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Question About New Bjarne

Discussion in 'Pipes' started by dean320, Apr 10, 2010.

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  1. dean320

    dean320 Member

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    I bought a Viking Classic and my first smoke with it went really well. The question comes from when I cleaned it. It was harder to clean than any of my other pipes due to the inside of the bowl. It was new and never smoked and it had a coating on the inside of the bowl that was a little rubbery. It was there before I smoked but I didn't think anything of it.

    I was thinking of getting that all out and letting it build its cake normally.

    Any other Bjarne owners experience this? Any suggestions?
     
  2. Sasquatch

    Sasquatch Sales Account

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    You certainly CAN sand or scrape the factory coating out. I never noticed it to be problematic in Bjarnes (never thought it had a funny taste or detracted from the smoke), but I generally prefer to cake a pipe on clean walls.
     
  3. Deckard

    Deckard Active Member

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    How did the factory coating make it harder to clean? Unless it somehow gooped up and made the airway narrower I don't see how it could have caused a problem.
     
  4. Marc

    Marc Active Member

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    That's a pre-coating a lot of pipe makers put in their pipe bowls to protect the bowls during the break in period. You can swab the bowl with 91% Isopropyl Alcohol them ream with a wadded up paper towel to remove most of it or just dry ream it with a paper towel after you smoke it to remove any excess coating.
     
  5. Old Mr. Wilson

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    I have two Bjarne Viking Classics. One is a large bent Pear with a Poker Butt briar if you can envision that. The other is a RUFFFF Sandblasted Calabash briar. The latter may be my best smoking pipe. The former's finish actually "bubbled" on me at the first smoke. I guess I got it too hot. But all in all they are fine pipes and I did not experience what you describe. My Dad used to smear honey along the walls for the first few smokes and I've done it too. I don't know about isopropyl. I've used that in fiber optic use and I just don't know if I could do that, but there are far more experienced on this forum than I. Wilson
     
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