Summary: Perfect. Truly my favorite pipe to smoke. I hate that about it. I had to buy another one. Dedicated to Va's. Smokes them better, cooler, longer, drier, and more enormously than any pipe I own or have owned, at any price. Will not heat up. Fights going out. Capable of clubbing baby seals if necessary. Issue: It will reduce anything you put into it to this, after about 2 hours: And that's for real. I just smoked a bowl of 1776. At the very end I got a funny taste so figured I'd dump some ash- this is what I got. Nuff said.