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  1. ozarksmoker

    ozarksmoker Member

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    So without burning a hole through your pipe, can you get it too hot while smoking? Like beyond too hot to hold the bowl. What kind of damage will that do?

    spell edit: MMoo
     
  2. nesta

    nesta Well-Known Member

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    It can cause charring inside the bowl as well as cracks inside the bowl, generally where it burns hottest (in the bottom and specifically near the draft hole). Heat can also cause a few types of finishes to blister from what I understand.
     
  3. Smoker99

    Smoker99 Active Member

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    Not good to overheat the briar, it will cause damage, as mentioned above. Also, some bents are prone to burn an inverted V notch at the top of the draft hole, because that is where the briar is thinnest. It can happen before you realize it, smoke cool.
     
  4. Jussto

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    Bowl damage aside, if you are getting the bowl too hot to hold, you are most likely overheating the tobacco, making it taste like :poop:, as well as broiling your tongue and taste buds, which will keep you from not only enjoying your pipe, but any food or beverage as well.

    Some pipe shapes (my two small Peterson Calabashes, one short, one Churchwarden come to mind) will get quite warm while being smoked; just go easy and make sure the tobacco flavor doesn't shift and start to taste bitter and feel hot during the smoke. If you have to, let the pipe go out and relight after it has cooled.
     
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  5. WayneTeipen

    WayneTeipen Member

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    Ditto what others have said. Too hot pipe = eventual burnout. Plus as Jussto said it makes your tobacco taste like poo and scorches your tongue, typically.
     
  6. Nightcap

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    Someone told me, smoke patiently. Thats why you smoke a pipe. There is no harm in letting it go out. Thats what matches are for. In time, you will find that balance of keeping it lit just enough, and you will be thankful.
     
  7. Mister Moo

    Mister Moo Normal Cow Moderator Moderator

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    What they said - overheating tobacco ruins the flavor then cooks your tongue. Past that, yes, you cook the pipe:

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  8. Arkie

    Arkie Active Member

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    That's quite a hall of shame you have there moo
     
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  9. shadow

    shadow Active Member

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    Hi everyone!
    It's all very good advice that has been posted!:th1:
    I have a simple trick to avoid overheating the pipe: When puffing make sure that only very little or no smoke at all leaves the top of the tobacco chamber.
    This is obviously a bit tricky when you smoke outside but otherwise the pipe shouldn't "smoke itself" so to speak:)
     
  10. IrishRover

    IrishRover Active Member

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    If it's beyond too hot to hold the bowl, put it down and let 'er rest. As others have said, that style of smoking could eventually ruin the pipe
     
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