Today I was able to start my pipe with one match. I enjoy setting in on my back deck smoking a pipe and watching my dogs and the world go by.
No charring light?
Anyway, my biggest advice would be to always buy Missouri Meerschaum for corn cob pipes. There are crappy cheap ones from China but the quality is always suspect. There is a YouTube channel called Aristocob that might help you out. He had one tip for "pipe mud" in corn cobs: take the ash from a premium cigar, mix it with a little water to make a paste, and push it into the pipe to make a good bottom around the opening. This keeps all the smokable tobacco above the stem, reinforces the bottom, and will make cleaning easier since dottle won't settle around it.
When smoking aromatics, make sure you slow down or it will overheat and turn into a sticky molasses-like sludge at the bottom of the pipe and it will be a pain to clean. It is also easier to get "tongue bite" from aromatics.
Since you have more than one, rotate your pipes if you smoke every day so they can rest. I also store them in a rack with the bowl down so anything that settles won't go to the mouthpiece and give you a bitter taste.
You should also get a mason jar to keep the tobacco from drying out.