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As so many young men do, I dabbled in pipe smoking in my 20s. I had a nice little collection going but it got lost (well, stolen) eons ago. I just finally took the plunge and ordered a nice Peterson to get my toes wet again. I know we have some pipe smokers here. Let's see pics of your favorite pipes (well seasoned meerschaum of particular interest), hear about your tobacco mixes...share places online to buy tobacco, nice pipes, etc.

My Peterson is due in next week, and it's a nice Aran billiard/egg bowl. I ordered a mild Peterson tin to start out with.
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Signed on.
Smoke my pipe not more than a few times a week (similar to drinking). But unlike drinking that is usually done socially, I find my pipe smoking better suited for self time. I find pipe smoking to allows much creativity due to combinations of tobacco, pipe and technique. I most always smoke in evening or on a hike to relax.

Peterson is certainly a solid place to start. When I started, I tended to smoke "wet" and so I can see how they're collection system could help. Though I no longer own one when I thinned the herd.

Pio, due to your bagpiping/ kilt wearing posts you may find this video series filmed across the pond helpful.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YEcT4J3oOSI
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bG5mhruHuRY
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0XHYPso7TXs
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7Kl16aqQzkM


Perhaps I'll update with pics in future...I have a pretty nice rotation of all sorts of makes floating around.
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I'll also say if you started collecting in the past, you may find it hard to control acquiring more once you've started...
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Thanks, interesting stuff and love his brogue. Those linked me to this:
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If you are into youtube videos, I'd suggest Dublinthedam. He has an excellent channel on all things pipe smoking.

http://www.youtube.com/user/dubinthedam]

Another good channel is PipefriendCHS:

http://www.youtube.com/user/PipeFriendCHS?feature=watch

Out of curiosity, what site did you buy the pipe and tobacco from?
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pretty sure labelking started such a thread. But anyway... Most of my pipes are from Edward's. Sort of a solidarity type of thing. My favorite is a handmade Danish pipe I picked up in Copenhagen a few years ago from Poul Hansen. Really really good stuff, well designed, perfect balance...

I like really grassy, nutty burley blends, or some with cigar leaf in them. Have a number of sealed tins with a lot of age that I'm considering selling as I don't really smoke pipes anymore and they aren't really what I like. If anyone is interested, let me know, I will part with them for the container only, being sold for collector's purposes and the contents being totally incidental. I will not sell to anyone who is under 18 or otherwise not allowed to use tobacco products blah blah blah.
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The Detroit area used to have a small chain of cigar and pipe shops called Churchills. This was late 80/early 90s before the cigar craze and they were already well established when they came onto my radar. That's where I bought all my pipes. I used to favor cool burning aromatic tobacco. Like a nice, moist Burley with aromatics. There is a Turkish tobacco that just a little bit of was enough but added flavour. Latkia or something? It's like peat in Scotch...some guys would go for the max in some macho thing but I'll take the tobacco equivalent of a Speyside please.

I ordered a tin of Peterson's Irish Whiskey to start back with.
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I'm sure there are plenty sites and guides available, but does anyone have any advice for a novice? A link or two might also be helpful.

I smoked cigarettes for a few years and will occasionally smoke a cigar, so I have some experience with tobacco. My father would smoke a pipe once every couple years, but I would LOVE the smell. It looks like a good hobby for sitting on the porch, or on a hike like erdawe mentioned.
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I'm sure there are plenty sites and guides available, but does anyone have any advice for a novice? A link or two might also be helpful.
I smoked cigarettes for a few years and will occasionally smoke a cigar, so I have some experience with tobacco. My father would smoke a pipe once every couple years, but I would LOVE the smell. It looks like a good hobby for sitting on the porch, or on a hike like erdawe mentioned.

What are you looking for advice-wise?

My first piece is get a $30-40 pipe. The quality of construction will be decent. Anything past $100 or so doesn't really have any better engineering (with a few exceptions) just better design, wood etc so you won't be getting a better smoke, just a prettier one. Design doesn't have an impact on the smoke, just get what you like.

I'd say stay away from aromatics as they aren't particularly good smokes (to me at least) and you'll likely move away from them if you take this hobby seriously. You only get that aroma, not the flavor. Also, you probably won't like strong latakia flavors right away.

Other than that, go to a B&M, smell some blends, pick up what you like.

When you do light up, pack the bowl in stages. Fill it up, tamp it down. Fill it up tamp it down, repeat until just a bit below the top. Should be like sucking a drink through a straw, more or less if you've packed it right. Too tight--dig out the tobacco and start again. Too loose, tamp it down put more tobacco in.

To light, suck in while the flame is above, move in a circle formation until everything is charred. Tamp it down, wait a minute, light it up in earnest.

That's really all there is to it.
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Oh, someone asked me what website I used. I used www.pipesandcigars.com after a little searching around. Ed, do you have a favorite site?
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Oh, someone asked me what website I used. I used www.pipesandcigars.com after a little searching around. Ed, do you have a favorite site?

Yes.
Brickandmortarsinyourcity.biz
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Yes.
Brickandmortarsinyourcity.biz

Sadly, not every city has a decent place. Our one good place went under this year. I missed the sell out or would have gotten a pipe or two then and there.
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What are you looking for advice-wise?
My first piece is get a $30-40 pipe. The quality of construction will be decent. Anything past $100 or so doesn't really have any better engineering (with a few exceptions) just better design, wood etc so you won't be getting a better smoke, just a prettier one. Design doesn't have an impact on the smoke, just get what you like.
I'd say stay away from aromatics as they aren't particularly good smokes (to me at least) and you'll likely move away from them if you take this hobby seriously. You only get that aroma, not the flavor. Also, you probably won't like strong latakia flavors right away.
Other than that, go to a B&M, smell some blends, pick up what you like.
When you do light up, pack the bowl in stages. Fill it up, tamp it down. Fill it up tamp it down, repeat until just a bit below the top. Should be like sucking a drink through a straw, more or less if you've packed it right. Too tight--dig out the tobacco and start again. Too loose, tamp it down put more tobacco in.
To light, suck in while the flame is above, move in a circle formation until everything is charred. Tamp it down, wait a minute, light it up in earnest.
That's really all there is to it.

That was exactly the advice I was looking for. Thanks much!

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Oh, someone asked me what website I used. I used www.pipesandcigars.com after a little searching around. Ed, do you have a favorite site?

No order:
www.pipesandcigars.com
www.cupojoes.com
www.smokingpipes.com

These are the best run sites imo for tobacco and pipe accessory purchases i've used. Pipesandcigars have great tobacco selection.

cupojoes & smokingpipes are both great for pipe purchases, with an edge to cupojoes for new selection & smokingpipes an edge for fantastically restored estate pipes.

However, most of my pipe purchases still come from ebay since most pipes I favor have no longer been produced. I look for ones that have been cared for, especially the stem, and I'll do my own refubrb/ clean-up on the estate to meet my satisfaction.
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This thread isn't complete without mention of this website, take grain salt and understand your own tastes as the develop with the various tobaccos...

www.tobaccoreviews.com
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