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  • Started 1 year ago by rotschefeller
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  1. rotschefeller

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    Does it take you to get the job done?

    I'm talking routine, not thorough cleaning.

    Takes me 1 and a half, most of the time.

    Edit: Corrected the capitalization in title, L.

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    If you ask Harris, quite a few! LOL

    For me, each pipe takes two, sometimes three -- so about the same as you.

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  3. philobeddoe

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    I use three for every bowlful.

    "So it goes." - K.V.
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    Two for me!

    After that, no more gunk or crud comes off without getting into more than routine cleaning.

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    2-4 depending on the pipe and tobacco.

    Eagles may soar, but weasels don't get sucked into jet engines.
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    On average two during and after I smoke one bowl. Rarely more.

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    Two.

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    1 to 2 for me depending on the pipe.

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    So far 2.

    A smile will always keep them guessing.
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    2 for me

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    one

    If at first you don't succeed, have another bowl.
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  12. mikephillips

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    I guess I save a fortune on pipe cleaners, I probably run one through a pipe after 4 to 6 smokes....odd thing is, my pipes never gurgle or sour or even have any off-taste. I tend to smoke my tobacco pretty dry, though, I'd guess that has summat to do with it.

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  13. numbersix

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    I use 3 or 4 on my favorite pipes, 2-3 on pipes I don't smoke as often. IMHO, using more dries it better and helps speed along the resting period.

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    2 to 3 for me...

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    2-3

    I have a weak spot for Billard-, Canadian-, Liverpol- and Poker-style pipes from Comoy and Dunhill...
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  16. yadan

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    For my cobs and briars - two.
    For my Falcons - one for the stem, and a couple of tissues or some toilet paper for the humidome.

    "I'm always easy to please since I'm always satisfied with the very best." - Oscar Wilde
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    Which-ever one that pulls out looking clean says you are done.

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  18. coalsmoke

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    One or two plus a cotton swab-out of the shank does the trick.

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    Smoking a pipe is true relaxation...everything else is too much like work.
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    I always run a pipe cleaner through a pipe when I finish smoking and leave it there until the next time. Then I run another clean one through. Suits me fine.

    Blowin' smoke since 1970.
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    5-7 for me. I want my pipe to be as clean as possible between deep cleanings. Here is the method to my madness.
    I take the pipe apart, grab the bowl and take one fluffy cleaner, double it and then run it around the bowl a few times, evening the cake. I then blow through the pipe getting any loose tobacco and ash. I then take a bristle cleaner, double it and run it back and forth through the shank. I will do that again with another fresh bristle and a third time if needed. I then take a bristle and double it and then double it again and stuff it into the shank to clean out the mortise. I than take a bristle and run it through the stem, and then take a fluffy and run that through the stem. The fluffy gets out more moisture where the bristle gets the tar and any tobacco. I have found that it keeps my pipes very clean and can make the time between deep cleanings longer. I will usually do a deep cleaning after 10 bowls or so. Pipe cleaners are cheap so I do not mind using a bunch to keep my pipes as clean as possible.

    Harris
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  21. allan

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    I've talked to Harris and have tried to use 800 pipe cleaners to clean a pipe, but I found out that the store ran out of pipe cleaners! LOL

    I find that 3 to 4 is really the most I can use.

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  22. rondyr

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    I use three per pipe after I finish smoking. Run it through, run another through, then I bend it into a U shape and swipe around the inside of the bowl. Then I stick one in and let it sit in there for a couple of hours while the pipe is resting.

    I'm so awesome, I make myself jealous of myself.
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    I use 2-3 during the smoke, including 1 at the end.

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  24. kris

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    Harris, what the heck do on a deep clean then???

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    I was gonna say his normal clean sounds like my deep clean

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    Harris, what the heck do on a deep clean then???

    I believe there is another link on here where Harris demonstrates how he uses his laboratory centrifuge and his pressure washer to perform a deep clean on a pipe.

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  27. captainbob

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    I use one pipe cleaner after every smoke without exception. And, I rotate pipes. My pipes are dedicated specifically to specific blends. I do not leave a pipe cleaner in the pipe. I prefer to let it air dry on the rack. I never have to do a "deep clean". I do always use a dull pipe knife to ream the bowl after every smoke. Then, from time to time, I use the Ream and Clean pipe tool to remove excess acrbon from the bowl.
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    I use 3, how does it take you 1.5 rot, do you cut the other end off the cleaner and store half the pipe cleaner for later???

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    I don't go so far as to clip the dirty tip off a used PC, though I am known to be cheap, frugal and very obsessive about wasting not. In fact, I use the old PCs as fire starters for barbeque - throws off a great aroma. I'm a minority, on a different track than all the posters here, since I average maybe 3 cleanings per PC. I re-use pre-used PCs on the first swab, usually into the shank where things are tarrier. I also fold over the used PCs with dirty tips, twice in fact - that gives me more circumference to work with inside the mortise. Then I run clean (or at least cleaner) PCs through till one comes out more or less clean. I set each PC on a tray in order of use, and have 5 or 6 going. Estates, which I don't run through a retort, chew up a lot of PC usage, especially the first dozen bowls.

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  30. swhipple

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    I usually use 2 for routine cleaning. I've been trying to get my tobacco drier so my pipes have been cleaner after a bowl.

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  31. rotschefeller

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    Eric, that's exactly what I do!

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    Kris, my sons do my deep cleanings for me and they do comment that the pipe is never really dirty, but I like using Everclear after about 10 bowls to keep it fresh tasting. They use a shank brush and PC's and then polish my pipes. I do any reaming that is necessary, I have not taught them how to do that.

    I know I may be a bit obsessive but my pipes have never once gone sour and I never taste anything off putting. I do get dirt off of each cleaner so it is there. I like my pipes to be as clean as possible so my tobacco tastes as good as possible.

    Peck, that was funny.

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    3 pipe cleaners + a nylon brush + three paper towels + 3-4 Q-tips for each of my pipes

    i take my cleaning seriously


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    I use A Pipe Cleaner during my smoke to keep things dry so when its time to break one down I need one Bristle and one fluffy.

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    I use one pipe cleaner and a q-tip, but I have cheap pipes, when I get expensive ones I will use as many as it takes to make it perfect for the next smoke. I get them from china for next to nothing so it doesn't really matter.

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    A pipe cleaner as needed during smoking. After the pipe cools I dump the ash and dottle, double that used cleaner and swab out the bowl then run two fresh ones down the stem. Every 4-5 bowls I break the pipe down and swab it out with a cleaner soaked in rum.Never had a sour smoke yet.

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