It's not the chlorine that makes it nasty.. it's the poop. Florida's sewage and clean water live amongst each other.. It's what happens when you build cities on top of a swamp.Florida chlorine water will never touch my pipes, the shit is disgusting.
Yes, no liquids in the bowl except you need to get rid of a crossover taste and smell by the salt/alcohol method and you don't have the opportunity for a ozone treatment.Everyone needs to read Jesse's first post in this thread and memorize it. He explained it perfectly.
Wayne, the kids are having fun with their new toy. I won't clean a pipe that way but plenty of guys are swearing by it. I am too old to even think of a new way to clean my pipes. My way works, that is all I care a bout. The water boys are just looking for something new to do, I disagree with their way of doing it so I keep my pipes clean and dry.
Possibly the cake can provide a more even distribution of heat,? not necessarily lowering it. This would be especially helpful on some cheaper pipes that might have "hot spots" but probably less noticable/necessary on a nicer pipe with better briar or a straight grain.Until proven otherwise, I deem the need for cake a pipe myth.
Who has measured the temperature of the burn passing into the walls of a bald chamber compared to one with cake. But if so, how much heat will degrade the walls so as to know what cake, if any, is required? Does cake in fact insulate at all?
As in any number of practices in the pipe world, we believe things without any proof whatsoever because something would seem causally related.
I was about to chime in about how the way I smoke and clean my pipes might be considered neglectful by some here, but...
Certainly that could be the case at times. But the risk of a burnout is highest on raw briar, so a coating helps some.As I said before, I keep a thin layer (1-2 mm).
I wonder, if there is no need for building cake, why precarbonise pipemakers (e.g. with a mix of activated charcoal and potassium silicate) the tobacco chamber?
Only to hide flaws?
I could have posted this word for word. Preach the good word, brother.I was about to chime in about how the way I smoke and clean my pipes might be considered neglectful by some here, but... Also no cake crew checking in. I don't bother wiping out my bowls after every smoke though. I just wait until I notice a little cake forming, then I "ream" it with a paper towel and a little bit of grain alcohol. That mostly wipes the cake out and leaves just a little layer.
I will say this for all the new guys. Cake is extremely important if you want to get the most out of your smoking experience. There is no debate, there are no questions, building a proper cake is one of the most important things you can do to get the best smoke possible.
all the deniers can moan and wail about there being no need for cake, but the professional pipe smokers I know swear by it and these guys who have been smoking 40 plus years are the ones I trust. My interest in a 10 year old newbie smoker has no knowledge I care about.