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pipe length question

Discussion in 'Pipes' started by Pecci, Jun 24, 2011.

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  1. Pecci

    Pecci Active Member

    Oct 18, 2010
    Do differences (between pipes) in combined length of a mouth-piece & stem, have any effect on the taste of a tobacco?
  2. Snake

    Snake permanent ankle biter

    Jun 13, 2010
    I'll smoke a few bowls in my churchwarden,
    then in my nosewarmer, and get back to you
    on that. ;)

    Generally speaking the longer the pipe,
    the cooler (typically). So, your tongue is
    not fighting with heat, as well as taste.
    Theoretically, you'd get more taste that
    way. However, a shorter pipe will bring
    you a quicker flavour palate. This is where
    technique comes into play. Better packing
    and better smoking techniques will enhance
    the way a tobacco burns. Thus giving you
    a better range of flavours from the tobacco

    Have I confused you yet? Basically, technique
    wins over length of pipe.
  3. jpberg

    jpberg Moderator Moderator

    Feb 9, 2010
    What he said. There's no magic length that will compensate for poor/inexperienced technique.
  4. BradNTX

    BradNTX Well-Known Member

    Jun 7, 2010
    What ARE you guys trying to say? :rolleyes:
    ddandb likes this.
  5. GlassSculptor

    GlassSculptor Active Member

    Jan 17, 2010
    I think smoking cadence has a lot to do with it too. When I had a Churchwarden I was usually smoking it while sitting down unwinding. My Nosewarmers get smoked when I'm out and about and I'm usually puffing away which makes for a much hotter smoke.
  6. Kiowapipe

    Kiowapipe Active Member

    Apr 11, 2011
    It can make a difference in heat. Longer stems make for cooler smokes. GlassSculptor makes a good point too, though- churchwardens might smoke even more coolly than the stem length would account for on its own because they usually get smoked while relaxing in a chair instead of while out and about or working or something, and so you're not as easily distracted into overpuffing.
  7. Smoker99

    Smoker99 Active Member

    Dec 16, 2009
    I agree, technique is more important than length, in both heat and taste. Extremes may be exceptions though. I long avoided short pipes such as nosewarmer because they would smoke harsh and hot. I was wrong. Tobacco burns at temps of several hundred degrees, how much difference is another inch or two going to make with smoke traveling inside a pipe, with either heat or taste? The answer is none, you just will not be able to detect the difference.
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