First Briar, What to Expect?

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TinCup

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Hi, Up till now I've been smoking pipes made either from Pearwood, Ebony (& one other from some unknown wood) but delivery is en-route with my first Briar pipe (nothing magically expensive but italian made)

What differences can I expect to experience?

Thanks
 

mikethompson

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Some folks swear by 'breaking in' a new briar pipe to get rid of some of its harshness. I've never found that a new pipe smokes rougher than my estates however.

I'm guessing there is the same amount of cleaning and maintainence to a briar than to other wood pipes, so you should be familiar with that.

Purchasing a new pipe may just trigger PAD as well!
 
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TinCup

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Some folks swear by 'breaking in' a new briar pipe to get rid of some of its harshness. I've never found that a new pipe smokes rougher than my estates however.

I'm guessing there is the same amount of cleaning and maintainence to a briar than to other wood pipes, so you should be familiar with that.

Purchasing a new pipe may just trigger PAD as well!

Well delivery is due in 117minutes (there's actually two coming) so I'll be trying one out in about 119 minutes...
 

wordheavy

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My first pipes were cobs and pearwood. When I got my first briar, I noticed as acidpox said, it burned cooler. Other than that, I didn't notice too much difference except I felt way cooler.
 
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mso489

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I haven't tried those alternate woods. I don't think you will notice much difference. Briar lasts better than most other materials, as others noted burns a little cooler than some, and I think looks a bit more traditional and to me handsome. It's just one pipe, so could disappoint or be magnificent. Give it a chance. I think you'll like it.
 
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Casual

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Well, it’s been a day and a half since the briar was delivered. What were your expectations, and were they met?
 
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tg51

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Smoked mine way to hot the first time. Learned very quickly what tongue bite was. Just sit back and relax at home.
 
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TinCup

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Well, it’s been a day and a half since the briar was delivered. What were your expectations, and were they met?

Tried to reply yesterday but the site had an error
Seems to work when I reply to a post though

Well for two pipes each priced around 50 dollar mark in a little disappointed in the build quality and can easily see why folks would pay two or three times that to get a better grade pipe
Next buy will be a savanelli for Xmas I think

So far the briar really hasn't made a whole lot of notable difference from my other pipes from the smoke itself
Also got some other tobaccos through and tried the Davidoff Scottish mix which I enjoyed

So overall its nice to have another couple of pipes to rotate but now looking forward to ordering a Sav Oscar tiger 626 but I'll have to be patient until relies next visit
 
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Humblepipe

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Tried to reply yesterday but the site had an error
Seems to work when I reply to a post though

Well for two pipes each priced around 50 dollar mark in a little disappointed in the build quality and can easily see why folks would pay two or three times that to get a better grade pipe
Next buy will be a savanelli for Xmas I think

So far the briar really hasn't made a whole lot of notable difference from my other pipes from the smoke itself
Also got some other tobaccos through and tried the Davidoff Scottish mix which I enjoyed

So overall its nice to have another couple of pipes to rotate but now looking forward to ordering a Sav Oscar tiger 626 but I'll have to be patient until relies next visit

The struggle is real. PAD!
 

Humblepipe

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Edwards pipes are consistently outstanding in my opinion. They are estate pipes, of course (out of business for some time). Not everyone is comfortable with that. However, Edwards is almost always made with Algerian Briar, can be had for $20-40 (EBeast). I would highly recommend trying one out.
 
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