Re: What does a noob really need to know?
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.
Just be careful when doing this, because there are a lot of intentionally homoerotic pipe-smoking videos on YouTube. You can usually tell from the comments (and the leather bondage wear) what audience they're intended for.
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