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breaking in a new pipe

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  1. avmech20

    avmech20 Member

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    I know for sure that I'm getting a SAV for christmas and I want to make sure I break it in right. It's not an expensive pipe, but it's going to be a whole lot nicer than my baskets and my MM.(which smokes better than any pipe I've ever smoked) Anyway, can you guys give me some good advice on how to really break in a briar pipe?
     


  2. WayneTeipen

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    Smoke it. Seriously. I don't do anything different other than a little bit more effort to not smoke it too hot until cake starts to build so I don't burnout the raw briar. Other than that, I really haven't seen significant benefits to the half bowl, 3/4 bowl, then full bowl method. But that's just me.
     
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  3. user0003

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    Ask the Man himself.....

    OK Todd, how do you recommend breaking in one of your creations?
     
  4. CalPiper

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    Well some new Savinelli's come with that "pre-caked" coating inside the bowl, so cuts back on the need to be so careful when breaking in. If thats the case then I agree with Wayne above and just smoke away and just monitor that it doesnt get too hot.
     
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  5. shadow

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    +1!!:bing:
     
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  6. Mister Moo

    Mister Moo Normal Cow Moderator

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    I have grown to like the short fill for the first several rounds on a new (raw wood chamber) pipe. Here's why:

    A half-fill on raw wood means less moisture to the heel, therefore, less moisture for raw wood to soak up. That means the first few fills will probably burn to ash, not dottle. I like smoking that new pipe with half bowls two or three times/day and end up with a dry pipe rather than smoking one full load and probably ending up with some gurgles, a soggy heel and a pipe that'll want a few days rest.​
     
  7. shadow

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    That's quite an interesting aspect, Mr Moo!!!:sh:
    Question: Does the pipe smoke significantly different to other ones once the brake-in process is completed?
     
  8. Mister Moo

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    Not really - I just find new/uncoated chambers smoke a little wet to begin with and smoking full bowls tends to make for less enjoyable smokes for a while. The half bowl nearly always smoke dry. Long run - no big difference. My take. ymmv
     
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  9. shadow

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    Cheers, Mr Moo!:th1:
    Believe it or not: I have NEVER had an uncoated bowl in any of the Briars I ever bought!!!!! :bing:
     
  10. avmech20

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    wait, are you saying the owner of savinelli is on here?
     
  11. user0003

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    No... Sasquatch(Todd) is a resident Master Pipe Maker.
     
  12. avmech20

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    oh, I feel dumb :oops:
     
  13. user0003

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    He'll show up........however some good advise so far.
     
  14. Ol Brokedik

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    Smoke it, Holmes.

    Ol Brokedik.
     
  15. HCraven

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    I agree with Moo, some short bowls to start with, then mooove up to full bowls after you get a little cake in the heel. It's not as critical on pre-carboned bowls, but it does still help keep your pipe from smoking wet.

    Enjoy that Sav. Good pipes for the money.
     
  16. Lestrade

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    Smoke it!
     
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