Discussion in 'Need Pipe Smoking Advice? Ask an Old Fart!' started by hammondsj, Apr 1, 2012.
Bristled and non bristled pipe cleaners. Which one do you use for what?
Regular cleaners for daily cleaning ... bristle for the deep down dirty cleaning !
^ What Ruff said.
Exactly. Regular cleaners soak up moisture much better than bristles. For deep down dirty cleaning, dip the bristle in everclear first.
I use Long's extra absorbent pipe cleaners dipped in isopropyl alcohol for cleaning. All above sound like good advice.
I use bristle cleaners almost exclusively. When a pipe is really dirty (i.e., tastes bitter) I dip a cleaner in Bourbon, and thoroughly scrub it.
I use both depends on the condition of the pipe.
+1 ... yep what ruff said..
Ruff give good advice, but when it gets super duper extra dirty(to be honest it should never get that dirty, but in my early days of piping I made the mistake of not cleaning my pipes often enough) then you should use a shank brush, the bristle pipe cleaners don't have the "traction" for lack of better word, to get the job done right.
Another second. I have trouble running the extra-absorbent ones all the way through an assembled pipe - they're too thick. I've gotten so I use those almost exclusively to plug the draft hole when I'm doing a salt/alcohol treatment. 1) They prevent salt from getting into the stummel, which could cause problems upon re-assembly and 2) the alcohol will wick up into them and they'll absorb a lot of stummel gunk during the treatment. Even if only one end fits through the draft hole, I double both ends into the stummel for more absorption.
I also have a set of nylon brushes that I got at Harbor Freight, I think for about a dollar. Their intended use is to clean air compressor tubing. I mostly use those with Everclear when I'm starting estate pipe restorations. Just be careful not to scratch the heel of the bowl when you run them through.
Ruff nailed it
I don't even use em anymore; find em useless
but how do ya..? huh?