Not sure I'm worthy enough....

Discussion in 'The Smoking Lounge' started by Butts, Dec 15, 2013.

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  1. Butts

    Butts Member

    Nov 26, 2013
    I got bored today and cleaned out the garage. I smoked pipe on and off for the last 10 years. I was going thru my tool box and found a "Bright Leaf" briar, a small meerschaum and another really small briar I kept in my overalls on jobs when you could smoke.

    Well I have started smoking a pipe again and I love it! The problem is websites like this one, but the more a read I might be missing out. Custom carved briars, aged flakes, etc... Am I wrong for loving a MM cob and some Carl Hall?

    I know I can be cheap. I drove a car for 19 years and 250,00 miles, only had 2 kids and have not traded in the wife yet (I have had her for 27 years). I drink cheap Vodka. Tequila and Whisky. Oh and PBR beer.

    Am I going to be happy with my cobs and some Hall or should I start spending my retirement on some new pipes and tobacco?

  2. woody

    woody Admin Admin

    May 4, 2009
    Nothing wrong with cobs and Carter Hall. The simpler the better.
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  3. Coda

    Coda Well-Known Member

    Mar 22, 2012
    If you're not happy, then you're doing it wrong...
  4. Puffstone

    Puffstone Active Member

    Oct 31, 2012
    I appreciate your thread.
    11+ years of owning a pipe and I'm learning more everyday on here.

    I say you do what makes you happy, but I will say just reading what everyone here has to say has advance my knowledge way faster than I could ever learn on my own, and allowed me to enjoy my pipe much more.

    Ive never stayed an active reader of a forum like I have here, psf seems like home as everyone gets along around here.

    Anyways welcome back to your pipe smoking, and keep up drinking the good drinks, plastic bottle liquor and pbr are my choices as well
  5. muddler

    muddler Member

    Sep 20, 2012
    Whatever works for you is right. The only wrong answer is to be a wannabe pipe smoker. Find where you're comfortable & enjoy it. It's only pipe smoking after all, not life & death.
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  6. BernardLerring

    BernardLerring Member

    Feb 16, 2013
    It really depends what you want to do. If you're happy with CH and cobs, that's as good and worthy as anything else pipe smoking can throw at you. The problem with missing out is that, not matter how much you try and catch up, the hobby is so big and wide you'll always be missing out on something. Satisfying a little curiosity though, trying something you've not tried before just to do something a little unusual and expand your horizons, that's something different. I find that, every so often, I get a little bored with what I've got and look for something different, whether it's trying plugs or looking up estate pipes on ebay, that works for me. If CHAC (CH and Cobs) works for you, that's something to celebrate. If you fancy something else, dip your toe in the pond and give it a go.
  7. sillyoldbear

    sillyoldbear Active Member

    Sep 11, 2013
    "Smoke what you like and like what you smoke".

    If you enjoy Carter Hall in a cob then smoke Carter Hall in a cob. If you feel like you want to try more, that's okay too, but you don't need spend your retirement on it.

    Go to, have a look at the Dr Grabow, Medico, and Brindisi pipes, then grab a 4boggins bulk sampler and use the code PSF when you checkout. You can get a great smoking briar pipe and a selection of damn fine tobaccos for around $40USD excl shipping.
  8. Ephraim

    Ephraim Member

    Mar 24, 2013
    I agree with all of the above replies.
    I'll add that I smoke Cobs almost exclusively, and many of my favorite tobaccos are considered "cheap" OTC blends.
    The thing is, for me, nothing beats a cob. And OTC tobaccos (Carter Hall etc.) are timeless classics that many, many people enjoy.

    Experimentation is lots of fun, and I frequently try new tobaccos, but please don't feel like you're missing out on anything.
  9. Ephraim

    Ephraim Member

    Mar 24, 2013
    Exactly the same for me :th1:
  10. soonersoftail

    soonersoftail Member

    Nov 11, 2013
    I haven't been here long but I'm seeing this too.
  11. craig

    craig Active Member

    Aug 8, 2012
    If you are enjoying the cobs and carter hall keep at it.
    I went through a phases were i thought i was missing out and buying every new tobacco i could lay my hands on.
    But i came to a problwm the amount of tobacco i hadcompared to the amount i actually smoke didnt add up and quite a bit went dry on me and was unsmokeable.
    I found what worked for me and stuck at it.
    Sure giving into curiosity from time to time is nice and a nice treat but i now limit myself from buying too much.
    Sure aged flakes can be a stunning revelation but its best to stick at what you know and love in my oppinion
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  12. Rockbass

    Rockbass Member

    Jul 24, 2013
    I look down my nose at Carter Hall. That's the only way I can get my cob lit. Some fancy-schmancy burley is good for a treat though.
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  13. DGErwin11

    DGErwin11 Moderator Moderator

    Jul 15, 2011
    What is your goal? Do you want to smoke a pipe just for the personal enjoyment? Or to wow the members here with your vast array of oipes and tobacco?

    If it just enjoyment, I get as much enjoyment from CH in a cob as berg does from Penzance in a $300.00 BST. A real pipe smoker is a person who puts tobacco in some kind of pipe and smokes it.
  14. MainePipe

    MainePipe Member

    Jun 13, 2012
    Pretty much my take on the topic, I prefer cobs and OTCs and I'm perfectly content...

    Smoke what you like, like what you smoke
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  15. User3940

    User3940 Active Member

    Dec 7, 2012
    An MM Cob and Carter Hall are the foundations of our universe. Light up my Friend, light up.
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  16. SmokeyJoe

    SmokeyJoe Active Member

    Feb 20, 2011
    Aw c'mon, buy more pipes!
    You know you want to...
  17. esteban

    esteban Active Member

    Feb 23, 2012
    buy more pipes, you deserve them, its fun......
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  18. Tony Malerich

    Tony Malerich Active Member

    Jan 17, 2012
    I believe the most important thing is "what works for you/makes you happy." I'd say you're fine :D
  19. Smokey Tom

    Smokey Tom Active Member

    Nov 8, 2012
    Buddy you ain't cheap! Carter Hall in a cob is one of life's great pleasures! Add a cuppa coffee and you have breakfast.
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  20. Benton629

    Benton629 Member

    Nov 2, 2013
    The simplicity of a cob and Carter Hall is lost on some people.
    It is for your pleasure, not what others want.
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