Originally Posted by arghblech
If your just in the market for a tin or two the higher price in a B&M is offset by shipping charges online so the difference isn't that much. But online shops can carry more variety and when buying in bulk represent real savings. I try give some of my business to the local guys when I can.
Flakes can be trickier to learn on but IMHO Mac Baren flakes are the exception, the ones I have tried rub out easily and burn well. The C&D Autumn Evening is a very good aromatic, most I've recommended it to enjoy it. As far as cleaning check through the GE sticky on Pipe repair and maintenance for some common procedures including removing ghosting from briar. These will give you a good idea on what some of us do, and as always feel free to ask questions regarding any of those methods as they occur to you.
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Treat your silver as if it were earthenware and your earthenware as if it were silver - Seneca, Letters of a Stoic