- Feb 21, 2013
Every week or two, a Forums thread is started that at least includes questions about filters in pipes. Among the many questions asked by new pipe smokers, this seems to be the subject that is most mystifying. Many other subjects seem to be covered in catalogs, web articles, youTube pieces, articles, pipe enclosures, and by other means. I often jabber away, trying to explain a little about filters, enough so a new pipe smoker can make their own decisions. I feel sure most new pipe people learn about filters by buying pipes without knowing their filter status, and figure it out from there. It's not as if three or four pipe filter systems, or the choice between using or not using a filter, or having or not having a filter on your pipe, is some kind of government or Masonic secret. My thinking is that pipe manufacturers and retailers don't want to offer too much info for fear of losing a sale, so they let the beginners learn by buying pipes. It seems like most of this could be sorted out in leaflets and enclosures, to help newbies out. Maybe I'm just being fussy more than helpful, but Forums sure gets questions on a more or less regular basis. How did you learn about filters? Is there enough info available for people starting out? Or should I just go smoke a bowl of Latakia Flake and put this out of my old head?