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Discussion in 'Pipes' started by WVDAVE, Oct 29, 2011.

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  1. WVDAVE

    WVDAVE Member

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    Does it matter what type tobacco you use to break-in a new pipe? I read that you should use a burley, but I'm going to use this pipe for VA.s only. Are there any good threads or links to breaking in a pipe? I did a search and I'm having trouble finding some. Thanks.
     


  2. nitehawk

    nitehawk Active Member

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    VA flake create's a carbon cake pretty quick.
     
  3. woody

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    I've read that Carter Hall will cake up a new pipe fast. I just smoke what I want and don't worry about it.
     
  4. user0003

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    I think Va makes the best with PA able to make cake quickly.

    I use Va in everything but a cob for break-in. And PA in a cob all the time.
     
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  5. nitehawk

    nitehawk Active Member

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    LOL.....PA in a cob, is my first smoke of the day.......everyday.
     
  6. HCraven

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    I agree with Nitehawk. Virginias are fine for breaking a pipe in. I subscribe to the theory that Virginias build a thinner harder cake, while Burley builds thicker, softer cake. I've seen enough old, codger pipes with thick cake that flakes off if you look at it funny, and I have enough pipes that have smoked Virginias for years with a nice dime-size hard cake to believe that there's something to this. I think it has something to do with the sugar content.
     
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  7. yinyang

    yinyang Some rim charring is to be expected.

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    This.
     
  8. IrishRover

    IrishRover Active Member

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    Yep same here. I just figure out what tobacco I want to dedicate to the certain pipe - VA, English, Aro, Burley or VAPER, and let 'er rip.
     
  9. HCraven

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    Nothing wrong with this approach either. I have several pipes that were English pipes from the word go, and they're just fine.
     
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  10. Mike Pomery

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    I reckon the finer the cut, the easier it will break in. Shag/Ribbon cut smokes a bit dryer than flake and others, so you would get less moisture hampering cake buildup.
     
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  11. Jay

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    Smoke what you want to smoke in that pipe, it will break in nicely if it is dedicated to a certain tobacco
     
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  12. Jay

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    But, I tend to smoke a brand new pipe with a few bowls of CArter Hall first, just to get her warmed up.

    It tends to make a good foundation for your dedicated leaf.

    There are no wrong answers here IMO

    But half bowls first, to get the heel carboned up
     
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  13. WVDAVE

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    Thanks, guys. I smoke MC 5100 Red Cake, so this should be fine then, correct? Why half bowls first?
     
  14. shadow

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    Hi there!
    The theory behind "half bowls first" is to build up a cake in the heel/bottom first before going all the way to the top.
    I myself have always filled the bowl at least 2/3 or even completely full, even when breaking her in!
    But the main thing is to smoke SLOWLY!!!! There's no point in rushing the break-in process!!!! And if the pipe get too hot just let it cool...and light up again.
    And I always make sure that ALL the tobacco is smoked.... all the way down.... no leftovers..... just ash.
    Enjoy!:bing:
     
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  15. user1975

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    Yeah, what Shadow said.
     
  16. Old Ted

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    I break my pipes in with a flake and a half of Condor at regular intervals throughout the day!....gets the job done quickly, and imparts that special flavor and aroma to the bowl, that I am so enamoured with!:rolleyes:
    OT :th1:
     
  17. user0003

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    Shadow..... the man!....

    .....err...... you would be but your a shadow. :p

    +1
     
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  18. DGErwin11

    DGErwin11 Moderator Moderator

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    I wonder if the half bowl theory started because the first few smokes in a new briar or cob are really not very pleasant. So if one smokes only a half bowl for the first few smokes, one limits the "pain". Oh well, maybe we overthink these things.
     
  19. Russell Hartman

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    I recently broke a new one in using VA, and gotta admitt I never do the 1/4 bowl, half bowl etc. as far as breaking in a pipe. I simply load it up, and make sure to smoke the pipe to the bottom of the bowl. I tend to give a new pipe VERY serious breaks between the time I smoke them so as to let moisture, and heat to work its way out evenly. Maybe I am doing the break in thing wrong, but haven't had any major issues yet. I usually will let the pipe rest for 3 days before smoking it again---my last pipe was 2 days in between. So far--nice carbon layer began to build right down to the bottom.
     
  20. DGErwin11

    DGErwin11 Moderator Moderator

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    It is only wrong if a) you burn a hole in it or b) it just smokes crappy. If what you do works for you, by definition you are doing it right.
     
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