- Jun 15, 2013
Well, 30 to 40 years is one thing. A century, more or less, which IIRC was the age of your KB&B is quite another. But very old briars that have survived in very arid conditions are more likely candidates to crack when suddenly exposed to the high temperatures and steam caused by smoking. And according to Georged, really ancient pipes can undergo a bit of a structural change over decades of being exposed to air, akin to oxidation of the upper surface of the raw wood in the chamber walls. That's why I had George put a protective silicate coating over the walls of my 1883 Barling Magnum. My 1906 Barling is smoked regularly.Yep.
You've been very lucky.