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Ideal Flake Pipe

Discussion in 'Pipes' started by Jomodeere, Apr 4, 2011.

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  1. Jomodeere

    Jomodeere Member

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    Hey all,
    I was just wondering what everyone thought makes the ideal flake pipe for any method (fold and stuff, rub out, etc.) I'm looking to dedicate one of my pipes to just flakes I guess.

    Thanks again!
    Jomo
     
  2. telltime

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    My best flake pipe (and I actually have two) were made by a person right here on this forum... Sasquatch (BST pipes).

    After that, I'd say my next best pipe is probably a Cob, then either a Larsen or Dunhill.
     
  3. Sasquatch

    Sasquatch Sales Account

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    Given the size of most flakes, and the delicate nature of certain flakes - you get a lot of virginias as flakes, a smaller pipe will do a couple of things. First, it won't muddle up flavors as much as a big pipe will do - you don't get that concentrated bottom-of-the-bowl action. Second, a small pipe will take a flake nicely, with no rubbing - just tuck it in.

    So I'll throw out a measurement here of something like 1 1/4" deep and 3/4" across as being a good size.
     
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  4. yinyang

    yinyang Some rim charring is to be expected.

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    To me, if the chamber is taller than it is wide, most likely, it'll work well...(at least to my expectations). Ideally then, I guess I would say I like taller, narrowish bowls. YMMV.
     
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  5. t-bear

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    What Sas and Yin said....long narrow bowl. I also prefer a slightly tapered bowl, seems to focus the flavors more. As always, YMMV.
     
  6. Jomodeere

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    So does this pipe need to be broken in or can I break it in with flakes?
     
  7. Kyle Black

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    I don't break a pipe in with any thing other than the tobacco that is smoked in it. I don't do half bowls or any of that business. I smoke a full bowl like I normally would. No problems here, just stuff a flake and smoke it.
     
  8. Jomodeere

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    Okay sounds like a plan then! Gonna fire up a bowl of irish flake and go to town :)
     
  9. BradNTX

    BradNTX Well-Known Member

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    Hey Jomodeere... how did this go? Did you use a tall narrow bowl?
     
  10. jeffbee

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    Smaller bowls are nice because you can smoke just a single flake and still get the full flake effect. My best single-flake pipes are both Kings Cross Featherweights in the billiard style.
     
  11. dmkerr

    dmkerr PG- free since '83! Moderator

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    Every single pipe I own is an ideal flake pipe. They've all smoked flakes and they all perform admirably. I own mostly oversize pipes in dublin, billiard shapes. Perfect!
     
  12. WillH

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    As Sas, Yang, Dan, T-bear and others said: Something a medium size, tall, tapered to the bottom! Sas's measurement is on the money!:)
    Here's one of mine!
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    Stuff some flake in that ole' gal and it's "all good"! Nearly all my pipes have the same inside bowl dimensions. Great for flakes IMO!

    Will
     
  13. Snake

    Snake permanent ankle biter

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    I prefer a conical chamber which takes a flake
    cannonball beautifully. I'd go with a slightly
    taller bowl height than Sas suggested only
    because I can get a whole flake of OGS in it.
     
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  14. Old Ted

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    I use any of my pipes for flakes (or mixtures) - just alter the way I prepare them a little for different bowl diameters and contours. In a similar way....I keep hearing about Carter Hall in a cob - but just don't get it!
    OT
     
  15. Albert

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    Its a New World thang! lol :toast:
     
  16. Old Ted

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    ah! well I'm an old fart!....I'll even smoke two or three consecutive bowls in the same pipe - without giving it a fortnights rest in between 'em! :byg:
     
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  17. BradNTX

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    I'm not fond of Carter Hall on it's own, but think it adds a lot of great flavor to other Burley flake. If I hadn't tried a Burley parfait, I probably wouldn't have bought it again.
     
  18. Albert

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    Half Irish Flake, Half Carter Hall = A magic morning commute!
     
  19. BradNTX

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    Mine have been 1 ABF flake, folded & stuffed, then topped w/CH (about 1/4 total). I have done 1/3 and 1/2 with good results too. Also tried with Wessex Burley Slice and C&D Burley #2. All good!
     
  20. RTOdhner

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    I've found that I prefer flake in a cob. Speaking of which, a kindly soul here at PSF gave me an almost entire tin of Erinmore, and I'm gonna smoke some in a cob right now.
     
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