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Pipe filters(do it yourself) question

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    Hey everyone, I have a quick question. I do not have the money to buy pipe filters and have ben making my own paper filters for a while now. They work good so far, I was thinking of making some more But Im thinking of making them with apple wood. I do not know too much about apple wood, I plan on using apple wood dust. I was going to grind me some up, I would then wrap the dust tightly in a part of a coffe filter and roll the coffe filter with a little bit of paper and seel the out side. My question is do I need to clean the dust? or can I use it straight from after I produce the AW dust. I wouldnt think it would matter too much but its better to be safe. Also my main reason for doing this would be to gain a bit of the natrual apple wood taste, as the smoke would be passing through the dust. Would this alter the tobacco taste too much or would this be a good idea for a filter?

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    Illius,

    Not sure how you would go about making them... I would probably have to "clean" the APD off some way, not sure how... I guess if you were to use larger grains, you could wash them on a coffee filter... Interesting thought... I'll have to think some more...

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    Careful Phil smoke your pipe, not your brain LOL

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    Or you could stop using Pipe Filters and that would solve all your problems.

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    I have no clue how to make filters or how to answer your question.

    I suggest doing as Ghost45 says and stop using the filters when you can't buy them. You don't need them anyway as pipe smoke shouldn't be inhaled.

    If you do try the apple wood in the filters, let us know how it works out.

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    Illius, welcome to the forums! If you're bound and determined to make filters -- and at that, filters that impart a flavor -- I wouldn't use a sawdust, I would grind the apple wood in a (clean) pencil sharpener, which should suffice for your purposes.

    BTW, a tastier (and easier) alternative would be an apple flavored aromatic. There's also Altadis Bulk Blue Ridge Apple, an English style blend uniquely flavored with an apple scent. And also consider Kentucky Club Mild, as reviewers often describe its scent as apple-like.

    Good luck with your project! Let us know what you decided to do, and how it goes.

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    I agree that you should do away with the filter. I would not recommend Creating saw dust as a means to filter tobacco smoke, But if you would like to try it knock yourself out. In my opinion it just sounds like a bad idea, what if the paper rips? You get a mouth full of saw dust, or better yet inhale it.

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    ...on second thought, I completely agree with sapo.
    You can get a box of 10 filters, about a one month supply, for 70ยข.
    Saving that kind of money is just not worth the effort and risk to your personal safety.
    If taste is the primary issue, give the tobacco suggestions above a try using a commercially available filter.

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    I can't be entirely certain on this one (since my Japanese is a little rusty...lol), but it sorta looks like he is using 'baccy as a filter. No?

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    He must be dis-oriented

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    Lol. Bytor, I don't know why, but that clip cracked me up!

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    http://www.drphilipspipe.com/ This is'nt a homemade filter but I've never seen a pipe w/ a filtering system like this. Anybody ever heard of this pipe before if so how's it smoke ? Sorry to get off topic a little but i didn't want to start a new post just for this.

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    I buy 9mm charcoal filters 200 at the time. I can't afford them, but I find a way. My kids are buying me some for my birthday. I do save quite a bit on pipe cleaners.

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    My question is filter related, so here goes....my Quiet Comrade pipe takes a 6mm filter. And yes, I know that I don't inhale, and that 90% of all pipe smokers don't use them, but, how often do you replace the filter? After every smoke? Every other bowl?

    At this point, I want to keep using them, I want to catch as much of that nasty stuff as I can and enjoy the aroma.

    Thanks in advance

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    How long a filter lasts partly depends on the filter itself and the type of tobacco it is filtering. If it is a heavily cased aromatic, it is going to need replacing faster than a Virginia tobacco. But generally they only last for a couple of smokes (1-4). When the flavor changes, change the filter.

    Hobie, try smoking one bowl without the filter in and see if you get more flavor from the tobacco. In my experience, I find that the filter doesn't let the full flavor of the blend come through. But as long as you're enjoying the smoke, that is all that matters. With or without the filter.

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    I agree with Bob. I would say that a dry English blend would last 2 smokes. I don't inhale either, but I have Bronciectasis, so I use a 9mm filter just for safety sake.

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    well, I found out that the filter internal passages get black looking after the 3 bowl of tobacco, so I'll use that as my reference for filter changes.

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    I smoked some Japanese cigarettes that had a charcoal filter as opposed to a paper filter. I bet if you bought some activated charcoal from an aquarium store you could roll that into a coffee filter or tea bag and that'd work.

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    I would think that just about everyone has heard of the salt and alcohol treatment for pipe bowls. When I tried it I found that the salt presented clean-up problems of its own. Has anyone ever considered using activated charcoal instead of salt?

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    I have to change my filters every two to three bowls as they got really wet!
    Logically speaking, smoke going through filters should have blocked some of its flavours, but ironically' i just find that my tobac tasted better with filters.

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    Hi Birdy!

    That may be due to getting a drier smoke because the filters are absorbing so much moisture. Just by coincidence, Hearth & Home's tobacco blender Russ Ouellette has a new article that suggests that less moisture probably improves the smoking experience.

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    cortezattic wrote: I would think that just about everyone has heard of the salt and alcohol treatment for pipe bowls. When I tried it I found that the salt presented clean-up problems of its own. Has anyone ever considered using activated charcoal instead of salt?

    Yes I just read a method of freshening a pipe with charcoal and heat at G.L. Pease. I haven't tried it yet, but he claims it works well. (Sorry for off-topic)

    http://www.glpease.com/Articles/Spot.html

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    Josephpaul, thanks for the great link -- spot-on information.

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    I have no idea what I bought here...anybody know what or how to use these....???

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    OMG!
    Those are scary.

    "For a better cheaper and healthier smoke"?????????

    The A.S.N.'s strike again!

    I know how I would use them..... Not at all!


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    I think these are pipe filters...I'm going to use them...some day



    Edit: Pstlpkr fixed photos

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    Does anybody know which way this filter goes ?? Does the metal part face the bowl or the other way ?? Thanks for your answers...

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    Juozapas,

    The Philtpads in the top picture drop right into the bowl like in the picture and are made of an absorbent mineral, supposedly chalk.

    The black disk in the picture below the Savinelli balsa filters isn't a filter, but is used for rehydrating tobacco with a hydrating solution like Griffo. The screens beside it are probably for a different smoking substance.

    The Brigham filters in the last post are designed for Brigham pipes and the metal end faces the bowl. At least according to the picture in the link:

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