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Pipe chamber sizes?

Discussion in 'Pipes' started by woodbutcher, Aug 13, 2010.

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  1. woodbutcher

    woodbutcher Member

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    I keep reading reviews that go "smoked in a grade 6" or "loved it in a size 3, but, hated it in a size 5". I know they are talking about the size of the tobacco chamber, but, I don't know how I'm supposed to relate that information to the pipes I have on my shelf.
    I have pipes I can barely fit my middle finger in and some that I can rattle around on my thumb. Some are one "knuckle" deep, some are almost two. The Harley Meer on my avatar could probably pass as a "porn star". :roflmao:
    Is there a chart or some sort of cross-reference that will let me know what in the world these reviewers are talking about?
    I know it isn't "aero-space". Just rough estimates will help.
    Thanks.
    Dan
     
  2. Legend

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    For a quick reference...I heard the average Dr. Grabow is a group 2 or 3 size. My Custombilts I would guess to be in a 4 or 5 range.
     
  3. Mister Moo

    Mister Moo Normal Cow Moderator Moderator

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    I looked for a long time to find a Dunhill group size reference. All I ever came up with was an online Dunhill catalog that showed their pipes, group number and dimension details. It wasn't a real user-friendly guide to group size info. IIRC their group number is about pipe size - the bowl size within a group could vary and was more or less incidental.
     
  4. Sasquatch

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    There was an actual chart with some measurements floating around, but I could never make much sense of it.

    I tend to think of Group 1 as being almost comically small. I would guess that the little Peterson Tankards are a 1 or maybe a 2.

    Up into group 2 or 3, you start getting into "quick smokes" = like a Peterson 303, I'd wager. 1/2 hour or maybe 45 minutes at most. Good flake pipe.

    Moving into group 4 you seem to be talking about larger pipes all of a sudden, but I don't know where a group 4 would blend into a 5. Larger petersons here - like a 69, maybe.

    6 and larger, you are talking about pipes that accept a thumb in the chamber. The XL series of Petersons probably are 5/6.

    I'm not sure if there are "offical" measurements or qualifications. I'm using the Peterson line as standards because they are easy to access, and the sizing is uniform. Every 303 is exactly the same.

    Anyway, that's my take on it. I ignore everything under 5 because... they're too damn small!! :D
     
  5. Puff The Magic

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    I use referralz to DH sizes because I have a 3-Quaint, 4-4101, 5-5101, and I may still have a 2-Cumberland something err uther. So I use them as my reference. 2 is like the Pete "mini" Tankard/Poker, where 3 is more like the Belgique. A 1 is more like the Pete "mini" Calabash (that'z a tineee cone bowl, for the shorter flake smoke when needed)

    Bowl diameter doesn't necessarily indicate length of smoke, it all depends on how deep that pup is and what toby you drop in that hole.

    :D
    Ed Puff!
    cogito ergo puff
     
  6. woodbutcher

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    Thanks to all for the input.
    I was hoping for "1/2" dia. X 1/2" deep = size 2", etc., but I can see that isn't the case.
    I guess it all ends up that pipe size is the same as tobacco taste. Whatever I decide is small, I can call a #1. Whatever I decide is BIG, I can call a BFP-XXX.
    I LOVE this hobby (affliction) for that very reason. No hard rules...lots of opinions...everyone agrees, while they disagree.
    What else is closer to Perfection?
    Dan :puffy:
     
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