I like to give a pipe that's been who knows where for 60 years a very thorough cleaning before putting it my mouth. More thorough than can be done without removing it. It also stuck with the stem at an angle now
jp thank you for the suggestion. Is it safe for the briar? I always avoid getting briar to wet aside from the rain. What do you think the hot water will do? Any other methods besides the pencil which I don't think would do anything here
Organic substances will not, for the most part, dissolve in H2O. But they will dissolve in EtOH. Balsam, resins, saps, sugars, esters, etc. will readily dissolve in EtOH. A possible issue is that some sap/resin/oils leached out over time and are acting as a light glue, holding the tube and stem together with the shank. Maybe. Adding the grain may be enough to dissolve the "glue" enough to loosen its grip. My 2 nos Dublins have a tube and were stuck. Alcohol worked a charm but ymmv and it may be a waste of time. Is there a possible downside to adding the alcohol?