Good evening. I am having a problem with my pipe gurgling. It is a Darby pipe, straight billiard, with the stinger removed. I bought it at least six years ago in an antique shop. I smoked it twice with the stinger in it then and said a few choice words and packed it up. Recently I pulled it out, cleaned it well with alcohol and did two salt and alcohol soaks to clean it as I never properly cleaned it in the past. I let it dry for two days before smoking it. I have been smoking CH and Edward's Vintage Cube out of it trying to form a cake as I have removed the old cake that was in there. The new cake is forming nicely but there is still moisture forming. I read here that no cake will make a pipe gurgle as the heat and moisture doesn't properly get absorbed so iI figured it was growing pains. But, as the cake forms I am still having this issue. The draught hole is in the very bottom center of the bowl. I havehave usd the three step method and the "codger" method of packing. I am sipping and using a slow cadence to the point where I have quite a few relights and no bite. If I tip the stem downwards, I get a drip from the mouthpiece. Usually about a third of the way into the bowl right after the first gurgles. I have been using pipe cleaners to dry out the inside as I smoke. Quite a few pipe cleaners... For reference, I recently picked up a Savinelli Duco Carlo apple that I have been smoking SG BBF out of with no issues other than normal learning to smoke flake issues (relights, packing) but I am doing much better with it. My cobs also perform well, one smoking Edward's Scottish Moor, a mild aro and another for whatever....even smoking the same burley blends that make the Darby gurgle. How do I stop the accumulation of moisture in the stem/bowl? Is it the briar itself or the pipe? Mike.