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alexnc

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In considering a first Meer, I’ve been doing a little research and am advised thusly:
“While smoking take extra precautions due to the meerschaum softening because the meerschaum and carvings can become damaged with the wrong finger placement.”
So, that makes me think they must get really hot to the touch and fragile - is that right?

 

mikethompson

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I only have one Meer and can only speak to that.
Firstly, the bowl doesn't get any hotter than any of my briars, I would think that bowl temperature has more to do with your cadence and draw.
Secondly, it is not a delicate hothouse flower that requires gloves and a hyperbolic chamber. It gets treated the same as any of my other pipes.
It is a Straumbach cultured Meerschaum, which some deride while others are indifferent. I think its a great well made pipe.

 

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I'm of the opinion that you were advised quite sillily. That's not a word, but you get my point. It's a pipe, smoke it. If you get a super extravagantly carved meer, then maybe you will be worried about that, but it softens more when moist than hot.

 

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alexnc

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Looking at AKB roughly around $120 to $150 (one is a lattice - seems thick walled around .75”). I was told they are solid block and are screw tenons. Does it seem like I’m going about getting something decent? No tie to AKB, just convenient where I have an active account with a nice history.

 

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So, that makes me think they must get really hot to the touch and fragile - is that right?
No and no.
You'll get differing opinions on how to handle your meers, but I'm of the mind that you should just smoke it much like any other pipe. Take care not to drop it, don't clean it with alcohol and wipe it down after smoking. Other than that, enjoy it without obsessing.

 

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i have smooth meers so I cannot reply as to whether or not carved ones are more delicate. However, the ones I have are used and handle smoking and general use just like my briar pipes. I wouldn't mishandle any of them, but I'm sure a meer could possibly break easier if you dropped it. But they are quite strong.

 

cortezattic

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The screw-in tenons are fraught with negative issues. I would avoid them. Look for a meer with briar style push-in tenons.
Your choice of finger placement will not damage any part of the pipe. Dropping the pipe on a hard surface will likely damage it.
Meers heat up a little bit more than briar, but you won't notice much difference for a given thickness.
Unless you're under contract to color an extravagant meer for placement in a museum display, just treat it like any other pipe -- you'll enjoy it more! Just keep the carbon cake thin-to-nonexistent, and avoid cleaning it with alcohol, like bassbug advised.

 

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Yes. They clean up just great with a hot water flush, same as briars. Brings out the color, too, for a quick preview of how the pipe is coloring.

 

alexnc

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thx for the input, I knew that didn't seem reasonable. I'll look for push tenons only and avoid the screw type. Seems like all 3 of these I was looking at from AKB were screw ons. Any guidance on limiting what I look at to avoid the screw ons? I'd hate to have to ask 10 times!

 

thesmokindragon

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I can only speak to my experience with AKB, I have two of them - both of mine have issues with screw-in tenons / not fitting right and the drilling on both pipes, ugh... both have horrible draw , so I never smoke them.
I have three IMP Meers and they are all outstanding smokers, granted their pricing has gone WAY up these days, but if you are going to invest in a Meer, make it a great one that you will want to smoke. IMP's are fitted with Delrin tenons.

 

alexnc

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Excellent steer, that changes what I'm doing completely, they look great. Thanks!

 

alexnc

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Ordered one today! Thanks SmokingDragon!
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