I was looking around at pipes, and noticed the Savinelli "Dry System" pipes look and sound an awful lot like Peterson "system" pipes.
Does anyone know if there is a difference other than name-brand? Is the Savinelli system just a clone of the Peterson?
Peterson passes smoke through a hollow chamber where moisture condenses and is trapped. Savinelli passes smoke around a replaceable balsa wood "filter" that absorbs moisture.
I have no experience with brand S but they seem well thought of. Brand P works well for me.
I currently have four Petersons (including one meerschaum and three briars) and two Savinelli briars in my collection. Both systems offer equally fine smokes in my opinion. I have never used the balsa insert with the Savs preferring to keep it as simple as possible. In my experience, the dryness of the smoking experience on any given day has more to do with the moisture content of a chosen tobacco than with the design of the pipe.
I have a Savinelli #621 with a balsa filter. Specifically, I was curious about these:
They appear to be more than just the balsa filter found in their other pipes, but I'm having a very hard time finding out any REAL info on them.
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I just found the link below. Seems like they are Peterson "system" clones with a balsa filter thrown in for good measure.