1. Above all, be patient, and take things slow. For most, the pipe smoking experience isn‘t pleasant until skills in packing, lighting, tamping, and smoking cadence are mastered, and you‘ve found some tobacco blends and a pipe that suit you. Tongue bite means you‘re doing something wrong. If you don‘t like it at first, keep experimenting, and discuss your new hobby with experienced smokers.
2. Keep a pipe cleaner handy. At the first sign of moisture coming through the stem of the pipe, stick the pipe cleaner into the stem and let it absorb any condensation.
3. If the pipe gets hot, let it go out and cool down. Smoking a pipe too hot won‘t taste good, and it may damage your pipe and/or your tongue. A good guide as to whether your pipe is too hot is if you can‘t hold the bowl against your cheek comfortably then let it cool down.
4. Allow briar pipes time to rest between smokes - the consensus is at least a day. Consider adding some corn cob pipes to your rotation while you build your collection of briar pipes. A meerschaum pipe is a great investment due to their smoking quality and the fact that they don‘t need to rest between smokes.
5. Avoid buying the cheap "basket" or department store briar pipes. A corn cob pipe will smoke much better than a cheap briar, and cost much less if finances are a problem.
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