I recently have been listening to the podcast that pipe magazine puts out every Thursday and I must say that it is truly amazing. I am learning so much and pairing that along with the forum and all the nice people on here I can see why pipe smoking is such a fine and sought after experience. But after all this learning and experimenting its really making me want to go a pipe show, and I'm in luck! This may the pipe show is coming to Chicago like every year and it's not too far from the Woodfield area where I am. I really want to go considering its only $15 for the weekend. But I have some questions. Can an 18 year old like myself go to a pipe show and not be look down oppon? I'm affraid the experienced pipe smokers will consider me as a "kid" someone who will ruin the experience for everyone by being there. I really hope not. If the general pipe community is anything like it is on the fourm then I know it will be fine. But why should I expect? Also what goes on? Any good deals there? Can I buy tobaccoo? Any info would be great.
One more question. I'm catching up on the podcasts and stumbled on one where they talked about the stem of the pipe and cleaning it. Now it was said on the podcast to take off the stem and clean out the build up that could form around the connection point of the stem. But he said right after your smoke. Other people say not to do this because when the pipes hot and you remove the stem it will result in a bad fit? But he's a professional in the business! Any suggestions? Also he said that a black build up could for in the connection point making for a sour smoke at times and the light went off in my head because that happens to me then my tongue touches the bit it tastes sour. I looked and there is some black build up. Can I fix this? Any help is great help. Hope to get all my questions answered. Thanks in advance!