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Simple Man

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PostSubject: An old dog can learn new tricks... packing.   Fri Oct 05, 2012 10:48 am

I've been smoking a pipe for quite a few years and have always just layered my tobacco into my pipe and tamp down lightly between layers... I never really had a problem with it, except sometimes it left a bit of unburnt tobacco at the bottom.

This morning while looking on Youtube I saw what some guy referred to as the "Frank method"... I thought well, why not give this guys method a try. So I loaded up the Ferndown Canadian according to his instructions with some FMOTT.

What I noticed is that my pipe burned better than it does with my layering technique and it DID burn down to a nice ash. I also discovered something I totally did not expect to discover, but MY FMOTT just seemed better. I mean, I already like FMOTT very much, but it seemed even more flavorful and gentler, and I don't think it is just my imagination.

Does anybody else do it this way? What are your observations?

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PostSubject: Re: An old dog can learn new tricks... packing.   Fri Oct 05, 2012 11:09 am

Dude! Love your avatar.
When I was growing up in southern Indiana, my granddad subscribed to the Chicago Tribune and every year, about this time, that scene was featured on the cover of the magazine section. It was an annual tradition for us to read the story of that picture.
lol!
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PostSubject: Re: An old dog can learn new tricks... packing.   Fri Oct 05, 2012 11:13 am

shootist51 wrote:
Dude! Love your avatar.
When I was growing up in southern Indiana, my granddad subscribed to the Chicago Tribune and every year, about this time, that scene was featured on the cover of the magazine section. It was an annual tradition for us to read the story of that picture.
lol!

Yep! Same here! I grew up in Northern Indiana and loved it when the Trib ran this every year too. It was first ran in 1907 and is a poem and illustrations by John McCutcheon titled Injun Summer... here is a link if you would like to read it again.

Injun Summer
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PostSubject: Re: An old dog can learn new tricks... packing.   Fri Oct 05, 2012 11:21 am

Thanks for the link
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PostSubject: Re: An old dog can learn new tricks... packing.   Fri Oct 05, 2012 11:27 am

I use the Frank method Jack. For me, it enables me to have a great smoke.
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PostSubject: Re: An old dog can learn new tricks... packing.   Fri Oct 05, 2012 12:03 pm

Interesting, I will have to get a butane lighter when I come back home and give his method a whirl.
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PostSubject: Re: An old dog can learn new tricks... packing.   Fri Oct 05, 2012 12:06 pm

kaiser83 wrote:
Interesting, I will have to get a butane lighter when I come back home and give his method a whirl.

That's the only difference for me, I still use matches.
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PostSubject: Re: An old dog can learn new tricks... packing.   Fri Oct 05, 2012 12:09 pm

Simple Man wrote:
kaiser83 wrote:
Interesting, I will have to get a butane lighter when I come back home and give his method a whirl.

That's the only difference for me, I still use matches.

So you are just adapting the packing method and keeping your light the same? If that's the case I will try out his pack tomorrow.
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PostSubject: Re: An old dog can learn new tricks... packing.   Mon Oct 08, 2012 5:12 pm

I found that vid last week and tried it. <shrug> Honestly I didn't see any improvement in burn time or having to relight over my usual method. Maybe I'll have to try it again but... One method that did seem to give me a good burn all the way down was Dave McGrane's swirl method found here. I've been using this method for about 4 days now and each bowl's burned all the way down with maybe 1 relight at most.
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PostSubject: Re: An old dog can learn new tricks... packing.   Mon Oct 08, 2012 5:28 pm

TonyS wrote:
I found that vid last week and tried it. <shrug> Honestly I didn't see any improvement in burn time or having to relight over my usual method. Maybe I'll have to try it again but... One method that did seem to give me a good burn all the way down was Dave McGrane's swirl method found here. I've been using this method for about 4 days now and each bowl's burned all the way down with maybe 1 relight at most.

Tony, after trying it again for a few times, I have to agree. I thought I had found something remarkable, but I guess not. scratch

Today I went back to doing it the way I always have and it worked out just fine. So, I don't know... guess you really can't teach an old dog new tricks. Laughing

ADDED: I'll check out your link in a bit, cooking dinner right now. Very Happy
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PostSubject: Re: An old dog can learn new tricks... packing.   Mon Oct 08, 2012 5:37 pm

Simple Man wrote:
Tony, after trying it again for a few times, I have to agree. I thought I had found something remarkable, but I guess not. scratch

It doesn't hurt to try new things. The first time I tried it I had a great smoke.... but the first time was it. The subsequent times I was thinking to myself, "Self, this is a lot to pack a damn bowl!" Very Happy

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PostSubject: Re: An old dog can learn new tricks... packing.   Mon Oct 08, 2012 5:55 pm

I'm really glad there are other, simpler ways of packing and lighting. This really seems ritualistic, lol.
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PostSubject: Re: An old dog can learn new tricks... packing.   Mon Oct 08, 2012 6:12 pm

That thumb thing can be learned with an Atari 2600 joystick.
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PostSubject: Re: An old dog can learn new tricks... packing.   Mon Oct 08, 2012 7:07 pm

gravel wrote:
That thumb thing can be learned with an Atari 2600 joystick.

Hey, I still have mine somewhere! Probably right next to the old Star Wars stuff. Smile
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PostSubject: Re: An old dog can learn new tricks... packing.   Wed Dec 26, 2012 1:18 am

The "Frank Method" is like making love, which is nice, but sometimes I just feel like a nice quick shag. Probably why I'm into flakes at the moment... Bend her over and stuff it in! Now that's what I call a quickie!
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PostSubject: Re: An old dog can learn new tricks... packing.   Wed Dec 26, 2012 9:54 am

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The "Frank Method" is like making love, which is nice, but sometimes I just feel like a nice quick shag. Probably why I'm into flakes at the moment... Bend her over and stuff it in! Now that's what I call a quickie!

That is how I started the day. Twisted Evil
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PostSubject: Re: An old dog can learn new tricks... packing.   Wed Dec 26, 2012 11:59 am

I hope you have an assitant & not doing this all on your own. pirat
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PostSubject: Re: An old dog can learn new tricks... packing.   Fri Dec 28, 2012 1:21 am

Packer a couple of bowls this way and worked well but used regular lighting method as i don't have a butane fire stick.
Don't know if i dislike any of my pipes enough to use one of them in it.
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