Gentlemen, I am finding myself subject to pipe smoking frustration again. Now I am devoted to the cause, if only because no one will make me a nice VaPer cigar, but that does not make the frustration any less frustrating! The very notion of smoking anything to the bottom of the bowl seems a fantasy to me at times. I smoke and smoke, using copious amounts of matches. Eventually I get down towards the bottom of the bowl, and I either can't get the thing lit in any meaningful way, or trying to get it lit involves much more heat coming up the stem than I'm happy about, or it just tastes like hot ass. So I figure that's it, and I dump it out, and what do I get? A load of dry dottle! Not just a few flakes, either; a healthy little amount. Now I wouldn't care, but my pipes are new and I have been told that Cake Is Very Important. (This varies from other realms, in which the cake is a lie.) So when I get this dottle, it makes me sad, it does. I think that's mostly it. I mean, the bit where I'm keeping Diamond Match in business is bothersome as well, but I'm mostly OK with that--I've accepted it as fairly normal, since I don't have anyone else to compare to on that. But people out there in the big world do seem to make it to the bottom of an occasional bowl. Am I doing this wrong?