Deciding to stick to a couple of blends and try to get the hang of them Ive been smoking a lot of MacBaren VF primarily in a freehand Boswell I got a few weeks ago. The Boswell seems to have a distinctly V-shaped bowl - much narrower on the bottom than the top - the top of the chamber has almost the exact diameter as a nickel while the bottom seems about as wide as my pinkie finger. The draw hole is dead center in the bottom of the bowl. The chamber is probably 1.5" deep at most. It seemed initially to me that this would make a perfect flake pipe (I had heard that conical bowls were preferred for flakes) but I am having a great deal of trouble keeping the flake alight. Ive tried the fold and stuff method but that seemed to end up packing too tight once the tobacco expanded on the light. I tried rubbing out and smoked some after about 3o min and some the next day after letting it dry out. Ive tried folding and then placing the tobacco like a bunch of twigs sticking straight up in the bowl (this seemed to be the worst approach). In all cases the draw, pre-light, seemed to be quite free but none of these various methods has resulted in much success. Ive read Moos - Flake Takes thread and understand that a) this takes time and b) each flake can behave differently............oh and c) once you get the it figured out flakes are fantastic. BUT before I keep at this (this combo of pipe and tobacco - I'm sold on flakes) I wanted to ask if the characteristics of this bowl were potentially part of the problem. As always thanks for any advice.