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post #11 of 24 Old 01-27-2012, 10:45 PM
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Re: What does a noob really need to know?

Smoking cigarettes is a mindless habit, smoking cigars a connoisseur's pleasure, smoking pipes a rewarding skill. It takes a while to figure it out, but practice makes perfect.

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DON'T try to remove your stem while the pipe is hot! Vulcanite, lucite and acrylic expand faster than briar, so you can crack something if you try to pull it.

It doesn't matter how long the shank is. The stem I snapped had a lot of room between it and the fire in the bowl.
Roger that - sorry - lost the context. What I was attempting (poorly) to say was that I was unable to remove the stem until I had a heat cycle through the pipe - smoked it, set it aside to cool, and the stem easily came off for cleaning a couple of hours later. Prior to that I couldn't budge it.

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Roger that - sorry - lost the context. What I was attempting (poorly) to say was that I was unable to remove the stem until I had a heat cycle through the pipe - smoked it, set it aside to cool, and the stem easily came off for cleaning a couple of hours later. Prior to that I couldn't budge it.
You were fine, but it made me think of that.

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Wow, extremely helpful. Still debating trying out a pipe since I found the wonders that are cigars, but y'all just answered a bunch of my questions by answering Derek's. Thank you
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Wow, extremely helpful. Still debating trying out a pipe since I found the wonders that are cigars, but y'all just answered a bunch of my questions by answering Derek's. Thank you
Good. I'll answer your question too for you.

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Wow, extremely helpful. Still debating trying out a pipe since I found the wonders that are cigars, but y'all just answered a bunch of my questions by answering Derek's. Thank you
just do the noob sampler (the thread is in a sticky) and get a corn cob pipe... it will cost you about $10 to find out if you like it or not. I just hopped over to the cigar one and it got me hooked on another thing I don't have money for
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I don't think anyone mentioned it yet and maybe it goes without saying, but I'd definitely recommend anyone new to the pipe to check out all the resources available on youtube via the pipe community there. You can get a ton of info here on Puff and other forums, but searching YT for stuff like "how to pack a pipe" and actually seeing someone do it is really helpful imho.
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I don't think anyone mentioned it yet and maybe it goes without saying, but I'd definitely recommend anyone new to the pipe to check out all the resources available on youtube via the pipe community there. You can get a ton of info here on Puff and other forums, but searching YT for stuff like "how to pack a pipe" and actually seeing someone do it is really helpful imho.
Absolutely! Indigosmoke posted a magnum of youtubings a while back: https://www.puff.com/forums/vb/genera...ml#post3137822

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Good. I'll answer your question too for you.

Do it!
I'll have to start looking around at pipes. Any more suggestions for a good starter pipe?
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I'll have to start looking around at pipes. Any more suggestions for a good starter pipe?
Missouri Meerschaum corn cob pipe (any of the models)!

I would recommend an MM cob because it will give you a good smoke, won't ghost so you can try many different tobaccos to begin with, and it's quite cheap compared to briars so it will allow you to try a pipe without spending much to decide if you like it. As others have mentioned, check out the NPS trade (link). There, you buy a tin for an experienced pipe smoker, and they send you a variety of samples. So with a cob and the NPS, you should easily be spending less than $30, and you will have a good smoking cob, and probably 4-8 different tobaccos!
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