I've only been smoking for a few months, (first time w/tweak was last July), but I've worked up a couple remedies to common meth smoking puzzlements.
One thing is for those w/pipes that have small bowls and large carbs, or anyone who tends to roast their finger when trying to keep those pretty vapors from escaping, I've found placing a band-aid on my pinky works wonders to protect my finger while carbing the pizzo. If you hold the stem w/your 1st finger on top and thumb on the bottom and curl your middle and ring fingers out of the way, u can use ur pinky to cover the carb while rolling the pipe without hindering your range of rolling.
Secondly, I discovered a cosmetic sponge stuffed into those tiny altoids tins (or whatever suits you, a jar lid, a compact etc. ) when moistened with warmish water (I've cracked about 3 pipes recently using what I thought was 'room temp' water which was apparently too cool ) . Anyway, keep this tin on ur lap or desktop or wherever and after each hit roll it kinda like a stamp on a stamp pad and if you do it right you'll not only have a cool(er) unblemished pipe, but shit will have spread instead of puddling as u roll it along the sponge. Make sure the sponge is at least moist otherwise it could just melt and stick to your pipe . I keep mine so with some pressure on the sponge, a little water rises up.
Also, what do you guys keep your pipes in to keep them cushioned and safe, what about your other smoking implements? I keep my smoking kit in a pencil pouch, the pipe in a piece of washcloth (also absorbs heat well) w/a make shift pocket so I can just stick it in the pocket and roll it up in a hurry. I also keep an adjustable, refillable electric lighter and a bic (just in case ), as well as a tiny vial w/rubbing alchohol and a few q-tips for spot-cleaning between bowls, a band-aid, my altoids thingy, and of course the all important straw.
Sorry for the long post but you guys know how it does, eh?