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Written by James Payne

Wednesday, 03 February 2010

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reviewPicking a pipe is not as simple as walking into a store and picking out the first one you see. While normal pipes are not overtly expensive, you still want to give some thought into what type you purchase. In this article we will discuss the different types of pipes and try to discern which one is right for you.

As with any purchase, before you can buy something, you must educate yourself about the item and the different types that are available on the market. With that being said, the following is a list of the different types and shapes available to you.

Before we delve into the different shapes and sizes, let’s talk about the construction of the pipe itself, and the materials used to create them. There are nine basic types of smoking pipes, each with their own benefits and drawbacks, starting with the favored Briar pipe.

Briar pipes are made from briar burls. These “burls” are located snugly between the stem and the root of the Heath tree, found mainly in the Mediterranean and certain parts of Europe. The age of the briar plays a large role in the quality of your pipe, as the briar must age for a long time before being uprooted. The standard time for a briar pipe is 100 years, with an exceptional pipe being made from briar that has aged for 200 years or more.

Briar pipes are by far the most popular type of pipe on the market. This, in part, is due to briar’s durability; it is very resistant to fire damage, reaching almost super hero abilities. Another important feature of the briar pipe is its ability to absorb moisture.

The disadvantages of a briar pipe are the length of time it takes to break them in and the amount of care and maintenance that goes into the process. However, I feel (as I am sure most smokers do) that they are well worth the extra effort.






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0 # Pipe Selection Tobaccos, et alJohn Dougherty 2011-06-21 14:28
Dear friends of the leaf,

Pipe smoking has been my passion as long as my love of cigars since 1973.
Back in that day, it was easy to switch between cigars and pipes with the change of the seasons. I had the benefit of a close college friend whose father was a pipe and cigar dealer in the Midwest. My friend, let's call him Larry, taught me the basics of cigars and pipes.
At his elbow, I learned the difference between aromatics and "
English mixtures", the fundamentals of pipe smoking.
You can learn quickly which mixtures ore the best for your precious tongue and bowl and that which pleases the unenlightened. Please feel free to contact me with questions.

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