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« on: November 23, 2013, 03:12:07 PM »

So, I recently obtained a handsome collection of pipes...most are my great grandfather's.  They've seen extensive use.  How do go about cleaning and then using one?
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« Reply #1 on: November 23, 2013, 04:11:34 PM »

First, clean it out with a pipe cleaner. Stick a new pipe cleaner in the stem until it comes through to the bottom of the bowl. Fill the bowl with non-iodized salt. Place about three drops of a clear alcohol, such as vodka or everclear (NOT rubbing alcohol) in the bowl until the salt is slightly wet. Let sit for 24 hours. Clean out the resulting gunk with a reamer, then get the rest of the salt out with a slightly damp pipe cleaner. Fill with tobacco of choice and enjoy Smiley
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« Reply #2 on: November 23, 2013, 04:28:51 PM »

First, clean it out with a pipe cleaner. Stick a new pipe cleaner in the stem until it comes through to the bottom of the bowl. Fill the bowl with non-iodized salt. Place about three drops of a clear alcohol, such as vodka or everclear (NOT rubbing alcohol) in the bowl until the salt is slightly wet. Let sit for 24 hours. Clean out the resulting gunk with a reamer, then get the rest of the salt out with a slightly damp pipe cleaner. Fill with tobacco of choice and enjoy Smiley

I am thrilled that the first responce was expert advice and so quick. Awesome.

You'll want a tamping tool and matches. Go do some reading on pipe care and learn to pack the bowl. Pipe smoking is more of a hobby than habit. I love it. I have two briar pipes and a meerschaum. Good stuff.
Enjoy!
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« Reply #3 on: November 23, 2013, 05:23:37 PM »

This thread should be stickied. Pipe smoking is one of the finest hobbies man can ever have
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« Reply #4 on: November 23, 2013, 06:11:46 PM »

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Pipe smoking is one of the finest hobbies man can ever have
after a certain age, at least. Wink
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« Reply #5 on: November 23, 2013, 06:17:32 PM »

First, clean it out with a pipe cleaner. Stick a new pipe cleaner in the stem until it comes through to the bottom of the bowl. Fill the bowl with non-iodized salt. Place about three drops of a clear alcohol, such as vodka or everclear (NOT rubbing alcohol) in the bowl until the salt is slightly wet. Let sit for 24 hours. Clean out the resulting gunk with a reamer, then get the rest of the salt out with a slightly damp pipe cleaner. Fill with tobacco of choice and enjoy Smiley
i'll use this myself as my two pipes are kinda clogged up-the briar more than the meerschaum .
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« Reply #6 on: November 23, 2013, 06:28:24 PM »

Pipe smoking is one of the finest hobbies man can ever have
if he wants to develop caner of the mouth, tongue or jaw.
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« Reply #7 on: November 23, 2013, 06:29:57 PM »

Isn't pipe smoking a sin? 

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« Reply #8 on: November 23, 2013, 06:32:51 PM »

Pipe smoking is one of the finest hobbies man can ever have
if he wants to develop caner of the mouth, tongue or jaw.
some people will die healthy, some sick.
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« Reply #9 on: November 23, 2013, 06:57:35 PM »

Isn't pipe smoking a sin? 

LOL

No.
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« Reply #10 on: November 23, 2013, 06:59:22 PM »

So, I recently obtained a handsome collection of pipes...most are my great grandfather's.  They've seen extensive use.  How do go about cleaning and then using one?

There are a variety of pipes used for different purposes besides just tobacco.
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« Reply #11 on: November 23, 2013, 06:59:52 PM »

If smoking pipes would lead to less people carrying spittoons around with them then I am completely in favor of it.
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« Reply #12 on: November 23, 2013, 09:18:38 PM »

Pipe smoking is one of the finest hobbies man can ever have
if he wants to develop caner of the mouth, tongue or jaw.
That being said, my Great grandfather was an avid pipe smoker.  Died from old age.
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« Reply #13 on: November 23, 2013, 10:20:23 PM »

Pipe smoking is one of the finest hobbies man can ever have
if he wants to develop caner of the mouth, tongue or jaw.
That being said, my Great grandfather was an avid pipe smoker.  Died from old age.

As many pipe smokers do. Of course this will spawn another angry tirade from those who wish to control other people's actions, but even the US Surgeon General noted no negative impact on length of life of pipe smokers versus non-smokers. But that is another story.

Being a pipe smoker of nearly 50 years the best advice I can give you is to find a real tobacconist shop and drop in (provided you are of legal age). Ask the folks there for help or drop me a PM.
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« Reply #14 on: November 24, 2013, 02:32:55 AM »

My girl friend bought herself and myself matching pipes. Love it. I am so glad that we are learning pipe smoking. I get to feel like such a wizard, or at least a Hobbit. Tongue
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« Reply #15 on: November 24, 2013, 04:01:46 AM »

Great advice on cleaning in the first post.  I've also substituted cotton balls for the salt to good effect.

It can be a bit frustrating when beginning.  Learning on used "estate" pipes like your great grandfather's is actually a very helpful starting point.  While you'll likely need to clean and ream many of them, a layer of carbon (and whatever else builds up) helps keep them smoking cooler *Don't ream off all of the coating; it's good!*.  New briar pipes can be rather sensitive and burn hot. 

I second the opinion to seek out a good tobacconist.  It's not essential--we have an internet thing now--but it can save you a lot of headaches, unnecessary, or misguided purchases.

My last piece of beginner advice is to probably focus on a good burnable tobacco while getting technique down.  I went straight for the tobacco I was most intrigued with and found myself struggling to keep fancy English and Balkan flake tobaccos lit.  I'll shut up now, before I drown out any decent suggestions with unnecessary ones.

But congratulations on the pipes and on taking up the hobby.
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« Reply #16 on: November 24, 2013, 06:00:17 AM »

Isn't pipe smoking a sin?  

LOL

It's better left a mystery nowadays. People are generally smart enough to do their own math and collect the results.

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« Reply #17 on: November 24, 2013, 06:45:52 AM »

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Pipe smoking is one of the finest hobbies man can ever have
after a certain age, at least. Wink

Everything turns more glamorous after a certain age. I don't see any need to restrict pipes only for grandfathers.
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« Reply #18 on: November 24, 2013, 03:59:56 PM »

Pipe smoking is one of the finest hobbies man can ever have
if he wants to develop caner of the mouth, tongue or jaw.
That being said, my Great grandfather was an avid pipe smoker.  Died from old age.

As many pipe smokers do. Of course this will spawn another angry tirade from those who wish to control other people's actions, but even the US Surgeon General noted no negative impact on length of life of pipe smokers versus non-smokers. But that is another story.

Being a pipe smoker of nearly 50 years the best advice I can give you is to find a real tobacconist shop and drop in (provided you are of legal age). Ask the folks there for help or drop me a PM.
Thanks!  I actually was just at the local store yesterday.  Very nice.
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