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    Smoke Temperature

    the buffering power of saliva is heavily biased towards acids, not bases.
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    Smoke Temperature

    keep something acidic in your mouth to give the alkaline smoke something besides skin to react with. keep in mind that a smaller bowl means less caustic chemicals in your mouth, but typically means a narrower chamber which - all other factors being equal - causes hotter combustion temps, which...
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    Smoke Temperature

    it's probably a combination of things. combustion temperature affects the alkalinity of the smoke, some people simply can tolerate more alkalinity than others. the same is true with acidity, but our body chemistry is inherently biased towards acidity. drinking something seems to help, though...
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    Smoke Temperature

    this is all high school physics, chemistry, and biology. the actual numbers don't matter because we have enough information to know that the rate of energy transfer is orders of magnitude too low to cause a thermal burn. air doesn't hold much heat, the heat content in the smoke is mostly from...
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    Smoke Temperature

    not sure why you couldn't just drill a hole into the stem right before the mouthpiece and stick the tip of a meat thermometer into the airflow. I would think that you would pretty quickly get a good reading on the temperature. It's also unlikely to be useful, partly because it isn't really the...
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    Revisiting Tobaccos that You’ve Hated...

    especially when Peretti Cuban Mixture exists.
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    Revisiting Tobaccos that You’ve Hated...

    Back in the early 90's I bought a few tins of McConnell's Scottish Flake and thought it was the most horrid thing I'd ever tasted, worse than erinmore, which is wierd since I loved scottish cake. I left it for a few months and gave it another chance, same reaction. found the other tin in the...
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    McClelland - Known for VA But Were They Good at English?

    They did some good english blends, largely because of their excellent orientals. If they put much virginia in them then the blend was overwhelmed with that vinegar flavor. I loved their stuff for several years but eventually got tired of the ketchup. I recently sold off all my mcclelland tins...
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    Bought an Old Tin of Balkan Sobranie w/ some Tobacco

    That doesn't look like Balkan Sobranie to me, it was always cut in the really long thin ribbons that were completely tangled. You would reach in to get a pinch for a bowl and half the tin would come out with it.
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    Looking for Oriental Blend Recommendations

    McConnell Ready Rubbed is another one, it's just virginia and oriental, no latakia.
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    Peterson Nickel Army Mounts

    I always assumed it was solid cupronickel aka "german silver". I've never seen one flake which nickel plated guns are notorious for, but maybe I just don't get out enough.
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    Looking for Oriental Blend Recommendations

    Balkan Sasieni, which is reasonably close to the famous Balkan Sobranie (better than the current Balkan Sobranie imo and infinitely easier to come by). McConnell has two outstanding oriental blends, "Original Oriental" which is their original oriental blend (hence the clever name) and "Oriental...
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    Obsidian vs Mineral Oil on Stems

    https://www.pensburymanor.com/pensburymanor/Pen_Potions_7_8,_9,_10_%26_Potion_Kit.html
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    Obsidian vs Mineral Oil on Stems

    I put some on a white cotton shotgun patch and wiped down the stems, and what came off was the greenish-brown oxidation. as best as I could tell the stems were otherwise unaffected, there didn't appear to be any softening or pitting or other damage. Soaking them in acetone probably wouldn't be...
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    Obsidian vs Mineral Oil on Stems

    clean your stem with acetone to dissolve and remove the sulphur, then when it's dry apply an even coat of pensbury manor pen potion #9.