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Doc G Freehand

Discussion in 'Pipes' started by Nuck81, Jul 27, 2012.

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  1. Nuck81

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    So I've been smoking pretty much nothing but cobs for the last two years. I have a few briars, but I don't smoke them quite as much.

    Got a hair up my ass about two weeks ago and bought two Grabows, an Omega, and Freehand.

    The Omega is a god send. Flat out quickly become one of my best and favorite pipes.

    The Freehand is also a great smoke except for one problem, it smokes insanely hot. Not the smoke, the smoke is nice and cool all through the bowl, but it's the outside. The second I light it up, it's pretty warm, and after just a few minutes it is too hot to hold by anything but the shank. I'm sure it is not me, as I have never had this problem before with any pipe I've had, and the Omega stays so cool, I dip it in my tea to keep the ice from melting. At first I thought it was that it was a new pipe and just needed a little break in, But it's been over a week now, and the pipe hasn't begun to cool down.

    So my question is, is this common for the Grabow Freehand, or is there something I can do different?
     
  2. Klauswermann

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    I had Freehand some time ago, but I never found that it got any hotter than my other pipes, maybe the briar is somehow flawed? But even then I don't really know how that would make it smoke intensly hot... the only experience I have had with a pipe getting that hot was with a brylon yello-bole.
     
  3. woody

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    When I first got my Freehand it smoked wet. It damn near dripped where the stem and stummel meet. After it got smoked in, it's a nice smoking pipe.
     
  4. Johnny Dingo

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    I had one for a while. It did smoke pretty hot, but I fixed it by trading it in the Box Pass for a Rewster modded cob. I'm pleased with the results.
     
  5. Vaquero

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    I think that some pipes just smoke hotter than others, sadly. It could be some property of the briar itself, and no two pipes are alike. For example, I have two Peterson's that are super similar, same finish, shape, etc, nearly identical, and one smokes ridiculously hotter than the other. Oh well!
     
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  6. woody

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    LOL @ Johnny Dingo
    I've had a few pipes that smoked hot as a furnace until they got smoked in, new and estate, and now they smoke fine. I've only had 1 that didn't straighten up. It was an old Wally Frank. I eventually destroyed it during one of my mad doctor pipe experiments.
     
  7. Kiowapipe

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    Does the freehand have a larger sort of cone-shaped bowl? You might try a trick that Shadow taught me a while back- Just light the middle of the tobacco, don't light around the edges. Then, once it's going, whenever you need to tamp just tamp gently around the edges to make a little dome shape in the bowl. I did this with a pipe that got hot walls and it worked like a dream.
    PS- is Shadow still around?? I don't remember seeing him in a while.
     
  8. jbennin314

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    IF it is a Dr Grabow pipe you purchased. Then they all smoke hot. The outside is painted with varnish and it will trap the heat.
    JIm
     
  9. cobbsmoker

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    They may smoke hot for you but don't blame that on the pipe! I've been smoking Dr. Grabow pipes for well over a decade now and they smoke as well as any other pipe I own, as many will attest to in this forum.
     
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  10. Vaquero

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    Yeah, a lot of guys swear by their Grabow's! Like I said, every pipe is individual, some smoke hotter than others.
     
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  11. Nuck81

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    The other Grabow I have doesn't smoke hot at all.

    I guess I just have a hot pipe, but I will try a few of the tricks mentioned here.

    Thanks again PSF!!
     
  12. cobbsmoker

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    He stated "they all smoke hot" and that is not true.
     
  13. Vaquero

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    Exactly! I was agreeing with you!
     
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  14. cobbsmoker

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    :doh:
     
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  15. Vaquero

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    It's all good, jbennin's post was just generalizing all Dr. Grabow's as hot, which I disagree with. Those kind of generalizations start wars... much like the ongoing "Cob Wars" which many have participated in w/ the whole cob/briar rivalry.
     
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