I suppose we all our little idiosyncrasies or methodology when it comes to pipe smoking. So something I've found myself doing consistently lately is loading a pipe with a certain blend without drying or altering the moisture level as I normally did in the past, which was to dry out my rationed amount in a small bowl for a half hour to an hour prior to packing my bowl. Ive found that if I load a pipe with a selected blend, place it on a folding stand, and let it dry in the pipe for as long as 24 - 48 hours prior to smoking. For example, if I want to smoke a bowl of Reiner LGF, I'll actually load up a pipe with it for the following day. Strange I know; but it seems to work for me, providing me with the perfect moisture levels at lighting. And since the tobacco has dried in the bowl, I don't find it breaking up or down if you will, to a consistency that gives me grief when trying to pack it properly. I discovered this by accident actually when I packed a cob with STM and placed it atop the fridge on a folding pipe stand because it was too moist when I packed it initially. I forgot about it for a day and a half when I finally remembered it, I thought it would be too dry at that point and almost dumped it. But I didnt want to waste good tobacco so I decided to try and smoke it. Well I was amazed that it smoked like a dream. My best experience with STM ever. Perfect moisture level, perfect smoke. Naturally I thought it was just a lucky fluke and thought I try it again with some of my soggy blends. It has worked like a charm each and every time giving me an absolutely fantastic smoking experience. So I wonder, have any of you discovered any bizarre, strange, or just out of the ordinary ways and means whilst smoking the pipe... Cheers!