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Rubbing Alcohol to Clean Pipes

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  • Started 9 years ago by doublebassmusician
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  1. crashthegrey

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    I have never once had a plugged bowl. What is this?

    Posted 1 month ago #
  2. irishearl

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    Crash, this happens on a fairly regular basis for me, leading to having to do the alcohol soak for a pipe about once monthly. Bits of tobacco get caught near the draft hole, mostly shank side of it which I cannot dislodge with a straightened paperclip, my usual mode of dislodging it. Doesn't seem to matter the pipe shape nor type of cut of tobacco.

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  3. foggymountain

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    Rubbing alcohol leaves a bad taste that lingers. Get a small bottle of cheap brandy.

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    151 rum or Everclear.
    If I can't drink it....

    Posted 1 month ago #
  5. davek

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    I use rubbing alcohol on my pipes quite often. I normally keep briars pretty clean as I go, they get alcohol more rarely. A cob, on the other hand, gets isopropanol more regularly. Once I've abused one for a while, I'll prop up the stem slightly and fill the bowl with rubbing alcohol. After it sits for a bit I take pipe cleaners and deep clean the stem, then repeat the alcohol soak. Then I run hot water through the pipe for a while and run a pipe cleaner through the stem again. Then I set it in the pipe rack for a week or more to dry. (Or in the sun maybe)

    I allow a.fair amount of cake to build in my cobs. I think the porous cake/charred cob is a big part of why they taste good. After an alcohol soak, that cake/cob is cleaned of oils and resins and gives a nice smoke IMO.

    Posted 1 month ago #
  6. unkleyoda

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    I've tried rubbing alcohol in the past. But, after awhile my pipes tasted off. Ever since I only use Everclear.


    So you say you can drink? Well, I'm from Wisconsin. Try to keep up.
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    One thing to keep in mind when cleaning pipes with alcohol is that it may remove the stain from your pipe. If there are some newbies wanting to clean out an estate pipe, please be aware of this.

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  8. blackadderlxx

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    I guess I'm the only one here who uses Briar Fresh from smokingpipes.com?

    Posted 1 month ago #

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