I'm VERY new to this, so PLEASE correct me if I'm wrong in any of this... I've smoked a few tobaccos now in a few different pipes. I haven't, as of yet, segregated any pipe for a specific baccy yet, though. So, the pipes: The '06 St Patty A $7 corn cob and A briar I picked up locally marked "Cortina" and "Imported Briar" The tobaccos (in the order I got them): - Captain Black - A Cherry/Vanilla blend given to my by a pipe smoker at the trap range - A blend from a tobaconnist in Scottsdale, Az called San Carlos – (Description: Rich currant flavors and a hint of green apple combine for a rich, smooth blend. This mild aromatic is a combination of Golden Virginia Tobaccos blended with mild Danish Black Cavendish.) - A Cherry/Vanilla I mixed my self from 2-2 oz bags of Cherry and Vanilla. - Borkum Riff Black Cavendish - NightCap. What i have noticed about the Captain and Borkum is that they are sealed pretty tight when I get them and VERY moist inside. it reminds me of when I chewed Levi Garret - that kind of consistancy. I had a VERY hard time keeping them lit in the "Cortina" - the others I tried in that pipe were still trouble to keep lit, but not NEARLY as ard as the two pouches. The other tobaccos also seem a lot "less moist." Not dry, but much "drier." All of the tobacco that I tried in the cob seemed to light better and stay lit longer. Before I got the St Patty's, I tried to compare the two pipes (cobb and Cortina) - the cobb seems to have a larger diameter hole in the stem, to allow more air flow. In the St Patty yesterday, when i got time to sit and smoke I kind of went nuts. I ended up with 3 bowls of nightcap and 2 of the San Carlos blend. WOW, it was MUCH easier to keep these lit. I still have to do some relighting, but i think now it is about waiting too long between puffs. I haven't tried the more moist Captain and Borkum in this pipe, i'm thinking I'll just smoke them in the cob. I'm reading a book - "In Search of Pipe Dreams," by Rick Newcombe - in one chapter he goes into great detail about how he has ALL of his pipes opened up to a minimum of 4mm. I'm not sure about that number in particular, but I think I may have to try opening up the "Cortina" and see if it turns into a better smoker. I have to say, I LOVE the St Patty!