Well, I've never been a cigarette smoker but about five years ago my brother-in-law got me interested in cigars and I've been smoking them ever since. I'm definately not a heavy smoker, usually enjoying two to three a week, but I do enjoy them. Lately I've found myself interested in trying a pipe and finally this last month picked up a cheap one to give it a go. I love the smell and find it very relaxing , but it seems like a lot of work to keep the sucker lit. I'm wondering if there are any tricks to this art or is this normal. While I'm at it I figured I'd ask if people have any favorites tabacco blends for the pipe. And any good recommendations on the pipes themselves? And what the hell, what about favorite cigar brands?