Pipe smoking is a dying art, even though it is the oldest form of smoking around. Still, a lot of people associate the smoke of pipe tobacco with comfort and homeliness and it is hoped that it will not disappear completely. Of course, this is also due to the fact that smoking is now truly seen as a dirty habit and it is certainly true that smoking a pipe is not a healthy alternative to cigarettes. But what do you actually need to smoke a pipe?
A Good Pipe
The first thing you need to do is find a pipe that is to your liking. One of the things that make pipe smoking so special is that you can turn it into a unique, personal experience. This is why you should take some time looking around different tobacconists’ and online until you find a pipe that you enjoy in terms of look and feel. Make sure you hold the pipe so you can experience the weight. Lightweight pipes tend to be the most comfortable of all. Naturally, you can also ask for recommendations.
A few things to remember:
- Most pipes have flaws, although the majority are not significant. If you find a very cheap pipe, it is likely that the flaws are more serious. Hence, if you are on a budget, try to purchase a corncob model, which is affordable but does work.
- Some pipes have metal filters, which absorbs some of the moisture. This also changes the way the tobacco tastes, however. Hence, you need to try whether you prefer a pipe with or without a metal filter, it’s truly a personal choice.
Check for Flaws
As stated, most pipes have some sort of flaw, but most of those don’t matter. However, mechanical flaws are a real problem, as you won’t be able to enjoy your pipe. So, before you buy, inspect your pipe from top to bottom. Look out for:
- Very thin walls (less than 6mm). The base should be equally thick. You can measure the thickness of the base by putting a pipe cleaner down the chamber. A tobacconist should be able to help you with this.
- Use the pipe cleaner to check the stem. It should be very easy to move it and it should come out near the chamber’s base.
- Be wary of thick varnishes. Most of the time, it will start to bubble because of the heat of the smoke.
Get Your Accessories
To start smoking, you need a few more accessories as well. These should all be available from your tobacconist. The things you need include:
- Matches, they work much better than lighters and don’t ruin the taste of the tobacco.
- Pipe cleaners, so that your pipe doesn’t start malfunctioning.
- A pipe tamper to help you pack the bowl.
Finally, you will need the tobacco. For more information on the best pipe tobacco, visit Smokers Outlet. You are now ready to light your first pipe and let the enjoyment commence.