I'd personally be hugely surprised if your B&M frowned upon a patron making a test draw on a new pipe (it should go without saying that you obviously shouldn't clench down on the stem/bit). Yet it never hurts to "as for permission" first. Worst that could happen is that they say "no."Ive always wanted to test the draws of pipes at B&Ms but i thought it might be like frowned upon. iunno
Personally, I dislike Peterson pipes - but many here love 'em. The two I have (not CWs) were really poorly made, I had to take a drill to 'em and fix the manufacturing defects (misaligned holes, too narrow). Both smoke great now. But ... there is an inherent design "feature" (that I call a flaw) with this brand, they leave a large air space between the airhole and tenon. This collects moisture, sounds good in theory, but it gunks the pipe up in a hearbeat, I have to scrub the drool chamber out after each smoke. Annoying.Does anyone smoke one? I'm really intrested in getting Chrcuhwarden, though it's the only one I can find where I live in England.
I've heard good things about Peterson though.
If you buy a Pete, I'd advise buying a straight pipe. The drilling on their bents is not lined up well in my opinion. It's not like it's hard to properly drill a bent pipe for these guys. I've got a $35 Savinelli yard pipe that's the same bend, and it's perfectly drilled.I'm looking for something to get a nice cool smoke from. I'm new to pipes, I've been smoking one on and off for about year, and I'm only weekend smoker. I smoke in the house or garden so the size of the pipe doesn't matter to me.
What is the quality of Peterson pipes generally?
Interesting idea. I may have to try that in my Sav. I have some Brown #4 that I've been SLOWLY working my way through. Perhaps a Churchwarden is the answer......I only use it with tobacco that could beat the crap out of you in a tradional pipe (1792, XX Rope and brown #4) I tried the Black XX in standard pipes and found it to be like smoking used motor oil, however in a churchwarden the longer stem cools the smoke and allows the richness of the tobacco to really come through. It's the same with the 1792, while I can and have smoked it on a regular pipe the churchwarden really allows the tonquin flavour to shine.....
It worked for me but YMMV. Still didn't keep the wife from commenting about burning gym socks in my pipe LOL.Interesting idea. I may have to try that in my Sav. I have some Brown #4 that I've been SLOWLY working my way through. Perhaps a Churchwarden is the answer.