Tobacco pipe thread

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  1. Quinlan

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    Greetings,

    Here is a little ritual I do with my pipes every once in a while.

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    Bring it to boil.
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    Pour it in and hold it there for a couple of minutes with the stem end blocked by folded kitchen roll paper.

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    And then empty it. I think it does some extra cleaning. I say extra, because I do it after cleaning the bowl by very lightly scraping with the multi-tool and the conical pipe cleaners.
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    And lastly leave them to dry.
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    I don't really do it for the cleaning, but for the first bowl to light after this process. The taste has a very slight undertone of whatever spirit I have used and I like it. Too bad it doesn't last for more than the first lighting. I have tried this with vodka, whisky, ouzo, rakia, bourbon, tsipouro. All leave a nice touch for the first bowl to light afterwards.

    Regards,

    Christos
     
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    I run a pipe cleaner dipped in Jim Beam after every smoke. Double it over and wipe the bowl. Keeps 'em sweet!!


    -John
     
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    Greetings,

    Thank you @slysir. I am going to copy your idea! :dblthumb:

    Regards,

    Christos
     
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    If you like that smell take a little pipe tobacco that is starting to get old or dry out and add a bit of bourbon. Don’t soak it. Just enough so it clumps when you pinch it and holds its shape without being soggy. Seal it up in a mason jar for a few months and see how you like it. I prefer a matured Virginian tobacco for this.
     
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    hello,
    Sheer Sacrilege I say a waste of good Old Number 7 ;) the last time I tried that at the Scots pipe smokers convention using a 25 year old malt whisky..:8: LOL
    Regards
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    Ps. I am joking BTW.

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    Back in my pipe smoking days I used vodka. It cleans, and dries fast. joe
     
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    I’m definitely going to try this with my Missouri Meerschaum
     
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    I use Everclear or moonshine. Same as vodka it dries fast, and I think it sterilizes the pipe as well.
     
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    thats what i use.
     
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    Yep, I use vodka for cleaning estate pipes. I may try the alcohol wet pipe cleaners. I like rum for that idea I think.
     
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    Looks of good info thank you for sharing.
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    I always use Jim Beam to clean my pipes. But I always seem to accidentally pour too much in the glass and have to drink the excess. Darn...Hic.

    Coyote Ron
     
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    Pipe smoking and good whiskey seem made for each other. I have been enjoying Jameson Black Barrel as of late.
     
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    Pipe smoking and good whiskey rum seem made for each other.

    Fixed that for ya... :p
     
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    I don't know when I did smoke a lot.Jim and coke was the best.:cool:
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  17. Quinlan

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    Greetings,

    Although I can appreciate a glass of whisky, bourbon, vodka, etc, my slice of heaven is when I have a cup of cooked wine with spices while smoking. That or mead.

    Regards,

    Christos
     
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    No fair not stating a label.
    Spill the beans. What is a good rum? I slum with Sailor Jerry.
     
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    My ‘local’ preference is Meyer’s Dark. But my overall favorite is Flor de Cana from Nicaragua, in the ‘elephant leg’ bottle as they call it. Must be a two liter monster.

    :D

    This is a ‘net pic, but this is what my bottle looked like most of the time while I was down there. :(

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    @NevadaBlue looks like a good one there.
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    Ambrosia. I learned about good rum while in Nicaragua. The 12 year old stuff and their Coca Cola are just delicious. The coke there is made from cane sugar, SO much better. We weren’t supposed to have booze in camp (yea right... ) so the big bottle made smuggling less often of an ordeal. I ‘did laundry’ in town every couple of weeks... :D
     
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    Oh excellent, I'll have to give this a try. Whiskey it is, can't get any good ouzo around here, although I would if I could! Used to get homemade top notch stuff when I lived in CA from a friend whose last name ends in "opolos"
     
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    Just bought my soon to be brother in law a bottle of Jameson's black barrel for his birthday, he said it's pretty good stuff:)
     
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    When I was restoring estate pipes I used a salt pack and 91 isopropyl (saved the fine spirits for drinking or for a final cleaning rub/sweetening) to clean pipes after using a reamer. The salt really helps pull the junk out.

    They say a little dab of honey wiped in the bowl after cleaning will help sweeten a pipe too. I've tried it but couldn't really tell much difference myself. I think quite a few folks use it though.
     
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    as a non drinker i use isopropyl. but was wondering a bout mouthwash ???

    i used honey in my clay pipe befoe adding the baccy and got a honey flavor, very nice.
     
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    New favorite pocket pipe. Missouri Meerschaum Little Devil. Perfect for a quick smoke. And if you lose it in the woods. Less than 20bucks! 20180528_141708.jpg
     
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    Awesome :35: looks really cool @Paulyseggs how does it smoke?
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    So far so good. Needly nearly no break in . Does heat up fast. Its perfect for lunch break!
     
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    Missouri Meerschaums are great. I like every one I have tried. Look on their website, they sell 10 ‘seconds’ for 30 bucks I think. I couldn’t find anything wrong with any of mine.
     
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    10 pipes for 30!?! Im in!:dblthumb:
     
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    a couple weeks ago i recived Rogers pipe knife in red picked bone handel,comes with a leather slip. WELL i tell ya it's so damn pretty i almost came to tears, i cant use it, sh*t. so i ordered a red metal handel and got it last thur.,same tooling,scraper/blade is sharpe, not sure if it will some plug (don't got some ta try ) but it will cut twine nice long doddle pick, so anyway i like it. i ordered from GQ in the uk couldn't find the red handel or everyone is out of stock. 10 shipping.
     
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    Missouri Meerschaum cobs are fantastic outdoors - friendly pipes. Just beware of cheap imported look alikes. They are not worth a dollar.

    Nothing like a nice pipe around a campfire...but that's another thread.
     
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    @TRYKER thank for the info I bet there awesome to have in your collection.
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    Seeing how this thread drifted to the cobs, I have a few unsmoked waiting to be put in rotation when older ones poop out. Fast forward about 5yrs...none have pooped out yet!!

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    Here's a tip for carrying a loaded pipe in the field. I coil a pipe cleaner over the tobacco. It's tight and stays put. ;)

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    -John
     
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    Greetings,
    This thread has been named 'tobacco pipe thread' on purpose and all pipe and tobacco posts are most welcome. :)

    I am starting to get an itch for a corn pipe with these amazing photos and I am curious to see how they smoke. Why do they call them meerschaum though? I thought that was a different material.

    Nice trick with the pipe cleaner. :dblthumb:

    Regards,

    Christos
     
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    Long time pipe smoker, I use Everclear to clean my pipes, dries fast and doesn’t affect the taste. When my pipes need a deep clean, I fill the bowl up with coarse/sea salt then dribble Everclear into the salt until it reaches the top of the salt, don't spill any over the rim as it can remove the stain from your briar, then let the pipe sit overnight. The next morning the salt will be dark brown or black, these are the tars that were making the pipe taste funky. Wipe out the bowl with a paper towel and let the pipe sit another day before smoking. The next smoke will be nice and sweet. * Don’t do this to a cob, as the cob will absorb much of the alcohol and can soften the pipe beyond use.
     
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    @knyoch .Gonna try that. I have a big ole briar that needs a good cleanin
     
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    Meerschaum is a natural material that has a quality that is on a level of it's own for pipe material. In my opinion head and shoulder's above briar. But...it has limitations. It's fragile, don't drop it. Not recommended for smoking outside in a wind...get's hot. So enter cob's. Mimics the qualities of Meerschaum without the frailty at a fraction of the cost.

    Get a quality Meerschaum and you'll soon realize what I'm saying!! :cool:


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    ^ Those are some seriously handsome pipes!
     
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    I'm not much of a tobacco smoker but I have always loved this antler peace pipe. My dad made it quite a few years ago from scratch. Even did the beadwork and made the bag that is hanging off it :D. Has only been used on a couple of occasions and is mostly decorative but it's an awesome pipe! Bad lighting in my house for pics, sorry!
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    That truly is a beautiful heirloom. But I would think that burning an antler would impart a burnt hair sort of smell and taste.

    -John
     
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    Thank you! The smell and taste is as you describe until it gets "seasoned" for lack of a better term. After a few smokes the taste dwindles but is always there to some degree. With hot and heavy use you can burn through antler eventually so it's more for special purposes and not a daily smoker :dblthumb:
     
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    I will start that thread if you guys join in!

    Thanks for that tip John, that is a good one. That means there will be at least one cleaner for the pipe after use.

    Christos, the name is a play on words. The origins of the cob pipe are country/hill billy/redneck in nature. The cob was available and works quite well. So, it is ‘Meerschaum’ quality in an available and inexpensive form. They are quite nice. You will enjoy them I am sure.
     
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    20180529_064824.jpg this is my favorite pipe. Side says Fieldstub Imported Briar.

    Got it off Ebay a few years ago . 9dollar bid in the last 5seconds. My phone froze so I had no idea if it went thru.

    Just holding it makes my blood pressure go down. Sits in my hand like a fitted glove.
     
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    Greetings,

    Here is my meerschaum pipe. I don't smoke it very often, as it can be seen from the color which is still quite white. Indeed they are fragile. On the second photo you can see the tip of the claw is superglued.
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    You've got me sold on the corn pipes. I must get one. Time to Google fu!

    Regards,

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    another jim beamer here.that has bean the family brand since before i was born..........good for everything......pipe cleaner.....carb cleaner.....cpld medicine.........snake bite.you name it it works
     
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    Good evening @Quinlan the pics are my first attempt at a pipe. The bowl is a piece of mahogany table leg. U gouged, drilled and counter sunk. The key chain is the maple stem I wasn't happy with. I intended a tention fit so it could be carried two piece. It was a dodgy fit unless you got it just right. I believe the technique is valid however. I cut a small round and let it dry. I drilled out the pith right thru. I used a hatchet and baton to square it. Then carve and rasp to round. Getting one end to match your counter sink by hand is the tricky bit.
    Cheers Jim
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    Greetings,

    Thank you @Zunga! It looks good and I will copy your approach. :dblthumb:

    Regards,

    Christos
     
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