I've been smoking cobs for about 60 years and just recently got interested in briars and meers. If you've never smoked a cob, you have been missing out on possibly the best smokes of your life. I have an army of them with the oldest nearly 20yo. Still looks and smokes great. I try to keep them up so they look good. The only reamer they've ever seen is my pen knife. Many pipe cleaners and cotton swabs.