Cold Weather Pipe Smoking
I have long known myself to be very prone to catching a cold after smoking in cold weather, but that hasn't stopped me of late of enjoying a few bowls here and there. My last bowl was some slightly dried and well rubbed G&H Chocolate Flake in a well rested Canadian, but I found that I was producing a large amount of moisture in the bottom of my bowl. It was about 5 degrees F at the time. Has anyone else experienced this? Have you ever had issues with moisture in your stem damaging your pipe in cold conditions?
I left a half finished pipe in my truck overnight not that long ago, and it got down to -22C. Forgot about it until the next day. No harm done though. I think if you filled it with water and left it to freeze you would damage it. But a small amount of moisture has plenty of room to expand if it freezes - which it wont while you're smoking it. Just don't forget about it in your truck like I did, and use a pipe cleaner when you're done.
I have noticed a lot more condensation and gurgle smoking in the cold months. This occurs for me even going from the warm temp of the house out to the shop, or to my truck. I have left pipes out in my truck on occasion in freezing weather, and so far nothing bad has happened.......but.... I can't help but think it's a recipe for future bad things to happen. I think the temp swings would one day lead to cracking. With this in mind if I left my pipe in the cold I try to warm my pipe some before lighting to minimize the temp spike.
"The pipe draws wisdom from the lips of the philosopher, and shuts up the mouth of the foolish; it generates a style of conversation, contemplative, thoughtful, benevolent, and unaffected..."
-William Makepeace Thackeray, from The Social Pipe
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