I was hoping someone could give me some advice about going to a briar pipe from a cob.
I had been smoking a cob, and bought a Savinelli briar about two weeks ago. Unfortunately, I've been quite disappointed in it so far.
The briar has a very bitter/acrid taste compared to the cob. Additionally, whenever I smoke it, a ton of moisture builds up in the bottom of the pipe. There is always a layer of tobacco at the bottom that is far too damp to smoke. When cleaning, the bottom 1/8-1/4" looks wet. Is this normal for a briar?
I'm not sure what the problem is, but I have noticed that the briar seems to get much warmer than my cob does. Additionally, the briar has developed a somewhat unusual shiny black prickly/bumpy surface inside, whereas the cob is much more matte.
If anyone has any advice or could diagnose my problem, I would greatly appreciate it. I love the way the briar looks, but at this point I really don't enjoy smoking it. Thanks!