Fire Brothers?

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  1. AndyLowry

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    I've seen Five Brothers mentioned in different contexts here on this board, and have to wonder if it's the same thing I remember from my youth. Is it wrapped in brown paper with a Victorian logo, cut like steel wool, and very dry?

    The country folks back in Ohio called it "Fire Brothers," and I always thought it an apt description. I was surprised to see it mentioned here; I haven't seen it anywhere since the mid-70's.
     


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    That's it. I get no bite from it but it can pack a Nic punch.
     
  3. Longrifle3006

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    the "Five Brothers" I've been buying locally is in an aluminized pouch similar to PA "luxury pouch". It still looks like steel wool with the occasional bullseye thrown in.
    Actually not a bad smoke if you are a bit careful with it....
     
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    Does anyone know of an etailer that has it in stock?

    edit: only place I can find it is cigar town. Has anyone ordered from here before? Impressions?
     
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    Sorry. I didn't notice.
     
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    Thanks. Its always nice to have an endorsement from a fellow pipester, just gives you that extra feeling of confidence when placing your order.
     
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    Well then let me put your confidence at a higher level, Byron Oost is a great guy, and he will take care of you. On Five Brothers, he is the cheapest on the net. He is as honest as they come!
     
  11. Falconeer

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    Hi All
    ...and if you can't get it anywhere else Rich at 4Noggins stocks it.

    I use it to break in a new pipe - shifts the raw taste and gets an initial cake established very quickly - like in two days. Also use it to shift ghosts - it'll even clear Condor after about five bowls and the third reason I like to keep some in? It's just a damn good no nosense smoke when you need one!

    Happy smoking

    Gerry
     
  12. morleysson

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    Great tobacco, and the last of the late 19th/early 20th century string cuts, or birdseye tobacco. First produced by Finzer, then American (actually American Tobacco had about 20 string cuts, including Cutty Pipe and Honest, and Ivanhoe Long Cut), and now By Pinkerton in KY. It is a great cake-maker and exorcizer of previous tobaccos' ghosts. It can be stronger than blends to which many are accustomed. I prefer it in a cob, or a meer, both materials seem to slacken the initial impact. I have blended it 1:1 by weight with ERRd, and Uhle's plug cut, and 5Bros enhances the burn of both.
     
  13. Jay

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    Cool, I've been looking for the Five brothers for a few weeks!

    J
     
  14. Falconeer

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    Hi all,

    A couple of posts back you'll see Morleysson - as as I've posted before this is The Man from whom I got the tip about 5 Bros shifting any ghost.

    I can truly say this a man who's opinions I greatly respect - he talks from experience and has probably forgotten more about pipes, pipe smoking, tobaccos and Meers than I ever knew; glad he visits from time to time - just wish he did it more!

    Best to all

    Gerry
     
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