Pipe Academy – A Thorough Cleaning

no-buff

A customer wrote and asked me to write about pipe cleaning basics. I’ve written recently about what you shouldn’t attempt, now let’s look at an everyday cleaning. For the sake of covering all our bases, we’re going to approach this as if you found one of your grandfather’s old pipes which had been heavily smoked […]

A Postscript About Pipe Filters

denicool

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 […]

As the Year Winds Down…

viprati

If it seems that I’ve been among the missing, it’s only because I’ve been involved with a lot of projects that have kept me very occupied. 2014, by far, will be the best year PipesandCigars.com has ever had. We’ve undergone tremendous growth, and, of course, it’s all thanks to our valued customers. We’d like to […]

Holiday Gift Thoughts

Before we know it, we’ll be caught up in the flurry of activity that is the holiday shopping season. Some of us have already made our lists and possibly even begun shopping. Others, like me, will probably be scrambling on Christmas Eve to get those last few items. When I was a kid, lots of […]

My Cup Overflows

If you’re anything like me, you’re much happier when you’re busy. The day flies by, and you can really enjoy whatever you do for recreation and relaxation when the day is through. This job has always kept me hopping, but the last year has seen that increase immensely and I couldn’t be happier. Up until […]

For the Beginner- Part 1, Packing, Lighting and Smoking

I’m willing to bet that there are more ex-pipe smokers than pipe smokers. The main reason that so many people try smoking a pipe and give it up is because they get the wrong kind of pipe and/or tobacco, and they don’t know how to pack, light and smoke to get the most enjoyment and […]

A Look at the Lighter Side

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I’ll bet that, based on the title, you’re expecting a humorous post. While I may have a few amusing things to say, this is all about pipe and cigar lighters. Matches are still the best way to light a pipe or cigar, because the lower combustion temperature helps the flavor, but matches are damned impractical. […]

Tools of the Trade: All the Toys for Enjoyable Smoking!

Have you ever noticed the tools that professional use in their chosen line of work? A chef has knives, pots and pans, cutting boards, measuring cups, place settings and all kinds of food items. A handyman has a tool belt, screw drivers, hammers, tape measures, nails & screws and wood and metal to work with. […]

Pipe Academy: Accessories for Newbies

New Pipe Smoker

One of the most frequently asked questions from new pipe smokers is “What do I need other than a pipe and some tobacco?” Here are some ideas for you. • Pipe cleaners- you should run a pipe cleaner through the pipe after every smoke, and if the tobacco you are smoking tends to smoke wet, […]

New Pipe and Cigar Smoking Product Ideas

The Personal Billboard

We here at PipesandCigars.com deal with thousands of products every day. As I think about all the items that pass through here, I have one recurring thought – “Why didn’t I invent (fill in a product name here)?  I’d be rich by now.”  So, I’m going to let you know about some of the ideas that I have […]