Hey guys, Hope I'm not being an ANG (annoying new guy) or worse a FNG (I'll let you guess that one) with so many posts in such a short time - I'm just really enjoying getting into this and I already feel right at home on the forum. Anyways, I have another question if it's ok. I bought my first Briar yestderday, just a basket pipe and nothing fancy: Now, before I start smoking it in earnest I'd like to get some advice on how best to break it in, and what kind of maintainance routine I should keep up. I have some pipe cleaners and my intention is to clean out the stem after each smoke, if thats what I should be doing. How can I regulate the cake, and how many bowls should I expect to go through befoire a decent cake appears and it is broken in - if that's possible to tell me I realise every pipe is different. I would really like to get the best out of it as I think it is quite a charming pipe, am I correct in identifying it as a bent apple configuartion? The only info I have on the make is what is stamped on the stem, it says "DARVILL REAL BRIAR," does that mean anything to anyone? Anyway I am nursing both a sore tongue and a mild cold, so I thought I'd get some advice before I start smoking again. Thanks . Will.