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klause

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Jul 9, 2012
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Big and chalky:

To big and Beautiful:

Very small and chalky:

Perfection comes in small packages:

Both have orific stems, and are in perfect condition.

 

agnosticpipe

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Nov 3, 2013
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Very nice!! I really like these older meers, and the more I look at pipes like yours and condor's, the more I feel I'm going to have to find one for myself! Geez, just one more thing to worry about.... :mrgreen:

 

klause

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Jul 9, 2012
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Simon, I used a barely damp cloth to clean them, then beeswaxed the bejesus out of 'em.

 

klause

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Jul 9, 2012
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Gents, thanks for the comments - I appreciate it.
Weezell, I placed them bowl down on two match sticks on top of my wood burning stove, to heat through for 45 minutes or so. Then I removed them and carefully rub 'em all over with a block of wax, which is literally sucked up - the colour changes immediately. Then I put them back on the stove.
This was repeated over the course of an evening until they could no longer absorb wax, at which point I removed them from the heat and let 'em cool. Once cool to the touch, I carefully buffed them to a shine with a Terry-Towelling cloth.
I rest 'em on matchsticks so they don't come into direct contact with the roasting metal - the stove must be at full tilt to get them to heat through thoroughly.
It's a great way to spend an evening.

 

owen

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Klause does this have any effect on the taste or smoking characteristics?

Owen

 

klause

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Owen, apologies for not getting back to you on this.
It doesn't affect the taste or smoking characteristics at all, as far as I can tell. But, it does enhance the pleasure and enjoyment of the smoke, in that, I feel good knowing that the meer is well maintained, and looks beautiful. It's easier on the eye, and feels so much nicer in the hand.
As you know, there's lots of factors that enhance the pleasure of smoke - pipe satisfaction, in terms of aesthetics and tactility, plays a not inconsiderable role in my smoking pleasure. But, I've always found a good sturdy plough-horse more appealing to my sensibilities than a thoroughbred racehorse, though I do admire the latter.
So, Wax on!

 

uberam3rica

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Sep 7, 2011
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Capac, Michigan
My old meer could use some love. It looks great already, but I feel like it could look better. It needs a good internal cleaning too. The chamber has a bit of cake in it, and the stem could use a cleaning.