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AlabamaDan

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I dumped the salt and started a fresh batch. It still smelled pretty bad. We'll see how tomorrow goes. As for the stinger, are these supposed to be holes? They are completely plugged.16951
 

AlabamaDan

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Wow. A new batch after 12 and another dark brown. I’ll just let it keep sitters big for now. I’ve still got to determine of that sting should have four holes or not.17037
 

AlabamaDan

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Whew. Dumped the salt today and did a round of pipe cleaners and q-tips. This sure is a dirty pipe. I put the chamber back into another salt bath. This is #3.

had to develop a method to soak the stinger in alcohol without getting it down. I don’t think the stem is vulcanite and don’t want to mess it up like I did the plastic one. 1716217161
 

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scloyd

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I would take a paper clip and try to scrap some of the gunk out of the stinger holes.

There are a lot of different stingers. Here's 4 different stingers and the one on the far right (Emperor Bent Bull) was just caked up with gunk and some oxy-clean soaking and plenty of pipe cleaners I got it like new.

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As for the salt bath...that same pipe needed three salt baths.
 

mso489

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crash's Ruf-Tone looks about like mine, with a little brighter stain, and apparently definitely briar, like mine, though mine is a different shape, sort of an author. But Alabama's Ruf-Tone does look like another material -- look at the rim for example -- or maybe some kind of a finish that is different. I'm not sure what's going on there, but it raises the question of material, or if it is briar, is there a coating on the finish beyond stain? Alabama, working on the pipe, does it become more convincingly briar or do you still have questions?
 

rushx9

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My rufftone has the same stem/stinger setup as yours. It's definitely not removable but the top hole passes a pipe cleaner, especially cheap craft chenille straws, which I always keep handy.
 
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rushx9

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crash's Ruf-Tone looks about like mine, with a little brighter stain, and apparently definitely briar, like mine, though mine is a different shape, sort of an author. But Alabama's Ruf-Tone does look like another material -- look at the rim for example -- or maybe some kind of a finish that is different. I'm not sure what's going on there, but it raises the question of material, or if it is briar, is there a coating on the finish beyond stain? Alabama, working on the pipe, does it become more convincingly briar or do you still have questions?
@mso489 Is yours like mine?
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rushx9

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Also, I had good luck cleaning the stem with toothbrush/toothpaste. You can put some toothpaste on a pipe cleaner and get the inside that way too. I usually give the chamber a good brushing after salt/alcohol treatment too... just do it somewhere back spray from the bristles won't be an issue.
 
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AlabamaDan

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working on the pipe, does it become more convincingly briar or do you still have questions?
It still doesn’t feel like Brian to me. If it is it has a varnish or something on the out side. The inside is still full of cake so I can’t tell from the chamber.
 
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mso489

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rushx9, nice looking pipe, and yes, mine is generically very similar in texture and carving, although yours (to my eyes) looks perhaps more apple shape, and mine more author, with a slightly flatter wider bowl. But yes, they likely came off the same line. When mine arrived, it looked like a good little cooker, but pretty plain Jane, but it has grown on me in that American factory pipe way, like a 1950's Chevrolet coupe.
 
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rushx9

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It still doesn’t feel like Brian to me. If it is it has a varnish or something on the out side. The inside is still full of cake so I can’t tell from the chamber.
I'm pretty sure they are varnished. I have a kaywoodie saxon that also feels questionable, like its finished with a layer of acrylic or something. I think maybe they boil their stummels in oil? Does it have "imported briar" or similar stamped on the bottom?
 

rushx9

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Nm, I just looked at your first pic again. I think the illegible stamping under Ruf-Tone says imported briar. Could be wrong though.
 

rushx9

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rushx9, nice looking pipe, and yes, mine is generically very similar in texture and carving, although yours (to my eyes) looks perhaps more apple shape, and mine more author, with a slightly flatter wider bowl. But yes, they likely came off the same line. When mine arrived, it looked like a good little cooker, but pretty plain Jane, but it has grown on me in that American factory pipe way, like a 1950's Chevrolet coupe.
I was impressed by how well mine smokes, even with the stinger. Like an ugly girl that tries harder in the ways that really count... gotta get her hot and appreciate the inner beauty 🤣
 

AlabamaDan

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A little piddling tonight. Look how much stuff came off the stinger. 17397
I wiped it with a paper towel
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And now it does look cleaner. The thee holes on the little ball end still are black. Do they get better? Is there something in there like a screen?17398
 

rushx9

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A little piddling tonight. Look how much stuff came off the stinger. View attachment 17397
I wiped it with a paper towel
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And now it does look cleaner. The thee holes on the little ball end still are black. Do they get better? Is there something in there like a screen?View attachment 17398
Nothing inside, they are just indentations. A toothbrush or bristley pipe cleaner will get in there. Also works well on the screw threads.
 
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AlabamaDan

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Well after the 3 salt baths and a couple days of coffee grounds it no longer stinks. Now it just smells Like a normal pipe.

Also, it reads imported briar but I swear it has some kind of paint or varnish or something on it.
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