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Top pipes are tasting a little ashy

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    Young Puffer Fish King's Avatar


     

    Top pipes are tasting a little ashy

    My top pipes are tasting not sour, but a little ashy.
    After a couple of bowels.
    Where a new pipe its not noticed.

    What should I do? Send them out for a total clean out??

    If so how often?

    Thanks

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    Maturing Puffer Fish thewileyman's Avatar


     

    Re: Top pipes are tasting a little ashy

    If it were me, I'd recommend keeping pipes and bowels far away from each other.

    In all seriousness, though, my first course of action if a pipe starts tasting wrong is to clean the inside of the bowl with bourbon (either with a bourbon-soaked pipe cleaner or a cotton ball, being very careful not to get any alcohol on the finish) and run a bourbon soaked pipe cleaner through it a few times.

    So far, that's done the trick for me. After every smoke I run a few pipe cleaners through the stem and shank, and fold one in half and use it to do a quick dry swab of the inside of the bowl to get rid of any excess dottle and ash.

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    Alpha Puffer Fish Firedawg's Avatar


     

    Re: Top pipes are tasting a little ashy

    How long have you had them? Do you clean them? and with what?

    IS the flavor almost like a burnt wood taste? I have gotten that befor from the briar burning slightly near the bottom before cake started to form there.
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    Young Puffer Fish King's Avatar


     

    Re: Top pipes are tasting a little ashy

    Quote Originally Posted by Firedawg View Post
    How long have you had them? Do you clean them? and with what?
    .
    What is you definition of clean?
    I run a pipe cleanner though and dig the remnants of the old bowel out.

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    Brewing Guy BrewShooter's Avatar


     

    Re: Top pipes are tasting a little ashy

    Quote Originally Posted by King View Post
    ...and dig the remnants of the old bowel out.
    WOW, that must really smart!!!!!

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    Alpha Puffer Fish Firedawg's Avatar


     

    Re: Top pipes are tasting a little ashy

    Quote Originally Posted by King View Post
    What is you definition of clean?
    I run a pipe cleanner though and dig the remnants of the old bowel out.
    just make sure your not digging to hard but other than that running a pipe cleaner is good. Are you using an alcohol like whiskey? That cuts the tar out better.
    I wish I could write as mysterious as a cat.
    Edgar Allan Poe

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    Elder Puffer Fish Leader MarkC's Avatar


     

    Re: Top pipes are tasting a little ashy

    Quote Originally Posted by BrewShooter View Post
    WOW, that must really smart!!!!!
    Yeah, switching to bran cereal would be easier...
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    Evolving Lead Puffer Fish 92hatchattack's Avatar


     

    Re: Top pipes are tasting a little ashy

    I too could taste the ash even after just a few bowls in my new cobs. I guess as a new pipe smoker I just wasnt used to it and didnt like it.

    I founf that a very quick wiping of the inside of the bowl with a little piece of paper towel dampened with whiskey drasticly reduced the taste of ash with the next bowl, and only took a few extra second to do. I dont know if this is a good practice or not, or if it will mess up my cake, but it hasnt given my any problems so far.

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    he that puffeth RJpuffs's Avatar


     

    Re: Top pipes are tasting a little ashy

    You may have ash/cake in the airhole. A good bristle-pipe-cleaner and/or shank-brush scrubbing with a high-octane alcohol should do the trick. Alcohol only INSIDE, it will strip the stain right off so be careful.
    Ron aka RJ aka RJPuffs
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    Re: Top pipes are tasting a little ashy

    Quote Originally Posted by 92hatchattack View Post
    I dont know if this is a good practice or not, or if it will mess up my cake, but it hasnt given my any problems so far.
    Good practice. Cake will be fine & will continue to build. The only caveat is that it will tend to flavor the pipe with the alcohol you use (ie: whiskey-flavored), which isn't necessarily a bad thing. Many folks use grain alcohol, as it will impart no flavor to the pipe. Others use Pipe sweetener, which can impart a little flavor for the first bowl or two, in my experience.

    As was mentioned before, just keep whatever you use off the outside finish, or it will remove the stain....pipe carvers use alcohol-based stains on their pipes.

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    Alpha Puffer Fish drastic_quench's Avatar


     

    Re: Top pipes are tasting a little ashy

    BOWL.
    Any man who checks his watch while smoking his pipe is doing it wrong.

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    Young Puffer Fish King's Avatar


     

    Re: Top pipes are tasting a little ashy

    Quote Originally Posted by drastic_quench View Post
    BOWL.
    Really?

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    Alpha Puffer Fish drastic_quench's Avatar


     

    Re: Top pipes are tasting a little ashy

    Quote Originally Posted by King View Post
    Really?
    Yeah, otherwise you need to find a gastroenterologist.
    Any man who checks his watch while smoking his pipe is doing it wrong.

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    Sot-weed Bohemian freestoke's Avatar


     

    Re: Top pipes are tasting a little ashy

    I've never had an ashy taste emanate from a bowl -- I don't think. It's always the stem or shank. I mean -- the bowl is always full of ashes isn't it? Honestly, the only pipes who's bowls I've ever "treated" are estate pipes. My Sasieni Mayfair has been merrily incinerating tobacco leaves for 30 some odd years and never once has it been subjected to such an indignity!
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    Re: Top pipes are tasting a little ashy

    I used to leave a layer of white ash in the bowl in the mistaken belief that this would contribute to building the cake. It won't and it did n't taste good for the next smoke.

    Nowadays, I first blow through my pipe to flush out any leftover ash & loose bits before smoking.

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