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My first estate pipe

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  • Started 4 months ago by aro222
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  1. aro222

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    Hey guys I have received my first estate pipe and just wondering what everybody does to them before giving it a first smoke. The seller assured me that the pipe was cleaned and sanitized and good to go, but I feel I should be doing something to it before I fire it up. It’s a Castello bent billiard KK
    Any thoughts ?

    Keep calm...smoke a pipe.
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  2. ashdigger

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    I just run a couple of pipe cleaners with 151 Everclear through them. Done. Simple.

    Ubi Ignis Est?
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  3. aro222

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    Don’t have any Everclear, possible substitute ?

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    That's an acrylic stem, I don't use alcohol on them but don't let me stop you. Maybe swab the shank with high proof neutral grain spirits and clean the stem seperately with soap/water and pipe cleaners. Nice score, congrats.

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    In lieu of potable alcohol, soap and water would be my choice. Great pipe!

    I like coffee exceedingly.
    - H. P. Lovecraft
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    Thank you
    It’s not only my first estate, it’s also my first Castello. Can’t wait to fire it up.

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    aro, that is one hell of a first estate, well done. I am sure it will smoke great for you.

    Harris
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    Thank you sir
    Appreciate it

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    I usually run a pipe cleaner with rubbing alcohol through the stem and around the bit.

    Great looking pipe!

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    Yes, clean the stem and bit... you can't be too careful. Great first estate purchase!!!

    Don

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    Great first estate! I second what others above have said, with the additional check/cleaning of the tenon, mortise and slot as you can sometimes find little remnants of tobacco/oils etc.

    Enjoy!

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    Very nice. Report back after you fire it up...let us know how it smokes.

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    I use a bristle pipe cleaner soaked in 90% rubbing alcohol to clean the draft hole.

    Re the grain, stunning!!

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    Nothing to add that wasn't already said, but it's a gorgeous piece. Enjoy!

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    That estate seems to be in pristine condition from what one can tell from the picture. I second the advice here, alcohol, water and some pipe cleaners and you are propably good to go. Also check the chamber with a flashligth to see if there are any fractures developing, if yes, simply smoke it slower for the first couple of bowls

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  16. aro222

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    All great advice, thanks boys.
    I’ll get her cleaned up and get back to you all on how she smokes.
    Thanks again for all the compliments, it was the cross grain and birds eye that sold me on this one.
    And... I’ve always wanted a Castello

    Posted 4 months ago #
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    Just be careful, aro. When you start glomming onto estates, quickly consume you it can, & forever dominate your destiny.

    But don't worry, that sort of addiction is rare. Of my 100-some pipes, estates only count for, oh, 80-90 or so. -evyl grin-

    Bill

    Head Black Frigate keelhauler, boss powder monkey, & troublemaker 1st class.
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    Before i saw the 200 year old dna from pipe thread i just used anti bacterial soap and water.

    "I'm a kind person, I'm kind to everyone, but if you are unkind to me, then kindness is not what you will remember me for." - Al Capone
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    Lovely pipe, Aro! That birdseye on the right flank is spectacular. I'm glad you saw it before I did... I may have had my first Castello if you hadn't! Congrats and enjoy the heck out it!

    Arrrrr, shiver me timbers! International Talk Like a Pirate Day is September the 19th!!!
    Brothers Of The Black Frigate
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    Clean the stem and shank of the pipe with bristle pipe brushes soaked with some everclear to raise the old tobacco to be removed.
    I would do the salt & everclear on the bowl to slowly clean the bowl. Check on youtube, there are some helpful videos out there check out Muttnchop Piper:

    The Art of Pipe Smoking Vol. 11: Deep Pipe Cleaning Part 1

    Posted 4 months ago #
  21. ophiuchus

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    Now that is a nice looking pipe. Attractive curviness to it.

    Those images look like they were taken at smokingpipes.com. If that's the case, they clean and sanitize their estate pipes before selling them; it should be good to go. If not ... well, good advice above ...

    Posted 4 months ago #

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