Pipe smoking with tobacco has also been around for centuries. Usually when you think of someone smoking a pipe you envision an elderly gentleman with a scholarly air about him. Actually lots of people have smoked pipes. In the southern and eastern regions of the US, it was not uncommon for some women to smoke corn cob pipes back long ago and some probably still do. Smoking a pipe is different than smoking a tobacco cigarette as it requires a little practice an acquired skill to do it just right.
Pipes Used For Tobacco Smoking
Over the centuries there have been chalk pipes, iron pipes, clay pipes, but for the most part, especially these days, wooden pipes are used. The French word bruyere, is the name of the wood that is most often used. This wood for pipes was originally found on the Corsican Island in the Mediterranean. The name eventually became briar wood. Today this wood is also obtained from Spain, Algeria, Sicily and Greece. The wood itself is closed-grained and very hard. Pipes can also be fashioned from other woods like meerschaum, oak, cherrywood and some others, but these woods are less commonly used.
Parts Of The Pipe
The main part of the pipe is the bowl. Of course this is where the dried tobacco plant material is placed before smoking. Then there is the stem that attaches to the bowl in order to pull the smoke through. Sometimes a metal band is placed where the stem and bowl come together. An item called a tap is used to pack the tobacco in the bowl so smoking is smooth and it burns slowly. There are metal screens that are used in the bottom of the bowl to prevent the tobacco from being sucked through the stem into the mouth of the smoker. Pipe cleaners are used to help remove any debris and tar that accumulates int the stem and under the screen.
Picking a pipe is an individual thing. They come in all kinds of shapes and sizes. It is a good idea to hold it I your hand and get a feel of how it can be handles. You will want to research tip s on how to smoke your pipe correctly because it is much different than smoking a tobacco cigarette. Pipes come in a range of prices from the very inexpensive to hundreds of dollars or more fore some estate pipes or specialty or custom pipes.
There are special blends of pipe tobacco available and unlike tobacco cigarettes that you can only have tobacco or menthol flavors, pipe tobacco can be purchased in many new flavors today. This has broadened the pipe smoking options more than ever before. There are 3 types of tobacco for pipes that are most common and they are Aromatic, English blend and Virginia blends.
The New E Pipe
Amazing as it might seem, there is a new version of pipe on the market for pipe smokers that want to give up the tobacco, but sincerely enjoy puffing on their pipe. These pipes are rechargeable just like an electronic cigarette and are fairly simple to use. They use a cartridge filled with e liquid that provides the smoker to get the smooth vapor that simulates real smoke.
Like the e cigarette, the pipe can be used around others and produces no annoying odor, no tar and no secondhand smoke. The e pipe is a perfect solution for those that have family and friends that really hate your pipe smoking with tobacco! Bring your pipe smoking into the 21st century with an electronic pipe, you will change the type of pipe you use without giving up what you love.