My Cobs

Discussion in 'Corn Cob Pipes' started by Ephraim, Dec 24, 2013.

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  1. Ephraim

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    After a little selfish Christmas shopping, I now own 17 (13 corn cobs and 4 Ozark- birch)
    The two on the bottom row, far left and far right, date back to about the year ~2001.

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  2. bubbagump

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    Nice collection.:ohyh: I really enjoy my cobs too. I think my next purchase will be a couple more forever stems.
     
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  3. Dimik

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    Gotta love the cobs!
    Nice collection.
     
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  4. Super K

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    Nice collection. Its pretty cool how well regarded the "throw away cheap pipe" lasts for a long time and has so many fans. I love the two I own, one gets abused all day. Enjoy them.
     
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  5. Ephraim

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    Thanks guys!
    Here's the inventory: 2 Prides, 3 Legends, 3 Washingtons, 2 Pony Express, 1 Eaton, 1 Mizzou, and 1 heavily modified, tall, unfinished no-name cob that I picked up by mistake.
    To assure myself that the no-name cob was non toxic, I took it apart and sanded it thoroughly. I can never recommend anything other than Missouri Meerschaum, but this one is an exception to the rule.
    The Ozark Mountains are: 2 minis (Cherry and Maple stains), 1 bent Cherry stain, and 1 straight Maple stain.

    All except the bent Legend have been smoked. The two oldest (from about 2000 or 2001) have well over a thousand smokes through them and are still smoking great :)
     
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    Sweet. Nice set. I somehow suspect it's not yet complete...:)
     
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  7. Ephraim

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    Indeed you are correct :) Even though I've found myself favoring the smaller cobs, I do plan on adding a Country Gentleman and General, if not a few others as well.
    Funny, but I now offically smoke cobs (and the Ozarks) exclusively.
    I've been rotating them, but 17 is an uneven number so I need to work on a better system.
     
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  8. Ephraim

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    Thanks!
    Yeah I'll never understand why cobs are considered "throw away pipes" either. I've only had to retire 1 badly cracked cob in the past 13 years.
    If treated like a briar, these things last a very long time.
     
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    Yup. Cobs are awesome. Exactly why I'll be selling about 50 of my briars in the next couple months, leaving about a dozen of my favorites. Cobs are simply just as good!
     
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    My old stand by is cracked, how bad is BAD enough to.warrant throwing it away?:beyes:
     
  11. Ephraim

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    Good question, but I'd say when the crack breaches the interior of the bowl. Cracks on the outside are a normal part of aging cobs and should continue to smoke well.
    The problem I had with the cracked one is that I didn't take care of it. I left it sitting on the porch in both freezing and scorching weather, and also allowed the interior cake to get way too thick.
    Over the past few years I've been cleaning them a lot more than I used to.
     
  12. bubbagump

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    My $.02...I'd smoke it until it falls apart and/or is no longer functional.

    I've seen estate pipes with tape wrapped around the bowl. Some pipes get love long past the point where many people would throw them out.
     
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  13. Dimik

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    Yeah outside cracking is normal.
     
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  14. Super K

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    So the duct tape and rock wool insulation was to much?
    Thanks fellas.
     
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    Nice collection Ephraim. Makes me want to gather more cobs.
     
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    I was watching Ultimate Survival Alaska last night and the old guy on the Woodcutters team was clinching an MM Cob everytime he appeared on camera. Never saw smoke rising from it though. Producers probably said "No tobacco product use on TV".
     
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  17. Dimik

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    I reckon one could have done without :D
     
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  18. BradNTX

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    Nice collection, and thanks for the pics! I have some latent cob acquisition disorder myself. :bing:
     
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    In fact... I just snapped a vintage one on eBay. :rolleyes:
     
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    Cracking is normal. Please use the PSF Cob maintenance video as reference.
     
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