Cobs are freakin AWESOME! Throw a Forever Stem from Walker Briar Works on them and they are even better, but the Danish stems are great too...You can get a totally different experience with a certain blend smoking from a cob. A few must try combos:
Carter Hall in a cob
Sir Walter Raleigh in a cob
Sugar Barrel in a cob
H&H Classic Burley Kake in a cob
Straight Virginia's also sing in cobs!
So to answer the original question, no, absolutely no reason to not smoke a cob.
Cobs and only cobs for me, with long stems of wood. I will open my fool mouth and invite acrimony by saying that I think anyone can smoke a cob but that smoking a briar is "an art". Both require slow drawing, proper packing, and resting between smokes. But, and here is the rub, a briar will deliver its pleasures (i am told) when it becomes well used, and has a proper cake build up. There is skill in building proper cake in the bowl but it is the source of great flavor. I have no talent for it. I replace cob bowls after about 75 smokes, but retain and reuse the stems. And cobs are cheap. But experienced pipe smokers claim the polished and intense flavors of a well broken in and properly maintained briar cannot be beaten. No matter which you choose, i submit that a filter is an interference with smoking pleasure. Cole
beano, you won't know what you are missing if you don't try it yourself. You'll see a lot of different opinions here. Great topic btw.
Personally I prefer briars. I have a couple cobs and a couple hard woods and I smoke them on the trail, hiking with my dog.
You should not have to spend $25 on a briar. Ask your tobacconist for the bargain basket and you should get a decent briar for $15. Will that briar smoke as well as a $100 briar? That's another thread.
I think cobs burn a little hotter and a lot faster than the same size briar bowl and there is definitely a flavor difference.
Cob pipes are amazing smokers, why not smoke them. As an added benifit , smoking one in a bad neighborhood gives of the back off or I'll make ya squeel like a piggy vibe. Bad guys usually will leave ya alone for fear.