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bailey331

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Jan 24, 2012
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Im a new pipe smoker. My wife gave me a Czech made briar pipe for an aniversory present last month. When I removed the stem from the shank there was a small metal bit that fell out. Im not sure what this thing is and why I need it. One friend told me to toss it. Another said it must be there for a reason, but a google search came up with nothing. My only gripe is that it prevents a pipecleaner from reaching the bowl without first removing the little piece. Any help would be awesome.

 

smokinggun

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Dec 31, 2011
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If it is what I think it is, it's for moisture and in my opinion you should just toss it.

 

olderthandirt

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Jun 26, 2011
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Pacific Northwest USA
Pics always help, your description makes it sound as though it may be as smokinggun mentions, a condenser.

Generally referred to as a stinger they are intended to prevent ash from moving through the stem or as a place for moisture to collect from the airstream.
If in fact this is what you have there, try a few bowls with and without the stinger. Judge for yourself which delivers the better smoke for ya.

While most pipes I have that came with one smoke fine with or without em', I've a couple of Grabows that smoke better with the stinger in place.

 

dukdalf

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Aug 24, 2011
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The metal 'thing' is there to have a cooling effect on the smoke traveling from your bowl to your lips. Most pipesmokers toss it immediately, some think it's a wonderful invention. Just try with and without and decide for yourself.

 

jchaplick

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May 8, 2011
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Personally i dont like them, and if they just come out like your saying yours does, I toss it. If I have to cut, break, bend, or snap it off, I usually keep it, for historical accuracy I guess. Not sure why I cant bring myself to just cut them off. Either way, if I just can take it off or out, in the garbage it goes...

 

bailey331

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Jan 24, 2012
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Well that tells me alot. I have smoked this pipe with and without the stingerin it and all in all I couldnt tell a huge differance. Im leaning towards tossing it out as I want to be able to use a pipe cleaner when the need comes up. Thanks for the input.