I thought I would just stop in and say hello. I'm planning on buying a pipe and tobacco soon. I've always been slightly interested, and after browsing the group and the internet, I've decided to finally take the plunge. I smoke cigars quite regularly, and from what I can see a pipe would be a nice companion for those times when a cigar isn't ideal; mainly due to time constraints. If I have time this week, I'm going to swing by a local shop and check out what they have as far as pipes. I'm not wanting to spend a lot just yet. I might wait until next week though. I haven't decided. Once I've made my purchase, I'll post some pics and share my experience!
Well, I purchased a Missouri Meerschaum hardwood pipe and Captain Black's regular tobacco. I'm a few days in and I'm starting to feel comfortable with the methods and techniques. I'm really enjoying puffing on it. I just wish I could stretch my sessions out a bit more. I'm topping out at around thirty minutes right now.
Congratulations. I'm just a year into the pipe world and really enjoying it. I started with Captain Black and still like it. I'm still working on technique and never have time enough to really enjoy it like I want to. i think I need a leather chair and a wood paneled library. LOL
I found that the best advice when starting is to buy a bunch of corn cob pipes instead of one or two briars. The reasoning behind this advice is that you want to use a new pipe for each unique blend of tobacco you try. If you get a good briar pipe you should dedicate it to one blend or similar blends only or else you'll end up with 'ghosts' of other tobaccos.
Ghosts are leftover flavors from tobaccos with strong tastes like blends with high Latakia or aromatic blends. So if you get a few corn cobs and a few different blends, in small amounts, to try in each one you'll get a good idea of what you like and then you can order larger amounts of that tobacco and a good pipe to try them in.
I was advised to do this and I'm glad I did. I found that I really liked a few different tobaccos and then I bough good pipes to dedicate to each one. When I tried my favorites in a good pipe I found that I liked them even more.
So find a few cheap corn cobs and pick up 2-4 oz of a few different tobaccos and start figuring out what you like. You don't want to order a big tin of something and find out you don't like it and be stuck with it.
While I'm at it, I had an idea to try to set up a little tobacco trade. I have a few tins I'm not a fan of and would be interested in trading if we get enough interest