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Let Them Smoke No Cake

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  1. mso489

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    I've mentioned from time to time, about fifteen percent (out of thin air) Forums members do not develop cake in their pipes, but scoop out the ash and wipe out the bowl with a sturdy paper towel or napkin. This maintains the circumference of the chamber and eliminates the need for reaming. This is no disparagement of building cake, just a different way of going that makes some of us content. Just mention it from time to time for people starting out with pipe smoking. It is a reasonable option. My pipes that go back thirty and forty years still smoke great and seem to appreciate this approach.

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    Agree.

    Smoking is one of the leading causes of all statistics.
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    "Let them smoke no cake." Isn't that what Marie Antoinette said when she was packing her Missouri Meerschaum with Big'n'Burley?

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    Agree also. I think what's to be avoided is a crumbly, soft cake. Such a cake is comprised of ash and half burned leaf. With the paper towel "reaming" and/or a flush with hot water, ash and loose bits are removed and the cake that's left is hard and thin.

    I know that you believe you understood what you think I said, but I'm not sure you realize that what you heard is not what I meant.
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    Ah, Ms. With-it from France. She said, "Let them eat cake du tobac" when she heard the peasants couldn't find any pipe tobacco.

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    I took up this practice recently after reaming and cleaning most of my pipes back to near-bare wood. I've been very happy with the results - much cooler, drier, cleaner smokes. Let me smoke no more lumpy, soft cake!

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    I've been scooping out and wiping the bowl with a kitchen paper towel since one of the previous times @mso mentioned it. Works well for me.

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    Cake builder myself.

    Damnation seize my soul if I give you quarters, or take any from you.
    -Edward Teach
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    For me...paper towel wipe after every smoke and hot water rinse often.

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    Cake builds even if you clean the bowl after every smoke. Just not as fast.

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    There's so many variables concerning cake.

    Some of my pipes benefit very much with about a dimes thickness. Others get the twisted paper towel treatment resulting in a hard carbon cake. YMMV.

    Smoking can't be bad for you. It cures Salmon.

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    I am definitely a swab it out after each smoke. Works well for me. I’m also a subscriber of the hot water flush as some here practice.

    I wonder how that hot water affects vulcanite stems, as I’ve been told sunlight and moisture are the devil on these materials.

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    I've been flushing out my vulcanite stems with hot tap water for over two years with no deleterious effects. I also sometimes scrub the outsides with a wet scrub sponge, let dry, and depending on the quality of the vulcanite, will give a very light rub with a dab of mineral oil, or just leave it be.

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    Ok gotcha. I suppose as long as the water/moisture is removed via pipe cleaner inside the stem there wouldn’t be any residual effects.

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    After each bowl I smoke, I clean my pipe. One of the things I do to clean my pipe is to use a couple of bent over soft pipe cleaners and wipe the inside of my bowl, getting any left over ash or tobacco. A nice hard cake builds in my pipes as I smoke flakes and plugs almost exclusively. I like a dimes worth of cake as for my tastes the pipe burns cooler and with more flavor as I also dedicate all of my pipes.

    I am a long time member in the cake is cool club.

    Harris
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    Not a big cake guy myself, I do like a thin lair and nothing more. For some reason those heavily caked pipes are a turnoff, it sort of tells me that the user doesn't take good care of their pipes. What I usually do is take a fluffy pipe cleaner, u shape it, and ream the bowl a couple of three times with it. Cake builds up non the less, but not at that fast of a pace.

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    I take a relatively rough paper towel or napkin, after I thoroughly scoop out and scrape out the bowl with a pipe tool, and pack the bowl with the paper towel and turn it around in there. It drags out quite a bit of soot and ash. Then I puff out any residual over the waste basket or an ash try. Over time, this maintains a thin layer of carbon, not really enough to call cake. There's no caking. But the thin carbon layer remains and keeps the inside of the bowl intact. Nothing builds up, not over decades. Works well for me, and as someone else said, makes for a nice dry clean smoke.

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    I've been flushing out my vulcanite stems with hot tap water for over two years with no deleterious effects. I also sometimes scrub the outsides with a wet scrub sponge, let dry, and depending on the quality of the vulcanite, will give a very light rub with a dab of mineral oil, or just leave it be.

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    Ok gotcha. I suppose as long as the water/moisture is removed via pipe cleaner inside the stem there wouldn’t be any residual effects.

    That is certainly the better way to go. However, over the last year or so, I don't bother with a cleaner in the airway unless there's an obstruction. The water flowing out the stem being clear and free flowing is enough for me. I love to see the first flow of brownish water, which tells me some crap is being removed from the stem, esp. the mortise.

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    I'm lazy. I also like getting my hands under the hood & becoming one with the pipe. But mainly I'm lazy. When they need gunk cleaned out, that's why God made both bristle cleaners & 91% alcohol cheap. But primarily I'm lazy.

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    After restoring some fairly gunked up estate pipes, I've become an advocate of the paper towel brigade. I found that I can smoke whatever I want in the pipes and just wiping them out prevents any ghosting.

    I am glad we have a good admin and responsible moderators.

    Heave to you dark colored ship under sail! Prepare to be boarded!
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    Pappy- interesting. I’ll keep this in mind for future experimentation.

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    Since I have never built cake, I can't compare ghosting, but in fact I don't taste any residual flavor from one blend to the next. I don't push my luck with Lakeland aromatic blends, but with something like Mixture 79, I don't taste any carry-over, with the designated cob.

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    Thank you very much for posting this, I've followed this practice myself and now I know I don't have to feel weird about it. I'm trying to keep my smoke as cool as possible at all times, I suppose if I was freight-training and burning out bowls then maybe.

    I love the age of youtube and I love the YTPC community but I find when I talk to older pipers; which I do quite a lot, there is much disagreement with some of the advice going around. One of the things that I have found in some platforms is that the advice of experts with years of experience is disregarded because someone heard one time you should do this or that trick or put honey in your bowl. That stuff becomes part of the pop culture and gets passed along. Someone handed me a Stanwell pipe at a shop the other day, it was brand spanking new, I went to touch my finger to the light maple colored bowl and found that it had been coated at the factory with some kind of vanilla honey or something, it might have been a Savinelli Honey pipe or something but it was low-key revolting.

    Anyway, I'm gonna go put some orange peels in my aging jars. Catch you all l8tr.

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    Cake builder, not too much

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  25. dcon

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    Count me in the 15% mso. I have some pipes for over forty years and no detriment to this method.

    Duane
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