Tobacco should be packed firmly, but not too tightly, because it will be hard to draw and keep alight, not too loosely as the pipe will then smoke hot. When smoking a new pipe for the first time fill it not more than three-quarters full, subsequently increasing the amount of tobacco in gradual stages.
For your own enjoyment, smoke slowly. The tobacco of your choice will taste better and give you greater smoking pleasure if you follow this rule.
Light your pipe carefully, applying the flame over the entire surface of the tobacco. Tamp the tobacco down, relight and tamp again.
After a while, a carbon deposit or “cake” will build up inside the bowl. Do not allow this to exceed 1/16″ in thickness or it may crack the bowl.
To remove or replace the mouthpiece, wrap you palm around it and detach it with a gentle twisting action. Never remove the mouthpiece from a hot pipe.
Clean you pipe frequently for a sweet smoke. A little spirit on a cotton cleaner will remove obstinate tar from the smoke channel. Never use water or steam to clean a pipe. When not in use your pipe should be kept in a rack with the bowl down to permit moisture to evaporate.