How long do you charr?

Discussion in 'Need Pipe Smoking Advice? Ask an Old Fart!' started by brunchman, Jul 14, 2012.

Thread Status:
Not open for further replies.
  1. brunchman

    brunchman Member

    Joined:
    Jul 11, 2012
    Messages:
    91
    Hey guys just a quick pipe lighting question,

    How long do you spend charring your toby before tamping and relight? And most importantly whats your technique? Do you hold the flame in there puffing away until charred OR do you bring the flame in, puff and then draw away....bring the flame in, puff and then draw away for seconds at a time?
     


  2. Tony Malerich

    Tony Malerich Active Member

    Joined:
    Jan 17, 2012
    Messages:
    4,027
    In short, I do about one match worth of charring. Large or moist bowls may take it all the way to my fingers, smaller or dryer may not need quite so much though. I generally keep the match close to the bowl unless conditions are such that it's burner particularly hot and fast, and then I'll touch and go.
     
  3. WrightwoodJohn

    WrightwoodJohn Wrightwood expatriate

    Joined:
    Sep 24, 2011
    Messages:
    7,556
    1) soft flame, 5 to 6 puffs, tamp. 2) repeat. 3) light & enjoy.
     
    orto likes this.
  4. snowman

    snowman Member

    Joined:
    Jun 19, 2009
    Messages:
    487
    Myself I never charr.I light my pipe and smoke a bowl.
     
    Glenn, Jammer, phinz and 3 others like this.
  5. BradNTX

    BradNTX Well-Known Member

    Joined:
    Jun 7, 2010
    Messages:
    5,844
    It depends on the type of leaf and how moist it is. If I fold & stuff a moist flake or load up some Cube Cut Burley, I will char 2-3 times. I don't think the number of times is as important as seeing that the top is evenly lit. Once the top is lightly blackened, I will tamp and relight.

    Flame technique varies as well. If its an easy batch, I'll light and go with just a touch and couple of puffs. Other times I hold the flame on and toke like no tomorrow. Again, the important part is getting the top lit evenly so you burn evenly to the bottom. You'll get the flame and charring part down once you've learned to pay attention to what it looks like instead of how you are doing it.
     
    Old Codger likes this.
  6. cobbsmoker

    cobbsmoker Active Member

    Joined:
    Nov 26, 2011
    Messages:
    3,055
    I usually take a soft draw or two using a soft flame, just enough to crust the top, wait for it to extinguish, tamp lightly, then light. If I am smoking moist flakes I will toast the top several times before tamping and lighting to smoke.
     
  7. brunchman

    brunchman Member

    Joined:
    Jul 11, 2012
    Messages:
    91
    Cheers for the response guys, just one more question, when your using a lighter do you put the flame in the toby and draw or hover it over the bowl and draw it in?
     
  8. cobbsmoker

    cobbsmoker Active Member

    Joined:
    Nov 26, 2011
    Messages:
    3,055
    I put flame to tobacco.
     
    BradNTX likes this.
  9. Old Codger

    Old Codger Active Member

    Joined:
    Nov 21, 2011
    Messages:
    3,627
    Depends on how the tobacco reacts to the initial heat. If it swells upwards I'll give it another slightly harder puff or two under flame and then let it go out and tamp the surface gently till it's a flat surface. If the tobacco stays flat under initial flame then just try and blacken the whole top surface a little with another puff. Tamp lightly and enjoy.
     
  10. BradNTX

    BradNTX Well-Known Member

    Joined:
    Jun 7, 2010
    Messages:
    5,844
    Try different ways and see how the tobacco reacts. You'll get the techniques down soon enough.
     
    MacNutz likes this.
  11. Locopony

    Locopony Member

    Joined:
    Jun 1, 2012
    Messages:
    87
    chared tobacco looks chared, char it till its chared. You will be able to see it then when you tamp it and relight it it very even looking red cherry on the top. If not do it again, there is no pass or fail only do it till its right then move on with life. It gets easier with practice.
    I prefer matches because you can draw the fire down to the toby, lighters well you gotta do it how ever you can with out scorching the bowl.
     
  12. MacNutz

    MacNutz Active Member

    Joined:
    Dec 7, 2011
    Messages:
    1,570
    I don't usually char unless I'm about to walk a mutt. Then I char it so that it will light easy when I'm outside in the rain and wind, which we get a lot of here, esp. the rain. Broad brimmed hats are a necessity for pipe smoking here.:rolleyes:
    I've not actually thought much about the char, it seems to depend on the nature of the tobacco and the size of the pipe.
     
    Kiowapipe likes this.
  13. Kiowapipe

    Kiowapipe Active Member

    Joined:
    Apr 11, 2011
    Messages:
    3,494
    I don't really char, I just keep lighting until it stays lit :)
    As for the actual lighting process, there's two primary considerations: get the tobacco burning, and don't scorch the rim of your pipe. You have to get the flame close to the tobacco to accomplish #1, but you can't keep it there too long or you'll fail on #2.
     
    SouthBound likes this.
  14. Professor

    Professor Active Member

    Joined:
    Jun 19, 2012
    Messages:
    1,159
    That's exactly how I charr too! :)
     
    WrightwoodJohn likes this.
  15. jpberg

    jpberg Moderator Moderator

    Joined:
    Feb 9, 2010
    Messages:
    8,695
    I never got exactly what a "charring light" was supposed to do.
     
    Glenn likes this.
  16. SmokeyJoe

    SmokeyJoe Active Member

    Joined:
    Feb 20, 2011
    Messages:
    4,049
    Are you sure you don't smoke cobs?
     
    Glenn and jpberg like this.
  17. Professor

    Professor Active Member

    Joined:
    Jun 19, 2012
    Messages:
    1,159
    Oh boy, oh boy - jpberg's revenge will be terrible... :eek:
     
    jpberg, dwaugh and SmokeyJoe like this.
  18. BradNTX

    BradNTX Well-Known Member

    Joined:
    Jun 7, 2010
    Messages:
    5,844
    If you dry your tobacco to where its already close to being ash, I don't think it matters. Otherwise, slightly moist tobacco swells, and some parts sticking up light better than the rest. You toast it, flatten it, and relight so you have an even burn from the start. :bing:
     
    orto likes this.
Thread Status:
Not open for further replies.