Have I gone mad? Ordered 8 cobs

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Hey guys.
So today I was looking at my bank account, and decided I had enough to add a few pipes.
So I ended up ordering 8(!) Missouri Meerschaum pipes.
Most of the 6 MM cobs I currently own are over ten years old, and still smoke as good as ever...but I figured what the heck, I'll get 8 more :)
From P&C I ordered: 2 Legends (bent and straight), a Washington (Straight), a Pride (bent), and 2 Ozark Mountain Hardwood pipes (bent and straight).
The Ozark Mountains will be my first venture into hardwood pipes. I'm sure I'll enjoy them, and plan on dedicating the two to aromatics, as I hear the Ozarks seem made for such tobacco.

From WV Smokeshop I ordered 2 more MM cobs: a Pony Express (straight) and one of those cool little Eaton pipes (also straight).
These are two of MM's smaller cobs, which I've been wanting for a while to take care of my "quick smoke" urges.

So have I gone mad? After these 8 pipes arrive (soon I hope!!), my pipe rotation will consist of 14 Cobs! :puffy:
(Oh and I also own two briars that see little, if any, action).
What can I say...I love MM Cobs :th1:
 

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Not at all, in fact, I think you need a spool, a gent and a diplomat to round out your collection ;)
Thanks I agree :)
I'll likely be ordering a Gentleman and Spool this week (I already own a Diplomat). And possibly a MacArthur...though the size is a bit intimidating.
Cobs are so fun and cheap, plus you know your getting a great smoker as I've yet to encounter a bad MM Cob.

Oh yeah and I might as well order a Great Dane Egg shaped cob as well. :puffy:
 

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I'm also a bit curious about the new "Woodie" (Maple) pipes MM offers as well. Looks like they might be fun for experimenting with various stains and a bit of carving, perhaps.

The Ozarks I ordered are Birch wood, I believe?....very curious to see how they compare to the Cobs.
 

leacha

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As you know I'm new to these cobs. I now have 5 (4 diplomats, and 1 5th) plus 1 maple diplomat. They all have the nose warmer vulcanite stems. The overall length, with the stem, and feel make them truley enjoyable to me.

Ephraim, I do not know how the Ozark will smoke. The maple I have isn't my first hardwood, BTW. I've put one bowl through it so far and it adds a touch of sweetness. That'll eventually fade and it'll smoke like a regular pipe. For the price you can't lose.
 

MainePipe

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I'm also a bit curious about the new "Woodie" (Maple) pipes MM offers as well. Looks like they might be fun for experimenting with various stains and a bit of carving, perhaps.

The Ozarks I ordered are Birch wood, I believe?....very curious to see how they compare to the Cobs.
Ozarks smoke really good...give em a couple smokes to break in...I smoke mine often while doing things around the house
 

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Thanks for the reassurance of my sanity guys :)

Grab bags?? Not sure I've seen those when shopping.

Bubbagump- You know what, I might as well get at least one of everything MM makes. That shall be my goal from here on out :)
Now I need to build a nice display cabinet for all these cobs.
 

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Ozarks smoke really good...give em a couple smokes to break in...I smoke mine often while doing things around the house
Thanks.
Would you say they have more in common with cobs or briars? I'm really excited about the Ozarks. They have such a simple, functional look that I find attractive.
Hopefully my orders will arrive soon...
 

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Cool thanks. I'll be ordering a bag.
I wish I could just do one order instead of paying for shipping 3 or 4 times...oh well, it's that time of year.
 

#17
The Ozarks are made of the same wood as the shanks on all of the MM cobs so the first few smokes will be rough. Persevere, they're well worth it.
I received most of my cobs in the mail today.
I couldn't help but try out one of the Ozark Mountain hardwood pipes. The taste of wood was intense! To me a new Cob (as in corncob) tastes kinda sweet and fresh... but this Hardwood (Birch) pipe tasted foul.
I realize of course that I just need to break it in, but with corncobs this is never a problem. I guess I'm just not used to the taste of a fresh hardwood pipe.
Any suggestions with breaking it in? Maybe I could sand the interior of the chamber? Hold it over a flame and char the interior?
 

ruffinogold

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You've lost yer mind ! :xd:


Those Hardwoods might be Birch , I hadnt thought of that .. I guessed Beech . Anyway , they smoke great ! They add a little bit of flavor which I cant explain . It isnt unpleasant and it's quite mild . I have one that I smoke in the barn a lot , a straight one . To me , it favors a Cherry Blend . A PSFer turned me on to MB 7 Seas Red [ a mild cherry ] and it shines in a big way in the Hardwood pipe ! So I smoke Cherry blends in it mostly and enjoy it a lot ! It's really hard to beat any MM product and I could see someone just smoking them only . I use the filters ... love it
 

sillyoldbear

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I received most of my cobs in the mail today.
I couldn't help but try out one of the Ozark Mountain hardwood pipes. The taste of wood was intense! To me a new Cob (as in corncob) tastes kinda sweet and fresh... but this Hardwood (Birch) pipe tasted foul.
I realize of course that I just need to break it in, but with corncobs this is never a problem. I guess I'm just not used to the taste of a fresh hardwood pipe.
Any suggestions with breaking it in? Maybe I could sand the interior of the chamber? Hold it over a flame and char the interior?
No, don't sand it, you're just going to have to start again. My only advice here is to keep going, once they're broken in they're damn good smokers and well worth the two or three terrible smokes during break in.
 

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Thanks Ruff. :D
Yeah I'm going to break these 2 Ozarks in quickly, because they do indeed smoke fantastic...the taste though, well it might be varnish or burning wood. Not like an actual Corncob or Briar break-in taste.
Anyway I'll persevere because they look awesome and will, hopefully, taste good as well :)

Oh and I'm also breaking in a Pride, Washington and Legend today and they are all the usual great Missouri Meerschaum quality (and taste good).
I love MM Cobs :puffy:
 

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