Lighting is always done in two steps: The first is to burn the uppermost layer of tobacco, and the second is to get you going, hopefully till the last shred of tobacco. After having packed the pipe correctly (see the previous question), apply the flame in circular motion to the tobacco till it‘s burned; this is done while puffing rather fast and in succession. Then, with a tamper (or your thumb!), break down the burned layer and press it down evenly and gently. After that, apply another flame and this time you may apply it to the center of the tobacco or in circular motion, but puff slowly. Once the whole upper layer is lit, stop and start drawing regularly and rhythmically. And you‘re up for an enjoyable ride!
The first few minutes are crucial, since you need the flame, the tobacco, the pipe, and yourself to settle down. Enjoy!
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