I am looking to try a pipe. I am thinking about getting a corn cob to learn on, and if I enjoy it, I would like to get a Boswell poker pipe.
I have some questions.
1- How often can you smoke from a briar, and how long do you have to rest it? can you smoke more than 1 bowl in a day?
2- Can you smoke aromatics and non aromatics from the same pipe? Well, I am sure you can, but is it to be avoided?
3- I like the idea of a straight pipe with a flat bottom, (looking at Boswell Poker) so I can rest it on a table. Does a straight pipe or a bent pipe offer a different smoking experience in terms of flavor?
4- I see some pipes come with filters, some people say to toss em. Any pros or cons that you can mention?
5- I read that inside the bowl a carbon cake builds up. Once the cake is created, wouldn't the benefit of briar wood be hidden behind the cake? Hope this one makes sense.
Sorry for the newb questions.