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How To Rid Ghosts From A Meer?

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  1. ace57

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    I have a old Meer that has spooks, I just can't seem to get the old taste out.
    HELP is needed.

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  2. bootlegbonvivant

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    What have you tried doing so far?

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  3. ace57

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    I cleaned the stem with alcohol and smoked it alot but at the end of the smoke it still smells and tastes old.

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  4. baronsamedi

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    I'd carefully ream out any cake then make a plug for the bowl out of a paper towel. You can use a medicine dropper to soak it with alcohol. Let it soak for a few minutes then use dry towels to soak up the excess. Let it dry then smoke a mild aro like 1-Q, cleaning with alcohol after for the next few times. Sometimes that works.

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  5. ace57

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    So it's ok to put alcohol in a Meer?

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  6. bootlegbonvivant

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    Yes, it's ok, but in small doses. Meerschaum, from what I've read will break down with too much alcohol.

    Baron's method should work quite well. After every smoke, just swab some alcohol on the inside.

    Edit: I would NOT soak it in alcohol.

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  7. ace57

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    OK thank You, I will try that.

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  8. nmbigfoot02

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    Ace, I had the same problem with a meer that I got this last Christmas. I smoked out the ghost with PA, left it alone for a week. When I came back, the ghost was back as well. I found out it was being caused by the case that came with it. If you're storing it in the case when not in use, you might try letting it air out a bit or just not using the case. Hope that helps.

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    Ooo, didn't even think about that, but yeah, those cases can get nasty! I have all of my meers in my pipe cabinet in pipe stands. I'd much rather let them air out and be seen that stuffed in some case.

    Posted 2 years ago #
  10. thesmokindragon

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    I have found that after a good cleaning all around that some serious
    Burley blends will chase those ghosts away I like Solani Aged Burley flake
    or H&H Classic burley kake always seems to do the job for me

    Posted 2 years ago #
  11. ace57

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    Thanks all, but I have no case I just keep it in a pipe rack.

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  12. baronsamedi

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    Yes. I would not leave the alcohol soaked paper towel in for more than a couple of minutes. As I mentioned, I put dry towels in after to get the excess.

    Posted 2 years ago #
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    I dont know if anyone has used them yet, but I keep suggesting this; http://www.walkerbriarworks.com/html/ozone.html
    I've never done business with Walker Briarworks, but they have a great reputation.
    I have my own ozone generator, and NOTHING will get rid of ghosts like this process.
    You could buy an Ozone generator for a couple hundred $'s, or have Walker do it for $5.
    Hands down, the best option out there!

    Posted 2 years ago #
  14. batdemon

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    Lonestar, I have never heard of this Ozone treatment before. Being as you have a generator and are familiar with it, could you post a little bit more on the procedure? Thanks

    Posted 2 years ago #
  15. lonestar

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    When I do the process here, I just seperate the stems from the bowls, stick them in a box and put the end of the ozone generator through a hole in the side of it.
    Leave it to run for a couple days, and thats it.
    The most horrible 50 year old gunked up funked up pipe comes out smelling like a fresh spring day.
    I just use it on pipes I'm restoring myself. Cant hardly compete with Walkers low price and I'd feel terrible if something happened to someones pipes they sent me.
    Bottom line, it absolutely does a better job then alcohol, salt or any other treatment out there. It eliminates ANY odor/taste/smell from a pipe.

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    Forgot to add it has worked perfectly for me on Briar, Meerschaum and even old Cobs that have spent years in a musty attic.

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