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Cleaning Estate Pipes

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  • Started 2 years ago by loki993
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    Ok, I got the estate pipe off of ebay and its in really nice shape. Not a ton of cake so doesn't look like it was smoked very heavily. Here is the thing though, I'm trying to clean it and dirt just keeps coming out of it. Pipe cleaner after pipe cleaner and q-tip after q-tip. Doesn't seem to be getting much better either. Is there any trick it is or is it really going to take a whole box of q-tips to clean this thing.

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    Where is the "dirt" coming from? The shank, stem or bowl?.. Sometimes it will take a lot of cleaning if the previous owner never routinely cleaned their pipe... I use a shank brush dipped in alcohol to clean my shanks and stems, prior to using pipe cleaners and q-tips... Just be careful not to take off the finish with the excess alcohol..

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    The shank and the stem. I do have a shank brush but even that just keeps coming out dirty. Its a filter pipe too so I think maybe that why its so nasty in there.

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    Try the bristle pipe cleaners, if they are Dill's they're in a red package. Are you dipping them in alcohol?

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    I have some of them, but I havent used a ton of them. Yes I am. Its almost like the woods leeching old tobacco or somthing

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    Very possible, if it was heavily smoked, especially with wet tobaccos, the wood could be inundated with juice.

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    Filter pipes,especially if they are smoked without the filter can get really nasty if not maintained. I smoke mostly filter pipes and have gathered a few "specialty tools" for cleaning nasty estates. Once they are thoroughly cleaned all you need is a few Q-tips and a couple of pipe cleaners. I modified a set of cheap clay carving tools to use a scrapers to get out the heavy crud and then the brushes,finishing up with Q-tips and PC's. None of the scraping tools have edges sharp enough to damage the briar.

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    Nice set up, where did you get the bigger brushes? I have the shank brush on the bottom but sometimes I think its a little too small and a wider one would get more crud off.

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    The bigger ones look almost like brushes for cleaning out test tubes.. Might look at science supply sites....

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    yeah maybe, because the problem I had when I was looking for them was I would only either find the small ones or ones that were way too big for like cleaning pipes, like the plumbing kind, not the smoking kind lol and stuff.

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    Maybe try some new nylon gun cleaning brushes, found almost anyplace easily.

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    A 22 caliber bore brush is good on larger pipes. The old cajun

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    Yup, I use .17, .22, & .223. Some of the shotgun brushes are good for bowls, too.

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    Are there any bacteria or virus that can actually remain a problem on an estate pipe? The only "germ"
    I know of that can live for long periods outside the body is TB. Supposedly, those little devils can lie
    dormant in dust between tiles or other similar places. Is this even a consideration, or only for the
    germophobic? Just a curiosity, not much of a concern, so far as I know.

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    Alcohol like isopropanol or Ever Clear should kill all bacteria, fungi & viruses. I wouldn't worry about germs from estates. But while we're on the subject, I use retorts. There is nothing so efficient as boiling alcohol in cleaning a pipe. I also use various nylon brushes between retorts while the pipe is still hot. DonDont be surprised at having to use many dozens of Q-tips in the cleaning process. I take the whole thing down to bare wood.

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    Give it the salt and alcohol treatment then a good cleaning

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    A couple of those brushes look suspiciously like brass instrument mouthpiece brushes to me. If you want it clean a bit faster, a retort works well but you have to watch the stem material as some stem types do not retort well.

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    ejames, thanks for the pictures of your tools. I just happened across this thread looking up retort info. I've gone through boxes of q-tips trying to clear out the grunge. This really helps.

    "Work as if you were to live a hundred years. Pray as if you were to die tomorrow."
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