estate cobs ???

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gwynclan

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Jan 18, 2012
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Ok so being a frugal pipe smoker, I purchased 2 used cobs. I tried to clean them with the alcohol treatment and it was soaked up by the pipes. How do I clean and sanitize these. Only paid 2.50$ for both and they are the diplomat style.

Only smoked once each.

 

gwynclan

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Jan 18, 2012
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It was a quarter and it became part of a collection for 1976 coin collection. Still have some were. :rofl:

 

tiltjlp

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Apr 9, 2011
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Cheviot Ohio
If you can set them in the sun, do so for several days. Then use pipecleaners moistened with pipe spirits/alcohol to clean them properly. Then let them dry for at least a day. For more information on cob care, check out my Primer. I always advise against buying worn out cobs on auction sites when new cobs are such an affordable purchase. Here's a link to my Buyers Guide.
http://pipedia.org/index.php?title=The_Complete_Corncob_primer
http://pipedia.org/index.php?title=Missouri_Meerschaum_Corncob_Buying_Guide

 

dimm

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Jan 7, 2012
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Montréal, Canada
I buy lots of estate pipes and get old cobs mixed in with the pipes I want. I restore them like any briar pipe. They can still be smoked. I usually give them to friends but I have thrown away a good share. Buying and collecting old American cobs can be fun and there were lots of companies in Missouri before MM bought them all out. There a some floating around on eBay and some are in great condition.
And yes the alcohol will dry out...