So, I've been smoking a pipe for about a month now... I've accumulated 3 smoking briars, 2 more that I need to referb, and a cob. The Peterson St Pat and Medco. I've got about 12 tins; nightcap, bluenote, squadron leader, and autumn evening. Also some blends that folks have given me... I still cannot tell what i like the best as far as flavor goes. I smoked a sample of a blend tonight in both the medco and the cob. The medco seems to have the most open draw next to the cob, but the cob, shucks - you could push a washcloth through that one! lol While I like the cob, i think i like the medco a little better. I think Rick Newcombe has something on the opening up pipes to a certain sized opening. Tonight, i was sitting out on the from porch, enjoying my pipes and the room note - it's raining out and fall is here. Winter, and -40 is coming. Not sure how I'll work out smoking outside then... So I'm definitely enjoying the peace and wonderful weather now! It's a great life.