Re: Pipe cleaning Retort ??
I have one and won't smoke an estate pipe without first cleaning with
a retort first. If you're a careful individual, the risk is easily
mitigated. I've never burned off my eye brow, melted stems, stripped
finishes, or anything else you might hear that these things can do
harm to. Just use some common sense. You have alcohol over a flame and
inside your pipe. Take the right measures and you'll appreciate the
On Oct 17, 11:33 am, "Serge D." <nos...@xxxxxxx> wrote:
On Fri, 17 Oct 2008 11:03:10 -0500, Casey typed:
Anyone tried this thing?
These things have been around since I was a youngster shopping at
Wally Frank in the late 50s and first saw one; the salesman talked me
out of buying one. Not only can a dribble of alcohol strip the finish
from your pipe, but they have always seemed to be overkill to me.
Personally, I think a cleaning with bristle cleaners soaked in
alcohol, followed by regular pipe cleaners is perfect for the job.
"Americans are the people who describe their use of alcohol and
tobacco as vices"
G. K. Chesterton
10/17/2008 12:30:49 PM
- Re: Love that pipe
... Grain alcohol is a drying agent, and a problem is possible, but the risk is not high. ... I have used a severe form of the salt & alcohol treatment, on over 300 pipes. ... Had I let the pipe sit around for a few days and pick up some moisture from the air, or had I been less heavy handed when inserting tenon into mortise, the pipe might have survived. ...
- Re: Pipe Cleansing
... Give the pipe The Professor's Pipe-Sweetening Treatment. ... I personally prefer to soak the mouthpiece in chlorine bleach ... target piece without too many false hits): alcohol estate pitfalls flea bacteria sterilizing solution bleach fluffy brushes Kleen Ream Pip Net crud buffing wheels Fordham. ... that have soaked into the wood of the bowl and shank. ...
- Re: Deciding on serious cleaning
... Those taking up pipe smoking most likely should buy their first few good pipes new, as pitfalls exist among estate pipes that could easily sour one on the art of pipe smoking. ... After all, the heat of burning tobacco will sanitize the bowl, the mouthpiece can be cleaned with alcohol, and the toxic effects of nicotine and other components in tobacco will likely discourage growth of bacteria in the shank. ...
- Re: My Worst Smoke Ever
... I'm the owner of a lovely calabash that I cleaned for the first time about ... be cleaned with alcohol, but I cleaned it with alcohol, too, in much the ... I had not done any serious smoking in this pipe since cleaning it about 2-3 ... I loaded up a bowl of Yale Mixture, a blend I've enjoyed many times before, ...
- Re: Question About Lakeland Blends
... been smoking less and less English/Balkan Mixtures. ... You may find there is no problem at all, but the taste will gradually reflect the GHC taste more fully and the English/Balkan will fade away. ... Second, if there is a problem, remedies start with a thorough cleaning of the interior of the mouthpiece and shank with grain alcohol, or 151-proof rum, or any alcohol of your choice 80-proof/40 percent alcohol or greater. ... If it has an aroma, it will flavor your pipe, and if you don't like the aroma, you will not like the taste imparted. ...