Yes, stop using the reamer so much! You do not need to remove the coating in the chamber, and leaving some of it there is a very good thing. It's called "cake" and provides some insulation to the bowl and protection to the briar.Darn- cleaner that some of my pipes. Am I screwing up? I stopped using the reamer them too much and allow them to get a darker even coat. I clean the heck out of them with pipe cleaners. I mean I am using them like they are going out of style at least after a bowl.
Is that a mistake?
I don't have gurgling and I am not getting a ton of cross-taste IMHO though wth do i know?
No no, I'm not a fanatic reamer :-D I just went as far as I could this once to try to get a view of the walls. I usually keep a coating of 1-1,5 mm for protection and for taste.Yes, stop using the reamer so much! You do not need to remove the coating in the chamber, and leaving some of it there is a very good thing. It's called "cake" and provides some insulation to the bowl and protection to the briar.
I use very few pipe cleaners, being an adherent to the hot water flush after most smokes.
lol I too couldn’t help but notice the weird triangle ;-)Clearly, the Illuminati triangular mark of the previous secret society member is beginning to make itself known. The seller tried to cover it up with wax but that is clearly no match for dark magic, or flake, for that matter.
You are saying it could be an exterior burn. That is possible and actually a rather astute observation. I think it is from tars or whatever leaching through the grain from the inside out. Regardless, at this point, I see no reason to do anything other than continue smoking the pipe in a regular manner.I think it's from laying on it's side in an ashtray.
looks good to go IMO.