Re: Noob questions
As far as heat management goes its better to preempt a problem. Once you have been smoking with a brand of tobacco for a while heat management begins to become habitual. You learn how the tobacco smokes before it burns so you might take off a windcover or a coal before it gets harsh. If the bowl is already harsh then I take off the coals and set them in the ash tray, purge the smoke and let the bowl cool down a bit before I put back on the coals. It isn't instantaneous but it doesn't take much time at all to correct(a minute or two).
As for cleaning larger pipes I use my bath tub. Crank on the heat and run water through it before using the brush and then run the hot water through once more.
36" Al Falkher Solid - 36" KM Copper Heart Two Hose - 22" Temsah Mini-Wheat(a.k.a. Golden Nugget)