I believe the "burnt" taste is simply due to either a newish pipe yet to be "broken in" properly - time and smoking it fixes this. Or, as I was 40 years ago when I was a newbie, my tongue felt numb, burnt and swollen for a month or...
Fill your bowl to the top with loose tobacco.
With your tamp, gently press down to the halfway mark.
Fill to brim again.
Press to the last 1/4 of the bowl.
Top up with loose tobacco - do NOT tamp.
Light the top and gently puff a few times.
Allow to burn out.
Max- Those tampers are effective at keeping the flame round the centre, resulting in less relights and hopefully a cooler bowl. Packing and lighting tips can be found on youtube, if videos better serve you. I'm twenty-eight, and have been piping for four years about. It is a stressful thing...
Max- I'm not sure about the burnt taste, unless you're using a torch lighter. I dry my tobacco well so that it's crispy, but still the charring light is most of the time needed. I also use one of these http://www.smoke-king.co.uk/acatalog/Olive-wood-B---Tamper-by-Gabriele-Dal-Fiume---Grey-5755.html#SID=132
I'm new to pipe smoking and i'm embarrassed to say that I am struggling with packing the pipe. I have tried various ways but when I draw on the pipe I am getting a 'burnt' taste and the pipe is going out frequently to the point where there is...