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Dmitri1516

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Jul 7, 2022
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Hi guys, can I know if it's okay to not clean the pipe bowl as thoroughly? I plan to just clean the stem and mouthpiece. The reason being that im trying to conserve my pipe cleaners and it's not a good time to get more due to being busy with work and school

Thanks
 

TheWhale13

Can't Leave
Aug 12, 2021
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Hi guys, can I know if it's okay to not clean the pipe bowl as thoroughly? I plan to just clean the stem and mouthpiece. The reason being that im trying to conserve my pipe cleaners and it's not a good time to get more due to being busy with work and school

Thanks
Wiping out the bowl with a paper towel is cheap and takes 20 seconds. Waterflushing might also be an option. You cant be so busy that you cant spend 2 minutes cleaning the pipe, if you have the time to smoke it.
 

Dmitri1516

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Jul 7, 2022
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Wiping out the bowl with a paper towel is cheap and takes 20 seconds. Waterflushing might also be an option. You cant be so busy that you cant spend 2 minutes cleaning the pipe, if you have the time to smoke it.
I don't mean the bowl itself. I mean the part that connects the bowl to the stem and mouthpiece
 

jpmcwjr

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May 12, 2015
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Pipe cleaners are a must and the cheapest thing apart from matches that you need.

If you do a water flush you will need to dry out the shank, mortise and stem with pipe cleaner(s) after.
For the first couple of years I did so. Then I discovered it really wasn't necessary except when the mortise needed attention. Which, when hot water flushing regularly, means a couple dozen smokes or more before the mortise can get sour.
A dirty airway (shank, mortise and stem) will result in a horrible, sour smoke.
Yes it does! But it needn't be totally clean as in running pipe cleaners through until they come out sparkling white.
 

krizzose

Lifer
Feb 13, 2013
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I water rinse and use a shank brush after each smoke. A shank brush will cost you $2 max, and will last for years. Just wash off the brush with a little dish soap after each use to keep it clean. Before water rinsing I ream the bowl with a paper towel. Use one pipe cleaner to clean the mouthpiece.
 

vosBghos

Starting to Get Obsessed
May 7, 2022
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When I first started I read that green pipe book and it said just run a cleaner through before or after every smoke and never break down the pipe hot/warm. Also I clean out the mortise with a bristle cleaner in the morning and every week or two I dip the cleaners in Vodka just to keep my pipes fresh.The bowls just get a paper towel after each ( ideally) smoke. I have done the salt and Everclear treatment on a pipe that got ghosted and another Estate pipe that had that grandmas house smell , that process exercises any poltergeist and leaves you with a clean slate but be sure to rest the pipe for a good week after you clean out that pepper colored salt.
 
Feb 12, 2022
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Just buy pipe cleaners in bulk, cheapest option.
Regular pipe cleaner through your pipes will allow you to go longer without a deep cleaning. You really wanna get moisture out of the mortise and shank after each smoke, and the stem.
Pipe cleaner through those parts and a quick wipe of the bowl. Cheap, easy and takes just a couple minutes. You'll thank yourself down the road when you pipes don't taste like shit
 

anotherbob

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Mar 30, 2019
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Just buy pipe cleaners in bulk, cheapest option.
Regular pipe cleaner through your pipes will allow you to go longer without a deep cleaning. You really wanna get moisture out of the mortise and shank after each smoke, and the stem.
Pipe cleaner through those parts and a quick wipe of the bowl. Cheap, easy and takes just a couple minutes. You'll thank yourself down the road when you pipes don't taste like shit
pipes get nasty if you don't clean them enough. Taste a bit like dog poop smells.
 

OzPiper

Lifer
Nov 30, 2020
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I know lots have multiple bowls out of the same pipe before cleaning, but I don’t.

Much like I won’t reuse a dinner plate or coffee cup without cleaning them first.
(It’s different if you’re just going back for seconds or topping up a half-finished cuppa) 😁
 

Jef

Starting to Get Obsessed
Oct 10, 2019
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North Carolina
I run a pipe cleaner down the stem and into the bowl after every smoke. If the pipe will not pass a pipe cleaner completely, then I do the stem and bend the cleaner to get into the bowl to get what moisture out that I can. After the pipe cools completely I break it down and get the mortise, shank, and the end of the tennon. Personally, I am not one for running water through my pipes.
Jef
 
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