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    Grief, Anger, and Cooperation

    Whoa! Sorry :-( This is why I’m reticent to join forums. Apparently I’ve violated some unwritten rule. Oh well... back to lurking. Adios!
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    Pipe Cleaner Organizer

    Haa! That’s a slick idea. I normally carry cleaners/tools/lighters, etc. in a canvas attaché bag. Everything just stuffed in. I like it.
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    Grief, Anger, and Cooperation

    mso489 is right on the money. This is indeed a golden era. So very many great, no, phenomenal blends. Too many to count really. I miss Mcclelland but whatcha gonna do? My two cents says stock up a bit. The smoking Nazis aren’t going to stop. And while I’m not in the tobaccopocalypse crowd, I...
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    Smoking around others/in public

    When I first stared I wouldn’t dare go around other people! I’d slip down to the local cigar lounge, grab a stick, and carefully watch the old timers smoke their pipes. Then I’d go home and try to emulate them. Man I made every mistake you could make. I did start with a cob because I wasn’t sure...
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    Do you use to remove the stem to clean your pipe?

    Oh, sorry: stems. Yes, I remove mine on cleaning day.
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    Do you use to remove the stem to clean your pipe?

    I’m with Spartacus. I let ‘em pile up (no more than four, maybe five smokes per briar - all rested for a couple days between smokes) and have a cleaning day. Some folks claim to like it, I personally don’t, but I’m sure to do a good job. Hmm. Now there’s a business idea: “Sweetie would you pick...
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    Grief, Anger, and Cooperation

    Well d**n. I’m reminded of my very last tins of FM OTT and Cellar. One of each. I honestly can’t decide whether or not to open them. I wish I’d seen it coming, just like I wish I’d stocked up on Penzance. Not that I was ever head-over-heels for it, but have y’all seen the prices it’s listed at...
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    Anyone else not smoking as much because of the cold?

    Winters for me are love/hate. Hate because I can’t smoke if it’s too cold, but my English, Balkan’s, lat-forward blends are blissful when it’s cooler. I enjoy burleys more also. Come warmer weather I retreat to Va/Pers and lighter English. Oddly, I enjoy strong cigars more during the summer. In...
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    Anyone else not smoking as much because of the cold?

    I’m on a forced sabbatical due to outside temps. I’ve a window this afternoon and tomorrow. Loaded a MM Freehand with Morley’s Best, and another cob to sample a new-to-me C&D blend: Stratfordshire. I’ll pick a briar set for the Strat after a few bowls in a cob.
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    Dedicating pipes to certain blends

    Count me with the genre dedicators, with two notable exceptions: I’ve a briar dedicated to Quiet Nights, and one to Haddo’s Delight.
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    Limit number of bowls to smoke per day in one pipe to avoid issues

    Haa! I was in all seriousness joking! :-) Big dollar purchases like I’d make for a Dunhill would be spent on something like a firearm in my case. I don’t have any pipes that I’ve spent over a couple hundred bucks on... yet...
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    Clean pipe without pipe cleaner

    Sorry about that; I saw that you’ve got the chamber and shank covered - so strike that from my post. I was thinking over the entire clean from step one :-) But yeah, I’d try the water metod and see if you can obtain a small plastic bristle brush.
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    Clean pipe without pipe cleaner

    OP, I’ve been thinking on this one a bit. For the chamber I’d likely use a few Q tips with a light touch soon after the smoke and of course after you’ve got your ideal cake set. Another idea I had was some soft wadded up toilet tissue. You’re covered for the shank as well with those Q tips. Can...
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    Limit number of bowls to smoke per day in one pipe to avoid issues

    My uhh... Dunhill *ahem* is my knock around pipe. You know, I throw it in the glovebox of my truck and fish it out on occasion when I’m having a dizzy spell or am otherwise not worried about accidentally dropping it. My others brand pipes, especially my high dollar Missouri Meerschaums, get a...
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    Love/hate blends that you love or hate, and why?

    hawkey454 - that’s what I was going for but I was kind of vague about it :-) ETA: it took me a bit, but I got to where I love Haddo’s. I’ve got 8oz that’s aged for close to six years. I’m curious to break into it but I’ve got a current stock of it which keeps me honest.