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Post by JMG » Mon May 22, 2017 8:10 pm

Over the years I've noticed that when I tamp, especially after about halfway through a bowl, I end up sort of scraping the ash from the front of the bowl toward the back (shank side) as it becomes unlevel. My guess is that since the airway is located on the back of the chamber more air is pulled through at that point rather than the front and that makes the tobacco burn out quicker there.

Anyway, for whatever reason I like to keep the ash level and so end up using my tamper to scrap some ash from the front to the back to fill in the gap.

Anyone else find this to be the case?

Another thing I find myself doing a lot is while holding my pipe in my hand I often time wave it back and forth under my nose to smell the scent of the tobacco better.
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Post by Gabriel » Mon May 22, 2017 8:16 pm

Interestingly enough, I do the opposite. As the bowl burns down, I sort of bank the ashes and remaining tobacco towards the draft hole in order to keep it all burning. By the time I'm through I'm usually tamping at a pretty good angle.
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Post by DepartedLight » Mon May 22, 2017 8:18 pm

No to the ash redistribution. No to the nostril wave.

I sometimes tap ash out of a pipe in mid bowl.
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Post by JMG » Mon May 22, 2017 8:24 pm

Gabriel wrote:
Mon May 22, 2017 8:16 pm
Interestingly enough, I do the opposite. As the bowl burns down, I sort of bank the ashes and remaining tobacco towards the draft hole in order to keep it all burning. By the time I'm through I'm usually tamping at a pretty good angle.
This is what I was describing...though obviously poorly. I, too, scrape the ash towards the draft hole. I wrote it all confusingly. Maybe I'm wrong in what I call the "front" and "back" of the chamber.
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Post by coco » Mon May 22, 2017 8:44 pm

Whenever Wos weighs in, I will probably just say he's right. I'm sure he's thought about it more than me.
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Post by durangopipe » Mon May 22, 2017 9:27 pm

Hmmm.

I gently tamp a few times with an angled tamper around the perimeter toward the center of the bowl, with a final tamp in the center.

Habit. Seems to work.
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Post by SlowToke » Tue May 23, 2017 6:01 am

I tamp angling towards the center to gently push the outer tobacco towards the ember. When I get to the bottom third of the bowl I take the scraper end of the tamper and push a divot in the center so the ember can get air.
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Post by Del » Tue May 23, 2017 6:04 am

When I tap the ash out, there is a crater in the middle. I pick the charred flakes from the sides and mound the into the middle, turning the crater into a volcano.

No reason. Just like fiddling with it.
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Post by Cleon » Tue May 23, 2017 7:53 am

I angle the tamper toward the center while scraping the sides. I only let the weight of the tamper do the work. I dump half way through and rarely smoke to the very bottom of the bowl.
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Post by Bloodhound » Tue May 23, 2017 8:31 am

I like to keep the ember and ash level in the bowl so its tamp tamp tamp around the bowl and then light tamp in the middle.
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Post by DepartedLight » Tue May 23, 2017 5:21 pm

Why isn't Charlie weighing in?

Oh. Right. Because

CHARLIE DON'T TAMP
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Post by JohnnyMcPiperson » Mon Jul 03, 2017 1:28 pm

DepartedLight wrote:Why isn't Charlie weighing in?

Oh. Right. Because

CHARLIE DON'T TAMP
No he don't...


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Post by A_Morley » Mon Jul 03, 2017 1:35 pm

I tamp lightly with the tip of my index finger about halfway through the bowl and try to do so no more than that.
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Post by serapion » Mon Jul 03, 2017 1:51 pm

Somehow Del's description made me think of mashed potato volcanoes.

Crap, now I'm hungry.
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