I wonder what method y'all use to load your pipe. I know there is more methods for loading than I have energy to dig up so if you way isn't listed click other and also the method that is closest to the one you use. Since there aren't a huge number of people in the leaf, I think it would be coof if you tell us which method you use in a post too.
I'm sorry if you hate polls, but I've only seen a few in the brown leaf since I been here and thought I'd give it a try.
1) The Stuff and Puff Method
•Stick the pipe into a pouch or jar of tobacco and fill it by scooping the tobacco into the bowl with your fingers.
•Use your fingers to get the pressure right and light up.
2) The Three Step Method
•The first pinch of tobacco should be very small and placed in the heel of the bowl and applied with very little or no pressure at all.
•The second step is a slightly larger pinch of tobacco. The pinch is put into the bowl and a little pressure is applied pushing the tobacco to the half way point in the bowl.
•The third step is placing another pinch of tobacco in the bowl and using a little more pressure, pushing the tobacco down leaving a space of about 1/4 of an inch from the rim.
3) The Frank Method
•Gravity fill the bowl to the top.
•Work in a large portion of tobacco on top of it. Kind of like a plug.
4) The Air Pocket Method
•Grab a large chunk of tobacco and squeeze it into a clump using your thumb and first three fingers.
•Shove the clump of tobacco into the upper half of the bowl leaving the bottom half of the bowl empty.
•Force the tobacco into the bowl tightly but do not use excessive muscle to do so.
•While you are shoving the tobacco into the bowl, start twisting the chunk of tobacco into the bowl so that you are screwing it into the bowl.
•Screw the clump down deep enough into the bowl so that you will not damage the rim when you light the tobacco.
•Make sure that you do not push on the center of the tobacco.
•Remember that there should be no tobacco in the bottom of the bowl.
•Test the draw. If it is too tight, empty the bowl and start over.
•Light only the center of the tobacco making sure that you get it good and lit. The tobacco will burn outwards towards the walls of the bowl once it is lit.
5) The Two Step Method
•I gravity fill the bowl and lightly push it to the half way point of the bowl.
•I finish filling the bowl and lightly push it down to about 1/8 to 1/4 inch from the rim.