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My first Boswell and my first estate pipe. What sort of cleaning will it need?

Discussion in 'Pipes' started by BigB, Dec 10, 2012.

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  1. BigB

    BigB Member

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    Hi guys,

    It's been a long time since I've posted here, but I lurk a bit. Recently I fell in love with this used Boswell poker on eBay.

    Anyways, she's mine now as a Christmas present from the wife.

    I wondering how should I go about cleaning this pipe when I receive it? It looks pretty clean in the pictures, but I don't know if the seller gave it a cleaning/sanitizing or not. I sent him a message to ask but haven't heard back just yet.

    Being that it's my first estate pipe I plan to at least give the mouthpiece a basic cleaning with alcohol. I'm a bit of a germaphobe. I can't see any tar or other buildup in the pictures, but you can tell it has been smoked some. It looks like there is at least a small amount of cake in the bowl.

    If anyone has any cleaning tips that would be great.

    Here are some pictures of the pipe. She looks like a nice chunky piece of briar and I love the plateau on the top.

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  2. MakDragon

    MakDragon Wizard of PSF

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    They do make beautiful pipes and that sir is a beauty!

    I got a churchwarden from them a few months ago and I am amazed at their craftsmanship.

    Enjoy this in good health!
     
  3. Jussto

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    Congratulations, that looks like a great pipe!

    As far as cleaning goes, if it isn't a gunky mess, I swab the stem of an estate inside and out with alcohol soaked pipe cleaners until they don't come out dirty (I usually use vodka because that's what I have around). For the bowl and shank, the first thing I do is take a good whiff of the bowl. If it smells like any type of tobacco in particular (lakeland, aromatic, latakia) then I treat it with a salt and alcohol treatment. If the existing cake doesn't smell like much in particular, and the cake doesn't need reaming, then I swab the bowl and shank with more vodka pipe cleaners, let it dry, and fire it up!

    Enjoy!
     
  4. SouthBound

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    That's exactly what what I do.

    Beautiful pipe. Congrats!
     
  5. briarhoff

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    Very nice. I am fairly new to pipe smoking and recently discovered Boswell while researching online the pipe smoking scene within Pennsylvania where I live. Boswell's shop is about three hours west of me so I think I'll head there one day.

    I thought this pipe might be the one I missed out on recently on Ebay but as I look closer I can see it isn't. Similar though. I lost the bid on a Boswell that was the same color but a little chunkier. It was quite chunky indeed. If I end up getting an estate pipe I'll use this advice here to clean it up. Happy smoking with the new addition to your rotation.
     
  6. 5H4N3

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    That's a great looking pipe!
    +1 on the alcohol swab, but I prefer a little stronger stuff, like everclear.
     
  7. BigB

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    Thanks guys. Hopefully she was lightly used and won't need much. I don't think I can get everclear here in California but I do have some vodka on hand, as well as a few whiskey's. Maybe a nice Laphroaig single malt? lol
     
  8. Spillproof

    Spillproof Mostly Harmless Moderator

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    You can get Everclear in California, but it's 151 proof.
    Unlike vodka or whiskey, it will not leave your pipe tasting like booze; just sweet.
     
  9. BigB

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    Good to know, thanks. I'll have to look for some everclear at the liquor store, I'm sure it would come in handy for cleaning my other pipes as well.

    I just received a message from the seller. He said the pipe has seen very light use and that he will be giving it a mild alcohol cleaning before shipping it out.:)
     
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  10. Griz

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    Excellent information and explained well. Thank you kindly :) I need to head to the store as well.
     
  11. IrishRover

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    Gorgeous pipe!! +1 on the everclear if ya can get it.
     
  12. Russell Hartman

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    The pipe looks pretty clean in the pictures. I'd say the same about Ever Clear. Here in my home state of Pennsylvania--you cannot get it. However due to my geographic location in the state--I can travel. The stuff I get is 190 proof'95% pure alcohol made from grain. I love it for cleaning pipes--I would NEVER even think about drinking it.
     
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