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Month of meer experiment

Discussion in 'Pipes' started by Snake, Mar 1, 2011.

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  1. Snake

    Snake permanent ankle biter

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    Trying something new. I will smoke
    my CAO meer exclusively this month
    in hopes that I can colour it a bit.
    I am also taking this opportunity
    to smoke all the samples (that kind
    members have passed along), in
    it as well.

    After every bowl, I'll clean it out
    thoroughly with a piece of 3M
    Scotchbrite to eliminate any cake
    that might build up otherwise.

    Here she is today:

    [​IMG]

    Let's see what she looks like
    in a month's time.

    dp
     
  2. Bri2k

    Bri2k Active Member

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    That's a mighty fine looking meer, Snake! According to Gerry, the Victorians would smoke their meers for two weeks and then put them back in the case for another two weeks and then repeat for best coloring results. I'm trying this technique on the meer poker he sent me.
     
  3. Snake

    Snake permanent ankle biter

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    Thanks, Bri. Believe it or not, I've
    had this pipe for almost 10 years.
    Don't smoke it a lot (obviously),
    due to it being quite the gurgler.
    Still, I am undaunted by this, and
    will press forward in eliminating
    many bags of samples. Dual
    purpose, you see. :puffy:

    dp
     
  4. Falconeer

    Falconeer Active Member

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    Hi All,

    It'll be an interesting and fascinating month; I did the same kind of thing at various stages last year. The Victorian's method worked well for me, but what I did find was that each meer had a mind of its own and some coloured differently from others, but meer being a natural product this is more or less what you'd expect.

    Looking forward very much to seeing how yours goes and hope you enjoy the month,

    Best as ever

    Gerry
     
  5. dmkerr

    dmkerr PG- free since '83! Moderator

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    Yep, they all color differently. The coloring tends to follow the grain pattern - yes, meerschaum has grain. It's just not easy to see until it starts to color. Some color fast and some color slowwwwwwwwwwwww.

    Have fun with it, Snake! :thumbsu:
     
  6. Mister Moo

    Mister Moo Normal Cow Moderator Moderator

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    I have luck keeping cake down by scouring the chamber for a few seconds, post smoke, with a looped bristle pipecleaner, Snake-o. No muss, no fuss.
     
  7. yinyang

    yinyang Some rim charring is to be expected.

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    Couldn't you just spray paint it like Mington's? Save you the trouble....
     
  8. Old Ted

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    Me too! - I always scrub out with a cleaner bent into a 'U' shape.
    OT
     
  9. Mington

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    Good call!
    I like you Kyle. ;) :eek:hyeah:
     
  10. Mington

    Mington Well-Known Member

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    Maybe mine will get darker too. :idiot:
     
  11. Mike Pomery

    Mike Pomery Active Member

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    :xd:
     
  12. Mister Moo

    Mister Moo Normal Cow Moderator Moderator

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    The bristle loop thingie does well for me. I still need to do a little reaming/scraping a couple of times a year but it only takes a moment.
     
  13. yinyang

    yinyang Some rim charring is to be expected.

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    Without a proper prep and primer, I think it will lighten over time...how unique is that? I would put that all over youtube if it were me! Maybe you could even get a cottage industry going here...
     
  14. BradNTX

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    Interesting idea; will you be posting weekly reports?
     
  15. Mister Moo

    Mister Moo Normal Cow Moderator Moderator

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    March Meer Madness Month? Everyone? WTF? I'm in.
     
  16. telltime

    telltime Active Member

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    You going to take pictures a few times a day (maybe after each bowl) for a time lapse, or just one now and one at the end (before/after)?

    Have fun!
     
  17. user0003

    user0003 Well-Known Member

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    Rock On! It's Meer City Baby!
     
  18. Mister Moo

    Mister Moo Normal Cow Moderator Moderator

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    Both manly AND original. :cheers:
     
  19. Puff The Magic

    Puff The Magic Active Member

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    Actually, yours will "lighten". Every time you drop your pipe and scratch her she's gonna show white..........you will eventually drop (maybe multiple times) her. Regardless, an enjoyable pipe I'm sure. MMM 2011 is "ON"!

    :velho:
    Ed Puff!
    cogito ergo puff
     
  20. dubhdarra

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    one of my coworkers was obsessed with coloring his meer. he tried every single one of the meer coloring tricks, but the one that seemed to work the best was smoking buttloads of black cavendish, especially back-to-back bowls, ridiculously fast.

    any rate, cant wait to see your progress.
     
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