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Some basic questions

This is a discussion on Some basic questions within the The Pipe Hobby How-To Discussion Forum forums, part of the Pipe Smokers Forums category; Thank you all for the pointers. Very helpful and much appreciated. I ordered a couple of cobs and will report ...

  
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    Pretentious Fella Milhouse's Avatar


     

    Re: Some basic questions

    Thank you all for the pointers. Very helpful and much appreciated. I ordered a couple of cobs and will report back soon.
    "Donít congratulate yourself too much or berate yourself either Ė your choices are half chance, so are everybody elseís"- Mary Schmich

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    Re: Some basic questions

    Quote Originally Posted by Pipe Pastor View Post
    For awhile I did. I couldn't smoke the tobacco all the way down. Today I did but there was a distinct difference between the caked part and the bottom. white/gray ash compared to the color of the wood on the bottom.
    I don't want to extend discussion of these points uselessly, but...

    Conventional wisdom is that you should smoke your pipe down to the last shed of tobacco. This will normally mean a few relights near the bottom and this is no bad or shameful thing. However, I have restored a lot (probably getting on for 400) of estate pipes and many, if not most, show evidence that the previous rule is actually the exception. In all cases trimming back the cake has restored the pipe to "useful" condition (and they were quite obviously also useful as they were to the previous owners). I haven't had any problems with inconsistent use of the whole bowl of the pipe causing cracks, burns or anything else sinister. They may smoke better if the cake extended further (it can't really build consistently - the draw hole would be obscured), but again I don't believe that any real damage will be done.

    My advice is:

    Don't sweat it.
    "Never keep up with the Joneses. Drag them down to your level." - Quentin Crisp

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    Maturing Puffer Fish Pipe Pastor's Avatar


     

    Re: Some basic questions

    thanks Robert!

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