I was hoping to find out the correct way of cleaning a pipe's chamber during the periodical maintenance. I would usually ream the chamber ever so slightly and then wipe it with alcohol. It that last step correct?
Personally, I wouldn't use alcohol in the chamber unless I was trying to de-ghost or sweeten a soured pipe. I've never had a pipe go sour, but have bought estates that were.
Just gently ream, if the cake is getting too thick. Too much cake will result in a cracked bowl.
+1 on 151 rum.
Good to hear, folanator. As I've become lazier (or more efficient!) I now tend to wait till I get a large handful, and do them all at once. Sometimes I don't even dry the innards, just towel off the stummel and stem! (Oooooh, no!!) The RH in my house is usually around 50%, so drying is no more than overnight.
Another thing I am doing is added a few medium sized dehumeticant packs into the 2 humidors I was storing my pipes in. Humidity has been right around 50% inside the box. everything seems to be staying crisp and dry.