Elder Puffer Fish Leader
Join Date: Sep 2015
Location: Webster, Monroe Co, NY ROC City Metro
I still donít mind electrical tape or even a softee as long as I remove every few weeks. With a softee I can see how these can dry one to the vulcanite. Just add a bit of warm water and break the seal and then slide back and forth and remove it. I have some paste from Decatur that can be used but I havenít had to open it. The only stem with a good amount of oxidation is the Charatan I use twice every day. I donít use anything on its stem. Same for my Rinaldo that is used daily.
Of course piping more a d more from acrylic stem from Meerschaum, Iíve learned to hold the pipe by the bowl and I donít clench nearly as much. When I walk the dog, which hasnít been as often this Winter as it should I donít mind using a Peterson which Iíve burnt up pretty good and the stem has some marks. Nobody else will be salvaging that pipe.
But itís always good to have options. Pipes can be just as hard on your teeth as your teeth are on them. Teeth are way more expensive to fix a d it replace. Just try to keep that in mind while puffing.
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