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Box Pipes Aren't So Bad...

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  1. abram35

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    Confession: one of my favorite pipes is a box pipe. $35 and it smokes and travels as well as my name brand pipes. Anyone else have a good experience with box pipes?

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  2. smokeybear

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    My first pipe was a Medico Varsity about 30$ and it's a great smoker its in my rotation always.


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    But The Clam After, Is What You Must Master, In Order For Life To Last.
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    one of my docs is in the pipe pouch on my desk beside me right now.

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  4. brdavidson

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    Probably my favourite smoker at the moment was a basket pipe from my local B&M. Smokes like a dream!

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    My first pipe, many years ago, was free, a Willard, wrapped to two boxes of Carter Hall. Still smokes sweet 40+ years later.

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  6. mikephillips

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    Box? No. Basket? Youbetcha. I've had dozens of basket pipes over the years, some for as little as $5.99 up to about $20 or so. I've had a few stinkers, that were probably cut from poorly aged/cured briar, but most were excellent pipes because I carefully picked them, rather than just grabbing a shape I liked. If you know what to look for you can pick a pretty good pipe from a basket.

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  7. undermidnight

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    My first pipe was a basket pipe and it still smokes very well. I was given a Zulu basket pipe and it is always in the rotation.

    Jason

    "The cosmos is also within us. We're made of star-stuff. We are a way for the cosmos to know itself." - Carl Sagan
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  8. timely

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    basket pipes can be a hidden treasure when it comes to the " good smoker " cat. I have a few that I bought off of Ebay for under $10.00 and they smoke like a champ.

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  9. cortezattic

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    Many memorable smokes from a Medico squat bulldog. No such luck with a beautiful Kaywoodie.
    But I started collecting Preben Holm and some other Danish handmade pipes and never looked back.
    I keep threatening to buy some Carey and Grabow pipes, but somehow I end up blowing all my dough
    on higher grade pipes. I admit though, that name recognition has a lot to do with my choices.
    Those humble everyman pipes have much to commend them.

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    as if I could kill time without injuring eternity. -- Thoreau
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    My first pipe was a Medico Varsity about 30$ and it's a great smoker its in my rotation always.

    I also own a Medico Varsity, one of my first two pipes. It is old and has sentimental value. It still smokes great and I save it for aromatics. It is my favorite camping/fishing pipe.

    “Apples for walking, and a pipe for sitting.”
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  11. pstlpkr

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    I have three "basket" pipes that I picked up about 30 years ago.
    I repurposed them into churchwardens when I first got them.
    One of the three is smoked almost daily.
    I have no complaints, they have been and remain valued and loyal friends.


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  12. undecagon

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    I have a $15 basket pipe from Iwan Ries and the thing is excellent every time. A few other cheap ones I have tend to be the ones I grab when I go on fishing or camping trips and don't really use otherwise...Luck of the draw sometimes!

    "I said NO camels, that's FIVE camels...can't you count?!"
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    I have two basket pipes and they are both good smokers. I leave them in my travel bag so if they get lost or damaged I'm not out one of my nicer pipes.

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  14. olewaylon

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    Lawrence, where did you get those stems? also, what do you have to do to fit them properly?

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    I have a Doc Grabow that I love and my Mr. Brog's are awesome

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    If you know what to look for you can pick a pretty good pipe from a basket.

    My two briars are basket pipes. One of them is a great smoker, no complaints. My churchwarden gets really hot, and smokes a bit wet. Although I suspect that may be partially my fault.

    Anyways, I have had my eyes on others there since they are all under $50. Could you educate a newbie on what to look for to help ensure a good pipe? Any tips would be greatly appreciated.

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  17. rockrat

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    Ok...dumb question time guys... I know what a "basket" pipe is, but what is a "box" pipe? Does it mean the same thing essentially? Sorry!

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    I know what a "basket" pipe is, but what is a "box" pipe? Does it mean the same thing essentially?

    Kindasorta.

    I'm thinking a "box" pipe is the pipes you see when the "smoke shop" clerk points to them and says "they're over there, those are the only pipes we have." You know, they're up on a peg board, in hard plastic see-thru boxes -- Dr. Grabow's, Medico, Yello-bowl and recently, other brands no one is familiar with made overseas.

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    Ah...thanks rothnh...I really like when I see those type of displays...the cards on a wall, with pipes on them.. Reminds me of by-gone days.....not really that long ago actually...

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    Lawrence, where did you get those stems? also, what do you have to do to fit them properly?

    Welcome aboard Olewaylon.
    I just asked Skip (the proprietor of The Briary) to have the churchwarden stems put on them.
    I told him make them as long as they could and bend to look good.
    $8 or $10 dollars for the pipe, about $20 to have a stem fitted.
    I'm not sure who he uses, but he has done a great job on everything I needed work on over these many years.

    I'm sure some of the Members here can offer suggestions for the stems.

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  21. hfearly

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    What? I'd SO MUCH love to have some of my pipes re-stemmed to Churchwardens! Where can I find Skip?

    Suffering from a serious case of "EPARD", also known as the Estate Pipe Acquisition and Restoration Disorder.
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  22. olewaylon

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    Thanks Lawrence. Yeah ive seen you post those basket wardens before, they look great.

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