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Bare Wood Chambers on Brand New Pipes

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  • Started 4 months ago by Olkofri
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  1. olkofri

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    Well, just had my second session with my no longer brand new churchwarden. I've a bit of an issue, though.

    The christening was with Capstan Yellow ready rubbed, and I could taste a bit of the grassiness of the VAs. I fired the second bowl to-day with Blockade Runner, and... man, all I could taste was burnt wood. How long till the chamber gets primed and I can start tasting the actual tobacco? This experience is making me want to avoid uncoated chambers from now on.

    Not the sweet, new grass with flowers is this harvesting of mine;
    Not the upland clover bloom...
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    Really? I have broken in a couple of Chacoms with no inside coating, and they both tasted fine from first puff. No issues at all.

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    I have artisan pipes with no coating and the first couple of bowls were a bit "woody".

    Try some Prince Albert, since it cakes at near record speed.

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  4. olkofri

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    Won't an OTC ghost the pipe? I had intended this pipe to be dedicated to VA/VaPer blends. It is my understanding that VA/VaPers have a very subtle taste profile and can be easily overshadowed by stuff like latakia or aros.

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    Yeah, it varies per pipe. I have a commissioned pipe that took forever to get past the new briar stage. It was worth the wait, though so give it some time. Like Ash said, change tobacco's.

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    Honestly, I've ended up removing the coatings in my pipes that had it. I'd rather pop in some Carter Hall and let it slowly build that carbon layer. Not sure I've ever heard of something like CH ghosting a pipe, but if it did, you could always run PA through it to cleanse it a bit.

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    Have no access to either OTC. What's in Lane's department that matches them? My local B&M carries bulk Lane's blends.

    In my 'cellar' I've HGL, MV-1000, and... well, I have to ask which is the actual number for what the local shop sells as 'Commodore'. I've also BCA.

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    Won't an OTC ghost the pipe?

    Ghosting is blown out of proportion. Most ghosts can be cleared out with one or two smokes. Even a Lakeland can be killed with a lat bomb. If you had a good experience with Capstan in the pipe, finish breaking it in with that.

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    I like to use Carter Hall for break in, Briar Fox is another good one but pretty much any straight Burley will work just fine. I would stay away from the heavily topped aro’s.

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    I also think ghosting is overrated. A light aro won't ruin your pipe. Even mild virginias will eliminate the ghost after a few bowls. I haven't had a lakeland blend yet, so I don't know about those. Lat ghosts are stubborn and for my palate unpleasant, so I try to avoid those, but a light aro ghost like vanilla or liquorice is no problem.

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    Gotcha. Thanks, mates!

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    Don’t stress olkofri. Keep smoking slow and build some carbon

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    I started to avoid coated bowls, you never know what's hiding under there. Plus, I like the new briar flavor, & I've found some coatings to taste weird. If I get a pipe with a coating, I wipe it out with alcohol.

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    Hate the coating in new pipes. Bought a new Peterson K Briar the coating covered a poor drill into the chamber. Coating come of exposing it, thankfully carbon has covered the area.
    All the pipes I have had that were coated tasted bad for 3 or 4 smokes.
    Much prefer a bare wood chamber.

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    I like to break in with Virginia blends. I think you can tell more about how neutral the pipe smokes with that genre than any other. And a Virginia won't ghost the pipe. Perhaps you're smoking a bit hot but it isn't totally unusual to taste a bit of wood on a new pipe.

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    Yeah, I have a fast cadence. It doesn't help either that my Kiribi's flint died and the large flame of the Bic tends to char the rim (cobs) or the inner edge of the rim (this particular pipe). I'll just keep at it with Capstan, I guess.

    I don't mind pre-carbs/coatings, as long as they're not an exaggeration like the one applied to the Nording Compass I recently got: man, it took like 60 swabbings with vodka for the Q-tip to come out grey instead of black!

    Maybe I'll follow the pipe maker's (MacQueen) advice and apply some honey to the chamber. Not keen on coatings of my own, but maybe.

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    Ah,a MacQueen. Is it briar? A lot of their pipes are hardwood and more likely to taste burned. Take it slow.

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    I ageee with Embers. Smoke what you want in it and scare those ghosts away.

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    Ah,a MacQueen. Is it briar? A lot of their pipes are hardwood and more likely to taste burned. Take it slow.

    Yup, Crash; it is that one, the one with the 'pits'.

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    I've never met a bowl coating that didn't taste far more disgusting than bare wood. As far as the Lane question, try Lane Limited Ready-Rubbed. It is pretty spot-on as an old-school burley OTC. I love the stuff almost as much as Prince Albert.

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    Most of my new pipes have come coated, but I have always given extra points for an uncoated chamber on a new pipe, and I've never had any problems, smoked 'em gently and carbonized them just fine. I think ardent puffers who smoke a pipe hot have the most to worry about and might do more to spare the briar. But generally, the uncoated bowl is kind of classy and can work out just fine. Sip, sip.

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    I ain't afraid of no ghosts!

    Coffee grounds and alcohol will get rid of them in my experience. As for bowl coatings, I only have experience with dip staining, and that is NOT nice.

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    I have been breaking in my new pipes with a Va, Vaper or Vabur flake for a number of years now. For me they build a nice hard cake very quickly. All of the naked bowls I have broken in will give a wood type flavor towards the bottom of the bowl, never from the get go.

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    I prefer a bare bowl personally. I like the sweet briar taste I get from the first couple of bowls. It seems it doesn't matter what the recipe is for a bowl coating, I can taste it, and I don't like it. Hence I rarely buy a pipe with a pre-coat. Each to their own I suppose.

    I know what I need, smoke, I can't recall the last time I tasted it....Gandalf in the mines of Moria.

    "we shall have to share pipes, as good friends must at a pinch'....'I keep a treasure or two near my skin, as precious as rings to me. Here's one: my old wooden pipe. And here's another an unused one...He held up a small pipe with a wide flattened bowl, and handed it to Gimli. 'Does that settle the score between us', said Merry. 'Most noble hobbit, it leaves me deep in your debt."
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