How many of you guys have burned out a cob? It's never happened to me, and I've been smoking cobs as long as I've been smoking pipes. Was sitting with an almost new MM this evening, filled with brown irish twist, having as pleasant a smoke as you could imagine, just sitting in my chair with a drink watching Vegas and started getting the very slight corn/chestnut aroma you'll get with a new-ish cob and didn't think anything about it, just enjoying it. But the smell kept getting stronger this time, instead of weakening and when I looked at my cob it had a blackened spot on the outside where it was burning through.
Now I do sometimes smoke a little fast and hot, but wasn't this time, and after taking a closer look at the cob itself, there are a number of vacant spots on the outside where the kernels sat that are pretty deep, and it appears one of these spots is where it burned out.
So how many of you guys have had this happen? Like I said, never had a MM burn out before, and I've probably owne 50 or more of them over the years. I can't really complain, considering they're under $3, but it makes me wonder if I ought not to be a bit more careful when I'm picking 'em, rather than just grab a handful and head to the register.