My suggestion would be a rough finished pipe to start with, as they burn cooler. Also, I'd suggest one with a bent stem to keep the moisture that will build up from draining back into your mouth, as is possible with a straight stem. Finally, make sure that you can pass a pipe cleaner through it without having to take the pipe apart.
I prefer a light non-aromatic (like Astley's No. 109). Aromatics (the ones with the cool tastes and smells) will stain your teeth faster, leave a wicked aftertaste, and -- due to all the additives -- take much longer to build the cake necessary in the bowl of your pipe.
Things to Buy
Pipe (or multiples -- remember, your pipe takes on the "Flavor" of whatever has been smoked in it)
Lighter (a disposable Side Light is good) or matches
Pipe Tool/Tamper (you'll have to tamp down the tobacco after the initial light, then relight)
Tobacco (you can get non-aromatics in tins, aromatics in the jars at your local tobacconist)
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