For the past several days I've noticed my rate of relighting has gone up. Way up. Like from 4 to 7 relights to 13 to 25. Some bowls I haven't even been able to finish because I was lighting more than smoking and found it frustrating rather than relaxing (which is the whole point of the exercise.) I'm trying to see what's changed between now and when I was smoking more and lighting less. Here's what I came up with. 1. My cobs have taught me to smoke much more slowly than I was. Much good has come of this: cooler bowls, a more relaxing pace and cooler, more flavorful smoke. Is more relighting just the price of admission for these benefits? 2. I'm pretty sure I've drifted into packing too tightly. The left over tobacco in the few bowls I didn't finish (all briars, by the way) seemed more wet than they should have been. Certainly more wet than when they went in. I packed quite a bit looser tonight as well as tamped less and lighter, but still had to relight like crazy. 3. If I smoke in the house, I have to smoke aros. It's been so hot out, so I'm inside more and smoking more aros than usual. I think I've read that these tend to be more moist than some other tobaccos and some of the ones I've been smoking are pretty moist. I left some out to dry before smoking it last night and it didn't seem to help the relight issue. 4. When I smoke I either smoke outside or near an open widow when I'm inside. The humility here in north Alabama has felt like being stuck inside a dog's mouth as of late. Could this have an effect? Any wisdom would be appreciated. I don't mind relighting, but the rate at which I'm doing, it feels like it might be more relaxing and less trouble just to strike matches and throw them in the yard rather than try to make it through a bowl.