suggestions.. let your tobacco air out before using. when I fill the pipe I sprinkle in a little tobacco and then tap the pipe on the counter or back of my hand do this 2 or 3 times when the last fill that goes above the bowl I press it just below the rim with my thumb. I have the old boy but use your basic bic lighter most of the time. during the first light your tobacco will swell I tamp that back down to the rim and light again. take a couple of long slow draws (like the first couple of draws through a straw of a good thick shake) don't constantly tamp and when you do use a soft touch.