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How to keep clay pipe cool during smoke

Discussion in 'Pipes' started by johnhwatson, Jun 4, 2011.

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  1. johnhwatson

    johnhwatson Member

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    If you're smoking a clay pipe and it gets too hot to hold you can dip it in some cold water and it will cool but be careful not to submerge bowl
     


  2. SandSquid

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    I predict a shattered bowl!

    Clay bowls get hot, it's a nature of the beast.
    I just hold it by the stem with my index finger wrapped around the middle fo the stem as I would a caigar
     
  3. WillH

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    Rub out and load up some FVF! :)

    Sorry, couldn't resist.......

    Will
     
  4. johnhwatson

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    No shattered bowls yet. I dip it in the water every 4 - 6 puffs and it makes for a nice cool smoke
     
  5. BradNTX

    BradNTX Well-Known Member

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    I would like to get a clay soon, but haven't decided on which one yet.

    To cool my cobs while driving in my pickup, I stick it in front of the ac vent. It works great; I wonder if it would work on a clay too?
     
  6. yinyang

    yinyang Some rim charring is to be expected.

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    I'm with the squid, it's what it is. Sudden drastic temperature changes can't be good...I'm contented in reminding myself the bowl is hot. I'm new with clays, and although I see no desire to walk around with one lit... so that even with just sitting, I'm loathe to have more to keep up with, including a bowl of water. This is just my thought on it, admittedly.
     
  7. WillH

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    I'm a pipe holder! Seldom clinch! Ya need to cool your cobs? Mine get warm but not enough to need cooling.

    Bought a couple clay pipes in Amsterdam - those jobbies with the little blue ship on them and red tips - geeze, those things got hot! I like what David was doing and all, and followed his thread with interest but, I just don't like hot pipes - not even a Falcon! Guess I shouldn't use the F word.

    I know people have told me I shouldn't smoke a meerschaum outside but, I have for a couple years now. Even outside taking pictures after a snow storm this winter. They seem to handle the temperature difference just fine. I know clay pipes were a necessary piece of gear for most sailors, back in the day, and I pretty sure they were smoked outside on deck in cold weather. I imagine if the temperature difference was extreme there could be a problem - room temperature water I don't believe would be an issue. Ice water! Nope I wouldn't do that....

    Will
     
  8. Old Ted

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    I've had a couple of clays, but their different smoking attributes, and novelty appeal is not good enough to sway me from a similarly priced corn cob - which I can at least wrap my fingers around!.....and even better still is one of my mini-meerschaums!.....just my two francs, and each to his own of course! (had to add that - before I get told-off again!):byg:
    OT
     
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