Kirsten Pipe shop in Seattle
Just a note to let you know that Kirsten Pipes is still in business Kirsten Pipe Home Page however their home page is currently a dead end as they try to deal with the Washington State laws. If you want to order something, Google for "Kirsten Pipes Seattle" and click one of the links such as "contact us" or "Retail Stores". After that you can navigate as usual. I talked with Stacy this morning and she hopes to have a new web page up soon. BTW, they have no new Kirsten pipes at all, just parts. It seems to me that they're not making them any more.
Disclaimer - I'm a satisfied customer, not an employee.
Wow, that sucks. Good luck to them.
I thought they were no longer able to send their pipes. I hadn't heard they weren't making them at all anymore.
Of all tyrannies, a tyranny sincerely exercised for the good of its victims may be the most oppressive. It would be better to live under robber barons than under omnipotent moral busybodies. The robber baron's cruelty may sometimes sleep, his cupidity may at some point be satiated; but those who torment us for our own good will torment us without end for they do so with the approval of their own conscience.
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Brewshooter, I couldn't get them to admit on the phone that they're not making them, but when I visited in person last August both stores said there's an indefinitely holdup on machining and no idea when or if production would resume. They both also said they didn't have enough parts to build a pipe.
First I had heard they were going out of business. I had trouble getting them on the phone, but when I did I was assured that they were not going out of business.
I was told though, that they were having some delay getting some parts (stems, I think) and they would not have any new pipes to sell until late January or possibly February.
Then chandlerjr reported IN THIS POST that they were having troubles with both the banks and the postal service because they sell "tobacco products". Washington is a very tobacco unfriendly state.
It's difficult to know exactly what's going on, but I hope they get their problems worked out and continue making and selling pipes. I have only heard good things about Kirten's pipes and I would like to get one.
Philip, I have a Kirsten somewhere in the basement - embarrassing to admit, but I've a box of maybe a dozen pipes that I put away 20 years ago due to asthma. I didn't think I'd ever be able to smoke again. Now I seem to be fine and have been back smoking for the last 4-5 years - this year I've gotten the bug again and have another dozen new pipes, plus a couple of heirlooms I kept out.....but I can't find the old box!!! I mention this to explain that I've a Kirsten somewhere in there -- but I just got one on eBay that is quite good -- needs new seals, and that sparked my call to Stacy who is sure she has some somewhere and will send them! I hope they DO keep building - I like the pipes!
I have a Kirsten from 1940 it's still on the job and looks good. It's befor they used o-rings so I never need them.
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I bought a Kirsten Pipe from them earlyer this year. It's my rough duty pipe they are almost impossible to break.
Hey, old thread here, but thought I'd update it with the latest information on Kirsten. I was in Seattle last week, National Homewbrew Conference, and wandered up to their downtown/Westlake store. I spoke to the genteleman there and he said they still wanted to keep offering the pipes, but they ran out of parts. Apparently they orderd so much last time that they didn't have the need to order anything for many years. When they went back to their suppliers, costs had skyrocketed and they are now trying to figure out what to do. He said they may be back, but may not be offering some of the smaller sizes anymore.
Certainly you were the "man on the scene" but their website looks like they're ready to take orders? Is that not correct?
I'm guessing they've just never bothered to update the site. According to the guy at the shop, they don't have any components right now to make pipes.
I know this is an old thread, but just thought I would share that for anyone who has a Kirsten and needs it refurbished to like new condition, I know a fabulous refurbisher with reasonable prices in Washington state. If you want to see photos, check it out on my blog:
This refurbisher uses equipment and parts that are all Kirsten-approved, purchased from the factory when it was still in operation, I think???
Not related in any way, just a very very satisfied customer wanting to share the resources!
I have 1 Kirsten pipe and it's the best smoker I have....NEVER had issues with the tobacco juices comming back into my mouth...
I wish people will give them a chance and they may be suprised...
Based upon my visit to them last week (their retail store), I have a bad feeling about them. The guy said they'd have pipes within 4 to 6 months but honestly, that doesn't seem right to me. I understand manufacturing and MRP so stating a product this uncomplicated will not be available for a full quarter seems..... strange. I guess eBay is the way to go if you really want one.
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