How to smoke a pipe - Pipes

  • Thabo Pienaar

After picking up my pipes after many years not smoking (while my kids grew up), my son, now old enough and at university, started to take a puff or two with me while relaxing on our stoep.

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Experience DO count for something

  • Thabo Pienaar

It is funny how you sometimes don't see yourself as an authority on a particular subject, until you read or overhear a seemingly authoritative and realise "I knew that!" Two things usually happen: what the person said either confirm what you've learned over the years; or you realise how uninformed some seeming authoritative pepoele can be (and I don't mean this in a bad way!).

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Smoking and health

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Every now and then, a research paper find that what we were told by medicine a few years or decades ago, might not be really the case. Things like oil and fat are bad and causes cholestrol, that we are directed by either the left ot right brain etc. We exchanged butter for margarine, only to find that the "rubbish" in margarine are even worse than the fat content of butter. We were told from the 70's and 80's that smoking is the number one killer and cause of lung cancer. Well, is it?

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How to break in a new pipe

  • Thabo Pienaar

When I bought my first 6 pipes (GBDs and Georg Jensens), there was no-one who could tell you, or maybe who bothered to tell you how to "break-in" your new pipe. The Tobacconist probably assumed I will do it right and eventually the cake / carbonised layer will be formed. Well, he was actually right. I (and all who I knew smoking a pipe at the time), was so excited with our new pipes, we just filled it to the rim, lit it and smoked. The first smoke, I went all the way to the ashes at the bottom; other times half way, lit again etc. But no special care was given to a "method". To be honest, I didn't even knew that it should not get too hot; I thought it was normal for a new pipe.

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Packing a Pipe

  • Thabo Pienaar

One of the most difficult thing for beginners, is to pack a pipe properly. I remember packing my pipes either to hard and could barely pull anything out of it (which still sometimes happen), or too light. Wrong packing of your pipe can result in a hot, tongue-biting smoke and is probably the reason for many to quit pipe smoking.

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