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djgilx

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Nov 22, 2014
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I’m sure most of you know this already but I’ll post it anyway … 😉
I saw online that it was possible to buy a special cork dome to stick in the middle of an ash tray. But when I came to order one, none were available.
So I used a champagne cork and some strong adhesive.
In the words of the beaver in Lady and the Tramp - “This works swell!”
(First film I ever saw - in about 1956. It’s still far and away my favourite!!! 🤣)
 

The Amish Tyrant

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Jul 26, 2021
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I have a wooden ashtray with a fork center that has a testing spot for two pipes. Purely ascetic.

Depending on your personal style, I've also seen empty tobacco time repurposed as ash trays with a wine cork in the middle.

There are a few creative ways to repurpose tins (clocks, storage for odds and ends, display pieces).
 

mso489

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Those Champagne or sparkling wine corks so closely resemble the corks put in ash trays, I suspect they are sourced from the same place. Like others here, I tend not to empty ashes from pipes by knocking them anywhere. For mid-bowl ash, I merely give the pipe a good shake over the ashtray which gets rid of all the loose ash. When I finish the smoke, i scoop other ash out completely and eventually wipe out the bowl with an abrasive paper towel. I don't build cake by choice, just not my way. But if you like to knock out the ash, the Champagne cork works just fine.
 
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Until a couple months ago I had a cork in my ashtray that was probably 10 years old. Time, along with ware and tear took their toll, plus an unnoticed piece of burning ash finished it off. I decided to see what I could scrounge up to replace it. About a week later I was walking across the parking lot of Home Depot and my eye spotted something on the pavement. It is some kind of "bumper" I think. Maybe from the door jam of a car? Made of fairly hard but flexible black rubber, about 1.5" long and .75 wide and thick. I took it home, washed it off and put in in the center of my ashtray where it still sets today. Makes a great knocker. I think the secret to using it is no hot ash on it. At lease if I screw up and do get some hot ash on it, my nose should warn me. puffy
 

jpmcwjr

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I’m sure most of you know this already but I’ll post it anyway … 😉
I saw online that it was possible to buy a special cork dome to stick in the middle of an ash tray. But when I came to order one, none were available.
So I used a champagne cork and some strong adhesive.
Both good uses! Darn! I just remembered I had a beautiful large green ashtray that would have been perfect for that. Perrier-Jouet, IIRC.
 
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Osirus

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I used a large cork for a flask that I had. Going to glue small neodynium magnets on the bottom of the cork (it has a metal-ish "top") and the ashtray. I didn't want to spend $5 or more on a cork as a rookie. That's like 2 oz of bulk tobacco to try!
 
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