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Tell me, sell me on clay pipes

Discussion in 'Pipes' started by Mington, Oct 10, 2011.

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  1. Mington

    Mington Well-Known Member

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    OK...what's the scoop on clay pipes?
    Any good?
    What are the pros and cons of them?
    Is it like a meer?
    Are they expensive?
    How much does a decent one go for?
    How would you know a good one from a bad one?
    Why should I (or anyone) get one?
     
  2. soundlzrd

    soundlzrd Active Member

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    Pros, the tobacco taste great out of them. Cons, they get really hot and are fragile.
    Like a meer, kinda, but more fragile.
    They are not expensive, even the fancy double wall with traditional bit go for under 75.
    No idea what to look for, mine was a gracious gift.
    I think everyone should try one once, I think a cheap one can be had for under $20.
     
  3. dwaugh

    dwaugh Moderator Moderator

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    Like Soundlzrd, said, they are cheap (I guess a little more than cobs, but they are not an "investment"). At least at first, they do seem to have some clay "flavor". I've been making some, and will be making some more, I can send you one of mine when they are done. I personally have really enjoyed making them, it's been a blast! But, I'm not such a bid fan of smoking them. They clay is hard on your teeth and you really can't clench. Mostly, I really like brier and vulcanite! They are cheap, so there is really nothing to lose trying one..... -David
     
  4. beaupipe

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    Personally, I find them to be a pain in the behind. Small, hot bowls, so you need to hold them by the stem. I could live with that. What I really dislike is the feel of the thing in the mouth. The "mouthpiece" is just a little rubber coating over clay. Feels unpleasant. You can't just smoke a clay pipe. You have to commit to smoking it.

    But maybe if I was retired or idly rich I'd enjoy them more. I left my pair of clays up in Canada when I got transferred to the sunny south below the 49th. That's how much I think of them.
     
  5. Puff The Magic

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    Pick one up on the bay for $7-10 and like all have said, they have their pros and cons. I like em. Great on strong lats but very smooth on va's and orientals as well. Like cobs and burleys, clays rock with burley too.

    Ed
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  6. SSGpiper

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    Is this coming from the ultra-cool Tinsky puff or the cheap "cob" puff? :p
     
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    Come on David! that just gives you one more challenge to overcome! Lepeltier is only pointing the general direction, you have the power to make it great!
    Look I never said I was a motivational speaker or had any coaching skill ok?
     
  8. Jayson H Bucy

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    Really, really cheap, I got one for just over $10. Easy to clean, stick em in the oven at 350 until they are white again. Neutral smoking environment like Meer, you taste what you are smoking.

    It's true you can't hold the bowl, not a problem for me I just hold the stem. You can't clinch them in your teeth as the mouth piece is the shank and both are round. There is a grainy residue at first but after 4-5 smokes its gone.

    I like em and I test out my new tobaccos on mine.
     
  9. Puff The Magic

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    For me, it's another satisfactory method of burning up leaf! If you aren't into anything but briars, enjoy! But if you are int enjoying your leaf in potentially and usually in a different facet of the leaf, give a clay a burn! Inexpensive. Remarkable experience. They can ghost... Believe me! But they rule with latbombs!

    I love my MT's and am working on a show of porn again....;)

    And I do loves me cobs and me meers have been increasing in depth too... Went from 0 clays to a nice dozen in a few weeks. Latest is a LePeltier and I highly recommend giving a clay a go if you've got the sac to do so. :)

    Ed
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    I've had good luck with the one David sent me, and some things really shine in them. They're practically idiot proof as far as packing a bowl goes, but though I have one of the ultra-deluxe claydog models, I could see where a traditional single-wall cutty could get pretty hot. I've learned through experience that the small bowl size does limit the ability to enjoy a complex blend, though. And of course you can't really clench them. Like my Calabash, I find that I have to be willing to deal with some unusual inconveniences when compared with the relatively mindless pleasure of sticking a briar or cob in my mouth and going to town.
     
  11. SSGpiper

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    Well, you already know Im not a briar-only kinda guy. I started with Meers...I probably will eventually try a clay pipe, but you also know me well enough to know my tastes far exceed my wallet...yeah yeah I know they're cheap. Now, you've gone off and made it a challenge with the sac comment :blah:
     
  12. Puff The Magic

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    Sac up Ssg! ;)

    Ed
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    I got mine from here. Fast shipping and cheap prices.
     
  15. dmkerr

    dmkerr PG- free since '83! Moderator

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    Clays can be fun to smoke on occasion but hard to commit to as one's primary smoking instrument. I had two Lepeltiers which were nice but I gave one away and one broke, and I haven't replaced them. I also own a standard clay churchwarden that I smoke on Christmas Eve. It's a tradition.

    But I'll stick with meerschaum, thank you.
     
  16. Charring Light

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    Pros: Great tasting smokes. Cleaning is easy. Just leave pipe in the burning embers of your fireplace or pit.
    Cons: Fragile. Can smoke hot. I generally sip a clay pipe to prevent it from burning to hot.
     
  17. Mington

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    Can they ghost? Is there ever a need to dedicate?
     
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