Category Archives: Beginners Guides

Help and useful information for beginners


Beginner’s Guide to Vaping – Definitive Guide To Using Your E-pipe

With new technology comes new challenges and the e-pipe (or vaping pipe, or vape pipe), despite actually being a reasonably simple piece of kit, seems to throw up more than…

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pipe tobacco

Is it possible to mix exactly the same blend of pipe tobacco, time after time, so as to obtain an unvarying flavour and aroma for many years?

An interesting question from a pipe guide book from the 60s when blending one’s own pipe tobacco was not uncommon: Is it possible to mix exactly the same blend of…

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tipe tobacco moisture

How moist should pipe tobacco be? Can excessive moisture harm the tobacco?

A simple test can tell you whether your pipe tobacco has the proper moisture content. Grasp a handful of pipe tobacco and press it together for a few seconds, in your fist.

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parts of an e-pipe

Beginner’s Guide to Vaping – What is an E-pipe?

Electronic pipes… what are they, and what are they like to ‘smoke’? I suppose the first thing to say is that they aren’t like normal tobacco pipes.  It sounds obvious…

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tobacco leaves

History of Pipe Tobacco and Pipe Smoking Part 1

Huron Indian myth has it that in ancient times, when the land was barren and the people were starving, the Great Spirit sent forth a woman to save humanity. As…

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tobacco pipe cake

Pipe Smoking For Beginners – Breaking In Your Tobacco Smoking Pipe

Did you even know you needed to? Have you ever wondered why your tobacco pipe doesn’t catch fire?!  The simple answer is that actually it could, unless you protect it.…

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london tobacco house

Beginners Guide to Tobacco – The surprising history of London’s lost tobacco houses

Considered a cure for cancer, ripped-off fingernails and more, smoking tobacco in times of yore was a debonair delight practised throughout London; if you know where to look, a tour…

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Clean and Cure, pipe sweetener

Q. When a good pipe goes sour, does it have to be discarded?

Even the best of pipes may occasionally turn sour, for some unexplained reason.

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walter raleigh with clay pipe

History of Tobacco & Pipe Smoking Part 2

“All along the sea routes … wherever they had trading posts, the Portuguese began the limited planting of tobacco. Before the end of the sixteenth century they had developed these…

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Briar – The Saviour of Pipe Smoking?

In keeping with my recent theme of looking at the history of pipe smoking and its associated parts I thought it would be interesting to take a look at some…

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