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Proper lighting Technique

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Can I light the tobacco too much? I tend to really put the fire to it, thinking the hotter I light it the longer it will go before it goes out. I'm sure that's stinkin' thinkin'.
I notice when I do this on a re-light, the taste is especially harsh.
So, what's the right way? Thx, Gene
 

DGErwin11

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I favor lighting just enough to get it going, then lightly tamp. I think they call this a charring light. Then I relight. Like most things related to pipe smoking, less is more. You don't want to incinerate the tobacco.

An exception to the less is more rule: The number of pipes in your rotation.
 

Imrandy

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Im not much for an old timer but i use matches and i pass them front to back till i see and even light this is after my char pack relight and that is about the only lighting i have to do after the first one
 

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Lighting your bowl evenly is the most important technique to get down. Instead of thinking about hot, think about even. When you do the initial char, circle the flame until you get most of the top going, instead of just a patch or two. Puff gently, then tamp it flat. Repeat, but this time, when you circle the flame, the entire top should light up. If it swells, tamp while puffing gently. If you have to char 2 or 3 times, that OK.

Have a cherry burning that is thin and even aids flavor much more than super hot down the center or a side, with unburnt tobacco.
 
#5
Thanks guys. I will pay more attention to an even, cherry light. Although I can't see inside the bowl while I am lighting. I have a MM straight stem corn cob. Guess I could pull it out of my mouth and blow gently into the bowl to see how the glow looks.
 

Imrandy

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I use a straight stem to what i do is slightly tilt it up and angle it to my right im a lefty clencher and with that angle you can see all but the very back of the bowl
 
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As with everything except your pipe collection (tips hat to dgErwin), when it comes to pipes less is more. Just like to add my only little relighting tip; when I tamp I very gently draw on the pipe, seems to help.
 

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IMO you can definitely over-light the bacco in a pipe. I try to keep the flame from just touching the bacco because what I want is the heat to get the bacco going, not the flame. I find it definitely has a positive effect on the overall taste, especially the first few puffs.
 

N3M0

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Lighting your bowl evenly is the most important technique to get down. Instead of thinking about hot, think about even. When you do the initial char, circle the flame until you get most of the top going, instead of just a patch or two. Puff gently, then tamp it flat. Repeat, but this time, when you circle the flame, the entire top should light up. If it swells, tamp while puffing gently. If you have to char 2 or 3 times, that OK.

Have a cherry burning that is thin and even aids flavor much more than super hot down the center or a side, with unburnt tobacco.
This is exactly what I do. Instead of taking the flame real deep into the bowl, concentrate on getting a nice, thin, char crust if you will across the whole top. Once you have your desired char crust (usually 2 or 3 char lights for me), light it up and keep the crust/cherry disc, if you will, in contact with the toby and you're good to go.
 
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