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Big_Tex



Location : Houston, TX
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PostSubject: Tongue Bite due to Poor Lighting Technique? Help a newb out!   Wed Jan 23, 2013 4:03 pm

I have in my possession a Virginia/Burley blend (the first non-aro blend I have purchased). I know that such a blend must be sipped slowly to avoid it burning too hot and biting back, so I do smoke it slowly. But when I light it, whoo boy it bites the heck out of me and the first few sips are acrid and hot. Is this because I'm lighting it too aggressively? I'm used to moist aromatics that need several long draws to take a light.
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Kyle Weiss

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Location : Reno, NV
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PostSubject: Re: Tongue Bite due to Poor Lighting Technique? Help a newb out!   Wed Jan 23, 2013 4:09 pm

Packing too loosely and lighting vigorously will do that, yes. Also, having the unfounded idea that you must keep the pipe lit by puffing it is a habit that consumes many a new tongue with pain.
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PostSubject: Re: Tongue Bite due to Poor Lighting Technique? Help a newb out!   Wed Jan 23, 2013 7:29 pm

You mighta picked up a bad habit habit lighting a moist aro. In addition to the comment above, experiment with taking a pipeload of tobak and letting it sit in a saucer for 15 mins or so before packing the pipe. In any event, you only need to light the tobacco surface, not suck the flame halfway up the pipe shank. Less effort should give you better results. Another thing to try -- pack a few pipes in the morning and just let them adjust themselves until you're ready to light up later in the day.
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PostSubject: Re: Tongue Bite due to Poor Lighting Technique? Help a newb out!   Wed Jan 23, 2013 7:33 pm

The aromatic tobacco may be giving you a chemical bite, and that may have more bearing on your experience than your lighting technique.
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Big_Tex



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PostSubject: Re: Tongue Bite due to Poor Lighting Technique? Help a newb out!   Wed Jan 23, 2013 11:26 pm

I figured it out. Smile I enjoyed a mild, tasty smoke and now I am not scared of non-aromatics. I am halfway through a bowl right now and have had no harshness or bite to speak of so far. Yay!
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PostSubject: Re: Tongue Bite due to Poor Lighting Technique? Help a newb out!   Thu Jan 24, 2013 12:07 am

All of the above.

Plus, it's normal to go through several char lights (well spaced out) before it "takes." Especially with flakes.

Just one of those pipe things.

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Kyle Weiss

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PostSubject: Re: Tongue Bite due to Poor Lighting Technique? Help a newb out!   Thu Jan 24, 2013 4:43 pm

Big_Tex wrote:
I figured it out. Smile I enjoyed a mild, tasty smoke and now I am not scared of non-aromatics. I am halfway through a bowl right now and have had no harshness or bite to speak of so far. Yay!

Well? Share with us the revelation.

Cool
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Big_Tex



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PostSubject: Re: Tongue Bite due to Poor Lighting Technique? Help a newb out!   Fri Jan 25, 2013 5:34 pm

Kyle Weiss wrote:
Big_Tex wrote:
I figured it out. Smile I enjoyed a mild, tasty smoke and now I am not scared of non-aromatics. I am halfway through a bowl right now and have had no harshness or bite to speak of so far. Yay!

Well? Share with us the revelation.

Cool

But of course!

I ended up doing (just as KevinM advised)...attempting to merely light the surface of the tobacco with shallow puffs instead of slurping the flame all the way up the stem. It resulted in (just as Yak mentioned) three char lights before finally taking. But the smoke never got bitter, acrid, or hot. I never realized how good a Virginia/burley tasted. Mild and sweet!
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PostSubject: Re: Tongue Bite due to Poor Lighting Technique? Help a newb out!   Sat Jan 26, 2013 4:15 pm

cheers Excellent! Simple solutions to larger problems are gratifying. Smile
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