Curious... Anyone here stop smoking briar pipes?

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SidStavros

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A "serious" smoker i think must smoke many kinds of pipes,each one has his own "charm" and gives a different pleasure. I can not abandon for example my briars for meerschaums or my corn cobs for my gourds and vice versa. Some times one material is "perfect",depends from the occasion.
 

dmkerr

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Consider me "un-serious". :ohyh:

There is, however, a tobacco I only smoke in a briar. I don't smoke it often but it does seem to perform best surrounded by wood.

But smoking pipes, like audio systems, should be as neutral as possible IMHO.
 

hoss

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Since we're experiencing quite a cold snap, I was wondering; How does meerschaum handle temperature extremes compared to say, briar?
I've been smoking my meers in the freeze and sometimes forget them in the truck overnight, which makes me nervous (firing up a bowl in such a cold pipe), but they have done fine.
 

Malus Rex

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As you can see, I'm proud of my meerschaum. I know many of my fellow PSF members are fellow Sherlockians. It might interest them to know that Holmes' most prized possession before his death was his meerschaum.

( cited in The Gaslight Grimoire: Dark Tales Of Sherlock Holmes )
 

5H4N3

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I go through phases.
After I got my first meer, I went on a binge, and thought I might be happy with nothing else.
Then I got a Falcon. Same thing, I went on a Falcon binge.
But then I smoke a cob, and remember how good they smoke, so I go on a cob binge for a couple of weeks.
13 days ago I bought a Pete briar, so I've been on that kick for a couple of weeks.
In the end, while I will go on a binge of one certain type of pipe for a few weeks at a time, I love em all.
I'm a briar, meer, cob, metal man.
 

dmkerr

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Since we're experiencing quite a cold snap, I was wondering; How does meerschaum handle temperature extremes compared to say, briar?
I smoke an old SMS during snow removal (-13 last Monday) and then bring it back into the house (where it's 70) and have had no problems. I've done this for years. While I can't say that it's good for the pipe, it has shown no tendency to crack.
 

ruffinogold

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I'm sorry ... but " Stop .. smoking .. briar pipes " is unnatural in the English or any other language ...especially the American Language . These words are only to be used in a " true " rational sentence . As an example ,

" While I stopped to light my briar pipe , I was blown away by the pure joy of smoking "

This has been a public service announcement :beck:
 
#51
I can smoke a briar pipe and I enjoy their aesthetics - but I don't believe I'll ever collect them. Somehow the draw is not there. I have one and I'm happy with it - I'd only buy another as an estate for cheap. I haven't noticed that either smokes better, but I enjoy the whole meer experience more. A meer is more exotic, it has the whole coloring mystique - and I think it ages better. An old briar can look very sad and worn out, but a meer without breaks or chips just gets prettier with age.

Currently I smoke my meer more than my briar even though the briar is a slightly better smoker. But once I get a meer that is as light as my briar, with a comfortable stem I doubt I'll touch the briar again. Its just not the first thing I'll ever pick up off the shelf.
 

Raffxr7

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I beat the heck out of my meers, they hold up great. I'm a farmer... I use to only take cobs or beater briars into the fields, but now smoke meetschaums 90 percent of the time. no ornate figurals though. I broke my one and only ornate meer but have not damaged any others at all.
 
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