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Noob with a question...

Discussion in 'Pipes' started by James Harr, Jan 12, 2012.

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  1. James Harr

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    Hello all, I am somewhat new to pipe smoking although I first started smoking pipes 10 years ago, I never really got serious about the hobby. However, I am now diving a little deeper. I have a pipe that I picked up from a street vendor in Moscow, Russia in 2004. I don't speak Russian, so I couldn't really ask much about it. If anyone has any ideas about the pipe, please chime in. Specifically, I have a question about a small metal piece that sits in the bit. What is it and do I need to keep it in there? It seems like about half way through a bowl, it starts to gurgle and I think this piece might be trapping moisture. Any help is appreciated.

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  2. Sasquatch

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    That metal thing looks like some kind of condensor - I'd bet the pipe smokes better without it.
     
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  3. Lestrade

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    Yes, take that metal piece out.
     
  4. IrishRover

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    That's a cool looking pipe! ..
     
  5. James Harr

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    Thanks, it will come out tonight. Unfortunately, it will have to wait on the smoke test since my new Peterson smooth calabash will be delivered today along with some C&D Epiphany.
    I think I paid around 1000R which comes in just over $30US. It is more sentimental than the 'perfect' smoker, but I still like to take it out once in a while.

    спасибо!
     
  6. Dimm

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    Yeah I bought some older pipes in a lot recently and two of them had these in there. Whatever their function was I chucked them out and they smoke great without them. Does anyone know what the purpose of these is? Is it to condense moisture?
     
  7. Kiowapipe

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    I'd bet that pipe is pear wood. It looks a lot like the carved pear pieces coming out of Ukraine now. As others have said you should try smoking without the metal thingie. It was probably a gimmick intended to prevent drawing ash or to reduce moisture in the smoke. It's almost certainly counterproductive.
    Neat pipe, neat story :)
     
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  9. t-bear

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    Yep...that's called a "stinger" and is *supposed* to keep moisture OUT of your smoke. In my experience, just the opposite happens....ditch it!
     
  10. Preacher1611

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    I say lose the metal bit, but also make sure you "sip" the pipe when you smoke, the harder you draw the hotter it burns and this can create a gurgle. You might already know this but just in case, now you won't have to ask later if it still gurgles. ;) That's a sweet looking pipe they way, I like it, enjoy, and happy piping! :puffy:
     
  11. James Harr

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    Smoking Gun,

    Thanks for the link. There are pipes on there that look VERY similar to mine, definitely the same maker. I might just have to get another one or three to add to the collection! ;)

    The metal bit is gone. I'll light 'er up tonight.

    Does anyone else smoke pear root wood pipes? I imagine it is a good choice for carving, but maybe not for smoking.
     
  12. user2460

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    No problem :)

    I only have briar and cobs, so I can't help you there, sorry.
     
  13. James Harr

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    I loaded her up with Epiphany and I have to say, that is the best smoke I have ever had out of this pipe. That metal thing was definitely causing moisture issues. Thanks for the tips!
     
  14. t-bear

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    You are welcome sir. Glad it's working well for you.
    No experience with pear wood, but have read that others have had good....and bad....experiences. I guess it all depends on the carver.
     
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