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Is there another altewrnitive to alcohol for cleaning pipes?

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  1. seanz

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    Being a reformed pisshead. I am not too keen on cleaning with alcohol. is there anything else? also the meds i take react badly to alcohol and am a bit nervous about any getting in to my system via the pipe. any help would be much appreciated..

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    Pipe cleaners and saliva. One member says he uses isopropyl alcohol from drug store with no ill effects on the briar.

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    There are specified pipe cleaners/sweeteners that you might be able to find online.

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    Bee Pipe Sweetener or Master Clean only use about 35% alcohol in there pipe cleaning solutions, this is very minimal in my opinion, these are what I have always used and do a fine job of cleaning and sweetening my pipes.

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    I have one from Castleford and Brebbia makes one as well, though, admittedly I don't know their alcohol content. The Castleford doesn't smell too alcoholy. Hope this helps:

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    If you pipe is in poor condition and in need of a deep cleaning, you could always go to a trusted pipe shop and have them work on your pipe. I am getting an estate in the mail soon and I plan to take it in to get refurbished (Iwan Ries in Chicago). Although, I understand that is not sometimes an option. I normally use rye or bourbon, so I can not really give other suggestions.

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    I use Everclear and it completely evaporates within minutes, I don't detect any alcohol in the pipes after cleaning. I have also used the drugstore alcohol, the 91% with good results.

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    I think he don't want the temptation of booze around the house. So Bee pipe sweetener is the ticket.

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    I think he don't want the temptation of booze around the house. So Bee pipe sweetener is the ticket

    Its cheap to buy as well...like $2.00 for a small bottle, and it lasts for a fairly long time.

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    You could also pick up some methanol, also known as carbinol, methyl alcohol, wood alcohol, wood naphtha or wood spirits, at the hardware store. Make sure it's 100% pure with no other distillates or petrochemicals in it. Should not be a temptation to drink at all, and more than sufficient to clean even the toughest pipes--in fact, beware its solvent properties especially around the finish.

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  11. romeowood

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    You can also use regular water for a steam retort. The process with alcohol is described below, just substitute water for alcohol, repeat the process a few more times, and allow for at least a week or two for the wood to return to relative condition. Also, it requires the retort apparatus, which so many have been asking about that I'm considering ordering the components and making some for the members here.

    It's super easy (but slightly dangerous). It consists of a 50ml lab glass beaker with a rubber hose attached to it, which you FIRMLY affix to the end of your stem. Plug the bowl with a cotton ball. I use a test tube clamp to hold it over the alcohol lamp. The alcohol boils, the vaporized alcohol shoots into the pipe, cools instantly, then shoots back into the flask carrying all the crud and oil with it. 3-4 times and you're done. If the pipe has a cake that was too hard & thick for reaming, this will render it easy to remove; then retort once more and you have a pipe that's as fresh as the day it was made. The trickiest part is making sure that the seal is tight, as boiling alcohol vapor explodes. Thus, I have no eyebrows, but I consider them vestigial anyway.

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  12. seanz

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    Cheers guys i dont mind having pure alchol around as that stuff is hot!! Trust me i know I have seen those steam thingys on our local trading site so it might be an option. as for professional pipe repairs, I don't think there is one down in my neck of the woods, (New Zealand). but will look into it.

    Posted 8 years ago #

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