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She's my problem child!

Discussion in 'Pipes' started by jason1977, Dec 9, 2012.

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  1. jason1977

    jason1977 Active Member

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    So I've had this Comoy straight pot pipe for about a year now. I've yet to have a bowl I've enjoyed. It doesn't smoke well & I think it's because it has a wider chamber than the rest of my pipes. It COULD be the way I pack it, but I highly doubt it. No matter what I put in there, no matter the cut, blend, what have you, there is something not right w. this pipe. I spent $80 on it, & I'm kinda hesitant to throw $80 in the fire pit next time I have a bonfire, but that's about all it seems to be good for.

    ~Does ANYONE have a pipe w. a wide chamber? Does it smoke well? Is there something you do differently w. that one as opposed to the other pipes you own? I wanna give this thing a fair shake, but I'm ready to reduce her to cinders, lol. Thanks in advance for any useful suggestions!
     
  2. Buckshot

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    My widest chamber is 7/8 of an inch wide. I find that I have to pack it tighter than any of my other pipes. I can only assume that the size of the chamber is the reason why. It really sings with a tightly packed bowl.
     
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  3. Goat

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    I have three pipes with 1" or wider bowls. In two of those I have to wad the baccy up into a ball before I load them and then they burn great. The other one is an IMP Meerschaum and it doesn't care what I do, that thing is a baccy incinerator..:ngty:
     
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  4. jason1977

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    That's probably what I have to do because I use the same method as I do w. my other pipes. I knew it had to be different somehow, I just didn't know what. That could very well be it.
     
  5. Raffxr7

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    Glad I read this thread, I have a wide "pot" shaped pipe that I've been cleaning up in the recent lot of estates. I usually pack on the loose side and probably would have overlooked it for a bit...
     
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  6. Alan Dye

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    I've had a few wide bowl pipes in the past. Cut flake in quarter inch cuts across the grain with a pair of scissors onto a sheet of paper and then gravity fill those cube-like forms into the hopper. A light tamp and go seems to work. I have to admit to preferring a taller narrow bowl, but I mostly smoke flake, not ribbon.
     
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  7. Riff Raff

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    I have this Comoys Shape #215Pot, an Old Bruyere and it smokes very well, better than my other Comoys (#256 Bent Billiard). I do pack it on the light side and only smoke heavy lat's. It passes a big cleaner easily and has a wonderful draw. The stem is also a delight. This one is pre-Cadogan (3 piece "C" logo). Is yours by chance post-Cadogan? I've had a few of those that were just mediocre (and sold).
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  8. Sasquatch

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    Get a 11/64 drill bit and run it gently from the mortise to the bowl. Widen that airway. Then take a countersink bit and run it on the end of the tenon. Done.
     
  9. Sasquatch

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    Hell, send it to me and I'll tool 'er out for you if you like.
     
  10. jason1977

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    This is mine. The "Tradition 495"
     
  11. jason1977

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    Mine is the Tradition 495, but yeah, pretty much the same diameter

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  12. Riff Raff

    Riff Raff Active Member

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    Mine passes a 5/32" drill bit but not a 11/64"
     
  13. Sasquatch

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    I had a Peterson pot that was drilled at about 1/8" and it smoked awful. When I build a pot, I cut a huge airway, and people say they smoke great. 5/32 should be enough.

    Quite possible that the stem is restricted in some way too.
     
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