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Flake pipes

Discussion in 'Need Pipe Smoking Advice? Ask an Old Fart!' started by lostopossum, Aug 15, 2011.

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  1. lostopossum

    lostopossum Member

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    Hey guys,

    Sorry if this is a repeat question but I searched the forum and didn't find anything. I keep seeing people talk about the perfect flake pipe. What I was wondering is what make the pipe more suited to a flake over a ribbon cut. Thanks in advance!

    ~Chris
     
  2. Puff The Magic

    Puff The Magic Active Member

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    I feel a perfect flake pipe is one that is like a chimney (height 2x width or taller). Peterson Tankard is a nice one. Tankard Churchwarden is even way cooler! :D

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    T-bear "Bear's Den" made me a very nice "Dub-Bambu"
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    And the "partial bridge" next to Bambu. Thanks again Ted! Deep Narrow I believe is majority preference.

    Ed
    Puff
     
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  3. Snake

    Snake permanent ankle biter

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    I prefer a conical bowl, but that's just me. YMMV of course.
    I have a couple Castellos, and an older Nonpareil (Savinelli)
    that are perfect.
     
  4. ruffinogold

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

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    In the past I'd say a chimney type as well ... they are killer . Lately , a pot shape like this whitehall [​IMG]
    is really doing it for me with flakes ... LTF is the limit in it
     
  5. TxPipesmoker

    TxPipesmoker Active Member

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    Puff-- That Bambu looks nice. I really like it
     
  6. BradNTX

    BradNTX Well-Known Member

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    I like the smaller bore, taller height bowls with full body smokes or spicy smokes. For sweeter flakes I like the conical bowls.
     
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  7. Jeebs

    Jeebs Active Member

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    Where can you buy a Reamer like that ???
     
  8. kennerth

    kennerth Member

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    I bought a pair of them on ebay for $40 total. Most smoke shops will have one around for $30. On ebay, or online, you can beat that.
     
  9. shadow

    shadow Active Member

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    I tend to use small capacity bowls for Flakes, especially because I favour the fold-and-stuff method for packing rather than rubbing the Flake out.
    Surely there's nothing wrong in using larger capacity bowls... it's just my preference:)
     
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  10. RTOdhner

    RTOdhner Well-Known Member

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    I prefer pipes with relatively wide and shallow bowls, like Apples, Authors, Rhodesians, Pots, and Princes. I prefer bent over straight, amd I prefer smaller bowls for stronger toby. I prefer these types of pipes because of my habit of cupping my palm over the top of the bowl of any pipe that I am smoking flake in, and I like how these types of pipes feel in my hand when I'm smoking them.
     
  11. Mister Moo

    Mister Moo Normal Cow Moderator Moderator

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    Senior Reamer is sold many places including: http://www.amazon.com/Pipe-Tools-Senior-Reamer/dp/B00153SQ70 It's a nice tool but tends to fail with sharply conical bowls or particularly small bore diameters. I have one - love it.

    The eye of the beholder - although many folks lean to smaller, taller bowls. Puffs reference above to a chamber height at least 2x the bowl diameter sounds like my profile.
     
  12. Smoker99

    Smoker99 Active Member

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    I think conventional wisdom is a small bowl, but relatively taller than wide. I think the reasoning is flakes fit better in a tall bowl, and the more narrow dia. is easier to keep them lit. I prefer a 3/4 in. ID bowl for flakes.
     
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