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I am a fairly new pipe smoker, I have had my no name briar pipe for just about 6 months. I got a really good deal on 5 Medico pipes on e-bay with a 12 pipe, pipe stand. A Guardman, a Goldcrest, a Casino, and a Goldcrest. I have only read bad things on Medico pipes, should I keep the pipe stand and re-sell the pipes? They are estate pipes and look in good condition.
 

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I have a briar Medico and it smokes ok. I also have a pipe shaped object made of brylon and it is total crap. If the ones you have smoke good enough for you I wouldn't worry about it. Actually as a new pipe smoker the more pipes you have the better, that is if you are a heavy smoker. Cause you'll need them to rotate so none sour. I had that happen to me when I first started out with 2 Dr Grabows.

Don't forget cobs...
 

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My 2 cents;

Assuming you dont have a large investment here keep em. Clean and polish them and salt two or three in rotation untill they are all clean and refurbished.

Use them as a base to experiment from. Try as many different mixtures and styles as you can for a few months. The learning curve is steepest right now, so enjoy it.

By then you'll have read lots of posts,reviews and opinions and you'll have a much wider base from which to focus on a particular style of pipe or type of smoking mixtures. What you like today will very likely not be your preference in a year. And sample sizes,standard two oz tins ,if well cared for, are easily tradeable on these forums.

Sounds like you 've had a great start, there is no need to spend a lot.

Take care

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wow. thanks for the quick replys and suggestions. I will keep them, and I smoke my pipe about twice a day so I am looking to have at least one more in rotation. If you guys have any suggestions on how to clean the esate pipes I would greatly appreciate it.
 

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I put a link to this article in #6 but I cant see it on the page though its shows in my edit box...Sorry if this is redundant.

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Wydeboi said:
Interesting. Has anyone tried this method with whiskey, rum etc.?


i've never used rum for the salt treatment, but i clean out my stem and bowl about once a week with pipe cleaners with a little bit of rum on them and it keeps them nice and sweet
 

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I've never used Everclear, but it has similar proof and lots of guys use nothing else. The solvent qualities of the higher proofs are immediately noticable.
 

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Hitch said:
I've never used Everclear, but it has similar proof and lots of guys use nothing else. The solvent qualities of the higher proofs are immediately noticable.


The main reason for using the highest concentration of alcohol is because there is less water and it will evaporate quicker and not soak into the wood as much if i remember correctly
 

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Wydeboi said:
Thanks for the info. I'll be sure and stick to the higher octane when it becomes necessary.
High proof (like 191) means more solvent, very little water to soak the briar and a much faster dry out. 100-proof booze in a pipe means 50% of what hits the wood is water; that's not a bad thing if you want a pipe that hints of scotch, bourbon, rum etc..
 
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well thanks again. i cleaned out one pipe bowl using sea salt and rum...and the pipe smokes really well, but theres still a problem. the stems chamber seems to be too small for the pipe cleaner...the fuzzies are getting stuck in there and clogging it up. anybody know of anything i could use....is air in a can enough?
 
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