I think your numbers may be off a little bit there. :lol:
Many don't mind them, myself included. The majority of my pipes that have stingers smoke fine with them, as they're engineered to accommodate the stinger--and it's not just low-end pipes, either; many esteemed brands employ the devices. It does take a little adjustment; both what you smoke and how you smoke it. Quick tip: always keep the bowl angled down (as opposed to flat or slightly higher than your mouth). That being said, lots of folks prefer to remove them.
Funny thing. When I first started looking at pipes, in terms of attempting to be a discerning buyer, I thought a stinger was the sign of a better pipe.
Then, I find out they are typically found in mass produced pipes.
If you go here,Stinger or not to stinger that is the question, there is more discussion on stingers and some pictures and more references as well. One of my first pipes had a stinger so I learned on day ONE wtf that metal crap was doing in my pipe... funny lil thangs.
I prefer my pipes without stingers and used to always take them out, but I found that the pipes with larger stingers (like my Sasieni) actually smoked wetter without them - I guess it's the large space left there for the gasses to expand in that make it so.
Now I just make sure I don't buy pipes with stingers lol.
they serve a purpose of sorts--you just remove the stem, shake off the moisture(or blow it out into a paper towel), replace the stem, and keep smokin' a dry pipe--doesn't hurt to break open a screw in stinger pipe--
like pipes with or without 'em--not a deal killer for me--
I am not sure that I have ever noticed a difference, but some have a very tight draw which is aggravating. The tube type seem to draw okay, there is one in my Pete Kildare. It passes a pipe cleaner too. Didn't Dunhill do a pipe with a metal tube all the way through, like Brigham with their redwood filters?