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Dr. Grabow Without A Filter

Discussion in 'The Smoking Lounge' started by Otoolefan, Sep 9, 2012.

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  1. Otoolefan

    Otoolefan Member

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    Recently, I bought a barely used Dr. Grabow Grand Duke briar pipe at a local thrift store... Since I began smoking a pipe in July, all I had were MM Legend pipes that I purchased at our local tobacco shop.

    Anyhow, I find that the draw of the Dr. Grabow, for me, is too restrictive, so I've been smoking it without a filter and this seems to be working fine.

    Anyone else here smoke Dr. Grabow's without the filter?

    PS With my cob pipes, (the straight ones) I've been trimming a fluffy pipe cleaner to the same length as a filter and using it as a filter. The draw is still pretty free, but it seems to work pretty well with the slightly aromatic Kentucky Club Continental Blend. The other reason I use a "filter" with my straight cob pipes is to prevent hot ash from going into my mouth when I get down to the bottom of the bowl. The curved stem on the MM Legend seems to prevent ashes just by its shape so I don't bother even using a pipe cleaner as a filter with them.

    Thanks in advance for feedback....

    Don
     
  2. Coda

    Coda Well-Known Member

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    I own several Grabow's, and I dont use any filters in any of them. Nor do I use them in my cobs (all bent), except my straight Ozark Hardwood...
     
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  3. Otoolefan

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    OK, cool. That seems to mirror my experience and conclusions.
     
  4. ted

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    Even though Grabow filters probably paid my salary for many a year............... I no longer use them, or any filter.
    As a friend said a few days ago.." I believe that the 'chamber' (sans filter) acts much like the 'well' on a Petersen". ted
     
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  5. PipeLotus

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    I am something of a Dr. Grabow fanatic, and the 4 that I own are heavily abused throughout the week. For a time, I used filters. Now, I use them to break in a new pipe, and then discard them completely. The draw, for me, is far superior without. I actually had the same issue as you with my Cobs, and filter those. I've never gotten any ash from my Grabows. I will say, that my puffing technique has changed considerably, and that may have something to do with it as well.

    I guess what I'm trying to say, is that filter-free is the way to be. :th1:
     
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  6. Otoolefan

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    Thanks. Yeah, cobs have a much hole than usual on Dr. Grabow's, so there's much more of a chance of hot ash coming up the shank.
     
  7. Otoolefan

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    Much bigger hole, as it were, lol....
     
  8. Nuck81

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    Almost all my Brairs are Grabows, and all the briars I regularly smoke are Grabows. While a lot of them are adjustomatics and don't take filters, the ones that do, I never use them.
     
  9. Otoolefan

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    I thought all Dr Grabow pipes were filtered pipes?
     
  10. Coastal Bend

    Coastal Bend Get off my lawn...

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    I used to "suck ash" once in a while (OK, almost regularly) whether smoking a filtered -- without filter -- or non-filtered pipe. For me, the secret to avoidance was just knowing when to say when. It would be the result of trying to squeeze just another few puffs of a really great smoke by a final re-light -- when there was actually nothing to relight. It was always handy to have a beverage nearby back then (and even now, I usually have coffee -- or something adult nearby -- but fortunately I don't have to rinse ash out of my mouth any more). :bing:
     
  11. Otoolefan

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    I have to agree, lol. The time I "sucked ash" I knew I shouldn't have tried for that last relight. I also put the flame of the lighter too far down in the bowl. A small hot ash flew into my mouth and hit the back of my throat. Needess to say, it hasn't happened again.
     
  12. Raffxr7

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    When smoking a filtered pipe sans filter-be sure to use a q tip dipped in alcohol to clean the tar off the lip the filter would catch on. That will keep the taste at a respectable quality. If you later get into modifying pipes, smoothing the lip with a bit of sandpaper *can* correct the buildup issue. I don't recommend that unless you try it on a throwaway first! Cleaning every few smokes isn't too bothersome for me, I am taking a guess that others don't mind it much either.
     
  13. Otoolefan

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    Thanks! Will do. I use a mini bottle of Canadian Mist as my alcohol cleaner.
     
  14. Raffxr7

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    Isopropyl has been used by many, I believe the myth has been dispelled of it being toxic. Alcohol evaporates at 78F; perhaps someone with a better chemistry background than I will chime in, and explain if the denaturing (aka what keeps it from being drinkable and thus taxed as "spirits") additives form a compound, or just a solution. Either way, I still use Isopropyl. I avoid consumable alcohol, walking into a liquor store just isn't good for my health or marriage.
     
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  15. Nuck81

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    They may be now. But a lot of the vintage Grabows, and "Adjustomatics" didn't have a filter or took a stinger instead.

    I have 4 that won't take a filter, two of those have stingers.
     
  16. Otoolefan

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    Ah, ok.
     
  17. ted

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    For me 151 Rum. Not only cleans, disenfects, leaves a good taste, but if you aint' happy, you can "take a 'pull'"....
     
  18. ruffinogold

    ruffinogold Ruffinogold-Mayor, I.R.G.E.--At Large. Mayor

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    Most all my briars dont take filters . The few briars and cobs that do take them .. I use . I guess it would depend on how you draw wether youd feel like it's restricted or not . I smoke OTC in my filter pipes and they seem made for each other . I wont bother smoking a flake in one . Easy smokin blends work great in the filtered pipes . SWR/MCB/H&H etc .. as an example
     
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