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Soggy(?) Cobs

This is a discussion on Soggy(?) Cobs within the General Pipe Forum forums, part of the Pipe Smokers Forums category; I don't know how many cobs I have tossed over the years because the last bit of the bowl would ...

  
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    Puffer Fish with some spikes dgerwin11's Avatar


     

    Soggy(?) Cobs

    I don't know how many cobs I have tossed over the years because the last bit of the bowl would get excessively moist and gurgly. I figgered that the cob had absorbed all the moisture it could and was done for. Since I started reading these forums I realized that this was not so. When I had this happen to 2 MM Legends, I inspected them and found that the part of the shank that extended into the bowl had burnt back to even with the chamber wall, leaving a big space below the airhole. This seemed similar to the problems briars with a high airhole. So I mudded them with a clay/water mixture and they smoked fine. Well, now my 2 Diplomats are exhibiting the same situation, so this week end I'll mud those too.

    I saw a post here or another forum where a guy muds his Ozarks before smoking the first bowl. I think I will wait until they need mudding and do them at that point.

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    Alpha Puffer Fish WyoBob's Avatar


     

    Re: Soggy(?) Cobs

    I have around 15 cobs and have been smoking 7-8 of them consistantly in my rotation for the last 1 1/2 years. (Prides and Diplomats, all natural and a Legend). I have never had even wet dottle let alone had the cob bottom get soggy.

    Perhaps it's a difference in climates or perhaps type of tobacco or moisture content. I smoke mostly va/vapers but, even when smoking some aros (I had a bowl of BCA in a Diplomat yesterday) I don't have a a hint of moisture after a bowl. The burned ash just falls out of the bowl when tapped.

    Possibly the mud will help with SBS (Soggy Bottom Syndrome). I've mudded 7-8 cobs and let the others do what comes naturally. The results seem the same (although I really like a nicely rounded bottom------that mudding gives)

    Anyway, I've never tossed a cob or lost or damaged one for that matter. If I had a collection of meers or briars, with my luck, a giant tree would have already crashed through the roof and mashed the whole collection (and there are only two little, spindly trees on my 2 acres).
    WyoBob

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    Sot-weed Bohemian freestoke's Avatar


     

    Re: Soggy(?) Cobs

    Quote Originally Posted by WyoBob View Post
    Anyway, I've never tossed a cob or lost or damaged one for that matter. If I had a collection of meers or briars, with my luck, a giant tree would have already crashed through the roof and mashed the whole collection (and there are only two little, spindly trees on my 2 acres).


    I've never had the shank burn back. I've got 5 cobs right now and the only one I've lost is one I dropped in the driveway. The spaces between the shank and the bowl have filled in on all of them, making the bottom of the bowl like a well-drilled briar. The shank is still intact on them all, well charred (yes, I smoke the bowl to the end, after it's broken in). It may be because I don't relight at the end with a cob the way I might with briar, so the shank is never exposed to flame. While I do finish a lot of bowls completely, it doesn't include a late relight. I dump a bowl with a cob faster than I would with briar, just so I don't set the shank on fire -- or taste it burning!
    Vegetarian -- that's an old Indian word meaning "lousy hunter". -- Andy Rooney

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    Re: Soggy(?) Cobs

    Quote Originally Posted by WyoBob View Post
    I really like a nicely rounded bottom------that mudding gives)
    Whadda perv.
    Those that know don't tell, and those that tell don't know.

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    Puffer Fish with some spikes dgerwin11's Avatar


     

    Re: Soggy(?) Cobs

    I guess I'm doing something wrong, but according to these forums we all to something wrong according to somebody. But freesroke's advice about late relights sounds very sensible. I think I need to heed that advice.

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    A Squid founder, retired ProbateGeek's Avatar


     

    Re: Soggy(?) Cobs

    Quote Originally Posted by Nachman View Post
    Whadda perv.
    Touché, sir!

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