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|Royal Oak Store
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Tues - Sat. 10:00 - 10:00
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|Downtown Victoria Store
Mon - Sat 10:00 - 6:00
Sun - 12:00 - 5:00
Mon - Wed 10:00 - 6:00
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Sun - 12:00 - 5:00
Breaking In A Pipe
One of the most important things to remember when you buy a new pipe is to smoke it slowly. Try not to let it heat up too much so as to avoid burning the wood. Smoke your pipe with short and gentle puffs. If the bowl of your pipe is too hot for you to hold then you are burning the briar and your puffs are probably too long or too frequent.
Also, try to smoke in a calm setting that is not too windy to avoid overheating the bowl. Do this for at least the first six bowls, until you develop a carbon coating inside the bowl.
While you are breaking in your pipe, the burning tobacco is in direct contact with the briar. This heat can cause the wood to release tannic acid that may cause your pipe to taste slightly bitter or acidic. This taste will become less frequent as the cake inside your pipe begins to build up.
Packing Your Pipe
Pack you pipe with tobacco in “threes”. Fill your pipe bowl to the top with tobacco, pack it down, and repeat this three times. You want to attempt to pack your pipe so it’s not too loose and not too tight. Packing your pipe properly helps to ensure you get a good draw. Don’t worry if it takes a while to develop a feel for this. It is a slightly different process for each pipe.
Lighting Your Pipe
Use wooden matches or a butane lighter. (Do not use an oil burning lighter, like a Zippo.)
After regular use, your pipe will begin to develop a carbon coating, or cake, inside the bowl. This coating is an important part of your pipe: it will protect the briar from the flame of your burning tobacco.
This coating should never be more than a 16th of an inch (about the thickness of a dime). Don’t allow it to become too thick. When the carbon coating heats up it expands faster than the briar and can crack the bowl. Never scrape the cake to the natural wood or it will need to be broken in again.
Never take the mouthpiece off a warm pipe.
Avid Pipe Smokers
If you are an avid pipe smoker it is best to buy more than one pipe so that you can allow your pipes to rest and dry out in between smoking them. If you have at least two pipes you can alternate between pipes. You can smoke your first pipe and then allow it to rest while you smoke the other pipe the next time. This ensures a sweeter, drier smoke. If you have any questions, contact Goodfellas Cigar Shop.