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.

The Importance of Pipe Tobacco Maintenance

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Some people are very concerned about the moisture levels of their pipe tobacco, while for others it’s an afterthought. The degree of impact that the moisture level has will depend on a number of factors, including the smoker. To begin with, the initial humidity level of pipe tobacco tends to be in the range of […]

A Postscript About Pipe Filters

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The single most viewed page on Talking Tobacco is my article “Pipe Filters Explained”. When I wrote that, I didn’t really pay attention to an interesting subject – When is a filter not a filter? In my previous article, I addressed the kinds of filters that are meant to be used in a specific kind […]

Getting Started Making Pipes

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I’ve never made a pipe, myself, but I know plenty of pipe makers, and each one uses slightly different methods. For most people, especially for those without a well-equipped workshop, the easiest way to try your hand at making a pipe is to buy a hobby block. These are pre-drilled briar blocks that have a […]

Perique – A Lot of Work, But Worth It

I’ve been a big fan of Perique since I started smoking a pipe 40 years ago. I was fascinated by the dark, sweet aroma of it in a jar, and enjoyed what it did to a blend even more. I’ve made well over 100 blends in those 40 years, and probably 30 or more have […]

Once Again, You Asked, We Listened

We recently looked at our Russ’ Monthly Blends, and noticed that sales had slowed down, so we ran an email to let folks know that we would be phasing them out. Not only did we sell a lot of those blends after the email hit, we also began receiving a lot of phone calls and […]

Pipe Care – What You Should and Shouldn’t Do

Ideally, this post should be written by Dan Chlebove since he does all the restoration of our estate pipes, but we’ve recently gotten in so many new estates that he can’t even take the time to write lately, so I’m taking up the mantle to give you pointers, and also to tell you what you […]

Burley – More To It Than You’d Think

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Burley is one of the most loved, and yet one of the most disrespected types of tobacco. One of the reasons for the scorn is that Burley is ubiquitous. It’s used in virtually all ways tobacco can be used. It’s found in cigarettes, pipe tobacco, chew, snuff, snus and even cigars. But one of the […]

15% Off Sitewide Until Midnight 6/14

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I don’t often put up a post about our emails and special deals, but for this one, I’ll make an exception. From now until midnight Eastern on June 14th, 2015, we’re taking 15% off almost everything on our site. The only exceptions are items where the manufacturer has a minimum advertised price. To see what […]

Cigar Review – New Release – La Perla Habana 1515

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At PipesandCigars.com, we’ve proudly carried La Perla Habana for a long time. Even though my tastes run to big, bold cigars, I’ve really enjoyed La Perla Habana Morado, with a Cameroon wrapper, and Black Pearl, a satisfying maduro. One thing that Doug Wood, the creator of LPH, has is a sense of history, and last […]

Of Fills and Flaws

There’s an ongoing debate about fills in briar pipes. Many people won’t buy a pipe with any kind of fill. To clarify, a fill is when there’s a flaw in the outside of a (mostly) finished pipe that has been filled in with a putty or a mixture of briar dust and glue. Does putting […]