How Does the Cold Affect the Burn?

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Casual

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The weather here has turned. Just around freezing, with lots of cloudcover, freezing rain, and snow. I had two bowls in the garage over the last couple of days in this weather, and both times I had a lot more dottle, and it was a lot more moist.

Is this the result of the weather? Perhaps the cold ambient air can‘t hold much water through evaporation, so it all just condenses on the tobacco and chamber walls?

This might spell the end of the season for me.

EDIT: Fixed Capitalization in Title - Bob

EDIT: Oops, sorry. - Casual
 
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hoosierpipeguy

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The dew point changes with temperature but I'm not sure how that would work inside a burning bowl of tobacco. I would think it's also possible the freezing cold could have altered your cadence or smoking technique.
 
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olkofri

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Well, it's not been cold here (oscillating between -13 and -1 °C), but the last two bowls I've had have bitten me. I had some LBWB in a cob last Thursday and it bit me; to-day, I had 3/4 a bowl of an aro and got bitten too. Tongue bite had become a bit of a distant memory. Last week I blamed it on the blend, mostly, but now I wonder if it's the weather. 🤔
 
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Epip Oc'Cabot

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I tend to prefer my pipe tobaccos on the drier side year-round. With that said, I have always found smoking a bowlful outside in very cold conditions ( say perhaps -15 F ) to actually be quite pleasant. in some fashion, the smoke tends to aquire a "denser, almost chalky" texture, and very often a gentle sweetness not as readily apparent to me at warmer temperatures.
 
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alaskanpiper

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No problems so far, but it has only been like 25, not too cold yet.

Most bowls are in my little space heater smoke shack now though, so Ive only had a few outside in the last few weeks.
 
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Casual

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To you folks smoking in the cold, do you keep your pipes outside in the cold, or keep them warm in the house and carry them outside and light?
 
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cosmicfolklore

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Sometimes my toes get chilly in my flip-flops.
Those Northerners will never know the pains of having to wear socks in the winter to be able to keep wearing sandals. puffy

I probably wouldn't leave my pipes in the cold, especially if we are talking below freezing. I can't think of a specific scientific reason for not doing this, except the thought of my little pipes outside all cold makes me sad.
 

Johnny_Pipecleaner

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When I lived in Chicago the bitter cold had quite an effect on my smoking--I quit.

It just wasn't worth it. I couldn't relax/enjoy. I couldn't smoke indoors, so I'd be out on the back deck of our apartment, fully bundled up, but still shivering and rushing through a bowl. My pipe would gurgle a lot, probably due to my pace, but possibly due to the cold air as well. I just gave up altogether.

As far as leaving pipes out in the cold, that sounds risky and borderline abusive. If briar absorbs moisture, and the temperature is below freezing... water expands as it freezes, which seems could cause cracking/damage of some sort?

I live in California now, but still smoke outdoors. My girlfriend of 6 years does not like the smell at all, so I bought a $160 air purifier to keep near the desk where I store my pipes.
 
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alaskanpiper

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Those Northerners will never know the pains of having to wear socks in the winter to be able to keep wearing sandals. puffy

I probably wouldn't leave my pipes in the cold, especially if we are talking below freezing. I can't think of a specific scientific reason for not doing this, except the thought of my little pipes outside all cold makes me sad.
I’ll take a parka any day over perpetual swamp ass.
 

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