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  1. joshremy

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    I know there are a million answers to any question of personal practice or opinion, but that's exactly what I would like to know.

    How often do you clean your pipes.
    I'm still not very certain on my own schedule. When I started smoking pipes I almost immediately got stricken with pad and had a 7 day rotation very shortly. I was cleaning once a week after reading a cleaning should be done after about 6 or 7 smokes somewhere, but then I realized if I have a different pipe every day of the week, then I was cleaning after every bowl, so of course I stopped and its been a little while since I've done a full cleaning, but even then I'd say I haven't smoked a single pipe more than 7 times since because my collection keeps growing, and my 7 day set has never been the same more than 2 weeks.

    So what do you gentlemen do? How often do you clean your pipes?

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    Whenever it starts to taste sour.

    Its really that simple.

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    I'll smoke a particular pipe throughout the course of a day. I then clean it using a Q-tip to swab out the shank and then run a couple of pipe cleaners through it and put it up to rest while I smoke another.

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    I try and smoke a certain pipe only once in a day, stick a pipe cleaner down the steam to get out any moisture and let it sit till the next time. Do a full on alcohol and salt treatment when it tastes sour or feel like it could use it.

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    I like to run an alcohol soaked pipe cleaner after each smoke then a few dry ones till they come out looking clean. After about a dozen smokes I use a shank brush soaked on alcohol or some bristled cleaners. It might be overkill, but to me a nice clean pipe ensures a sweet smoke.

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    Personally, fter break-in, I let my pipes rest for at least 7 days between smokes, using only a few pipe cleaners after each smoke. After 5-7 smokes, I disassemble and deep clean with alcohol, and do any needed exterior maintenance. I usually batch up a small group to deep clean all together.

    I feel like this is conservative, but it keeps my pipes sweet and dry. Plus, it kind of forces me to use more pipes more frequently.

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    I smoke anywhere from 5-10 bowls per day, runa pipe cleaner through after each smoke or 2 then give it a good cleaning at the end of the day and let it sit for 4-5 days for my rotation. I also pretty much smoke only cobs.

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    Pipe cleaner after each smoke, paper towel to the shank if I'm smoking a Peterson System, paper towel and/or bottle brush to the bowl after each smoke. Shank cleaning with Q-tip at the end of the day. Alcohol to the stem and shank as needed. Rest at least 24 hours. Trim the cake as needed, about every couple months. No more than 3 bowls out of one pipe per day. I have 15 pipes and 2 cobs.

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    I clean mine after every smoke. 1-3 pipe cleaners, scrape gently with dull pipe knife, ream bowl with paper towel.

    Full cleanings about one a week (151 rum, shank brush, pipe cleaners, paper towels, Obsidian Oil, and maybe some mineral oil, some silver polish and/or some of Dave Wolff's vulcanite stem cleaner if needed).

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    Hi, I'm new at this. You actually clean with rum vice alcohol? Sounds interesting.

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    After every smoke I let the pipe rest, once cooled I remove the stem and run alcohol soaked pipe cleaners through it till clean. Then I take a shank brush soaked in alcohol and clean the shank. If the brush doesn't fit, then I use a bristled pipe cleaner that I bend in half.

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    I let my pipes go 10 smokes without an alcohol cleaning. I still ran a dry pipe cleaner through them to collect any excess moisture after every smoke.

    It was pretty gross lol

    I'm an advocate of a small/basic cleaning after every smoke. That way you can do a deep cleaning every 6 months or so.

    Just like the dentist.

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    I use pipe cleaners and wipe out the bowl with a paper towel after every bowl smoked.

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    I use pipe cleaners at night when my day is over. I smell the bowl and stem. If it smells? (bad) I go father in the cleaning. If I don't do a good cleaning, it ruin's the next bowls flavor.

    If I use any alcohol, I let the pipe rest for a week before smoking it again. When I go out for the day, I always have 4 to 5 clean pipes with me in the truck. I change off tobacco's as the day goes on. I enjoy the experience more when I do this. I save the cleaning for when I get home and I'm done smoking my pipes for the day. I enjoy the cleaning as much as I enjoy the smoking. You take care of your stuff, ya know?

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    Probably not as often as I should.

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    +1 mlaug, run pipe cleaners at the end of day till clean. (2-3)

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    There is really a lot of variation. That is one of the great things about the love of pipes. Its always different according to the personality of the one who smokes. We can be as obsessive or relaxed as we want, and aside from actually destroying the pipe in the process there is not really a right way or a wrong way.

    I'm still developing my rhythm. I use a pipe cleaner in the stem and bowl after I've smoked a bowl. And since I probably do not smoke the same pipe but once a week (or less), I'll probably go with a quarterly deep clean.

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    Great posting - I'm just beginning (again) and have two new to me pipes. So this was very helpful.

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    After every single bowl.

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    With pipe cleaners only.

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    I run a pipe cleaner through the stem and then double it over and go around the inside of the bowl with it after every smoke. About every 1 1/2 to 2 months I do a more in-depth cleaning with bourbon whiskey.

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    Hey gang, where can I get a brush for the pipe to clean it? This is all new stuff to me. I probably need to give my Briar a good cleaning now that I'm reading this. I usually run a few cleaners through it and around the bowl after each smoke, and then let it rest for at least 48 hours.

    Any help is much-obliged! Thanks as always!

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    @ bryanharvey =

    This is a five pack, $6. Five shank brushes is a lot; I wash mine with dish detergent and hot water after I'm done with the shank brush and I've been using the same brush for many months.

    http://pipesandcigars.com/wishbr5pa.html#.UgqqYZLOkxE

    E. A. Carey sells them in a two-pack, $2.46.

    http://www.eacarey.com/shankbrushes.html

    These are on eBay, 2 brushes for $4.51 w/free shipping.

    http://www.ebay.com/itm/2-BRIAR-PIPE-CLEANING-BRUSH-Nylon-Shank-Brushes-/220704064751

    4 Noggins sells shank brushes too, $2.29 each.

    http://www.4noggins.com/search.aspx?find=shank+brush

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    Rothnh - THANK YOU! Awesome stuff.

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    I see a lot of people suggesting that they clean with alcohol. I have a few questions:

    1) What type of alcohol?
    2) Do you do this instead of Pipe Sweetener and or addition

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    I clean a pipe after every smoke, when the pipe is cool. I run a pipe cleaner through tipped with Everclear and then run the dry end through. If you keep your pipes clean, 1 pipe cleaner will usually do the trick. I usually leave the inside of the bowl alone (calabash/meerschaum pipes are the exception) unless it is time to ream some cake. I wipe the outside of the pipe with a slightly moistened cloth and wipe the stem with a sanitary wipe. A clean pipe smokes best!

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    It took me about 4 months to get around to cleaning all the pipes, I take them apart use a brush on the shank and a bristle cleaner and sweetener on the stem. I smoke with a cleaner at hand but I only us it to remove a bit of tobacco if a clog happens, after the smoke when the bowl is empty I give a blow into the stem to get rid of any bits then rack the pipe.

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    I've been running a couple of pipe cleaners through after each smoke. When breaking in a new pipe (briar), how vigorously should I be cleaning the bowl after a smoke.? I don't want to interfere with the caking process.

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    To me the chamber is sacred ground, I don't go there except to scrape out a bit of stubborn tobacco.

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    Now keep in mind I smoke cobs almost exclusively, I love the flavor. I run a pipe cleaner we through mine every time I use it until the cleaners come out white. I do a thorough cleaning about every 5-10 bowls, or if I know it's going to be a long time before I smoke that pipe again. I have to say sometimes I clean my pipes just because I love the taste that the alcohol leaves in a blend, especially if I'm going to smoke a weak flavored blend like an Aro.

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    I use 5-6 pipe cleaners after every smoke. Maybe 2-3 times a year I do a "deep" clean with rum, bristle brushes, stem polish and olive oil on the briar.

    ~Slow and steady wins the taste.
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    Great thread. I just started puffin of a pipe almost full time. I maybe have about 3 - 5 bowls a day. I have one Missouri Meerschaum Cob Pipe, and A Brigham Algonquin #263. I run a dry pipe cleaner every second smoke, and a light ream at the end of the day. My Very first pipe was a Medico. I cant remember the model. I made tons of mistakes with that pipe. but that's a different story.

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    A pipe cleaner through the stem and again with the clean end after each bowl. I also fold it in half and swab the inside of the bowl. I do a deeper clean on a biweekly or monthly basis.

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    Pipe cleaner after each smoke, paper towel to the shank if I'm smoking a Peterson System, paper towel and/or bottle brush to the bowl after each smoke. Shank cleaning with Q-tip at the end of the day. Alcohol to the stem and shank as needed. Rest at least 24 hours. Trim the cake as needed, about every couple months.

    From a couple of years ago. Pretty much what I do, except at times, especially after a salt and Everclear soaking, I rinse the bowl and stem with hot water, then paper towel the chamber, pipe cleaner for the stem.

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    I run pipe cleaners through the stem when the pipe is cool, after dumping the loosened ash from the bowl. Then use a folded cleaner to finish clearing the bowl. Dump again. Then lightly blow through the stem, covering the bowl with my palm, to raise the dust. Dump again. Sometimes, I clean the bowl inside further with a paper towel, but rarely. Every week or so, I run an alcohol soaked pipe cleaner through the stem. I've been using Bourbon or Scotch, but may get a dedicated bottle of Bacardi 151 for this. To get Everclear, I'd need to drive to Wisconsin, which is near enough, but Bacardi 151 is probably as good, and is more potent than what I've been using. I don't usually pull the stem and clean the exposed areas. Maybe once a week I do that.

    I need to get some Obsidian Oil with my next tobacco order and pay more attention to the outside of the stems. Now I just rub off the grime when I see or feel it. I don't do anything to the outside of the briar except to clean the rim of the bowl. I rub it with my thumb, and, if needed, a bit of saliva. If there's some scorching and it hasn't come off, then I lightly rub a bit of cold coffee on it and this does the trick. I just now dipped the lip of a pipe in some cold coffee sitting here in my cup, and that cleaned the haze and grime really well, so I'll do that unless someone warns of a bad effect of coffee on Vulcanite, as I've read here of alcohol being bad.

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    I'll typically smoke a bowl once or twice and then it goes onto a rack. After each bowl I run the cleaners through it and swab the bowl. Once the rack is filled (16 pipes, lazy Susan type rack) I will clean them with denatured alcohol by running bristle cleaners through it until they come out nearly white. Since I rarely remove my stems (unless its a military mount) I will give them a heavy cleaning with a shank brush once or twice a year.

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    I smoke no more than 2 bowls daily in any of my pipes. Before one cools, I remove the stem and run a pipecleaner through it. Then I double-over the end of a pipecleaner and swab out the shank (doubling over may not be necessary for you, my pipecleaners are thin). The stem has to go back on immediately while the shank is cooling, and while some advise to wait for it to cool first, I clean hot because it's probably more effective that way. Last, I fold up the remaining clean part of that pipecleaner and dust out the inside of the bowl with it. Once in awhile I'll apply Devil's Springs alchohol for good measure, since I'd just as soon do it often rather than have a sour bowl to deal with.

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    I think that too much is made of cleaning pipes. It's effete and unmanly. There is nothing more beautiful in the known universe than the scent of long unwashed hairy armpits, except for long uncleaned pipes.

    When I'm forced to clean a pipe because there's no room left in the chamber and the airway is completely clogged, I use the following foolproof method:

    First, gather up all of the pipes that one must reluctantly clean and hang them on a clothesline or nail them to a fence. Get out the garden hose with the sprayer set to stun. If your house is equipped with a water pressure regulator leading in from the main, this is a good reason to take a sledgehammer to it.

    Blast the pipes good for about 15 - 20 minutes. Think of it as miniature strip mining.

    Dump the pipes in the washer and set the temperature to hot and the cycle to heavy duty. Use a good lye based soap and add a half cup of sulfuric acid to the soap.

    To speed up the drying process, dump the pipes in the dryer and set the temperature at hot. Dry for about 40 minutes. While your pipes are tumbling around in the dryer, get out your acetylene torch and make sure that you're ready to go once the dryer cycle is complete.

    Line up the pipes on a concrete deck. DO NOT PLACE THEM ON YOUR PORCH OR YOUR LIVING ROOM"S HARDWOOD FLOOR!!

    Ignite the acetylene torch and play the flame over the pipes to remove any excess moisture or stubborn deposits. Sometimes the finish may darken a little after the first ten minutes of this step, but I think that it makes the pipes look better. YMMV.

    It's a simple sane method to keeping your pipes clean (if you really must, but you're probably the kind of pansy that has matching socks and no toe fungus...). Done once every three to four years, it guarantees you three to four years of carefree enjoyment of your pipes.

    There's an alternative method detailed below, but I think you will be found highly suspect if you follow any part of it...

    Sometimes I run a pipe cleaner through the airway between smokes, depending on the nature of the blend that I'm smoking. Some are gunky, others aren't. I'll clean my pipe after a day's use. I want the excess moisture removed from the airway.
    The chamber gets wiped down with bristle pipe cleaners that I've doubled over, and sometimes a bunched paper towel. The shank gets scrubbed out with bristle pipe cleaners until they're clean or near clean. How many depends on the gunkiness of the blend. The mortise gets cleaned out with folded bristles and fluffies. So much evil lurks in stinky mortises. The stem gets alcohol on the inside and spit on the outside. If the stem is going dull, I may occasionally give it a polish with some Simichrome. Other times I'll renew the shine with a coating of Halcyon or Paragon wax. That helps retard oxidation. Spit and a towel takes care of the rim. I never remove the stem while the pipe is still warm.

    Then the pipe goes away for a minimum of a week before being used again.

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    After every smoke I will run a pipe cleaner through the stem and shank and also brush out the bowl with same pipe cleaner folded in half, just to get rid of any ash or small bits of tobacco. When I feel it's needed I will clean the entire pipe with a regular pipe cleaner and bristled pipe cleaner dipped in Jim Beam...Really keeps them fresh and tasting clean...Works well for me.

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    I at the least run a pipe cleaner through it after each smoke. I will generall clean it with alcohol and a qtip once every day or two depending on how much I've been using that particular pipe.

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    I used to be more willing to clean my pipes deeply with bristle pipe cleaners and alcohol; about once a year. Since I resumed smoking over 2.5 years ago, I've avoided the task. One of my benchmarks for cleaning is that cleaner emerge with bits of tars on them, but if they are only customarily being cleaned with fluffies, and if the goo on them indicates only normally soil, I don't even think of cleaning them.

    When I cleaned I typically used between 10-20 bristle cleaners, swabbing with both ends dipped in alcohol.

    I've even read that some feel that removing the goo is bad for taste. But I never noticed this after I did cleanings in the past.

    I may clean but then again probably won't unless my pipes taste sour.

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    Sable, I honestly don't know whether to do the first half of your dissertation or the second half. Obviously the first half has a wonderful char on the next pipeful...

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    So it's been about a year since I posted to this thread and two years since I've begun smoking pipe. I"ve done a little research, and have even contacted pipe makers. My routine is:

    I have one pipe cleaner and a small piece of paper towel at my ashtray that I use when I"m done smoking. I run the cleaner through the stem (including the medico filter if the pipe is filtered.) I then take the paper towel, wad it up and twist it into the bowl. I picked up this tip from one of the guys on this forum. I then set the pipe in the rack. I do this after each smoke.

    On the first Sunday of the month, I break down my 9 pipes, throw out the filters, and clean out the bowls and stems with rubbing alcohol. Make sure to get the bottles stating 90% alcohol. I run a bristle pipe cleaner through the stem and shank, and paper towels in the bowl. Both the pipe clean and the towel are wet with the alcohol. I then take a dry standard pipe cleaner and dry towel to remove the moisture of the cleaner and let then sit for a day before smoking them.

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    whenever the pipes tell me they need to be cleaned.

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    I've even read that some feel that removing the goo is bad for taste.

    Goo bad.

    Remove goo.

    Taste good.

    That's why it's called goo.

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    This has all been extremely helpful, many thanks from a relative newb.

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    Harold-

    On the weekly cleaning, after the alcohol treatment, you can run warm to hot water through the bowl out the stem, then dry with paper towel and pipe cleaner. Some will howl at this, but it works well in my household. Gets rid of any of the additives to the alcohol, as well as sundry deposits of tars, nicotines, whatever.

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    JPMCWJR - thanks for the tip. I must admit, I'm one of those that "howled' at the thought of running water through the pipe. If I get the nerve to do so, I'll report back.

    Do you do this in both briar and corn cobs??

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    I deliberately delayed what was once about an every 3 month ritual of doing my "deep cleaning" as many have described above just to see how far I could take things until I started noticing a difference in my smoking experience. Because I've always been a bit anal about it a "sour" pipe has never really touched my lips at least not one out of my regular rotation. It's been somewhere in the neighborhood of 7 months now with approximately 25 pipes that get smoked in a somewhat orderly rotation.
    I have started to notice in the last couple weeks that things were starting to taste "off", especially my EMP which is my everyday smoke. It's not any kind of real sourness but there's a remarkable difference in what I'm used to tasting with my favorite blends. I took one pipe, a LaRocca billiard that smokes great (until recently) and just gave it a quick swab with the OTC pipe sweet juice, (I have not neglected bowl care btw) and loaded her up for a morning smoke. The funny thing is it smoked great! Just like it should had I been not purposely neglecting it.
    I intend to start working on the pile in the morning with a boat load of cleaners, Everclear and such but it was a good experiment for me and now I know exactly how a pipe tastes when it's in need of a good, thorough cleaning. I'll also mention that I ALWAYS run a cleaner or two through my pipes after each smoke and make sure they dry properly, bowls get a swipe with a hand made bristle cleaner apparatus that keeps just a thin, smooth and crater free carbon layer intact.

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    Even if you clean the bowl, residue collects in the mortise, and that is the cause of much of the fouling that affects the flavor of the smoke. I always clean out the mortise at the end of a days use.

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    Yeah, the fouling is pretty gross although one thing is very apparent. The better the precision on the mortise/tenon fit, the less accumulation of goo or gunk but the fact that I did at least run cleaners through after each bowl didn't really affect the draft hole as far as excessive accumulation goes. Yes, they're dirty but I'm glad I did this little test and it's changing the way I maintain my briar. I'm attracted to the method Jesse follows and starting today, it'll be the SOP I follow.
    Edit: Not the garden hose method he listed above, lol, but rather the regimine I've seen posted in the past.

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    Pretty much what I do, except at times, especially after a salt and Everclear soaking, I rinse the bowl and stem with hot water, then paper towel the chamber, pipe cleaner for the stem.While I have not used hot water to date to do a final cleanse, I believe it might have some very positive results.

    Jpmcwjr, I think you are on to something.

    I clean my pipes on an old painted desk top and frequently there are spills from residues leaking out of the pipes or dirty q-tips that roll or fall short of the paper and rags. Especially when cleaning estates.

    The point is: it is amazing how much easier water removes the old dried nicotine stains on the table than alcohols. I use Everclear for general cleaning and bole sweetening (also sweeten with bourbon sometimes)rubbing alcohol in high strength for retorts. Neither of these removes the goop on the painted table top like plain water. A hot water rinse may be just the thing for a final step when doing a deep clean. I am going to give it a shot.

    Thanks, Jpmcwjr!

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    Hope it works well for you!

    And, no, I've not used any H20 on cobs- but I haven't smoked my one cob in a long time. I think cobs would absorb water, not what one wants.

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    7 bowls? I would not let any of my pipes go for more than 2. I prefer to run my pipecleaners through them while still hot (you do need to be careful removing the stem, but when cleaning hot you can remove more filthy moisture with a dry pipe cleaner before it dries to form gunk). I always remove the stems for cleaning, so that the pipecleaner can travel in one direction only, and then I can turn it around and clean the shank with the clean end. If you do this while pipe is hot, do not leave the stem out for longer than it takes to do your business with the pipecleaner, and then replace it (with care) immediately. Because I have smoked through and cleaned transparent acrylic stems, I have had the experience of pushing the pipecleaner one way, then back out, only to see how much black gunk gets returned to button-level that way - it has even caused the airway to be blocked! This was some time ago, and it may have been before I started cleaning while pipe is hot (I don't seem to have that problem now when I need to go in and back out through a stem to remove hot, gurgling moisture, mid-bowl). Now I suppose that if you get into bristle brushes and alcohol treatments, then perhaps you can get away with going all week between cleanings, but to keep spirits in the house and not drink them can be tough for some people.

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    Because I have smoked through and cleaned transparent acrylic stems, I have had the experience of pushing the pipecleaner one way, then back out, only to see how much black gunk gets returned to button-level that way - 

    Thanks for this!

    Regarding cleaning with spirits, I never have any in the house. Also, the one guy I've talked to at a b&m who knows his stuff recommended deniclean, which I have not heard mentioned on the forums.

    I'm curious what everyone's take on it is?

    It's this stuff deniclean

    I've never ordered it online and just now noticed the do not drink warning in all caps. Lol

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    Stickframer: I'm not certain what deniclean is but 90% rubbing alcohol works fine. If you can find the 92 or 95% that's even better.

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    I used to do monthly cleaning on 10 or 15 of my collection but now I'm trying something different

    At the end of the day I am taking a bristle cleaner with everclear and cleaning the pipe (s) mortise and bowl, shank included followed by fluffy to try t keep them constantly clean as opposed to waiting for them to foul.

    It may not take the place of the full bristle brush routine but I'm going to give this a try.

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    his stuff recommended deniclean, which I have not heard mentioned on the forums.

    stickfarmer: I have five bottles of that deniclean liquid and used to clean my pipes twice a week using it. I don't know what it contains, there is no ingredients list on it.

    Must contain some sort of alcohol because it's sanitizing the pipe; no color, no smell, no taste (yes, I've tried ), that's why I'm using it.

    Sorry for my poor English. Keep in mind, that you can't speak Hungarian...
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  59. jiminks

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    I clean my pipes before I smoke them again. I only salt and alcohol when needed, which isn't that often. Sometimes, I dip a pipe cleaner in Vodka (Everclear isn't sold in North Carolina), and clean the shank.

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    Thanks janosh. My bottle is entirely in German.

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    I used to clean my pipes every 6-12 months. It was a lot of work. I've read that some feel that cleaning them, removing the buildup of tar and other gunk, actually decreases flavor. I don't know, and when I did clean them, I noticed no change. I don't know about a change in flavor, but what I do know is that it's a lot of work. Therefore, until such time as the flavor in my pipes goes south, I think I'll continue smoking those nasty, dirty pipes, dirty,

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    After every smoke.

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    Wow, this thread has been going on for years! Do some cleaning after each and every bowl. I scoop out the ash and dottle, wipe out the bowl with a paper towel/napkin/tissue, pipecleaner the airway, and polish the whole pipe down briar to stem. That much at least to let the pipe dry and be ready for the next smoke. More thorough cleaning can be done to your own specifications. When you have many pipes -- dozens, scores -- it's easy to let it slide, removing the stems and really cleaning up the pipes, but if you do the regular maintenance, knowing when to do more is easier to tell. There are some real experts here on maintenance and renovation who really keep up with cleaning, so listen to them. But that's my day-to-day. I'm of the minority school that doesn't build cake, just maintaining a thin carbon layer, and this makes upkeep easier too. I just don't find cake an enhancement to smoking.

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