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Shipping a pipe?

Discussion in 'Pipes' started by afiaowo, Aug 10, 2012.

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  1. afiaowo

    afiaowo Member

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    Hello all.

    I’m sending a pipe overseas. I would like to know if it’s best to ship the pipe with the stem removed from the shank?

    Thanks!
     
  2. furious

    furious Junque collector

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    People usually have mixed feelings about this, but I think it's better to separate since damage to the tenon is less likely to occur in shipping.
     
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  3. DGErwin11

    DGErwin11 Moderator Moderator

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    If you don't remove the shank there is a slight possibility of the tenon snapping if the package is dropped at just the wrong angle. Also the cargo holds of airliners are not climate controlled, IIRC. At cruising altitude you are looking at rather severe cold temps. Maybe nothing would happen, maybe the briar might contract more than the tenon causing a cracked shank. Better safe than sorry. I always separate them when I mail them.
     
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  4. Tony Malerich

    Tony Malerich Sales Account

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    The extra effort required to ship it separated is minimal so I figure it's worth it even if the chance of breakage is only miniscule. Better safe than sorry and all that.
     
  5. afiaowo

    afiaowo Member

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    My question was based on what I've read in regards to the shank being the weak point on a pipe. I never thought about the extreme temperature changes though. Good points all around.

    Thanks!
     
  6. DGErwin11

    DGErwin11 Moderator Moderator

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    When in doubt, pull it out.
     
  7. colorduke

    colorduke Active Member

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    I should of did that years ago :rofl:
     
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  8. mlyvers

    mlyvers Member

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    great question. i sold 2 GED PREHISTORIC PIPES to a guy on another forum. i left the stems in the pipes, the buyer never complained about the stems or the pipes after he recieved and smoked both. however i think it might be wise to remove the stems before shipping, to reduce contracting and expanding of the tendon during shipping process because of heat and cold climates in transport. i see where this could cause a cracked shank or a loose stem. i think i was lucky that nothing happened to the pipes during shipping. i would remove those stems before shipping off.

    mike.
     
  9. ruffinogold

    ruffinogold Ruffinogold-Mayor, I.R.G.E.--At Large. Mayor

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    Remove the stem .. period
     
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