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    What a difference a tamper makes

    What a difference a tamper makes.
    I recieved a tamper as a gift when I bought a pipe off of an ebay seller,up until now I have used the one on my Peterson pipe tool.The one I was gifted is about twice the diameter and I dont know if it is a coincedance but my pipe seems to be staying alight much better using this one
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    Quote Originally Posted by paulfg View Post
    What a difference a tamper makes.
    I recieved a tamper as a gift when I bought a pipe off of an ebay seller,up until now I have used the one on my Peterson pipe tool.The one I was gifted is about twice the diameter and I dont know if it is a coincedance but my pipe seems to be staying alight much better using this one
    What say you ?
    I'm that lazy I just use my finger, It's toughened up a bit over the years.

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    I'm a bit antiquated when it comes to tampers. I use a carpentry nail.
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    When younger I used me finger tip, ‘’twas calloused nuff back then, moved several turns o the calendar t the Chezk tool and alternate tween it and a wood dowel😂😂


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    Like Ally I'm a tough (tight-fisted) Scot so just use my finger however most of my pipe bowls are small. On the rare ocassion I use a larger bowl, like Russ, I'll use a roofing nail which does the job nicely.

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    Having smoked about 6 bowls using the new tamper and observing the same thing,I think it is because the wider head on the new tamper spreads the load so I dont compress the tobacco so much causing a more even burn across the top of the tobacco instead of the middle being over compressed

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    I make my own pipe tamps out of sections of grape vines, cut at the knuckle for the tamping end. Make about 6 to 12 at a time, not because I wear them out, I lose them.
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    Quote Originally Posted by oldpipe View Post
    I make my own pipe tamps out of sections of grape vines, cut at the knuckle for the tamping end. Make about 6 to 12 at a time, not because I wear them out, I lose them.
    That's why I haven't invested in a nice tamper, Tom...I'm afraid I'd lose it. Got plenty of nails to use instead.
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    Quote Originally Posted by coalsmoke View Post
    That's why I haven't invested in a nice tamper, Tom...I'm afraid I'd lose it.
    Yes me too Russ...if made of wood I can just imagine one of the dogs finding it and chewing it to bits.

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    I've been collecting tampers about as long as I've collected pipes and probably spent more on them than most have on their pipes but I still use my finger a lot of the time.

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