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Pipe Cleaners - to leave or not leave one in?

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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 5 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 5 months ago #
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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.

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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.

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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.
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    Yes, that would seem to be another disadvantage.

    Posted 5 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 5 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 5 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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    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.

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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.

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    I reload them to smoke again later.

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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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    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
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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.
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    If you rinse your pipes with hot water you don't need to leave pipe cleaners in them.

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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.

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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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    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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    Well that sounds reasonable enough.

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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.

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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.

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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

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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.

    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.

    Try rinsing the whole pipe, not disassembled, in very hot tap water. Removing the stem often is not a good idea. Leaving it out is even worse. And no need for detergent or soap. A quick run through the airway with a pipe cleaner and leave the airway to dry along with the chamber.

    Posted 1 month ago #
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    I do a good active rubbing with the pipe cleaner to clear out the stem and shank and a bit of the bowl, but I don't leave the pipe cleaner in there. Any dampness comes out on the pipe cleaner, and any residual air dries, or that's my theory. If someone were devoted to leaving the pipe cleaner in there, I wouldn't waste a lot of energy arguing against it. It could start mold, but probably won't, except in high humidity maybe. I just want to clean the pipe and put it back on the rack for next time.

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    I use three pipe cleaners per bowl and I wipe out the bowl with a paper towel afterwards. No water ever.....and I don’t leave a pipe cleaner in after and my pipes stay fresh and clean. I deep clean with everclear maybe once per year, depending on how much use each pipe receives.

    "So it goes." - K.V.
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    Clean, you say? I boil my pipes in a solution of heated, concentrated sulphuric acid after every PUFF, never mind smoke... It's the only way to be sure.

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    I run one pipe cleaner through it and return it to the closet or reload the chamber for the next time it's smoked. No water for me and the only time I used alcohol was when I was still restoring estate pieces.

    Posted 1 month ago #
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    Pipe cleaners? I enjoy a modicum of filth, sir.

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    Clean, you say? I boil my pipes in a solution of heated, concentrated sulphuric acid after every PUFF, never mind smoke... It's the only way to be sure.

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    The only time I ever leave a pipe cleaner in a pipe is if I'm doing a really deep cleaning and its plugging up the bowl to keep alchohol in it (few times a year). Other than that I just run a couple thru after every smoke, do a hot water rinse every week or so and sit them upside down for a day or so to dry. Easy peasy

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    I leave one in after cleaning just so I remember I cleaned it after a smoke. Plus it means i have one at the ready for afterwords.

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    My cleaning routine consists of wiping the bowl with a paper towel and running a pipe cleaner as soon as I have finished smoking, followed as soon as possible by a run of the entire pipe under hot water for 30-60 sec followed by wiping the bowl again with paper towel and running pipe cleaners in the stem until the are clean. Then I leave the pipe to dry overnight. Then only when dry I put a clean pipe cleaner in the stem and some paper towel in the bowl. This is arguable if necessary but I live in a dry climate so I am not worried about mold and, maybe it is just a perception, I think it could help to completely absorb any tar remaining. I would say I would not leave a cleaner if I would not do a complete cleaning to start.

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    Yes!

    I always leave one in my pipe after I smoke.

    Been dong it for 45 years.

    Allows me to go 4-6 months before a cleaning / bowl reaming is required.

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    Leaving a cleaner in or out has no bearing on how long before a cleaning is required.

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    Pipe cleaners left in trap moisture, and increase likelihood of souring, in my humble opinion.

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    Yes!

    I always leave one in my pipe after I smoke.

    Been dong it for 45 years.

    Allows me to go 4-6 months before a cleaning / bowl reaming is required.

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    I should elaborate, I leave a pipe cleaner in for about 12 hours after I smoke a bowl.

    I then remove it and probably won't smoke that pipe again for at-least a few days. I rotate between six pipes.

    Posted 4 weeks ago #
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    I repeat: Leaving a cleaner in or out has no bearing on how long before a cleaning is required.

    Unless someone has actual data....

    Posted 4 weeks ago #

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