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How To Get A Cool Dry Smoke.....a must read for Pipe Smokers!

Discussion in 'The Smoking Lounge' started by fallsguy, May 27, 2013.

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  1. fallsguy

    fallsguy Member

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    Came across this article this morning......a great and simple explanation about the properties of pipes and pipe smoking.

    http://www.outwesttobacco.com/Cool_Smoke.htm
     
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  2. jdto

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    Thanks. There's definitely some good information in there, though I sometimes smoke more than one bowl in the same pipe in a row or close to it. I don't think you absolutely have to rest the pipe for a day, though of course the pipe shop owners and pipe makers would love you to, as that means you buy more pipes :D
     
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  3. DGErwin11

    DGErwin11 Moderator Moderator

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    You figured out our secret. But was sharing it really necessary?
     
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  4. jdto

    jdto Well-Known Member

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    In kindergarten, I was told that sharing is very important.
     
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  5. DGErwin11

    DGErwin11 Moderator Moderator

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    That sounds like commie talk. You been hanging with dwaugh too much.:ohyh:
     
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  6. cobbsmoker

    cobbsmoker Active Member

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    Thanks for sharing but it is but one man's opinion, of which several comments he makes about pipes differ with my experience over the years.
     
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  7. fallsguy

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    That's always been a classic, ongoing debate among pipe smokers. As to resting a pipe, I do believe, however, that a lot depends upon the smoking habit of the smoker, as well as the quality of the pipe.
     
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  8. DGErwin11

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    We all agree that a pipe needs rest. The fun starts when we discuss frequency and duration of said rest.
     
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  9. fallsguy

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    You guys don't seem to be giving your POYs much rest!
     
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  10. furious

    furious Junque collector

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    Don't need to when the wood and drilling is good.
     
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  11. JimInks

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    I always give a pipe a day or more of rest, but I agree it's not always necessary. It depends on what you smoke and the quality of the pipe. I have a few pipes that need time to rest and many others that do not.

    Overall, it's a good article and while I don't quite agree with a couple of his comments, it's a good guide to pleasant smoking.
     
  12. Old Codger

    Old Codger Well-Known Member

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    The owner of OutWest Tobacco is a nice guy. I've been in there a couple of times. Good conversation and coffee. Another reason to stop in Pocatello if you are heading along the I15.
     
  13. fallsguy

    fallsguy Member

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    To stimulate further discussion, what don't you agree with?
     
  14. JimInks

    JimInks Well-Known Member

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    Most of my comments are nitpicky and subjective, much like the writer's.

    "Virginia tobaccos that are bright colored have a sharp, piquant flavor, and should be smoked slower, or enjoyed in a “flake” form, slowing combustion temperatures." I agree that they should be smoked slower, but there are many coarse cut, ribbon, and even shag cuts that can be enjoyed as much as a flake cut, provided you are not a fast puffer. I like smoking flakes, but the quality of the tobacco is at least as important as the cut.

    "White Burley is the mildest, with a transparent flavor." The writer fails to note that white burley often provides a chocolate note. "Transparent flavor" is rather vague.

    "Perique has the quality of pepper, a unique taste and aroma that many people enjoy." He fails to note that some periques have a sweet or "plum" taste.

    "Some of the smoothest tobaccos can be a Cavendish..." That's a matter of opinion more than fact. Though it's often true, it's not always so. It depends on the curing and aging process, too.

    "Blends or mixtures that have not been aged are “green”; sometimes have an alcohol smell, due to hasty application of a cheap top dressing disguising inferior tobacco." I believe darn near everyone on this forum can name exceptions to this comment. It's too blanket of a statement.

    "Never smoke your pipe hotter than you can comfortably hold it in your bare hand." I always check the temperature by putting the pipe to the side of my face. I find that to be a better barometer of how heated the pipe is, as facial skin is more sensitive than that of the human hand. If it's uncomfortable, stop smoking it and let it cool down.

    Again, the subject of how long to rest or if a rest is needed depends on what you smoke, if you're a "wet" smoker, and the quality of the briar. I notice the writer didn't say, "Learn to keep your tongue from touching the end of the stem while you're smoking." It's still a good article, and some may disagree with some of my comments, but that's how I see things.
     
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  15. Spillproof

    Spillproof Mostly Harmless Moderator

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    How to get a cool dry smoke?
    Use a Castello!
     
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  16. JimInks

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    I need one of those!! Wish they weren't so expensive.
     
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  17. furious

    furious Junque collector

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    Don't worry, Jim...they can't beat your Barling!!
     
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    Smoke Carter Hall in a cob.
     
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  19. Huby Springer

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    Interesting article.
     
  20. fallsguy

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    An excellent post in response to my question. I and many other here have a healthy respect for your opinions on Pipe Smoking. Your expertise assures us of true and accurate information on the subject. Many thanks for taking the time to give such a detailed commentary.
     
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