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Pipe Cleaners Are Clogging My Pipes!

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    My Jesus, guys! I bought those Long's extra absorbent pipe cleaners, the ones that come in 56 packs? They keep clogging my pipe stems!

    After my Rattray, it happened to one of my Stanwells. I had the pipe cleaner throught the airway to absorb the humidity overnight. This afternoon, I removed the pipe cleaner and did what I always did afterwards: I blew in the airhole.

    Well, it was blocked. I finally managed to pass a bristle cleaner through and it dragged with it a big chunk of cotton from the &?%$* pipe cleaner.

    I ain't buying those Long's no more, let me tell ya. Especially after it's costing me a new stem for my Rattray...

    Any suggestions on good quality pipe cleaners, mates?

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    I like Dill's. They don't leave much lint behind, their thin wires work well in bent pipes, don't scrape like other cleaners and come in convenient cardboard packages good for on the go.

    "There's nothing quite like tobacco: it's the passion of decent folk, and whoever lives without tobacco doesn't deserve to live."

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    Where do you buy them, eighty?

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    I see them all the time at drug stores and liquor stores, but I just picked up a carton of 20-32 packs (640 cleaners) for $23.50 at P&C.

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    Darn I'm in Canada...Can't order from P & C!

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    I see 4 noggins has them at 1.99/32 pack.

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    I like Dill's. They don't leave much lint behind, their thin wires work well in bent pipes, don't scrape like other cleaners and come in convenient cardboard packages good for on the go.

    Seen! You buy the bristle ones, as I understand?

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    Standard actually. I've never tried their bristles, but plan on getting some in the future. Have plenty of BJ bristles on hand at the moment.

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    Used both Dill and Longs across the years. 5 years running now on the Longs regular, fluffy, and bristle types. I run a swab through after smoking every pipe, and another just before firing one up again.

    I have been smoking pipe for 43 years. There are currently around 30 pipes in my rotation--and I smoke all day long.

    Never in all of that time or experience have I ever had the problem described here. Nor do I know anyone else that has. This applies to my own collection, and the pipes I have maintained or repaired for others.

    But then again, the whole idea of sticking a cleaner in a pipe and leaving it there does not strike me as very clever--as it is just asking for the cotton to bind with residual oils and tars to the sides of the draught hole.

    The easy way to solve the problem--one that is entirely avoidable--is to stop leaving the cleaner in the pipe.

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    I still use BJ Longs too. I like the Dill's for bent pipes for the above reasons. Still prefer Longs for straight pipes. Hate Brigham cleaners. I don't leave my cleaners in my pipes, but think the Dill's would work well if I did.

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    I will always run the pipe cleaner through my fingers to remove the loose / excess fluf prior to running it through my pipe. This does not remove all, but a solid blow through he pipe after cleaning has always cleared the airway for me.

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    I have been smoking pipe for 43 years. There are currently around 30 pipes in my rotation--and I smoke all day long.
    Never in all of that time or experience have I ever had the problem described here. Nor do I know anyone else that has. This applies to my own collection, and the pipes I have maintained or repaired for others.
    But then again, the whole idea of sticking a cleaner in a pipe and leaving it there does not strike me as very clever--as it is just asking for the cotton to bind with residual oils and tars to the sides of the draught hole.

    Thank God and to you, ae1pt, I understand my problem - and it's so simple!: I am dumb! The problem, of course, is not the manufacturer, but me! I should have known!!!!
    Then, explain to me, so confident with your 43 years (bravo!)of experience as a pipe smoker, why, over the course of the last 8 years, I have been consistently buying and using only these pipe cleaners; and have been leaving a pipe cleaner through the airway overnight and am just experiencing a clogging problem now? Of course, my pipes are the problem!!!!

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    I always get my pipe cleaners from the local craft store. They are better quality. I like the sparkly blue ones best.

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    Ae1pt is from the government. He's here to help.

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    Gee junkyarddawg, I don't have an answer for that. I am just relating my experience and that of others I know. Sorry that infuriates you. Maybe you got a bad batch. Maybe its the tobacco you are smoking now.

    But seeing as you took the opportunity to turn my comment into a personal attack, I don't have a lot of further interest in the matter...

    woodsroad wrote:

    Ae1pt is from the government. He's here to help.

    I am indeed! Glad I could be of assistance...

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    I've had pretty good luck with Peterson pipe cleaners. I've had some other brands that seem to shed cotton but the Peterson cleaners so far seem to hold up well.

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    I've experienced a pack or two of cleaners that were "shedders." I suppose it's a matter of mechanical problems at the place of manufacture. I used to pass the unused ones on to the kid but, she's near 40 now and not much interested in playing with pipe cleaners. So now, when I get a bad pack, into the trash can they go as I can't think of an alternative use.

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    aept1, I only retain the obscure minutia.

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    I've experienced the extra "fluff" lately too, on the BJ Longs.

    As northernneil said, run it through your fingers to knock off the unattached fiber and you'll be just fine. You may still get a few threads, but not a ball big enough to clog.

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    I like the Dill's.. the wife gets them at the grocery checkout. I never much understood leaving a cleaner in the pipe. I thought the reason to rest pipes was to let them air and dry.

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    Regular old Longs, not extra absorbent, have worked for me mostly, in my wide variety of pipes. One
    time I had a French pipe with a particularly narrow lovely looking shank and stem, but it absolutely ate
    pipe cleaner fluff. I worked at clearing it every time I smoked the pipe, but it finally became annoying and
    I traded in the pipe and a few other culls for something else.

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    I never leave a pipe cleaner in the stem as it never made any sense to me. After all, you run a p/c through the stem to clean and absorb moisture, which of course it does. However, it seems to completely defeat the purpose of leaving a p/c in the stem, which has obviously absorbed moisture, to then only leave it the stem! The p/c will only then absorb moisture, with no place to go and evaporate, which will then degrade the p/c over time/over night and it will then leave a residue of some sort. Bottom line... by all means run a p/c through the stem to absorb the moisture, but then remove it!

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    junkyarddawg, I have experienced the same problem with Long's cleaners. Lots of extra fluff, even after I try to knock off the excess. And there was no need for ae1pt to respond the way he did. Simply stating that he disagrees with leaving it in there would have sufficed. I don't leave pipe cleaners in mine but I can understand the idea as to why someone might do it.

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    ae1pt: Really, now? And to say what I did was not very clever, and that you never do it and never met anyone whom does it, that is, of course, not a personal attack?

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    Thanks for all your suggestions, gents.

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    I think common sense should tell us that when you put a fuzzy device into a moist sticky area and leave it there to dry what the result would be. It STICKS!

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    I have been buying my pipe cleaners from Walmart. They are not 100% cotton but they don't leave anything behind. I stopped using cotton ones when it left a fur ball under my tobacco and I had to dump a whole bowl of ODF.

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    I hate smoking fur balls... too much tongue bite.

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