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mawnansmiff

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It has been a part of my pipe maintenance routine to ream my regularly used pipes every ten days or so by using my British Buttner reamer which does a great job.
Last week I had just reamed one of my Blakemar Briars bent bulldogs and noticed there was still a considerable layer of carbon in the bowl so I dug out my heavy duty adjustable reamer (not used since my pipe refurbishing days) and went to work. I was amazed at how much carbon dust was made by just a few turns.....so I carried on pretty much back to bare wood.
The results were quite surprising. I filled up with McClelland's #2015 and lit up. The flavours were so much more noticeable than they had been of late. I have since done this to all my regular pipes with the same results.
Something worth considering if you think your pipe isn't giving you its best performance.
Regards,
Jay.

 

mikethompson

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Jun 26, 2016
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I thought this was going to be a horror story of reaming a beloved pipe to the point where the walls were saved thin.
This is why I don't let a lot of cake build up in my pipes.

 

aldecaker

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Feb 13, 2015
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I think cake is pretty over-rated in most cases. If your pipe smokes crappy or has a bad taste without it, then by all means, cake may well help. In most cases, though, I think cake just tends to hold the nasties and make the pipe taste ashy. Mom, you ever get that not-so-fresh feeling, you know, in your bowl?

 

dottiewarden

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Mar 25, 2014
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Not having all the fancy tools, I just scrape down cake with a pocket knife. Naturally I'm careful not to damage the briar.

 

mawnansmiff

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"I need to make a poster of this quote and put it in my office."
Very good Neal, but don't blame me for any face slaps you might incur by so doing :nana:
Regards,
Jay.

 

stbruno70

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Jul 9, 2013
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Jay,
So true. Clean 'em and ream 'em.
After a thorough cleaning, it is amazing how many nuances from the baccy emerge.

 

mikethompson

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Jun 26, 2016
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I remember when I thought 'getting reamed out' was getting yelled at by your boss. Then I discovered pipe smoking.

 

mso489

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Feb 21, 2013
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I'm one of the folks who doesn't build cake. I scoop out the ash and then wipe out the bowl with a fairly stiff paper towel or napkin. It keeps the carbon layer very thin but sufficient. This maintains the flavor profile on blends and also maintains the diameter of the bowl and eliminates the need for a reamer and any damage or excess wear from reaming. In over forty years of pipe smoking, this has worked for me, and apparently for others. I've never owned a reamer.

 

mawnansmiff

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Oct 14, 2015
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Sunny Cornwall, UK.
"Julian?"
Sorry Workman, I pressed the wrong button on my recently adjusted Kindle Fire. Julian is my 'proper' name, Jay is what I am known by.
Simple really :puffy:



"...and any damage or excess wear from reaming."

MSO, in all of the hundreds of pipes I have reamed, I have yet to shave off any briar from the bowl. Easily done with careless use of a sharp knife but highly unlikely in using a reamer properly.
Regards,
JAY.

 

workman

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Jan 5, 2018
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Allright. I didn't know that. My name is Janus, by the way. Recently, some of my most smoked pipes have built up some cake. I'm not sure if it makes them better or worse. I'm going to try a good ream. With a knife, mind you.

 

sparrowhawk

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Jul 24, 2013
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I find a Swiss knife effective for informal reaming.Btw, M, glad to hear you have a kindle Fire. I dislike Google taking over the tablet world.