Durability sure is a discriminating factor in choosing a pipe, I'll keep that in count thank youI think of pear wood pipes as not being durable. I'd stick with briar -- or meerschaum, cob, or clay. Briar is classic pipe material, and it is easy to get good pipes, at low cost, if you stick to established brands. Briar pipes last a long time if maintained, most of a lifetime in many cases
If you need something really inexpensive other than a cob, I'd suggest a Missouri Meerschaum hardwood, about six bucks.
Hopefully not the ornamental pear tree. Those things get knocked out all the time.According to USAPears.org, there are 10 varieties of pears in the United States. World wide I would guess that there are possibly thousands. I wonder which one's wood makes the best pipes?
That's what the forum is for! You can learn from other people's stories too.My first pipe was a pear wood, from JoyOldElf on Amazon:
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I can personally corroborate @OzPiper on the point that pear wood is less heat-resistant; far less. My last few times smoking it, I would sip as gentle as if I were nursing a thimble of brandy, but that made little difference. Once I got my first briar (a Savinelli Mattone 601 bent billiard), its only use to me was as a way of trying aromatics I thought might ghost my Sav. In the end, that's precisely what happened--Vauen Auenland Evening Mixture was the last bowl I ever smoked in it, in what I call a "fatal" ghosting. But it served me well in the beginning days.
They are cheap, yes, but if I had to do it all over again, I probably would've gone with a cob out of the gate. But it is what it is, just part of the learning journey.