About Russ

Russ Ouellette is the blender/creator of the Hearth & Home series of tobaccos for www.pipesandcigars.com in Bethlehem, PA. He has been a pipe smoker and blender for over 30 years, and enjoys feedback from the pipe smoking public. You can reach Russ at russo@pipesandcigars.com or by calling 1-800-494-9144.

Some Quick Fixes for Pipe Smokers

Pipes can be fickle. Stems will often be too loose or too tight. Burnouts are another big issue, and because people bite down on the stem, dents and holes can occur. Luckily, some of these things can be dealt with at home, so I’ll give you some ideas that you can try. Loose stems are […]

A Long Time Coming

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It’s hard to believe that I’ve been making Hearth & Home tobaccos for ten years now. It doesn’t seem possible, but more than 80 blends later, 2015 has arrived. About five years ago, I started investigating the possibility of adding a line of pipes to the Hearth & Home brand. Some pipes I found were […]

Cigar Review – Man O’ War Immortal

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I love the fact that I get to try all the new cigars when they come in. Now, granted, I don’t always enjoy each one, but I need to try them if I’m going to write copy for the website, so I savor the ones that are in my wheelhouse, and the ones that aren’t […]

Introducing Argo

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We’re releasing an exclusive new line of pipes, and our Thursday email will tell you all about them. These great smoking briars are called Argo. There are 5 classic shapes with tapered or saddle stems in comfortable black acrylic. They all feature free-breathing 4mm airways and are made in America of well-aged Italian briar. Starting at less […]

Review – Rockwell Binge Pipe Tool

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Being part of the PipesandCigars.com team has been one of the most interesting and satisfying experiences of my life. I started off managing the retail store that was the parent of P&C, started blending and then became dedicated to the website. Now, besides blending new tobaccos, I now do quite a bit of the copywriting […]

Welcome Our Newest Staff Member

We’re really pleased to announce an addition to the P&C family. Dan Chlebove, the artisan behind Gabrieli Pipes has now joined our staff. His talents will help us immensely to bring you the best possible products. Help us in welcoming Dan into the fold.

A Friend Retires

This morning I received a phone call that I knew would come eventually, but I dreaded getting it. My good friend and colleague, Carl McAllister, the Master Blender and Quality Control Manager for Sutliff Tobacco Company is retiring as of the end of January. I had heard of Carl, but we had never met until […]

Born in the USA

Don’t get me wrong – I love pipes from Italy, Denmark, Japan and elsewhere. Some of my favorite tobaccos come from Europe. But I really prefer domestic products whenever possible. We’ve made an internal commitment to work hard in 2015 to promote and support American-made products as much as possible, and you’ll see this in […]

Pipe Tobacco Review – Hearth & Home Mid-Town Series Chatham Manor by JimInks

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If you frequent any of the pipe-related forums online, you probably are familiar with the handle JimInks. That’s the name used by Jim Amash, a comic book artist from New York. He’s able to smoke while working, so he has time to try a wide variety of tobaccos, and he’s got a very keen palate. […]

Pipe Engineering

On the surface, a pipe seems like it should be fairly simple to make properly if you have the right equipment, but it’s a lot more difficult than it seems. Just about every pipe enthusiast has had a real clunker of a pipe. Usually that means that the pipe smokes wet, smokes hot or just […]