal blend [he was very proud of the fact it had perique in it], and come to find out he was worried that if people found out the manufacturing name they would order online. I asked "is it really that big out a discount?" after a long awkward silent stare from him, I said OK how much do I owe you. The damage was done. Later that night with my mistress Google, I almost fell out of my chair when I found P&C's price for 1q was 25 dollars! During my vetting process[to make sure it was a trusted site] I found out that CI had bought P&C. Puff's reviews helped me to vet the website and lead me to get into cigar. So after awhile I signed up.


    Confession
    In doing so I found the pipe forum. I fancied myself as a knowledgeable pipe smoker. So I stuck with reading reading the cigar forums. With the odd pipe thread tossed in. It has taken about a week to admit to myself that I don't squat! Granted I know how pack and smoke a pipe, but before this site I had never seen flake. Cake? Oh I know that one... its the carbon residue in my bowl.... I Never knew there was a pressed tobacco called cake. It is sad that I didn't even know how much I didn't know. Thank you PUFF for taking the blinders off, Now my eyes are open to a whole new pipe world!
    So now that you have heard my story,
    Hi I'm Mitch and I am Piper Noob!

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    A Squid founder, retired ProbateGeek's Avatar


     

    Re: A Pipe Noob Confession... A story about Noob who didn't know he was.

    Hey, Mitch - welcome to puff! Interesting story - but you (and your uncle) weren't smoking pipe tobacco like cigarettes, were you? I mean inhaling? I worked for a while as a security guard in Arlington with a guy who would do that, chainsmoking pipe tobacco of some hideous variety (I don't recall which). Worst cough on a guy I've ever heard - he's probably dead now.


    Enjoy the journey of new pipe tobaccos, and probably a few new pipes as well (see if ya don't!). There is a lot of good stuff out there, and my bet is after a few months here you'll never go back to 1Q.

    Whereabouts in Texas?
    1792 Flake was first produced in 1830, exactly 139 years before man walked on the moon. Coincidence?

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    Young Puffer Fish DrumComp's Avatar


     

    Re: A Pipe Noob Confession... A story about Noob who didn't know he was.

    Quote Originally Posted by ProbateGeek View Post
    Hey, Mitch - welcome to puff! Interesting story - but you (and your uncle) weren't smoking pipe tobacco like cigarettes, were you? I mean inhaling? I worked for a while as a security guard in Arlington with a guy who would do that, chainsmoking pipe tobacco of some hideous variety (I don't recall which). Worst cough on a guy I've ever heard - he's probably dead now.
    It is sad to say it but yes... However when I smoke a pipe I don't. Its odd, but I guess its the habit that goes with each. 1q has extremely low nicotine... and sometime I crave it.
    I once took a tobacco sensation class, and they explained that the harder the draw on any tabacco product the deeper it goes into your lungs, therefore even when you hold the smoke in your mouth you still inhaled some of it [possibly without knowing]. Then there the facts that the cigarette is less than a 1/3 of a bowl... so I think it works out about the same.
    Or I could just be trying to justify bad habit lol

    Neither of us have a cough.... just the occasional phlegm that all smokers get.
    Quote Originally Posted by ProbateGeek View Post
    Enjoy the journey of new pipe tobaccos, and probably a few new pipes as well (see if ya don't!). There is a lot of good stuff out there, and my bet is after a few months here you'll never go back to 1Q.
    Me probably not, my uncle is set in his ways, and has been smoking 1q for 30 something years.

    Quote Originally Posted by ProbateGeek View Post
    Whereabouts in Texas?
    Close to San Antonio

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    Snuff-hound steinr1's Avatar


     

    Re: A Pipe Noob Confession... A story about Noob who didn't know he was.

    Internet sales are killing off all sorts of "proper" shops. Tobacconists are hit as hard as anyone. We're poorer for it. I love going to a good B&M and talking to the staff and getting recomendations that are really tuned to my tastes. You don't get that on the internet. Personally, I don't begrudge the few decent tobacco specialists left in the UK a bit extra which allows them to survive. Granted, the mark-ups do sound a bit extreme in this case. Smoking is becoming a much rarer thing and the volumes sold will be smaller so the mark-up to remain in business will be larger. Gone are the days of a hord of people queueing up in the local tobacconist every morning to get their day's smokes...
    "Never keep up with the Joneses. Drag them down to your level." - Quentin Crisp

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    Elder Puffer Fish Leader MarkC's Avatar


     

    Re: A Pipe Noob Confession... A story about Noob who didn't know he was.

    So, you think flakes are pretty exotic, do you Mitch? Do you have a Xikar type cigar cutter? Let me know; you might find something even odder in your NPS trade package...

    By the way, I can relate to the idea of being a Noob who didn't know he was. When I picked up the pipe in '09, and a couple of months later found this place, I was quick to inform people that I had smoked a pipe before and was just returning to it. At this point in time, I realize that this was like calling myself a retired race car driver because of that one drag race in my grandmother's Volkswagen Fastback.


    Don't laugh; I beat the Vega...
    ********.com

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    Young Puffer Fish DrumComp's Avatar


     

    Re: A Pipe Noob Confession... A story about Noob who didn't know he was.

    Quote Originally Posted by MarkC View Post
    Don't laugh; I beat the Vega...

    LMAO

    How did I miss this post.

    Well would I be the first noob to ask you... How do I smoke rope????
    It should be fun to try!Ahhhh... so antsy, now I see why most NPS say it is like Christmas morning!!!

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    Snuff-hound steinr1's Avatar


     

    Re: A Pipe Noob Confession... A story about Noob who didn't know he was.

    Quote Originally Posted by DrumComp View Post
    Well would I be the first noob to ask you... How do I smoke rope????
    There are a couple of different ways. Some cut the rope into thin "coins" across the length of the rope. A twin blade cigar cutter or cigar scissors are ideal for doing this. These are then simply dropped into the pipe, lightly tamped down and smoked. Personally, I then rub the coins out into a fine shag and smoke it like that.

    A lot of people use the ropes as "seasoning" or "fortifiers" in combination with other tobaccos. These are STRONG tobaccos both in terms of flavour and nicotine. I smoke mine "straight" in a tiny bowled briar pipe. Certainly less than two grams of tobacco in a bowl, closer to one. It's often enough nicotine to leave me reeling. You have been warned.

    The cooked black ropes are less strong (in taste) than the brown ropes; smoother. All are very slow and cool smoking, the black ones more so. My little pipe can smoke for up to about half an hour.
    "Never keep up with the Joneses. Drag them down to your level." - Quentin Crisp

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    Young Puffer Fish DrumComp's Avatar


     

    Re: A Pipe Noob Confession... A story about Noob who didn't know he was.

    Awesome, Thanks Robert.

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    Young Puffer Fish mo985's Avatar


     

    Re: A Pipe Noob Confession... A story about Noob who didn't know he was.

    Great story Mitch!! I don't have a good one, but can relate! Welcome.


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