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    One of my pipes went missing from the collection a few months ago. Finally turned up yesterday behind a table on the porch. There is a substantial layer of white mold growing in the bowl, and I'm sure it doesn't taste great to say the least.
    I love this old pipe and would like to restore it if possible.
    Any suggestions?

    Thanks!

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    Briar, meerschaum or cob?

    A man without a shillelagh is a man without an expedient.
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    If it's a briar I would go with a Kosher salt and alcohol treatment, or as some prefer now, cotton and alcohol (I personalty prefer the salt). Shouldn't prove to be much of a problem at all.

    ~I started out with nothing, and still have most of it.~
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    Dry the pipe well before you start cleaning it. Mold only requires a few things to grow and moisture is the main ingredient. Deprive it of moisture and it will die. Once it's dead then phil's suggestion is the route I would take to clean out the dormant spores (which can reactivate if not removed). I would use salt in this case to get that little bit of extra disinfection that salt offers. I would hit it multiple times, not just once, but that's me. I tend toward erring on the side of WAY OVERBOARD, lol.

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    Briar. Enjoying an alcohol salt soak as we speak. I will repeat it a few times.
    Thanks, guys!

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    Let us now how it works out.
    The last time I did one I let it sit with 151 proof alcohol and salt for three full days, and then let it air out for a good week or more after I removed it. It smelled absolutely fresh and still smokes like a champ.

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    Personally, I could never smoke the pipe again and would simply clean it out and keep it as a shelf ornament. But if you really want to smoke it again, then I would follow the advice of the other members, but add one more step after several salt and alcohol treatments. I would then send the pipe out to have an ozone treatment to kill whatever might be left, you cannot be too careful.

    "So it goes." - K.V.
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    Ozone treatment isn't a bad idea. My biggest concern wouldn't be the bowl (that gets set on fire regularly) but the shank. I would definitely shank brush the crap out of the pipe before using it. As said before, you can dry the pipe really well and kill the mold/fungus but some of the spores will go dormant so need to get them out of there and the shank is the hardest part to get completely clean.

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    I'll keep you posted and will consider ozone treating it.
    thanks again

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    Load it up and fire away.... maybe you'll ride the snake till the end of time... Jim Morrison style....hahahaha.

    Seriously though.... everclear the hell out of that bowl....

    Warren
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    I would definitely shank brush the crap out of the pipe before using it.

    Great idea!

    If you don't have a shank brush handy, two, three, or even four bristle pipe cleaners married up and dipped in everclear and worked back-and-forth whilst being gripped with a pliers from your garage toolbox will also do the trick.

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    Okay! Update. After two cycles of 'the professor's rx' and quite a bit of stem cleaning, I gave her a test run today and all seems to be well. There was a musty note during maybe the first 1/4 of the bowl, but that washed out into a nice, sweet smoke. Pretty happy with the results, wasn't sure about her prognosis.
    I'll give it another go tomorrow, but it seems okay.

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    Well, if by chance there were any residual more spores I'm sure they are gone by now after smoking it. As previously mentioned, giving the shank a good vigorous cleaning is a good thing as cleaning the bowl is relatively easy. Hope the resurrected pipe gives you many good smokes in the years ahead. Stick around as this is a great site, but if we never hear from you again we'll then know that something went dramatically wrong!

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    I think she's back to her tasty self again.
    I'm sure you'll be hearing from me again, one way or another.
    Thanks

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