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davet

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An experiment of sorts, I've placed this bowl in water and will see what the effects are over a short period of time. I'll dry it slowly as to minimize, perhaps, the chance of cracking. It's a NOS vintage German pipe that's only been smoked less than a dozen times. I'm thinking it may be fine, who knows....


It's only been a short time and the water has turned a weak tea sort of colour. I'm not saying rinsing your pipes is a comparison, or wrong, detrimental or anything else. I'm of the opinion it's fine or the many members here using that method would have spoken up. I'm just curious and sacrificing a basket pipe ( maybe) is worth it.

 

lightmybriar

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I would imagine the coloring of the water is due to the remains of the few smokes this pipe has experienced, right?

 

davet

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I assumed that as well... maybe the water nymphs are right :mrgreen:

 

haparnold

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Did you weigh the stummell before submerging it? I'd love to know how much water it absorbs, and how quickly that water evaporates once it's out of the water.

 

jpmcwjr

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Good stuff! I'd be gobsmacked if anything detrimental happens to the pipe given your care and methodology.
Does it- did it- smoke all right prior to its baptism?

 

davet

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Does it- did it- smoke all right prior to its baptism?
Smoked fine, I just never reached for it.
Is that a semi wet 21g?
Fluctuated between 21 & 22. We'll just tell everyone I pre weighed it, Shhh :wink:

 

crashthegrey

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We shall pretend. I am very interested in the results. In the interest of full disclosure, I will not start washing my pipes in running water. But I am curious nonetheless. I don't want to get lumped in with those heathens.

 

jpmcwjr

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It'd be great to have a scale accurate to at least tenths of a gram. I use a little scale every morning for espresso, and it's accurate to within a gram or so, bu that's it.
My guess is after you remove the surface water and weigh it, your one gram variance may be all there is. Can't wait!

 

jpmcwjr

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It'd be great to have a scale accurate to at least tenths of a gram. I use a little scale every morning for espresso, and it's accurate to within a gram or so, bu that's it.
My guess is after you remove the surface water and weigh it, your one gram variance may be all there is. Can't wait!

 

davet

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how will you dry it out "slowly"?
I'll empty the water and reseal the jar opening it for short periods of drying time and resealing. I'm thinking that will work but am open to suggestions.

 

saltedplug

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I don't want to get lumped in with those heathens.
Here here! Wood and water are only secondary to water and oil in their mixing. In general a very bad idea, topping, I think, another barbaric practice, microwaving tobacco.

 

mikethompson

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I can tell this thread is going places. I'm in to see the results. I'm guessing that the stem might not fit correctly, but it just may smoke just fine when your done.

 

sablebrush52

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I resisted the idea of flushing out my pipes in water for about a year before giving it a try. It works wonderfully well. Keep in mind that I'm exposing the briar to water for about 30 to 40 seconds. So a true test would be of about that duration. Also keep in mind that you're exposing your pipes to water in the form of steam - itself much more penetrating - with every smoke. Have fun!

 

hoosierpipeguy

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Submerging the pipe for an extended time is not a fair comparison to flushing the bowl for less than a minute. However, I doubt the submersion will have any adverse affects on the pipe. I have been flushing out all my briar pipes now for around 6 months, couldn't be more pleased with the results. The only downside is having the discipline to take 5 to 10 minutes to flush 6 to 8 pipes and wipe out the inside of the bowl with a paper towel at the end of the day. Another side benefit is this helps minimize the buildup on tar, smoke, whatever on the rim of the pipe.

 
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