Re: New Piper Fish from Michigan
I started smoking pipes for the same reason you are, thinking that it was a quicker smoked, but like cigars, pipes come in all shapes and sizes. I found out the hard way when I bought a Savinelli Brandy pipe as my second pipe, (The first being a starter kit from PipesandCigars) The bowl was huge, and I don't think i'ver ever smoked the bowl all the way down. With that being said, I also bought a corn cob pipe at the same time, a lot smaller bowl, and a quicker smoke, and it wasn't a bad smoke. In fact, last summer I was mainly switching off smoking a between the corn cob and Savinelli, and I rarely touched my first pipe.
Not being an expert pipe smoker, others may have differing opinions, but I would recommend starting with a corn cob, or if you don't mind spending the money, getting a higher quality small bowl pipe. I'm thinking of getting a small bowl Churchwarden for having those quick smokes.
Scan the Pipes forums, I found a lot of useful information about pipes and tobacco here, there a lot of knowledgable people on these formums.