Pre-carbonization coming away

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  1. Spam

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    Hi all,

    I've been slowly breaking in a Parker Rhodesian, and noticed today that some of the pre-carbonization is coming away from the walls of the bowl. What should I do!?

    Part of me thinks I should just ignore it, because it doesn't seem to affect the smoking, and carry on as I am. The other, more logical, part of me thinks that I should do something about it because the cake is building on it, and if it comes away it'll take the cake with it.
    And, as a small part has come away at the heel I'm worried about the heat there.

    EDIT: Here's a picture of what I mean...

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    Any advice?
     


  2. Puff The Magic

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    Smoke her more!

    That precarb is for your first few smokes mainly so just smoke thru but watch the heat in the barren area(s).

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  3. Spam

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    Thanks, that's exactly what I wanted to hear! I'll see what others have to say, but I sure hope you're in the majority, Puff :)
     
  4. neoclassical

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    I have an estate Stanwell this happened to. The pre-carb peeled right off by finger nail after a few bowls of Skiff mixture, she works fine though.
     
  5. shadow

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    Hi there!
    This looks like a fine pipe! Any chance of a full picture perhaps?
    As for the carbon coming off: You could even sand it down to raw wood which is what I'd do... and then smoke it slowly to build up a PROPER carbon cake:)
     
  6. Spam

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    I'll see how we're going after a few bowls, but sanding it down is something I'll definitely bear in mind.

    As for that picture, here you go...

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    It's quite a nice pipe, especially for the price (£20!). My only complaint - apart from the pre-carb coming away - is that the the hole in the stem and the hole in the shank don't line up perfectly, it means I can't pass a pipe cleaner all the way through... But it doesn't hinder the smoking, so it's no biggy.
     
  7. shadow

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    Nice one, Spam!!! And a good price, too!
    As for passing a pipe cleaner all the way through: Once you're through the stem try and twist the cleaner a bit, and you might get it all the way into the bowl.
    The thing with bent pipes is that the smoke canal of the bowl has to be drilled at a different angle to the tenon to ensure it meets the bowl at the bottom.
     
  8. nitehawk

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    Yes.....great looking Parker, have a Parker Dublin myself.
     
  9. Mister Moo

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    Many bent pipes suffer this minor irritation. Try variations on a slight bend to the insertion-end of the pipecleaner; when it hangs up, try the well known "twist and poke" method until it finds the route. Some are like picking a lock but mostly it's easy.
     
  10. Paul

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    My peterson 05 does this, its impossible to get a pipe cleaner through there with the stem on. i just take the stem off and do it that way
     
  11. user1975

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    My favorite pipe shape is an Oom Paul, and it's almost impossible to find one that will pass a cleaner all the way to the bowl, even doing the twist and poke.
     
  12. neoclassical

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    My Peterson 80s is the same.
     
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