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The Shortest Pipe You Own?

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  1. cigrmaster

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    I have a thing about not buying a pipe that is shorter than 5". I really dislike nose warmers as the smoke gets in my eyes. When I look at pipes I see tons of them as short as 4"-4.5. I have to assume that people must be buying them or no one would make them? This pipe for example is 3.97", would you buy something this short?

    https://www.smokingpipes.com/pipes/new/david-huber/moreinfo.cfm?product_id=255656

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    The shortest I currently own is just over six inches. I loathe short pipes for their tendency of the rising smoke getting in my eyes.

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    I desists so called (NoseWarmers) at the time they came out everyone flocked to the new fad. I agree with Steve, smoke gets in my eyes and for the life of me I couldn’t stand looking crosseyed while lighting my pipe.

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    Steve?

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    I can't say I own a particularly short pipe. I suppose my shortest would be a lovat that is a touch under the 5-inch mark but I wouldn't mind owning a shorter pipe and certainly will at some point. I was a cigarette smoker for a long time so smoke in the eye is not something that concerns me. Actually, my full bents are persistent offenders when it comes to smoke in the eye.

    Short is fine for me but I don't fancy the one you linked much.

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    I have one that is just over 3.5" and I have no idea how I should smoke it, especially because I am a clencher. I bought it as a cleaned estate because it was dirt cheap yet the blast looks great. I think it's time to test it out.

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    One of my first pipes was a Baraccini "pocket" pipe, about 4.25" long. Like a scaled down "real" pipe, it's a nice 10 minute smoke when the occasion demands it.

    I use it less and less these days, but, on a long road trip, using a smoke free rental vehicle, it's nice to squeeze in a quick puff or two at stops.

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    The shortest I own that I smoke is a Missouri Meerschaum Lil' Devil Acorn that's just about 4.5 inches. I do have a cob that's much smaller, that came in the Cornell & Diehl blending kit, but it really never gets used. My shortest briars are Moonshine Pipe Co. Deviled Eggs which are just a hair longer than the cob. Most of my pipes are not short but the length isn't a deal breaker for me.

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    Shortest is about 5", nice and light, but wouldn't go shorter. Nor do I care for the chubby look.

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    I have a Chapuis-Comoy Punch that is 3.95. It is a great little pocket pipe and smokes well.

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    I just went to measure my shortest pipe and it is actually 5.25 inches long, not sure why I thought it was shorter. When I look at pipes to buy, I normally look for 5.5-6.00. The big stubby look like the one I linked to was an example of a pipe I just don't understand what makes it attractive to people. It looks so disproportionate to my eye.

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    My shortest pipe is a 3.5 inch meer. I smoke ropes and such in it. Great pipe. Oh, it's an 1881 Meerschaum.

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    I have a 4.77" Castello.. It's a wonderful pipe. I clench it exclusively and I've never had a problem with "smoke eye".

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    See my avatar. It's a Pete with a wind cap.

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    An Al Pascia Curvy smooth with wonderful grain. 4.5" long. A fine smoker but only really clenchable outdoors.

    Viewing with alarm since 1948.
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    3½". No problems smoking it.

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    By short pipe I mean any pipe shorter than 5"; in those terms, I do own a few short pipes which I don't use often. The exception being on trips. I should sell my short ones to someone who'd appreciate them more

    After some time he felt for his pipe. It was not broken, and that was something. Then he felt for his pouch, and there was some tobacco in it, and that was something more. Then he felt for matches and he could not find any at all, and that shattered his hopes completely.

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    Dr Plumb 100cm .

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    This little Michail Kyriazanos, at a smidge over 4", it's a homage to a 1920's Comoy's.

    Al

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    Lovely pipe Al.
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    I have two that are 5 inches, my shortest pipes. But they are also stacks, almost toppers. I wouldn't be able to stand one any shorter than that.

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    That seems a myth to me. I smoke a few nose warmers, especially ones by Morgan Pipes. I clench almost exclusively. With the pipe poking out of the side of my mouth, I never seem to have a problem with smoke in my eyes. I find bent pipes worse about this, as the top of the bowl is down lower and allows for drafts to carry the smoke to my eyes. A straight nose warmer never seems to cause that issue. I love them because they make good pocket pipes.

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    crash, definitely not a myth. A few years ago a member here sent me a nose warmer to try out. I don't remember exactly how short it was but it was short. I smoke inside almost exclusively and I got smoke in my eyes and it was very annoying. The pipe was a Stanwell I believe.

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    Ah, I do a lot of my smoking outdoors. That may be the biggest cause of differing experiences.

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    crash, that definitely makes a big difference. I should have tried smoking the nose warmer outside.

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    I just picked-up this Amorelli carved apple that is just over 5". That's about the shortest I'll go: for one, lighting a short pipe makes me uncomfortably cross-eyed; two, lighting a short pipe feels hotter, IMO, because of the shorter draft length; and lastly, intermediate lengths are better suited to my appearance.

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    You know, it's not about the length, especially if you know how to make it smoke.

    It is better to remain silent and be thought a fool than to open one's mouth and remove all doubt. - Mark Twain

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    The shortest pipe I have, a tiny Toku fish.

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    I have a tiny or two, but I smoke the Old Dominion Chesapeake at just over five.

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    Lemme try again, my MM/Dagner poker nose-warmer at 4.5". The bowl's pretty big, so I forgot how short it is.

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    cortez, nice looking pipe. I really like that shape.

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    You know, it's not about the length, especially if you know how to make it smoke.

    True dat, but length and girth must surpass a certain size to make for a satisfying smoke. (That's what she said)

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    I have a Neptune tomato at 4 3/8" I find shorter pipes better for clenching and I've never had a problem with smoke getting in my eyes.

    Russ

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    I know there is no set length of a "nose warmer" pipe. The average height of males in the Netherlands is 1.83m (6ft) while that in the US in about 5'10". Perhaps an average Dutchman will yell a 6" pipe is too short for him.

    I have been trying to look for some vintage photo of early workers smoking nose warmer pipes. What I found so far are factory workers, rail workers, etc all smoked pipes with long stems, hanging out far away from their faces. There is this look of smoking a typical nose warmer where if the pipe is clenched on the side, the bowl of the pipe almost touches one's cheek - unmistakably that is a nose warmer pipe. I remember I came across a few nose warmer vintage photo but is now nowhere to be found. In my eyes, pipes that are not chubby enough and that are much more that 4" in length - they fall into the normal pipes range.

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    Short pipes get smoke in my eyes and sometimes nose. No matter the length of the pipe, reading with the book on my lap can get smoky. It's like a loop,: I get irritated by the smoke, and this repeats. Sometimes I don't get in that loop, sometimes I do.

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    Nosewarmers put me off for two reasons: I'm afraid they'll smoke to hot and singe my mouth, and I just don't care for their stubby shape/aesthetics.

    I do have a 3.5" cob, though; but that's my 'desk pipe': its meant to sit on my desk, never to be smoked, useful only for me to practice my draught/sipping.

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    I guess I have the shortest one, but size doesn't matter, right? This 30 gr (1.06 oz), 3" long pipe is a Carmette pipe made by our forum member clickklick. It smokes amazingly well and I had no problem of smoke getting in my eyes.

    Original thread

    Some pictures:

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    Passatore Pico, 110mm. The nose warmers are the only pipe I find I can tolerate a 9mm filter. Still seem to get most of the flavour through due to the short proximity from bowl to mouth.

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    This Tyler Huckfelt nosehorn is the my shortest pipe...

    About 3 3/8" in length and 2" tall. It's a fantastic pipe for clenching while I'm out trekking and playing with the dog. No problems at all with smoke getting in my face, but I'd probably be a little worried about lighting it if I had a beard.

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    Nosewarmers put me off for two reasons: I'm afraid they'll smoke to hot and singe my mouth, and I just don't care for their stubby shape/aesthetics.

    I do have a 3.5" cob, though; but that's my 'desk pipe': its meant to sit on my desk, never to be smoked, useful only for me to practice my draught/sipping.


    Never felt that. In fact, a few years ago somebody posted a test with nosewarmers and recorded temperatures. No hotter than any other pipe.

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    Here's my shortest pipe, and one of my favorites. Smokes cool, and I don't clench, so smoke in my eyes is never an issue.

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    Mine would be 4.25 to 4.75. They are all reverse calabash, 4 Radice and 1 Thorpe. I love them as they seem to subdue the bite from some of the tobacco’s I enjoy.

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    I enjoy nosewarmers. My smallest is 5", with several about 1/2" longer. I only clench when I am trying to strike a match.

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    In fact, a few years ago somebody posted a test with nosewarmers and recorded temperatures.

    Now that's a thread I'd really like to see. Particularly the technique used to measure the smoke temperature.

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    My MM 'mini cob' is 3 3/8". I've relieved and ported it to smoke better and it does. Great for a short trip to the store and back, about a mile down the road.

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    Yikes some of those are too close for comfort for me. Its like there is no stem at all!

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    Too close to what for comfort? Do you often accidentally set your pipe on fire? People hold their pipes and never seem to lose fingers, so I'm not sure what the fear here is.

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    My Moonshine Devil Anse has to be the shortest pipe that I own, although the Stanwell Lightweight 199 billiard comes close.

    "Americans are the people who describe their use of alcohol and tobacco as vices" G. K. Chesterton
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    140mm (5.5") and that seems short to me. I wouldn't go much shorter and definitely not below 5"

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    A Jeantet Fleuron shape 76, 110 mm long. The Opera shaped bowl is 32 mm heigh

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    Some good looking short pipes! I love short pipes and own a set very similar to this one, Still unsmoked:

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