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The Magic Of Clay

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  • Started 8 months ago by Embers
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  1. chasingembers

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    I've had this little Gouda clay in my collection for years and never gave it a second thought. It came in a pipe lot I won on eBay and was just kept in the closet to look at from time to time. I got it out and, on a lark, cleaned it and loaded it with HH Burley Flake. Nothing but a cool burn of pure tobacco goodness. This may lead to the purchase of a few more clays!

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    I keep meaning to get a few more clays too. They're great for trying new blends or if you just want to go old-school.

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    Is it different from meerschaum?

    Smoking is one of the leading causes of all statistics.
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    I've never heard anything bad about a clay pipe in terms of smoking experience. I'd love to get a cheap one in the rotation as well.

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    Is it different from meerschaum?

    None of the chalkiness like the first few meer smokes.

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    I think clay is still the best material for making pipes. If you are looking for a pipe which is truly neutral not imparting its own flavor to tobacco but rendering only the true tobacco flavor they are the best. They are indeed used by the blenders to taste their blends. If you like the tavern pipe you have I strongly recommend buying a double walled clay pipe with a vulcanite (or lucite stem) as they are much cooler and don't burn your hand (and your lip) and are more resistant. Lepeltier is still making them and I have one which is great or you can find some old models.

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    I really like those and the addition of a removable stem makes them really attractive.

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    I have a longer clay pipe. Coolest and most dry smoke I've ever had. I've only had it for about a month. I purchased extra long pipe cleaners so I run it through the pipe every smoke. I'm always amazed that the pipe cleaner is perfectly dry after running it through the pipe. Told my wife it's the best pipe I've ever smoked, just wouldn't smoke it in public though.

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  9. chasingembers

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    I've ran four bowls through this one now and am very impressed with it. I too found a dry pipe cleaner.

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    Gouda, huh? I've eaten smoked Gouda but never smoked a Gouda. Crazy.

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  11. chasingembers

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    Gouda, huh?

    Dutch made clays.

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    Yes, out of cheese!

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    Gouda is just a Dutch city known for its cheese and pottery.

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    Where can you buy these double walled Lepeltier clays or anything similar?

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    Told my wife it's the best pipe I've ever smoked

    Oh my! I would never do that. I’d tell her the cheap clay is O.K., but “honey, I really do need the high end briar.”

    I need to get a clay pipe.

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    Oh my! I would never do that. I’d tell her the cheap clay is O.K., but “honey, I really do need the high end briar.”

    Mine has no say in my pipe expenditures. She actually buys me pipes and tobacco.

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    [Where can you buy these double walled Lepeltier clays or anything similar?]

    http://www.lepeltier-pipes.com/

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    Just ordered a Lepeltier!

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    Those are the gouda kind of pipes.


    So you say you can drink? Well, I'm from Wisconsin. Try to keep up.
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    I have been having my eye on this German made clay, church warden length ... just didn't get around to ordering it. I always meant to try clays, but haven't managed to put that wish high enough in the priority list yet. Chasing Embers sure makes these choices easier, I might actually order the darn thing

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    I'm an enabler.

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    Only one clay, but it is a stunner imho : a rare antique Colin Lunn ( from Oxford ) Brasenose pipe with a brass band having a regdnr. on it.
    It has an insert that looks similar to porcelain. Will probably never part from it.
    Looks much better than on the picture .

    http://www.pipearchive.co.uk/images/how%20to/pipe_ferrule.JPG

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    Here's how to show the image rather than a link to it: Once your photos are on a photo hosting site (such as Imgur.com; Postimage; Dropbox, etc. Photobucket), or on virtually any site, (including this site's album) such as eBay, Amazon, you-name-it, select the full sized image, then Control-click (Mac) or Right-click (Windows) on the image itself, then choose "copy image location" or similar words. Now paste that URL (the full web address, which should end in .jpg or .png) into the IMG box in the reply window of the thread you're posting to.

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  24. chilllucky

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    It came!

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    Don't keep us in suspense. I'm still waiting on my blue Burley.

    Viewing with alarm since 1948.
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    If I have any energy left after work and then tech training tonight, I promise to have a bowl in it and report back.

    I met a gentleman at the last CPCC meeting who said he smokes this brand of pipe exclusively. The cast-in calabash/double bowl system provided cool, dry smoke and pure tobacco flavor. That level of subtlety is lost on me in most instances, but I look forward to the experiment.

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  27. craiginthecorn

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    The clay mentioned at the start of the post is a GoedeWaagen made in Gouda, a city in The Netherlands. I have a few of these as well as a LePeltier. They are very different, but both are very neutral smokes. The LePeltier has an annoying cork fitting for the stem, which oxidizes at the drop of a hat, but in all other respects is the superior pipe.

    And for today’s Dutch lesson of the day, here’s a link to the correct pronunciation of both Gouda and Van Gogh.

    Posted 8 months ago #

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