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09-20-2019 05:48 PM
Scap
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Originally Posted by Gumby-cr View Post
I'm sure you had to use the bore cleaner on a few of those pipes I sent you
Hoppes #9 would ghost the F(un) out of a pipe....
09-20-2019 02:14 PM
Gumby-cr
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Originally Posted by UBC03 View Post
Remove the stem and clean the shank.. it collects ALOT of funk..

I use alcohol and a bristled pipe cleaner. I also have a 30 caliber brass rifle bore a cleaner I use on REALLY crusty estates..

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I'm sure you had to use the bore cleaner on a few of those pipes I sent you
09-13-2019 11:47 PM
UBC03 Remove the stem and clean the shank.. it collects ALOT of funk..

I use alcohol and a bristled pipe cleaner. I also have a 30 caliber brass rifle bore a cleaner I use on REALLY crusty estates..

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09-13-2019 11:06 PM
OneStrangeOne
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Originally Posted by mo985 View Post
It seems that my briars are suffering from my lack of proper cleaning. My cons donít seem to have been affected equally.

With the pipe completely cool I draw through the empty pipe and get a sour/burnt taste. This taste also comes through while actually smoking. Iíve only noticed slight flavor between different tobaccos, but mostly a burnt/bitter taste.

Would the above cleaning suggestions with hot water work in this situation?
I think David @Piper covered it pretty well, it depends on how bad they are as to how radical you need to get, I would probably start with hot water and go from there. The water does dull a waxed finish but Iíve found that a quick rubdown with a pipe polishing cloth with bring back the glow, I havenít noticed any effect on a varnish or lacquer finish.
09-13-2019 10:15 PM
Piper Sourness may be due to excessive cake. If your cake is more than the thickness of a dime, maybe ream it slowly and carefully. Pouring water through the bowl and out the stem has been recommended by other pipe veterans. It dulls the briar so do it carefully and let the pipe dry completely. I've never tried this but I would even be willing to pour a lightly flavored liquor through the bowl the same way. A thorough cleaning with salt and alcohol is more thorough but a bit more work. BTW, when you draw through an empty pipe you will taste a little tobacco and ash but it should be pleasant, not sour or bitter.
09-13-2019 09:32 PM
mo985 It seems that my briars are suffering from my lack of proper cleaning. My cons don’t seem to have been affected equally.

With the pipe completely cool I draw through the empty pipe and get a sour/burnt taste. This taste also comes through while actually smoking. I’ve only noticed slight flavor between different tobaccos, but mostly a burnt/bitter taste.

Would the above cleaning suggestions with hot water work in this situation?
08-07-2019 12:36 PM
Scap
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Originally Posted by Piper View Post
Erik, the thread @greypilgrim76 started about returning to pipe smoking led me over here. What happened with your pipe? Did you ever manage to get it cleaned out? BTW, I discovered a foolproof method for determining if your stem is vulcanite: run hot water through it. If it's vulcanite it will smell like rubber.
Hello, my name is Scap. I don't believe we've met.
08-07-2019 12:26 PM
Piper
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Originally Posted by ebnash View Post
Well, I’m glad I didn’t try any heavy cleaning on my Castellos, because a I would have used the 151. Pretty sure I have zero vulcanite stems. Thanks for info, men.

But, to be clear, I’m only talking about cleaning with a pipe cleaner, not soaking. The pipe that I have issue with ashy and tongue burning was after running a few pipe cleaners with 1” dipped in 151. I will try cleaning them out with hot water, but think I probably should have used bristled cleaners to knock out the crap. It’s also possible that because they are 9mm filter pipes, there is crap sitting in that chamber...
Erik, the thread @greypilgrim76 started about returning to pipe smoking led me over here. What happened with your pipe? Did you ever manage to get it cleaned out? BTW, I discovered a foolproof method for determining if your stem is vulcanite: run hot water through it. If it's vulcanite it will smell like rubber.
07-23-2019 01:38 AM
ebnash Well, I’m glad I didn’t try any heavy cleaning on my Castellos, because a I would have used the 151. Pretty sure I have zero vulcanite stems. Thanks for info, men.

But, to be clear, I’m only talking about cleaning with a pipe cleaner, not soaking. The pipe that I have issue with ashy and tongue burning was after running a few pipe cleaners with 1” dipped in 151. I will try cleaning them out with hot water, but think I probably should have used bristled cleaners to knock out the crap. It’s also possible that because they are 9mm filter pipes, there is crap sitting in that chamber...
07-23-2019 12:09 AM
OneStrangeOne These actually work well for evening out and light cake removal
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Iíve gotten hold of 40-50 year old estateís that were so bad you couldnít get a pencil into the bowl, that stuff is like trying to dig out concrete and itís a bit much for these, but they are fairly safe to use. I donít use Oxi clean except for very badly oxidized Vulcanite, same for bleach they work but then you have to sand and buff the stem out, so itís only for a complete refurbish job. Hot water is the way to go for acrylic.
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