Lots of practice and LOTS of patience. I used to be ok with the pack, but found I'd be gurgling in no time. Now I can typically keep a bowl lit with maybe only one or two relights without too much of a problem as long as I slow down and pay attention to how I'm packing. PA smokes great in just about everything, but best of all in my meerschaums. Flakes are still hit or miss. I had a few flakes of Luxury Bullseye this morning that just wanna play right.