Re: Meerschaum VS. Wood pipes
I don't know a whole lot, as I own only cobs..
But mears require no break in, change colors, they are very fragile and can chip or break if dropped.. Also I believe letting them get excessive cake can damage them..
Briar takes awhile to get broke in.. They can handle some cake and they are much tougher..
Cobs are great.. They dont really require much break in.. They are Cheap, you can beat the heck out of them.. Then throw them out and go spend $5 on a new one..
Hopefully some others with more knowledge will chime in shortly..