Cleaning the chamber

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alialansari

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Mar 2, 2015
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Hidd, Bahrain.
Good day,
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?
Thanks.

Ali

 

anthonyrosenthal74

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Jan 8, 2013
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The alcohol doesn't hurt, but isn't necessary. Now, after quite a few smokes, I'll use alcohol to scrub out the shank and bowl. I like to use 151 Rum.

 

craiginthecorn

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May 8, 2017
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Sugar Grove, IL, USA
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.

 

mikethompson

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Jun 26, 2016
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If there is no thick cake, and you are cleaning out the bowl after a smoke, I will recommend unscented baby wipes.

 

folanator

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Nov 24, 2015
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I'm on the hot water rinse as well. Hot water with a wipe of the chamber with a paper towel. Quick pipe cleaner and you're done.

 

jpmcwjr

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May 12, 2015
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Monterey Peninsula
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.

 

folanator

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Nov 24, 2015
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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.