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  1. toobfreak

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    Does everyone here clean each and every pipe religiously after a smoke or are you like me, I hate cleaning them, often smoke late and then clean it the next morning (with no ill effects that I've noticed), or get into the position I'm in now where I have a table covered with a bunch of pipes and save them up and clean a half dozen all at once? Worse, one of them, a cob, I smoked it three times yesterday without anything other than emptying the bowl?

    Still, I seldom need more than one pipe cleaner to get a pipe clean. I guess I'd rather the pipe serve me than my life wrapped around constant fussing with them.

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  2. ashdigger

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    I try to clean them every time but it's a fools errand for me. I have about 20 briars from the last week that need cleaned. But that's why I smoke meerschaums and Falcons when I get busy. The other day I smoked 10 bowls pretty much back to back in my Falcon with a meerschaum bowl. I ran a cleaner through after every smoke and took it apart once for a quick wipe and whenever I travel (quite a bit) I only take three pipes (meters or the Falcon with a Meer bowl), simply because of the pipe back log otherwise.

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    They stack up and I often end up cleaning a bunch at once. But I do a lot of it at the sink, hot water and a pipe cleaner after. Now I am experimenting and don't even wipe the chamber dry. Pipes are totally ready in a few hours:

    Moisture is a problem when you smoke wet tobacco and don't finish near the bottom, (where the heat dissipates what moisture there may be.)

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  4. alexnorth

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    I run some pipecleaners through and clear the bowl. i should probably do a deep cleaning with some disassembly and alcohol soon.. Seems like a hassle

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  5. tschiraldi

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    I run a cleaner through, then double it to wipe the bowl, then wipe the stem and stummel with a polishing cloth after every smoke. Every three months, I take all my pipes apart and give them a thorough cleaning.

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  6. darthcider

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    Usually clean with a pipe cleaner after each smoke, but only do a couple bowls a week generally, so it's easier to do it straight away.

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    OCD helps

    "regular" pipes are allowed to cool down, taken apart and cleaned ASAP after smoking. The Peterson does not have to wait because of the stem mounting so it's done immediately after emptying the bowl

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  8. warren

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    Pipes smoked during the week are cleaned on Sunday afternoon. After a bowl a pipe gets a cleaner . Briars may get smoked four or five times in a day and then they rest until Sunday. The Meers? They just get smoked and smoked, cleaned on Sundays.

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  9. mayfair70

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    Log Jam method. I smoke different tobaccos in two or three pipes a day, alternating them to get at least a couple hours drying time. When they throw the flavor off, after a couple days, they go into the cleaning bin whereupon I will deep clean a bunch at a time. I've got three still clean right now so it is time to do at least four or five.

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  10. addamsruspipe

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    I used to clean the every night no matter what. But now I will wait till I have several ready to be cleaned then do them all at once. Guess I am getting more relaxed in my old age.

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    Sorry, I would respond, but I'm busy. Tonight is pipe cleaning night.

    Michael
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    No rhythm.

    Sometimes I'll give them a look over and a spruce up before using them. Sometimes I won't.

    Sometimes I'll clean out the stem and bowl before it's even cool. Sometimes I'll just stuff a pipe cleaner down and leave it in.

    Sometimes I'll have put the pipe down to finish it later, and never do. So sometimes it's a few days later when they get due care and attention.

    Sometimes I'll go a few consecutive smokes without cleaning. Sometimes if the smoke felt clean, and the bowl tapped out clean without digging out soggy dottle, I'll just put it back without a second thought.

    Sometimes I realise I've left it a little longer than I should, but a good 5 minute furtle gets it singing again.

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  13. mso489

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    Though I'll sometimes smoke a pipe on and off during a day, or from one evening into the next afternoon with relights, once the bowl is smoked, I'll scoop out the ash, wipe out he bowl with a paper towel or paper napkin, clean out the airway with a pipe cleaner, and polish up the pipe with a bandana. Then the pipe gets a rest of a week or more. I wipe out the bowl and don't build cake, which saves reaming; this seems to work well for me, maintaining a sufficient but thin carbon layer. (Several Forums members do likewise. I guess we're a cult.) I pretty much keep up with this, but don't always do it immediately, but usually before I pack a new bowl in a different pipe. It takes minutes, once made a habit. Not really work. Rarely do I have more than one pipe to clean. With many pipes, and moderate smoking, it's a long time between deep cleaning or removing stems.

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  14. bluegrassbrian

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    After scraping any dottle out, I run a pipe cleaner through after smoking.
    Every 3 or 4 smokes in a pipe I'll use a lightly dipped pipe cleaner with Everclear.
    The only exception really is the reverse calabash. It gets taken apart and wiped clean after each smoke.

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    I do like mso489 does, almost exactly.

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  16. kiel

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    I'm with Ashdigger on the falcon. I have a falcon with 2 meer lined bowls. They are my work horses. The other pipes, well, I'll clean them when I get around to it...

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    So there is a wide variation---- some people are very organized, proactive and ritualistic while others see it as a necessary evil to get around to eventually only because they have to, yet we all seem to get pretty much the same results! Clean, smokable pipes!

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  18. ray47

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    I'm an Old Codger and only run a pipe cleaner thru the stem and swab the bowl with the same pipe cleaner, if I feel up to it. When the pipe tells me it needs more cleaning, it gets the more in depth cleaning.

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    Funny you say that, Ray. I read some people's cleaning procedure and I wonder if it isn't necessary or they are just a bit obsessive?, me, I seldom find the need for more than one pipe cleaner as I use one end for the upper pipe and start it from the other end for the stem and bowl. Gets all the dirt.

    But then, I find briars to be the dirtiest kind of pipe, meers and cobs don't seem to collect as much gunk.

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  20. pipestud

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    What? You're supposed to clean these dadgum things?

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    I pretty much do the PC thang after every bowl. But since I rest pipes a few days or even weeks (and months) afterwards, if one of the racks doesn't have a designated space, I pile them up randomly, most often in front of the 'puter. When I build pyramids that get too unwieldy, I know I need to shop for another pipe rack.

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    I clean my pipe(s) at the end of a day's use. A few cleaners through the shank airway, a fluffy or two for the mortise, a couple of cleaners or paper toweling to wipe the chamber walls, a couple of cleaners for the stem, a bit of spit for the rim and mouthpiece. Deeper cleaning one or twice a year. Every now and then I get a bit lazy or forgetful about it, but mostly it's pretty automatic. Helps keep the pipe from getting sour in the mortise, and the shank/stem fit from varying.

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    What? You're supposed to clean these dadgum things?

    Pipestud is my kind of guy. They get a pipe cleaner every two or three bowls...maybe.

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    I clean as I smoke, running up to a dozen pipe cleaners soaked in TSP through any given briar as I smoke my way through a bowl. After I've consumed the baccy down to a fine white ash, I immediately run a wire brush on a Dremel tool through the bowl, then into a vibratory tumbler, then submerse the pipe in a bath of superheated, recirculating ethanol. Once I remove the pipe from the ethanol, I promptly set fire to it. Although this does a reasonable job of burning off uncombusted tobacco as well as sanitizing the pipe, I then move the pipe into an autoclave for six and a half hours. During this time period, I either take my daily beauty nap and or take pot shots with a BB gun at neighborhood children. Upon removal from the autoclave, the pipe is sent to my shop where a small contingent of Nepalese grandmothers go to work re-staining the briar and dousing the stem with Armor All and Lemon Pledge. The pipe is then ready to re-enter the rotation.

    I find this to be sufficient.

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    I use 3-4 pipe cleaners per bowl as I smoke, when I'm done with the bowl, I dump out the ash I then wipe out the bowl with a paper towel. I never smoke a pipe two bowls in a row and they generally will go a week or so between smokes, that's why we buy so many pipes! They get a deep cleaning with Everclear when they start to turn sour, maybe twice a year per pipe. Also, I only remove the stems of my pipes when I deep clean, so maybe two or three times a year.

    "So it goes." - K.V.
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    I send my pipes to woodsroad once a week. He does a nice job.

    Blowin' smoke since 1970.
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    6.5 hours in the autoclave??? Way too short. You need 24 hours of sanitization.

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    My take on it is this...take a clean pipe and smoke a full bowl then immediately pass a clean pipecleaner through the stem and take note of the colour change.

    Then take another clean pipe and smoke a full bowl but only do the pipecleaner thing 24 hours later and note the colour change is barely perceptible.

    This is because the moisture has dried off leaving the once suspended solid particulates to settle inside the stem which makes future cleaning that little more time consuming plus having a negative affect to the taste of subsequent smokes if allowed to build up.

    Therefore at the very least I would recommend cleaning the stem immediately after every smoke.

    Just my thoughts.

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    I used to have a maths professor who smoked a pipe incessantly even while he lectured - Gallaher's Rich Dark Honeydew if memory serves. His cleaning ritual was:

    a) pipe gurgles
    b) straighten up a paperclip
    c) poke around in the pipe with it until it's covered with enough tar to resurface a road
    d) stick the pipe back in his mouth.

    Those were real men in those days!

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    Jay, you are right. A good rinse with hot water through the chamber and stem will remove even more of that gunk, then a pipe cleaner will finish the job. I frequently do so right after a smoke, hot water about the same temp as the chamber. Haven't had to deep clean a pipe in six months since I started this practice. Not for the squeamish!

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    Let us say you don't clean the pipe today and it cools and dries and Jay's particles all get stuck inside. The next time you smoke, won't that stuff all come loose again suspended in the next bath of moisture, and if you run a pipe cleaner through it then, wouldn't you get most of what you accumulated from the two smokings?

    Or must we feel guilty now if we don't clean every single use?

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    I once experimented(ran out of cleaners) and did not clean my pipes for 3 weeks, just blew through them once I was done smoking. The quality of smoke did not worsen, and I have my doubts it improved.

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    Well ... I mostly run a cleaner right after finishing a bowl. I used to run alcohol-soaked cleaners through every month or so. Not so much now; the pipes don't seem to be suffering. If I don't have a scrap of Bounty on me, I "ream" the bowl with my bare finger to keep the cake from building beyond a minimal layer of carbon. Blow. Hang bowl-end up in the rack 'til rested.

    Where the log-jam comes in is that, once in a while, I'll have one or a few unfinished bowls sitting in the ashtray. ( Most of them do get finished eventually.) If they do sit too long ... well, time to do them chores.

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    Kanse, watch the movie "Twelve O'Clock High" .... in it after a pipe is smoked he disassembles it and blows through it. I have done this exact thing and I've not had a problem. I prefect to use pipe cleaners, but hey, I'm not perfect.

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    "The next time you smoke, won't that stuff all come loose again suspended in the next bath of moisture, and if you run a pipe cleaner through it then, wouldn't you get most of what you accumulated from the two smokings?"

    Toobfreak, the answer is yes but with the emphasis on "most of what you accumulated". I prefer to box clever and remove it after every smoke.

    Regards,

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    After each smoke I run both ends of a pipe cleaner through the stem then fold the pipe cleaner in half and swab out the bowl. I blow through the stem to shoot any loose debris out of the bowl then wipe the pipe with a soft cloth and put it back in the cabinet ready to go.

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