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Discussion in 'Pipes' started by TedVig, Nov 8, 2011.

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  1. TedVig

    TedVig total pipeflake

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    My uncle was super kind to gift me several pipes including one Pierre Morel small pipe. It's really neat looking, sandblasted finish, gold band and all. It must be 1/2 inch shorter than my other pipes and everytime I smoke it I get bit a little. I haven't tried any flakes in it yet and I've read some prefer a smaller pipe for flake tobacco. Just curious if anyone has any insight for what application they prefer a small pipe.
     
  2. ruffinogold

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

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    My only app for them is a quicker smoke . I fill everything in them as I do most everything else . I only have 1 pipe set aside for one blend . Flake is nice in a smaller pipe .. it's also nice in a big ugly Pot shape
     
  3. Sasquatch

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    I think smaller pipes tend to muddle up the flavors less. I can't get quite the same smooth, relaxed burn I get out of a large pipe, but the flavor delineation is superb sometimes. A sweet virginia will really sing in a small pipe sometimes, and the old boys in Scotland smoke their Condor and St Bruno in little pipes, but I think that's just a survival mechanism.
     
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  4. TedVig

    TedVig total pipeflake

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    I should mention the bowl is normal sized. Maybe I'll try to post a pic next to something else for scale.
     
  5. Smoker99

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    Small pipes are ok for single tobacco blends, where melding of multiple constituent tobaccos is not necessary. Also good for short smokes and the strong GH stuff. A lot of guys prefer small pipes for flakes too.
     
  6. TedVig

    TedVig total pipeflake

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    Well, I am definitely going to keep experimenting.
     
  7. TedVig

    TedVig total pipeflake

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    Sasquatch, just checked out your website - very nice pipes!
     
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    I like them for smoking on breaks at work because they easily fit in my shirt pocket, not because the bowl is smaller. My favorite is a Brebbia Go-Go. Never had a tobacco "bite" in it that did not already in any other pipe.
     
  9. dmkerr

    dmkerr PG- free since '83! Moderator

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    So you mean a "short" pipe rather than a "small" (bowled) pipe?

    I'm not aware of any benefits to short pipes, rather than the ease of carrying. I don't think the length of the pipe has anything to do with how a particular tobacco smokes. Some people believe smaller pipes smoke better in some situations, such as flakes. I find small bowled pipes don't allow a blend to develop nearly as much as a large bowled pipe. By the time it starts developing, the tobacco is gone. But that's just me.
     
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  10. Mister Moo

    Mister Moo Normal Cow Moderator Moderator

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    Yes, that.

    Dimensions for pipes are usually described as length (C), height (B), interior bowl depth (E) and internal bowl diameter (D). A "short" pipe may be under 5.25" long and a "small" pipe may have a bowl with an ID less than 3/4", for example. What are we talking about, exactly?

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    I favor smaller (D) pipes for flakes and find shorter (C) pipes often deliver hot smoke on my tongue. For me, both short and small pipes require some extra attention to slow sipping technique.
     
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  11. Puff The Magic

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    Basically ya got a "semi-nosewarmer"! Short shanks-stems yield a richer flavor although it may be hotter smoke but if you draw very slowly or "sip", it yields flavor that is richer in my experience.

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  12. TedVig

    TedVig total pipeflake

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    I think it's more of a short pipe.
     
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    Puff The Magic Active Member

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    Uhhh, yes. :)

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  14. TedVig

    TedVig total pipeflake

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    TedVig total pipeflake

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    That's the Pierre Morel above a Don Carlos billiard
     
  16. TxPipesmoker

    TxPipesmoker Active Member

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    Nice pipes. What is the overall length of the top one
     
  17. TedVig

    TedVig total pipeflake

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    Overall length from tip of stem to outside of bowl is 5 1/16"
     
  18. TedVig

    TedVig total pipeflake

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    Holy Cow! smoking some OGS in this thing. wow!
     
  19. t-bear

    t-bear Well-Known Member

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    It's not rally *that* short...nothing like the stubby "nose-warmer". I class 5" and up as "standard" length. Get down around 4" and you got a nose-warmer.
     
  20. TedVig

    TedVig total pipeflake

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    Fair enough. I think I've discovered it's strong suit.
     
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