I think the Falcon system is near foolproof and consistently delivers a good smoke and should appeal to the frugal (Scottish) pipe smoker. The OP must have gotten a stem with an obstruction from the factory. Hope it gets solved as there are enough Falcon naysayers here!I've smoked a Falcon for many years and despite NOT being a serial pipe cleaner I've never encountered such a problem. Dry rings in my opinion are just a piss take to make money. I've never used them and neither have any Falcon users I've known over the years. I just give the reservoir a flick now and again to get rid of moisture and shove a pipe cleaner through every so often...which is not very often I must admit.
If not a blockage I can only think it might be a problem with the blend of tobacco you're using?
Absolutely terrific. You have promoted me to stick a Falcon bowl in my cart the next time I place a tobacco order.Update: - I have contacted Falcon directly and they say it is possibly a fault that has occurred during the moulding process, they have offered to send out a replacement stem.
I’ve got to say, when it comes to customer care, this is pretty spectacular - I emailed yesterday (Sunday night, UK time) and they responded within 12 hours to an email that I sent to their general enquiries email address. Good work Falcon Pipes!
I think every one should get at least on Falcon. They're far from my favorite pipe but they give a huge amount of bang for the price. I tend to smoke mine pretty regularly when in the mood for a shorter smoke (i.e. walking home a.k.a. the one time I don't want to spend extra time smoking).Absolutely terrific. You have promoted me to stick a Falcon bowl in my cart the next time I place a tobacco order.