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  1. juozapas

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    How are clay pipes?
    Are they nice to smoke?
    What are the pros/cons?
    Any homemade clay pipe makers...??

    "If light travels faster than sound, is this why some people appear bright until you hear them speak?"
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  2. unclearthur

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    I love clay pipes! They smoke very well on the pro side. On the con side. DO NOT touch the bowl while smoking. The outside tends to be very warm.

    If at first you don't succeed you are running about average.
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  3. fred

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    Clay Pipes can provide an enjoyable smoke when seasoned. The initial 'earthy'
    taste can be avoided by either placing the Pipe in the fire or baking it @ 500 deg F
    for 20 min in an oven, or doing the same on a barbecue grill. The small knob on
    the bottom of a Churchwarden bowl allows the Pipe to be rested on a table or chair
    back, without starting a fire. The bowl gets hot enough to make you a candidate for
    a skin graft, so the longer stems are more popular, as the smoke get a chance to
    cool down more. They can be cleaned by placing them in the fire, which will burn
    everything out of the Clay and return it to the white color it was before it was
    smoked. I know some blenders that employ Clay Pipes in their trade, as the Clay
    will give a true tobacco taste.

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  4. juozapas

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    Excellent info...thanks everybody !!

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    I have a clay that I enjoy very much. Never a bad smoke. But they do heat-up, so be careful.

    I find myself sitting idly on the line dividing past and future,
    as if I could kill time without injuring eternity. -- Thoreau
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    Thanks for the info, cortezattic! I was contemplating another PAD purchase of a clay, and now I'll have to try it!

    Thanks again, and I'm sure my wallet thanks you for helping it lose weight as well.

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  7. strongirish

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    To give an opposing viewpoint, I find clays to be very hot smokers and bite the heck out of my tongue. The get hot, they are brittle and break easily. There is a very good reson that people switched from clays to briars.

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    Just picked up one for $10.00 and really love smoke'in it. It fits an entire flake in the bowl/good-to-go...here is some interesting info on clays http://goudapipes.nl/

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    i have been tossing the idea of trying to make my own clay and about the long pipes i smoke a clay nose warmer and love it.

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    I have a clay, but don't smoke it very often. It is just too small. I tried to find a maker that produced larger clay pipes a couple years ago, and thought I had found one out of England, but when contacted, I was informed that they no longer produced clay pipes, and didn't think they would do so again any time soon.

    I think that it wouldn't be too difficult for some manufacturer that already makes them, to create a mold of a more hand filling size, with maybe thicker walls. I'm sure they would sell. But so far, I don't think anyone one has. At least from what I see available.

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    Dawn makes some really nice clays...think'in of getting one of these two, and mouth tip is glazed
    #1

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    Have a couple clays I smoke once in a while and like. The daughter gave me a clay for Birthday 2 weeks back and I haven't tried it yet. It has an Irish theme and was made in Ireland at some historic old clay pipe town. I was saving it for a St Pats day smoke.

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    I have got recently an English Civil war style of clay pipe. The problem is it is difficult to 'pack' it as the bowl is less than 12mm plus the tamper tool is too big to even go in. I have problems when it comes to smoking the thing too. Everytime I light it the smoke lasts for less than a minute and then keeps going out. I have no problems with my two Briars which smoke with only a few relights but the whole clay thing is putting me off. Should I get a larger clay so I can pack & tamp it properly? Any suggestions? Cheers

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    I would suggest if looking for a cool/dry everyday smoker in a larger-style pipe...get a meer

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    @7thearl: my clay's bowl also has a depth of that size, but I only need 2 matches to smoke it all the way to the bottom. Actually, in my opinion, clays should be easier to smoke all the way to bottom with less matches than briar because since it gets really hot, it actually functions as a furnace to keep the tobacco burning. I think you should somehow focus on your first light, so the tobacco can start burning evenly and well from the beginning.

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    This is what I hear but I must be doing something wrong or it could be the clay pipe itself. I thought that the tobacco was too moist but after drying it still goes out. very odd.

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    My clay, which I got for $10. And also has a very small bowl lights and
    smokes like a dream on any cut-style bacci, could be the pipe

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  18. 7thearl

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    well I intend to get a few clays from Dawnmist however I will have to wait till at least mid Feb as that is the earliest they are firing. Then I will let you know if is the pipe or not.

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    i got a 4.5-5" clay from P&C with my last baccy order and couldnt wait to try it. I just hate it, used it maybe 5 times an put it away for good. burns for few puffs and goes out, just a tiny little thing but i figured it should be better than that. Most ppl like em alot so i dont know if i got a bad one or what. Dry baccy, wet baccy doesnt seem to matter.

    If at first you don't succeed, have another bowl.
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    Yeah exactly same thing with me. I heard that the clay has to be good quality and mine was from Ebay. This is why I will get mine from Dawnmist as the clay is superb and smokes really well even without the glazed end.

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    Interesting stuff. I do not own a clay pipe and had never really considered it but them being as cheap as they are I would not be against trying one, Shit the thing costs less than a pack of smokes of which I buy 7 a week.........

    My question would be this.

    To clean it you put it in fire.

    Would having the glazed mouth piece effect the ability to throw it in the fire.

    I would assume not and in that case it would be the way to go.....

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    mine is good quality, like i said got it from P&C , coated mouthpiece, face on bowl cost 21.00. just smokes like crap.

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    Ah. Well at 21$ I will pass on it. On the 8$ one might try something like that out just for shits and giggles.

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    im thinkin of re- boring it even at the risk of damaging it.

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    How's the channel look with a flashlight shining through the bowl portion?

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    The airway is quite large on mine and nothing is blocking it.
    The first time I used it it was pretty good the 2nd just as good but now ... epic failure. May need to get get it re fired and start again.

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    How are clay pipes?
    Clay pipes a lovely, they don't ghost, they're fairly cheap and give a nice flavourful smoke. the draw is smooth and they dont really need time to rest. They give you the full, unaltered flavour of the tobacco and they're just as good as a cob.

    Are they nice to smoke?
    As I said above, they are wonderful to smoke, the draw is smooth, and you get the unaltered flavour of the tobacco, no ghosting at all.

    What are the pros/cons?
    -Smooth Draw
    -No Ghosting
    -Pure Flavour of the Tobacco

    cons:
    -easy to break
    -clenchers may find they strange to smoke

    Any homemade clay pipe makers...??
    Not me

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    Managed to have an ok smoke but kept huffing and puffing in order to keep the smoke lit.
    Should be relxing but this is not so.

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    Managed to have an ok smoke but kept huffing and puffing in order to keep the smoke lit.
    Should be relxing but this is not so.

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  30. thesmokindragon

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    Has anyone smoked any of these clays yet? http://www.irishshop.com/clay-pipe.html

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    nope, prob not likely to either, thats a pretty hefty price for a 5" clay

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    I agree, that is why I asked

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    i may be tempted later this year on that pipe there was a old thread i read about the diffrent types of clay used for pipes and my Wally Franks at 4 inches is my favorite pipe it seams to have thicker walls than my german made cutty

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    Maybe it's because of the historical/cultural importance of the clay pipe. Nevertheless, it's a pretty pipe, but I'm gonna buy a clay from Penn Valley or Dawn Mist

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    U r right about tradition and cost, think I will pickup one for both smoking qualities and traditions to salute
    my Irish brothers

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    PAD beast call'in

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    i had a clay for years that came from wilsons of sharrow, the thing was great when it was lit, but keeping it that way sometimes took some work. i found it one day in two pieces and still don't know how it got that way. they are so delicate i have no idea how it made it from the u.k. to my house in ohio .

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    PAD beast call'in

    i am a likin that one notice the thicker walls on the bowl

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    mmm so far clay pipe is hit & miss with certain types of tobacco. Mellow Virginia is a no go since it keeps going out. However English blends do well & rum & plum is about satisfactory. Needless to say I am definitly going to get a bigger clay pipe as my English Civil war style pipe is too small for a good smoke.

    Dawnmist here I come .. when she is ready to fire.

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    mmm so far clay pipe is hit & miss with certain types of tobacco. Mellow Virginia is a no go since it keeps going out. However English blends do well & rum & plum is about satisfactory. Needless to say I am definitly going to get a bigger clay pipe as my English Civil war style pipe is too small for a good smoke.

    Dawnmist here I come .. when she is ready to fire.

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    Here's an interesting article about clays, unfortunately Stephen Bray appears to have closed shop. I have one and got some for friends, they were quite nice pipes.

    "Lady Bracknell: ...Do you smoke?
    Ernest: Well, yes I must admit I smoke.
    Lady Bracknell: I am glad to hear it. A man should always have an occupation of some kind."
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    great read thanks for the link shame they are no longer open

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    I just got one of those traditional Irish clay pipes in, nice thick/heavy bowl
    on her, but I notice the draw isn't as full as the clay I got from Penn Valley (which for $10.)
    is becoming my favorite to smoke in the AM with coffee or trying new bacci and getting the
    pure flavors is fantastic

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    Over here, in The Netherlands, the clay pipe has a long tradition. Most famous is the so called Goudse Lakpunt:

    Although there are a few Dutch pipesmokers who still enjoy a clay on a regular basis, they're mostly used in pipe smoking contests as seen in the picture: who can keep 3 grams of tobacco lit for the longest time. You get two matches, for the one and only attempt you have to light up. The tobacco used is called 'baai', a very fine cut. This type of tobacco is consired to be the best choice for these long clays, which still tend to smoke very hot.

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    i really want too try a clay pipe.. i like the coloring aspect of them, and the fact they are good for trying new tobacs, so i have read.... i may order one from p&c on my next order.

    take care all.

    mike lyvers.

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    clays offer a good smoke i have a couple a trick a "old timer" told me and it works wrap some hemp twine around the stem up by the bowl so you dont burn your fingers

    When the going gets weird, the weird turn pro.
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    i'm surprised that no one has mentioned the lepeltier(sp?) clay pipes. certainly non-traditional in looks. appears they have briar-sized bowls. but how do they smoke?? any experiences with them??

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    check these pipes... I got two from Dawnmist the Tudor and the Alderman

    Clay pipe collection
    Clay pipe

    Clay Pipe

    Tudor

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    Well I have to say the large Alderman clay pipe smokes an absolute treat even with Mellow Virginia which was a struggle in the old clay.

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    Below is my clay... and it is a great smoke!!

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    which one is this?

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    I have never owned or smoked a clay, but just had to give it a try. I'm fixin' to fire up
    my new 18" Tavern Pipe... Thought I'd go for all the gusto and try it with Peterson's
    Irish Flake... I haven't been this excited about a new pipe in quit a while.

    Steve 'Top' Downey
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    Light her up! Let us know how she stacks up to your extensive Meer experiences.

    "I was born to lose. So I'll die to win." -Breaking Benjamin
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    I bought this clay years ago at a small gift shop in St. Augustine, FL. Enjoyed many smokes with it but as mentioned it does get hot. It's great for first time smokes of an untried blend. It's no surprise to me to hear that blenders use them for sampling their work.


    Generally clays have pretty small bowls. Mine is ok for a 30-40 minute smoke.

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    Have you cleaned it via hot coals of a fire or over a gas stove yet? lol

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    Yeah it could probably use a cleaning but I like the patina it's got so I just smoke it and put it down. I wipe the bowl out so it doesn't start to form a cake but that's about it.

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    Enjoyed my first clay experience... didn't smoke as hot as I expected at all.
    Just a pleasant smoke.

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    On a side note, watch the use of those clay pipes don't want to end up like this chap! wowza!

    -damnyak AKA Double-Goofy.
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    I mean look how cylinder it is. incredible, if you google search "clay pipe skull" Tons of pictures!

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    I'm buying one right now off of Penn Valley. actually a pair... the way i see it, they are so cheap and such a huge part of the pipe smokers heritage, we don't have a choice! I think I am going to have to buy some Walter Raleigh original though to have out of it since he should be credited as well! One clay for me, another for visitors, so then end can be broken off like they did in old taverns

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    I posted elsewhere on here as I have 'pipe notches' from years of smoking clays! Make sure you buy the ones with the red/yellow/green tips made by Pollocks otherwise you will wind up with lip cancer.

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