Pipe cleaner and bent stem

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  1. Sniper

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    Dear colleagues, I am getting used to my new pipe which has a very acutely bent stem(lip and tenon form a 90 deg angle). When I try to pass pipe cleaners through it the tip of the pipe cleaner which is metal scratches the inner side of the stem, leaving some stem-powder on the tip of the cleaner. I have tried to bend the cleaner tip a bit but it always scratches the stem at a certain position. I worry that the pipe cleaners will pierce the stem someday. Are there any pipe cleaners which do not have a sharp metal tip? Any other advices on the ways to clean such a bent stem? Thanks!
     
  2. ThePipingKevin

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    unfortunately, almost all pipe cleaners have a metal inner part. it helps with pushing the cleaner into the stem. you can however buy better quality pipe cleaners. some are more scratchy, while others are very soft. i would ask your local tobacconist to see if he or she carries the softer cleaners. all you have to do is when you buy cleaners in a store or online look for ones that say "Soft" on them they look rather fat, and are almost always the same thickness throughout the cleaner. i would, when you try to clean, (obviously don't cram it in there) push it in and as soon as you need a little more force thats where the cleaner is "scratching". perhaps you could wait 24hours and remove the stem from the shank completely. then clean it that way. although be warned the more you remove the stem the looser it will become. :)
     
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  3. Sniper

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    Thanks Kevin, I just tried to use a sharp piler to bend the tip backwards onto itself, the initial passage was a bit dfficult but it did not scratch the stem along the whole length. Perhaps this can help to avoid scratching. Cheers!
     
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    Yes that is a very good idea! alothough when you bent it back you are creating a little "point" so be careful. :D
     
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    Sometimes the ends of pipe cleaners are not cut smooth at the factory, try snipping a little bit off the end yourself and see if that makes a difference? You may get a cleaner smoother cut this way.
     
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    That is the primary reason that I don't own a bent pipe more than a quarter bent. To me the only alternative is to remove the stem each time you have to clean which I abhor. I am extremely anal about a pipe that won't pass a cleaner. Life is too short and there are too many pipes that will pass a cleaner to condtstantly fool with one that doesn't.
     
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    +1 cha-ching! I hate pipecleaner battles and also prefer straighter pipes for that reason. I had a full bent once and, although it clenched/hung beautifully, cleaning it wore me out.
     
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    I have a bent meer that wouldn't pass a pipe cleaner, and like an idiot I took it apart. It had the threaded insides and I must have put it back together wrong because when I threaded the stem back on the shank cracked open. I krazy glued it back together after hurtling the little threaded deal into the darkness and not only is the draw better but the pipe is now colouring in a really cool pattern around the glue seams.

    Having learned my lesson, I'm buying an Altinok on thursday.
     
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    I like bent pipes, but haven't found a recipe for how they work with pipe cleaners. I have a 1/4 bent Peterson that won't pass a pipe cleaner because the stem and shank holes don't line up. I have a Savinelli 3/4 bent dublin that passes a pipe cleaner fairly easily... go figure.
     
  10. Sniper

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    Knowing the risk of loosening the connection between the stem and the shank, I am still taking them apart for cleaning each time after I smoke. I have used to this procedure and I always dip the cleaner tip into high purity ethanol to facilitate the removal of tar. It takes me less than two minutes to complete this procedure. Then I leave them apart for a day or two for a more thorough drying.
     
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    Good idea. But like i said earlier if you are talking about a briar pipe constant usage of this technique wil result in a very loose connection between shank and bowl. trust me its a pain to fix and can very easy to prevent
     
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    Trust me? Trust me, Joel?
    You're going to have to do better than that. :D

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    I didn't know that improper pipecleaner technique was such a ........Risky Business
     
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    When you remove the stem on your Altinok, remove and re-install by turning the bit clockwise. I'd wait until the pipe cooled down, as well.

    My Altinok is in New York as I type. Hopefully, it will be put on a fast horse.

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    With my limited experience, to preserve the tightness of a stem-shank assembly, it is very important, besides not to remove when hot and rotate in one direction only, rotate slowly and allow a few seconds of resting time between each twist. Once I tried to remove a tight stem in one go, and I could feel the tremendous amount of heat generated during the rotation, I can feel the heat by touching the shank and I can smell burnt gunpowder(vulcanite sulphur) from the stem. I strongly believe such heat can damage the stem/shank.
     
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    i just smoke 'em till they start to be a bit off--then i cool 'em and clean 'em--let 'em rest a spell and then start over--
     
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