Pipes Magazine » Pipe Repair and Maintenance

Search Forums  
   
Tags:   

Gurgling noise in my pipe?

(22 posts)
  • Started 7 years ago by waznyf
  • Latest reply from puffinbudgie
  1. waznyf

    waznyf

    Preferred Member
    Joined: Apr 2012
    Posts: 758

    offline

    Login to Send PM

    Hey fellow pipe smokers,

    I have noticed many times now while I'm smoking that there is a gurgle that ocurs when I get about halfway through the bowl and it always annoys me.
    Every time I take a drag on the pipe I hear the sound of water moving around near the end of the stem or bowl.
    Now I know that the tobacco gets wet near the bottom as you get closer to finishing your bowl, but after each time I dump the bowl out it seems as if it shouldn't have been that wet with all of the tobacco that was still left.
    Am I depositing moisture into the pipe, is my tobacco too moist, or might it be something else?
    Hoping someone can help me solve this issue as it takes away from the pleasure of my smoke.

    "The path of the righteous man is beset on all sides by the iniquities of the selfish and the tyranny of evil men. Blessed is he who, in the name of charity and good will, shepherds the weak through the valley of darkness, for he is truly his brother's keeper and the finder of lost children. And I will strike down upon thee with great vengeance and furious anger those who attempt to poison and destroy my brothers. And you will know I am The Lord when I lay my vengeance upon you."
    Posted 7 years ago #
  2. frennchy11

    frennchy11

    Preferred Member
    Joined: Dec 2011
    Posts: 523

    offline

    Login to Send PM

    Drying it a bit more helps but if it does grurgle, just stick a pipe cleaner in and it should soak up the moisture and you can continue smoking like normal

    Posted 7 years ago #
  3. cortezattic

    Cortez

    A part of the problem since he ...
    Joined: Nov 2009
    Posts: 14,547

    offline

    Login to Send PM

    Many folks mistakenly believe that they're actually drooling into the stem. It's really the result of condensation as the warm, moisture-laden smoke stream passes into the relatively cooler shank and stem. The operative word here is "relatively", in that the dew point of the smoke stream changes with various conditions. Frennchy's got it!

    Also consider reading this post by Lawrence, it may also be a source of the problem.

    I find myself sitting idly on the line dividing past and future,
    as if I could kill time without injuring eternity. -- Thoreau
    Posted 7 years ago #
  4. wonky

    wonky

    New Member
    Joined: Nov 2011
    Posts: 18

    offline

    Login to Send PM

    Alternatively if you don't want to reach for a pipe cleaner, you can either
    1) cover the bowl and swing the pipe in a downward fashion forcing the moisture from the stem back into the bowl
    or
    2)gently blow into the pipe stem, coercing the moisture back into the bowl. My experience has been that both of these scenarios may increase relights.

    “In art, religion, and politics the respect must be mutual, no matter how violent the disagreement.”
    ― Vincent Price
    Posted 7 years ago #
  5. tslex

    tslex

    Preferred Member
    Joined: Jun 2011
    Posts: 1,529

    offline

    Login to Send PM

    A note to add that even "dry" tobacco has a lot of moisture and may result in a gurgle.

    Two factors contribute most to this:

    First, smoking technique. All other things being equal, "pushing" the pipe by smoking too fast is more likely to create a hotter chamber and result in more condensation in the stem than smoking slower.

    Second, pipe geometry. Pipes with lesser construction may not have an airway that is as clear or free of turbulence as others. This may allow the airflow to cool too rapidly, making that pipe more likely to generate condensation. I once bought a basket pipe that gurgled like a $10 whore. There nothing that improved the situation and I eventually disposed of the pipe. Also, some pipe designs may result in more rapid cooling than others and contribute more to condensation. (I have a theory -- unproven -- that some "system" pipes actually generate more condensate because of the design of the air passage. So, yeah, they have some place for the liquid to go -- but cause more in the first place.)

    Posted 7 years ago #
  6. kyletheaviator

    kyletheaviator

    Member
    Joined: Apr 2012
    Posts: 197

    offline

    Login to Send PM

    Just grab a pipe cleaner and run it down once in a while. It's a quick fix and it's pretty much effort free.

    Posted 7 years ago #
  7. bailey331

    bailey331

    Member
    Joined: Jan 2012
    Posts: 198

    offline

    Login to Send PM

    I too stick a pipe cleaner down the stem to thee bowl and leave it there for a minute to soak up the juices. then your good to go.

    Posted 7 years ago #
  8. tslex

    tslex

    Preferred Member
    Joined: Jun 2011
    Posts: 1,529

    offline

    Login to Send PM

    Lots of ways to deal with the gurgle, but I'd say that if you are consistently getting that problem, it bears addressing in advance.

    As I said, the most likely culprit, especially with new pipe smokers, is technique -- pushing too fast can make just about any pipe gurgle. Gurgling is also a diagnostic for other pipe problems you may not realize you are having: Gurgling often comes from smoking too fast -- smoking too fast heats the pipe and tobacco too much -- bad for the pipe, bad for the taste of tobacco, bad for your tongue, etc.

    If you are only experiencing the problem in one pipe, it may well be the airflow in that particular pipe. And, of course, some tobaccos can have a higher moisture content to contribute to the problem. But this factor really figures in a lot less than you might think.

    Posted 7 years ago #
  9. waznyf

    waznyf

    Preferred Member
    Joined: Apr 2012
    Posts: 758

    offline

    Login to Send PM

    Thanks everyone!
    I'll slow my smoking down, let the tobacco dry more and if it still gurgles I'll assume it's the pipe throw a pipe cleaner down it.

    Posted 7 years ago #
  10. rlunderhill

    rlunderhill

    Senior Member
    Joined: Jan 2012
    Posts: 431

    offline

    Login to Send PM

    If you have to puff a lot, your pack in the bowl is to loose. Tamp the tobacco down a little more and sip it easy.
    That makes the bowl full last a little longer to. As far as the moisture goes, that largely depends on the humidity of the day as well. Many factor's cause moisture to condensate in the stems. If you have a day where the humidity is over 70%, your going to get moisture in the stems. Moisture in, moisture out.
    I've smoked the same pipe in an extremely dry environment and had no condensation at all. Then I go outside and now it's there. It's nothing anyone can fix.
    I just unscrew the stem,if you have a Jobey pipe, blow out the moisture then screw the stem back on a couple threads.I'll have to unscrew it again anyways, so I just screw it back 3 threads.The thread design is fabulous. Jobey is my favorite pipe. Just because of design alone.Someone used their head on that one. Being a retired Machinist, I appreciate little things like threads, because that's what I would do If I made the pipe. Push on stem's are really a losey design for the most part. It's cheap to make. No effort on that end of the pipe.

    Posted 7 years ago #
  11. baronsamedi

    baronsamedi

    Black House Whore
    Joined: May 2011
    Posts: 5,994

    offline

    Login to Send PM

    As much as I love my big Meer, it is drilled off-center and tends to gurgle. It also has a big bowl so more chance of condensation. The pipe cleaner trick works every time.

    Proud Member of the Blackblood Society Photobucket
    Posted 7 years ago #
  12. ruraldean

    ruraldean

    Junior Member
    Joined: Apr 2012
    Posts: 93

    offline

    Login to Send PM

    I have nothing to add so I won't bother posting.

    Posted 7 years ago #
  13. cajunguy

    Cajunguy

    Preferred Member
    Joined: Jan 2012
    Posts: 796

    offline

    Login to Send PM

    I have nothing to add so I won't bother posting.

    This is awesome.

    On a side note, I was at a party once and the person to whom I was speaking heard my pipe gurgle. She asked what it was. I told her the pipe was really a bong. She believed me.

    "It's like, how much more black could this be? and the answer is none. None more black." - Nigel Tufnel, Spinal Tap
    Posted 7 years ago #
  14. cortezattic

    Cortez

    A part of the problem since he ...
    Joined: Nov 2009
    Posts: 14,547

    offline

    Login to Send PM

    rlunderhill sez

    I appreciate little things like threads, because that's what I would do If I made the pipe.
    Push on stem's are really a losey design for the most part.

    The downsides are that over time (1) we careless types tend to over tighten threads, and (2) the wood threads wear and lose their original, crisp fit.

    Posted 7 years ago #
  15. baronsamedi

    baronsamedi

    Black House Whore
    Joined: May 2011
    Posts: 5,994

    offline

    Login to Send PM

    You know you're a pipe smoker when the doctor says, "Your heart is fine, but your Stummel has a murmur."

    Posted 7 years ago #
  16. bentmike

    bentmike

    Preferred Member
    Joined: Jan 2012
    Posts: 2,539

    offline

    Login to Send PM

    "Your heart is fine, but your Stummel has a murmur."

    Nice one baron.

    I still get a gurgle now and then. Usually only if I'm going at it too fast on a cooler day. My Pete Systems don't gurgle at all but they will trap some moisture.

    Posted 7 years ago #
  17. baronsamedi

    baronsamedi

    Black House Whore
    Joined: May 2011
    Posts: 5,994

    offline

    Login to Send PM

    I got a gurgle this morning. It was a new (to me) pipe and I think I folded when I shoulda rubbed. Kind of like that ond Kenny Rogers song.

    Posted 7 years ago #
  18. martiniman

    martiniman

    Preferred Member
    Joined: Apr 2012
    Posts: 943

    offline

    Login to Send PM

    [quote]I think I folded when I shoulda rubbed. Kind of like that ond Kenny Rogers song

    Posted 7 years ago #
  19. cigrmaster

    cigrmaster

    Preferred Member
    Joined: May 2012
    Posts: 13,663

    offline

    Login to Send PM

    I don't go anywhere without a pack of Dill's pipe cleaners. I live in constant 75-90 percent humidity most of the year down here in Florida so no matter how much I dry out my tobacco, I will usually have to soak up excess moisture once or twice a bowl. Now when I smoke indoors, I do not have any problems.

    Harris
    Posted 7 years ago #
  20. taerin

    Eric

    Preferred Member
    Joined: May 2012
    Posts: 1,927

    offline

    Login to Send PM

    I go with pipes that have large airways in them like corn cobs, clay pipes, Peterson System pipes. None of these gurgle. My one pipe that does, I do use pipe cleaners on it. Straight stemmed pipes also seem to have more problems with this (only if the airway is not big).

    "The fear of death follows from the fear of life. A man who lives fully is prepared to die at any time."
    Mark Twain
    Posted 7 years ago #
  21. will

    will

    Member
    Joined: Jul 2012
    Posts: 103

    offline

    Login to Send PM

    I have been smoking a pipe daily for over 3 months now and today is the first time that I have experienced gurgle.
    It really surprised me cause I expected something like this to happen much earlier in my piping career.
    The culprit was an old Custombilt semi-bent bulldog type loaded with some pretty moist Dunhill Flake.
    Normally I smoke one bowl in a pipe and then rest it at least a day but this was the second bowl today out of this pipe.
    I guess all these little things added up to a good bit of moisture buildup.
    A pipe cleaner did the trick and got rid of the gunk.
    This does give me a new found respect for resting my pipes.
    I am sure this would of happened sooner if I smoked aromatics more often but I only smoke them maybe once a week.

    Posted 6 years ago #
  22. puffinbudgie

    puffinbudgie

    New Member
    Joined: Aug 2012
    Posts: 9

    offline

    Login to Send PM

    Smoke slower, draw with less intensity, and, if that's not enough, run a pipe cleaner down there one or two times. That ought to do it.

    Posted 6 years ago #

Reply

You must log in to post.

 

 

    Back To Top  | Back to Forum Home Page

   Members Online Now
   ebnash, tbradsim1, oldgeezersmoker, cossackjack, jaytex969, cshubhra, georged, nhhiggy