The 3 P's - Proper Pipe Packing
(or Packing, Puffing, Pleasure!)

Bob Schafer, a tobaccoinst at Just for Him Tobacco Shop in Springfield, MO sent me an e-mail about the process of packing a pipe. Bob was nice enough to provide me with a step-by-step outline of pipe packing that can really improved your smoking pleasure. Please try this very simple process and let me know how it works for you. Thanks Bob!

In Bob's e-mail, he told me a story about an 80 year old gentleman who had come into the shop. Bob offered to show him how to properly pack his pipe. The gentleman said that he'd been smoking a pipe for 60 years and he doubted Bob could show him anything he didn't already know. Bob was 29 years old at the time!

Bob took his pipe and dumped it out, re-packed it using this simple process and handed it back to the man. After lighting and smoking the pipe for a few moments, the man said that it was the first time in 60 years that a pipe did not "bite" his tongue. The man then insisted that Bob show him how to properly pack a pipe. Bob said he could not imagine why someone would put up with 60 years of tongue-bite!


Step 1:

Sprinkle the tobacco loosely into the bowl until it's full. Be sure not to stuff or pack the tobacco into the bowl, just lightly sprinkle. Once the bowl is full, tamp the tobacco halfway down the bowl. Becareful not to pack it too tight. Use a "light" touch!

Step 2:

Repeat the "sprinkle process" in Step 1. Fill the bowl up again and push it down 2/3 or 3/4 full. Perform the "sprinkle step" a third time until you have created a small heap just above the rim of the bowl.

Step 3:

Now comes the moment of truth...the lighting. When lighting a pipe, take 5 or 6 good puffs and make sure the entire surface of the tobacco is lit. This is the "charring" phase of lighting. Now take your tamper and crush down the ash. Take care not to push down the tobacco too much, only tamp down the ash! It's at this point many pipe smoker's push down too much and pack the tobacco to tight.

Re-light the pipe after you have tamped down the ash. Once again taking 5 or 6 good puffs while lighting the tobacco evenly. And there you have it, sit back and relax!!

Bob also offers several other tips: Take a 3 second draw, nice and slow. Slow, elongated puffs will help you relax and it will help keep the pipe burning more cooly. He says the ladies "dig it"!

If you're ever in Springfield, MO stop and see Bob. Have him show you how to pack a pipe!

Just for Him
1334 E. Battlefield
Springfield, MO 65804
(417) 886-8380 (Voice)
(800) 626-2971 (Toll-Free)
(417) 886-2981 (FAX)

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