So after my g/f gave me the LOTR extended edition DVD set for Christmas, I had a 'lil inspired TAD. I purchased a couple ounces of each of JFH Middle Earth series, and a little T&C's Hobbit's Weed. I tried Hobbit's Weed first (and the jury's still out on that blend, tastes way too chemically the first time around...maybe if I let it set awhile) anyway back to the story. I've always had trouble with pipes getting too hot, gurgling, and going out after a minute or two. I usually use the traditional 3 step packing method, but about halfway through the smoke I got frustrated and tamped it down really tight to the point the draw was like a milkshake...and BAM! It stayed lit and smoked cool, zero hookah noises, and glowing red cherry. Almost smoked all the way to the bottom without a relight! I know this might not be a big deal to a lot of ya, but I'm as tickled as a kid taking the training wheels off! I think I'm getting the hang of this!