First smoke after salt treatment- Whoa!!

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Well I have been smoking some of my pipes since 1994 and some of them had been used before I got them. I always cleaned the stems with 91% alcohol when I got a used pipe and after a few months of smoking them and I run a pipe cleaner through my pipe after every smoke. I had never cleaned the bowl in all this time.. I didn't really notice the sour taste as I guess I had gotten used to it. I decided to do the salt treatment on all my briar pipes a week ago.... I did one treatment on all and repeated it on two of them... I waited 5 days to let them dry out completely before smoking them again.. I had my meerschaum's during that time to hold me over... I just finished my first smoke through my second hand Sasieni .... what a smoke.... I tasted the tobacco for the first time in quite awhile.... the amazing thing was how sweet the pipe smelled after the treatment and before I smoked it.... it just had a really sweet smell instead of the sour putrid pond scum smell I had grown accustomed to.
I cant recommend the salt treatment enough! What a difference it made in my pipes. I truly enjoyed my smoke tonight as never before... this will become a regular thing for my pipes after every few months of smoking them. I am just amazed at the sweet taste and smoke I just had.
 

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Some say that salt/booze can crack a pipe and "they" recommend cotton balls in place of salt. I've salted and boozed a lot of pipes and they all come out sweet and clean smelling after 24-hours. I think Everclear (or 91% isopropyl alcohol) has so little water in it there's too little water to swell up briar and initiate a crack. The FAQs advise coarse kosher salt; not sure what iodine in salt does to briar, if anything, but I always use kosher salt for pipes.
 
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yes I used Kosher salt and I only added 7 to 10 drops of alcohol.... I didn't soak the bowl with alcohol.... just enough to dampen the salt and draw the old gunk out.... it is truly amazing!
 

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does this work with cobs? or do you even have to do it? I've never done this, I just clean them & use a lil' sweetener.
 

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Yup. The cob absorbed the rum far too fast and fractured.

For cobs I dump a little in the bowl and leave it about 30 seconds, then swab .
 

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Hitch said:
Yup. The cob absorbed the rum far too fast and fractured.

For cobs I dump a little in the bowl and leave it about 30 seconds, then swab .
You dump booze into the bowl, leave it for 30sec & then wipe it out? Cheap white rum work good? Because I ain't using my Sailor Jerry, damn you!!!! :p
 

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Hi All,

I can wholeheartedly second the salt and alcohol treatment - the improvement is amazing.

A few years ago I decided to stop smoking and went to one of those "Quit Courses" and foolishly did what they suggested - I binned all my pipes ( some nearly 30 years old ) gave away my lighters pouches etc. I lasted out 6 months - the longest six of my life, before I gave up giving up permanently.

Shocked at the cost of replacing my pipes I bought a basket pipe, performed some surgery on it ( removed the varnish, opened out the bore ) to turn it into a good smoker and smoked the thing for the best part of a couple of years every day. In the interim I set about replacing my other pipes - ouch!

Last year I read about the salt and alcohol treatment and gave it a try - I left mine for 5 days, and boy what an improvement; it really was like having a new pipe. I can heartily recommend it.

On the corncob front, everything I have evr read suggests this will not work and may leave the pipe's exterior filthy and black - the cob's absorption factor is too high, I think

Gerry
 

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doc_jude said:
You dump booze into the bowl, leave it for 30sec & then wipe it out? Cheap white rum work good? Because I ain't using my Sailor Jerry, damn you!!!! :p
It only takes a little if its high test. If you get a pint you'll get a new computer before its gone,,,,,Provided you do not put it to other uses,,,oh and on your briars be sure to KEEP ANY ALCOHOL OFF THE FINISH.
 

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speaking of cobs ... I have two sitting on a shelf at home in the middle of my first salt treatment. Yikes! I will have to see how they survived later tonight when I get home from work.

I really thought they were starting to taste sour. These were my starter pipes from May of last year. I have a couple cheap briars now, but they are not old enough to get sour I think.
 

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Falconeer said:
Hi All,

I can wholeheartedly second the salt and alcohol treatment - the improvement is amazing.

A few years ago I decided to stop smoking and went to one of those "Quit Courses" and foolishly did what they suggested - I binned all my pipes ( some nearly 30 years old ) gave away my lighters pouches etc. I lasted out 6 months - the longest six of my life, before I gave up giving up permanently.

Shocked at the cost of replacing my pipes I bought a basket pipe, performed some surgery on it ( removed the varnish, opened out the bore ) to turn it into a good smoker and smoked the thing for the best part of a couple of years every day. In the interim I set about replacing my other pipes - ouch!

Last year I read about the salt and alcohol treatment and gave it a try - I left mine for 5 days, and boy what an improvement; it really was like having a new pipe. I can heartily recommend it.

On the corncob front, everything I have evr read suggests this will not work and may leave the pipe's exterior filthy and black - the cob's absorption factor is too high, I think

Gerry

I did similar to what you did once getting rid of everything. By a lucky accident I forgot to toss 2 dr grabows out and still have them now.


I don't know but I don't think I would try this on a cob unless I really didn't care about ruining it. I agree about the absorption factor.
 

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The salt treatment worked good on my two corn cobs. They taste much better. I can definitely see this tearing them up though.

The overall thought I had was, this is way too much effort for a $4 pipe. I am always happy to experiment, and glad I did my first two salt treatments on cheap pipes so that mistakes don't ruin an expensive pipe.

It just isn't worth it. I'll buy a new cob the next time these sour up.
 

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The salt treatment worked good on my two corn cobs. They taste much better. I can definitely see this tearing them up though.

The overall thought I had was, this is way too much effort for a $4 pipe. I am always happy to experiment, and glad I did my first two salt treatments on cheap pipes so that mistakes don't ruin an expensive pipe.

It just isn't worth it. I'll buy a new cob the next time these sour up.
Try this first;

Dump in a little spirit, wait about 30 seconds and swab clean with q tips. Leave to dry over night. Swab out the stem too.

Your current cobs might be too far gone but try it on the next batch.
 
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