A new pipe requires proper breaking in to avoid damage. With normal smoking, a layer of carbon gradually builds up in the tobacco chamber. This layer protects the briar against the heat of the burning tobacco like firebrick in a wood stove. This is the method you will read on most sites. Before first filling your new pipe, apply a thin layer of honey (some use water) to the entire tobacco chamber with your finger. Its high sugar content will hasten the desired build-up of carbon. I have read on the forum that using water mixed with tobacco ash to make a paste works well this seems sensible and this is the method I am using. Some recommend filling your pipe half for the first few smokes to start building the cake forming to the bottom of the bowl. Filling the pipe to the top will work just the same as long as it is smoked as gently as possible. Pay close attention to avoid overheating your pipe.
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