Pipe Stem Glued in Stummel

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mau1

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Jan 5, 2018
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Yes, I know, it sounds crazy but I have come across a pipe that had it's stem glued in the the stummel. And it's a nice Peterson meerschaum ( I can hear the Peterson quality control jokes coming now). My question is, can this be rectified? I believe the glue was your basic old-style glue, as I was able to remove a bit with my fingernail; not the super glue variety. Is there a way to heat the pipe enough to loosen the glue without damaging the pipe? They did a thorough job of it; I can't draw breath through the stem.
Thanks

 

cortezattic

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Nov 19, 2009
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Chicago, IL
Even if you get the stem out, you'll probably need professional attention.
RIC at Briarville has probably seen it all. Despite the name, he does meerschaum too. Give him a call or email.

https://briarville.com/get-started/

 

mso489

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Feb 21, 2013
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I don't want to think about the thought processes there. It would wake me up at 3 a.m. Good luck getting it repaired.

 

jpmcwjr

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May 12, 2015
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No, I was totally unaware that it was a meer. WTF? Are you one that thinks meer disintegrates in water?
It really depends on the type of glue- or gunk- as to whether heat or water will be the better solvent. I'd try water first. YMMV.

 

mau1

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Jan 5, 2018
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Canada
I tried the water; didn't see the last 2 posts. I hung the pipe in a jar with the water up to where the stem entered the stummel. I was finally able to get the stem out. The tenon was missing and replaced by a wooden dowel, then inserted into the stummel and glued together. That kind of blew me away.