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    Pipe stem loose after every smoke

    Well, if increased moisture causes the shank to expand outward so that the mortise expands too, that makes sense. I would think the shank would expand in all directions, meaning the mortise opening would constrict due to expansion. But if the outward expansion exceeds any inward expansion...
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    Pipe stem loose after every smoke

    Thanks everyone. I have thought about there being cracks in the shank but I can't see any. If there is, it is very small and undetectable with my eyes. I've tried the beeswax with another pipe but it didn't do much. I'd rather not put nail polish yet - but maybe down the road. The heating...
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    Pipe stem loose after every smoke

    I have a Dunhill estate pipe that I really like. When I received it, the pipe stem was tight. After the first smoke it became loose, however. When it becomes loose, I've been heating the stem by rotating the stem near a candle flame and that tightens it up pretty good. Very tight in some...