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Pipe Cleaners - to leave or not leave one in?

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  1. tufftony

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    Hi All:

    I'm curious about something. After finishing a smoke, cleaning the pipe,
    and setting it aside to dry, what do you guys do? Do you leave it as it is
    to dry out or do you leave it with a fresh pipe cleaner in it to soak up
    the remaining moisture? Which do you think is best?

    Posted 3 months ago #
  2. mikethompson

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    Welcome to the forums!

    I never leave a cleaner in mine. I think there is something to be said for having air circulate through the pipe.

    Posted 3 months ago #
  3. scloyd

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    Welcome to the forums Tufftony. I don't leave a pipe cleaner in any of my pipes. I don't see the advantage to it.

    Posted 3 months ago #
  4. tufftony

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    Thank you. Yes, I agree. The reason I asked is that I watched a YouTube video
    of a guy showing off his pipe collection who had fresh pipe cleaners stuck in
    all of them and I was wondering if it was a common practice.

    Posted 3 months ago #
  5. onestrangeone

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    I’m not sure how true it is, I was told that if you leave a cleaner in, there is a chance that more of the fibers will get stuck to the tars in the draft hole.

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    Pipe Cleaners - to leave or not leave one in?

    An unqualified "yes!"

    It's a personal choice. Although pipers using less than quality cleaners may indeed experiencing a bit of "shedding."

    A man without a shillelagh is a man without an expedient.
    Posted 3 months ago #
  7. tufftony

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    Yes, that would seem to be another disadvantage.

    Posted 3 months ago #
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    Last year ar a pipe show I heard two guys arguing passionately about this topic. Of course each had an opinion on either side. I think the long story short is that some people believe in it and some people don’t. It’s a personal preference.

    Personally I don’t do it.

    Neal
    Posted 3 months ago #
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    Welcome from N California!

    Thank you. Yes, I agree. The reason I asked is that I watched a YouTube video
    of a guy showing off his pipe collection who had fresh pipe cleaners stuck in
    all of them and I was wondering if it was a common practice.

    Not at all. You'll see all kinds of anality on Youtube, and even read some of that sort here. (this author not excepted).

    I read rather than trying to glean bits of info from "The Tube".

    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.
    Posted 3 months ago #
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    Out. My feeble mind keeps telling me that an airway dries quicker without a wet sop in it.

    Ymmv.

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    And the hunter home from the hill.
    Posted 3 months ago #
  11. tufftony

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    Yes, it does seem to make more sense.

    Well, so far we have 6 votes against leaving a cleaner in
    and just 1 vote in favor. The consensus seems to be clear.

    Posted 3 months ago #
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    I leave a cleaner in, but only if I've just had a wet smoke. Even then, I don't leave it in indefinitely, but will take it out the next morning to allow air to circulate.

    De Gustibus Non Est Disputandum
    Posted 3 months ago #
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    I reload them to smoke again later.

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    Posted 3 months ago #
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    Any moldaphobic would not want to leave the pipe cleaner in. Mold is most likely to grow in a damp environment where there is little to no air circulation. I don't leave one in because I can't see any advantages to it.

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  15. tufftony

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    Mold. Yes. That's an interesting point and another clear disadvantage.
    As for advantages, I'm still waiting.

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    I would never leave a pipe cleaner in my pipes. I thoroughly clean my pipes before they go back in the rack and then the air does the rest.

    Harris
    Posted 3 months ago #
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    I never leave a cleaner in between smokes.
    I was under the impression that u leave one in for a few hours only after you have done a deep clean with alcohol which i only do maybe once a month.
    My daily routine doesn't call for it. Air dry works well.

    Keep calm...smoke a pipe.
    Posted 3 months ago #
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    If you rinse your pipes with hot water you don't need to leave pipe cleaners in them.

    Ubi Ignis Est?
    Posted 3 months ago #
  19. tufftony

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    Thanks for all the replies. The VOTE seems to be an overwhelming NO! to the
    idea of leaving a cleaner in and that's what I'll not be doing from now on.

    Posted 3 months ago #
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    I can't leave Warren out on a limb by himself! Yes I normally leave one in. I do so following the example of Tim West, the graybeard pipe maker and restorer. He has likely forgotten more about pipes than I will ever know. However, I don't do it after a thorough cleaning.

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  21. sablebrush52

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    I kept a pipe cleaner in every pipe for years and then stopped doing it. Didn't make a difference. It might matter based on where you live. SoCal is a pretty dry climate, so mold isn't a big concern. I suppose if you tend rush out of the house without taking a few pipe cleaners with you, you will at least have one, so there's that.

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    I have been leaving a pipe cleaner in my just smoked pipes for years, but only for a couple of hours. Then I let them air dry for about 24 hours. What I've noted is that there is some staining on the pipe cleaner after I pull it out, so I'd rather have it on the cleaner than drying in the pipe. Everyone has their own system for their pipes.

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    "Fried food, hard liquor, and tobacco, that's the holy trinity!"- Stacy Keach
    Posted 3 months ago #
  23. tufftony

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    Well that sounds reasonable enough.

    Posted 3 months ago #
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    Never. Let it air dry.

    I take off the stem, though, so maybe that makes the air drying take place faster.

    Not the sweet, new grass with flowers is this harvesting of mine;
    Not the upland clover bloom...
    Posted 3 months ago #
  25. tufftony

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    Good idea. I think I'll start doing that too.

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    I feel I have to further elaborate, though. I don't take the stem off to help with the drying per se, but because I always hand-wash the stem with cool water and dish soap—just like a plate—after I smoke the pipe. I don't wash the stummel, though. Thus, any faster drying that may occur whilst the stem (and the adapter, if I'm smoking my Vauen) air dry themselves is incidental rather than purposeful.

    Posted 3 months ago #
  27. seanv

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    I've left a pipe cleaner in after a cleaning overnight before but it's not a regular occurrence. I haven't out any thought into a benefit of doing it or not

    Posted 3 months ago #

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