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Meerschaum lined Briar questions

Discussion in 'Pipes' started by Great Basin Ben, May 11, 2011.

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  1. Great Basin Ben

    Great Basin Ben Member

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    Hi there everyone. This may be more pertaining to the "Ask the Old farts" section, but seeing as how it's regarding pipes, I put it here. If it needs to be moved, I completely understand.

    So here's my question: Why wouldn't a Meerschaum lined Briar pipe, be EVERYONE'S #1 pipe of choice, given it's varying ability to perform, almost both like a Briar, and yet also like a Meerschaum???

    I definitely will be picking one up, hopefully in the next couple of weeks, to try it out, and see/compare the differences, and similarities. To the complete Novice, (which I am admittedly), it seems like a no brainer. It appears on the surface, to be the best of both worlds, yet folks RARELY seems to be giving them much credit if any. I'm willing to admit, I didn't do a HUGE search of this kind of pipe, before asking this question, but in my week here so far, I have yet to really hear anyone mention them in their daily repertoire, of pipes... Why exactly is this???
     
  2. badbusinessman

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    Because I don't like smoking epoxy.
     
  3. jhe888

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    I think they perform more like meers, but look like briars.

    Often the meer is pressed meerschaum, which is meer dust and a binder of some glue. It isn't solid meer, so it may not even perform like meerschaum.
     
  4. ruffinogold

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    The good meer lined are block meer set in the bowl . My favorite pipe is a meer lined Hilson Mondial chimney Billiard .When meer is wet it can be carved with great detail ... so carving a bowl to fit a chamber is a no brainer for someone who works with meer . I've got half a dozen meer Lined pipes and they are all good but the Hilson is the shiznit . Keep your Meer clean and it's good to go . I think the reason why every pipe isnt meer lined is cause , as was said , the pressed stuff isnt as good , though it's not real bad , and a meer lined pipe will breath through to the briar and then " become ' a briar in a sense . I've found the best meer lined are the ones w/ block meer set in a briar bowl that is quite thin like this ... and meer set in gourd http://i845.photobucket.com/albums/...ction/CFBwv3gCWkKGrHqZhE0fCuDeBNT2dg5Q_14.jpg
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    Imo ... these are the best . They smoke most like a meer . The pic is the sellers photo of my mondial before it was cleaned up . I scored it a couple months ago and along w/ a hundred year old gourd meer i've had for about 15 years It's the limit. The gourd is alittle to big to be my favorite
     
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  5. Great Basin Ben

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    Thanks for the responses guys. I'm learning more and more every day. The ones I had the opportunity to buy were priced at approx. $80 and the Tinder Box here in Reno, only had (3) to choose from. (Not much of a selection), but then next time, I'm in there, I'll ask them, if it's block meer inside of them, or pressed. I greatly appreciate your advice so far.
     
  6. Marc

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    I have just never cared for meerschaum pipes or meerschaum lined bowls.
     
  7. t-bear

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    I own a couple of these. Good pipes, but more of a compromise between the two than the best of both. Meer-lined pipes hold moisture more than a full meer pipe, so they need drying, more like a briar. Unless it's high quality meerschaum, they will over time, soften and disintegrate in the bowl...admittedly, it takes a number of years, but....
    Don't get me wrong, I like these pipes....just prefer my meers.
     
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  8. ruffinogold

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

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    Agreed . A meer lined dosent smoke as good as a meer in general .The mondial I scored is as close to a meer as I've found ... and the gourd meer . Yeah , the big thing is keeping it clean for sure. A dirty stinky Meer is a drag and wont smoke so great .
     
  9. badbusinessman

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    I never realized there were meer-lined pipes with block meer in them. I can taste the glue (or at least I imagine I can) in the pressed meer, but I'll have to try to find a block meer-lined to check out.
     
  10. ArtisanArcher

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    I think the big reason why you don't see them around as much is because you can make a pipe out of briar that will smoke good. So it takes extra work and learning that, overall, isn't as cost effective. *This opinion comes from a man that doesn't own a meer, or a meer lined briar. It just makes sense to me though... why should I line a pipe in meer when I'm making it from briar anyway and, after it's broken in, it'll smoke just fine.

    Am I peeing in the wind on this?
    Arty?
     
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