Curious... Anyone here stop smoking briar pipes?

Discussion in 'Meerschaum Pipes' started by Pipe Puffer, Oct 30, 2013.

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  1. SidStavros

    SidStavros Active Member

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    A "serious" smoker i think must smoke many kinds of pipes,each one has his own "charm" and gives a different pleasure. I can not abandon for example my briars for meerschaums or my corn cobs for my gourds and vice versa. Some times one material is "perfect",depends from the occasion.
     
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  2. dmkerr

    dmkerr PG- free since '83! Moderator

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    Consider me "un-serious". :ohyh:

    There is, however, a tobacco I only smoke in a briar. I don't smoke it often but it does seem to perform best surrounded by wood.

    But smoking pipes, like audio systems, should be as neutral as possible IMHO.
     
  3. DeusExMachina

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    Since we're experiencing quite a cold snap, I was wondering; How does meerschaum handle temperature extremes compared to say, briar?
     
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    I've been smoking my meers in the freeze and sometimes forget them in the truck overnight, which makes me nervous (firing up a bowl in such a cold pipe), but they have done fine.
     
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  5. Malus Rex

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    As you can see, I'm proud of my meerschaum. I know many of my fellow PSF members are fellow Sherlockians. It might interest them to know that Holmes' most prized possession before his death was his meerschaum.

    ( cited in The Gaslight Grimoire: Dark Tales Of Sherlock Holmes )
     
  6. SidStavros

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    That's why i said "serious" and not serious, was a little for fun [as a matter of speech] and not be heard as absolute. :)
     
  7. 5H4N3

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    I go through phases.
    After I got my first meer, I went on a binge, and thought I might be happy with nothing else.
    Then I got a Falcon. Same thing, I went on a Falcon binge.
    But then I smoke a cob, and remember how good they smoke, so I go on a cob binge for a couple of weeks.
    13 days ago I bought a Pete briar, so I've been on that kick for a couple of weeks.
    In the end, while I will go on a binge of one certain type of pipe for a few weeks at a time, I love em all.
    I'm a briar, meer, cob, metal man.
     
  8. DGErwin11

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    I was cob only for a while. Life was good.
    Now I have some good briars and meers. Life is better.
     
  9. dmkerr

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    I smoke an old SMS during snow removal (-13 last Monday) and then bring it back into the house (where it's 70) and have had no problems. I've done this for years. While I can't say that it's good for the pipe, it has shown no tendency to crack.
     
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  10. ruffinogold

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    I'm sorry ... but " Stop .. smoking .. briar pipes " is unnatural in the English or any other language ...especially the American Language . These words are only to be used in a " true " rational sentence . As an example ,

    " While I stopped to light my briar pipe , I was blown away by the pure joy of smoking "

    This has been a public service announcement :beck:
     
  11. AlexanderM

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    I can smoke a briar pipe and I enjoy their aesthetics - but I don't believe I'll ever collect them. Somehow the draw is not there. I have one and I'm happy with it - I'd only buy another as an estate for cheap. I haven't noticed that either smokes better, but I enjoy the whole meer experience more. A meer is more exotic, it has the whole coloring mystique - and I think it ages better. An old briar can look very sad and worn out, but a meer without breaks or chips just gets prettier with age.

    Currently I smoke my meer more than my briar even though the briar is a slightly better smoker. But once I get a meer that is as light as my briar, with a comfortable stem I doubt I'll touch the briar again. Its just not the first thing I'll ever pick up off the shelf.
     
  12. Raffxr7

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    I beat the heck out of my meers, they hold up great. I'm a farmer... I use to only take cobs or beater briars into the fields, but now smoke meetschaums 90 percent of the time. no ornate figurals though. I broke my one and only ornate meer but have not damaged any others at all.
     
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