Some thoughts on smoking just one pipe

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So my brand new altinok meer came in last week and I've been smoking it exclusively since then. Now I only smoke between a half and a full bowl per day at night after the kids go to bed most days so it's not like the thing is getting over used. I've kinda noticed that my relationship with my new pipe is similar to a new relationship with a person, the more time we spend together the better we get to know each other. I'm getting to the point where at least 20% of the time I can feel the thing is gonna start gurgling (technique not pipe) and I run a pipe cleaner down it just shy of the bowl and it comes out damp then I continue smoking awhile until it gets warm (technique again) then set it down (and usually forget to pick it up again before falling asleep). I'm also getting better at packing it so it burn evenly and goes out slightly less. I suspect the longer I spend with this pipe the better our relationship will get.

I realize that at some point my meer may let me know it needs a break and I can use my cobs, my poy, or one of the other briars or even the wooden one for a while but I hope it doesn't happen for a while.

So what is everyone's opinions about spending time with just one pipe? I don't really wanna have a pipe rotation thread since we already have at least one thread that covers that topic. Maybe how many bowls do you smoke from the same pipe before resting it, how many bowls get cancelled out by resting overnight, do you ever smoke one pipe so many times in the same day you need to switch pipes because it's soggy/swampy (not just because you feel like it)? I know there's fellas that only had one pipe and smoked it daily for years without any issues so I assume there is a number of bowls tolerance type of thing.
 

Old Codger

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I have one IMP meerschaum that gets smoked just about every day. After cleaning up the tenon entrance, no gurgles. As long as I empty the pipe out and put it away standing up, it hasn't been a problem. When I go away and don't take that pipe with me, so that it gets a week's rest there is no difference in how it smokes. I can conclude that a bowl a day, every day, in that meerschaum is no problem.
 

DGErwin11

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There are no hard and fast rules. I have had no problems with my POY and I smoke at least 2 bowls a day. Try not to overthink it. This whole thing is more about intuition than it is hard facts.

Congrats and enjoy your Altinok.
 

mecompco

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Smoke it like ya' stole it! If it gets wet, hit it with a pipe cleaner. I've abused the dickens out of my POY--it was all I smoked for a least a couple of weeks when I first got it and had three, sometimes four bowls back-to-back. Hit it with a pipe cleaner and stoke it again. I don't think it's possible to burn out a Meer. It I had that pipe, I'd be on it constantly. :puffy:
 

Old Codger

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That's a nice looking meerschaum. Have you built a little cake up in it yet?

My 2 cents. Work on figuring out why it's gurgling, fix that, and you should be able to enjoy a full bowl at least once a day.
 
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No cake, gonna try to keep it as cake free as possible. It gurgles cause it's still new and ruffinogold sent me some smokers pride black Cavendish and then I read on a post of his how he couldn't get it to bite no matter what he did so I'm giving her h3ll trying to prove him wrong. So far I can't, but if there's one thing I'm good at it's smoking a pipe to fast and to hot which seems to cause additional moisture. I figure the longer I have this pipe the more I'm gonna love it so if I'm gonna do some dumb :poop: and break it I might as well do it in the beginning while I'm not quite as attached. So far I ain't broke it and its looking good I won't.

That's a nice looking meerschaum. Have you built a little cake up in it yet?

My 2 cents. Work on figuring out why it's gurgling, fix that, and you should be able to enjoy a full bowl at least once a day.
 
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Some days I go through my entire rack 2-3 times (6 pipes), some days I smoke the same pipe for 5-10 bowls, and some days I don't smoke a pipe at all. The only thing I've noticed for certain is, because of the shank collecting moisture, unmodified cobs do need to rest once they've reached a certain point of moisture saturation. Deal with moisture as it comes, clean your pipes when they need it, iron out your technique over time, and somehow you fall into a groove that works.
 

afiaowo

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My meer (Ural) actually has issues with moisture. I believe this stems from the bowl shape. It is an irregular conical shape.
My Peterson was a complete bomb. The thing never smoked well.
My Tinsky can handle a couple bowls but needs rest after that.
I now have a 1969 or earlier (France stem stamp) Edward's that I smoke three bowls from daily and never needs rest. When the pipe does get rest it doesn't smoke any different.

I believe, based on my limited experience, the ability to successfully smoke one or more bowls daily is based solely on the pipe.
 

MikeInMaine

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During March Meerschaum Madness, https://pipesmokersforum.com/community/threads/march-meerschaum-madness.25930/page-17 a bunch of us only smoked one meer for a month straight. I smoked mine a couple times a day all month and no problems. Some guys smoked over 100 bowls in that month and nobody reported any issues. Just keep it clean, pipe cleaner after every bowl and wipe down inside the bowl after every smoke. A meerschaum can take a lot of abuse.
 

ruffinogold

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I think when someone is familiar with a pipe , it becomes less and less conscious . The goal is to smoke it and not know what ya did to it [ cleaners , tamp etc ] while smoking it . That may sound a little nuts but I really think the best pleasures of smoking a pipe revolves around not knowing it's even happening so much . That's just my spin ... I'm all for mindlessness
 

RTOdhner

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I'd say that a pipe smoker could be thoroughly happy with just one pipe, and could smoke that pipe three or four times a day - seven days a week - and have no problems at all. I think most of us here are as much hobbyists as we are pipe smokers, so we like to collect them. Or we like to spoil ourselves with a wide range of tobaccos, some of which require dedicated pipes. My uncle Danny only owned two pipes (cobs) at any given time, and he was practically a pipe chain smoker. Smoking a warm pipe sucks, and I think he only had the second pipe so he could let the other cool down before he lighted it up again. Briar and cob pipes are a lot tougher than we think, and the only thing that hinders them is how hot the pipe gets. If you're a heavy pipe smoker, I think it would be a good idea to have a second pipe so that you could let the other cool down before you smoked it again.

If, God forbid, my house ever went up in flames and I could escape with only my BST pipe, I wouldn't be in any hurry to order any more pipes. I'd rebuild the cellar, but I'm not so sure I'd rebuild the pipe collection. My BST is that good, and I'd just stick to Burly and Virginia blends (which are my favorites, anyway) so I wouldn't have to worry about ghosting. Then, again, that BST is a pretty big pipe, so I might just get a second, but smaller, pipe for my morning smoke because I like to have a short smoke for my brief commute to work.
 

DGErwin11

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We forum members probably own more pipes than non forum members. There is peer pressure, keeping up with the Jones' s, enablers, pipe porn, all pushing us into buying more pipes than we really need.

Back in the day, my Dad and my grandfather each had several pipes so they could rest their pipes. I think I remember my Dad telling me I should build up to about half a dozen pipes when I first started pipes. I done blew past that.
 
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