What do you use for a tamper?

xmacroxmacro Posts: 3,402
From fingers to the $55 TotemStar tamper - what do you all use?

I've been using the flat end of a chopstick lately, but I've been eyeing that aluminum/copper tamper from TotemStar, trying to justify the cost, but I just can't convince myself that it's worth the price.

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  • KriegerKrieger Posts: 337
    a $1.99 tamper, poker and scraper combo tool from my local b&m.
  • J.S.J.S. Posts: 754
    Krieger:
    a $1.99 tamper, poker and scraper combo tool from my local b&m.


    +1. No need to buy that unless you just like the look and are willing to spend the coin.
  • j0z3rj0z3r Posts: 9,403
    Do a search for "pipe nail". They go for about a buck and that's what I primarily use. Has a tamper and scooper end. I'm not into high dollar accessories, I'd rather spend that money on good tobacco...and since I like SG so much, that tobacco doesn't come cheap.
  • RampMonkeyRampMonkey Posts: 1,808
    Krieger:
    a $1.99 tamper, poker and scraper combo tool from my local b&m.
    +1 works well. Rather spend the coin on some good tobacco.
  • HaybletHayblet Posts: 2,429 ✭✭✭
    I use my finger because I lose my tamper, then if I ever find it again, I lose it again
  • jsnakejsnake Kansas CityPosts: 5,796 ✭✭✭✭✭
    I use the cheap $2 tamper/scrapper tool. My XIKAR lighter has a built in tamper as well.
  • Andrew_DzikoskiAndrew_Dzikoski Posts: 382Moderator admin
    If I lose mine I find a AA battery does the job quite well.
  • MarkerMarker Posts: 2,524
    Andrew Dzikoski:
    If I lose mine I find a AA battery does the job quite well.
    If smoking acid is your thing...
  • Captain_CallCaptain_Call Cambridge NebraskaPosts: 1,511 ✭✭✭✭✭
    Bumping this one up since we are having another influx of new pipers.

    I use the cheapest pipe nail I can find. Single piece of aluminum. Tamper on one end. Spoon/scraper on the other. 
    75 cents and I think have about 12 on hand at any given time

    I have used a piece of 223 rifle brass to pretty good effect before. Larger head stamps would probably work fine provided your bowl is large enough. Pistol cases didn't work for me. They were too short and didn't reach by the time I got to the bottom of the bowl.

    When I spent a few days straight outdoors like on a weekend camp and fish trip, I'll make a point to search for an appropriate sized piece of good hardwood like hickory, walnut, maple, or oak, although cherry and Apple both work well too. Using my scavenged materials I will carve a fresh tamper/spoon. It's entertaining around the fire at night to make it more ornate than it was the day before
  • silvermousesilvermouse Cape CodPosts: 7,144 ✭✭✭✭✭
    Czech pipe tool
  • Amos_UmwhatAmos_Umwhat West TNPosts: 4,793 ✭✭✭✭✭
    Nice bump, I like the wood tamper idea just for fun.  New pipers sometimes think the tamper is for packing.  NOT!  It is for while you're smoking, and it's importance is paramount.
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  • jsnakejsnake Kansas CityPosts: 5,796 ✭✭✭✭✭
    I have some fancy tampers that I’ve never used. I like my pipe lighter tools. 
  • Diver43Diver43 South FloridaPosts: 1,397 ✭✭✭✭✭
    edited November 2017
    Czech pipe tool

    Not knowing anything about smoking a pipe, but interested, I had to google what this is.

    Looking at the picture:  Tamper is for tamping tobacco after lit for a better draw?

    Skinny pokey part for keeping your draw opening clear?

    The part I don't get is the little shovel.  Back when I wore a certain uniform, I know the coke heads used one to get enough for a line out of their bottle or baggie.

    Don't imagine you guys use the shovel part for that, but it sure isn't big enough to measure tobacco for a bowl.

    Sorry if this seems really dumb, but I know nothing about pipes except that most smell good.

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  • WylaffWylaff Reno, NVPosts: 4,580 ✭✭✭✭✭
    It's used to scrape the burnt stuff out without damaging the cake.
    "Cooking isn't about struggling; It's about pleasure. It's like sǝx, with a wider variety of sauces."

    I hate myself, and I don't regret any of it.

  • Amos_UmwhatAmos_Umwhat West TNPosts: 4,793 ✭✭✭✭✭
    Diver43 said:
    Czech pipe tool

    : 1. Tamper is for tamping tobacco after lit for a better draw?

    2.Skinny pokey part for keeping your draw opening clear?

    3.The part I don't get is the little shovel. 

    1.  Sort of.  Think about "smoke signals" in the old Westerns, the fire is burning, no smoke, apply the blanket then lift: voila!  Smoke.  You'll often see new pipers take a puff, look puzzled at the lack of smoke, then re-light.  Wrong!  Always take a puff with the tamper before relighting.  9 times out of 10, the tobacco was just burning too efficiently to produce smoke.

    2.  Yes.  And stirring, then re-tamp before relighting.

    3.  What @Wylaff said.  


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  • WylaffWylaff Reno, NVPosts: 4,580 ✭✭✭✭✭
    edited November 2017
    1 makes sense. I've always capped it with my thumb.
    "Cooking isn't about struggling; It's about pleasure. It's like sǝx, with a wider variety of sauces."

    I hate myself, and I don't regret any of it.

  • Diver43Diver43 South FloridaPosts: 1,397 ✭✭✭✭✭

    Thank You Gentlemen, that little shovel had me puzzled.


    Guess if I decide that I like this pipe smoking thing, I will need something similar.

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  • WylaffWylaff Reno, NVPosts: 4,580 ✭✭✭✭✭
    A Sheetrock nail with a flattened tip will do it you don't scrape too hard.
    "Cooking isn't about struggling; It's about pleasure. It's like sǝx, with a wider variety of sauces."

    I hate myself, and I don't regret any of it.

  • Diver43Diver43 South FloridaPosts: 1,397 ✭✭✭✭✭
    Tonight for my first bowl supplied by @Captain_Call, it is a simple spike i got from the garage. I have a tool and a bit better pipe ordered, but amazon hasnt shipped it yet.
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  • Captain_CallCaptain_Call Cambridge NebraskaPosts: 1,511 ✭✭✭✭✭
    I'm sorry I didn't drop one in the box. I had a dozen laying around but I thought you already had all your kit
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