Peterson System Pipe Stem Won't Budge

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jerryskid47

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I recently came across some old Peterson system pipes that was someone's grandfather's. They hadn't been smoked in a long while. One's stem won't come off. I am new to cleaning, and refurbishing pipes. I tried freezing it and that didn't work. Any suggestions?
 
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is there a bunch of crud around the mount? what about oxidation on the ferrule?
 

donjgiles

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Work an alcohol soaked pipe cleaner through the stem and let it sit.
If you can get some alcohol between the stem and shank that may help as well.
 
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rushx9

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I was gonna say put it in the freezer for a minute but I see you've already tried that. Maybe if you could get some jojoba or coconut oil in there? I usually wouldn't recommend forcing anything, but if it's just a crudded up friction mount I don't see how it could hurt to just yank it out. I doubt tobacco residue would be stronger than the wood or vulcanite.
 

BROBS

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I would try warming it up with a hair dryer at the mount (to loosen the goop) and then grab the stem with a pair of pliers or vice grips but only after wrapping the stem in cardboard or towels etc so you don't damage the vulcanite. Then twist.. it should come out. don't get it too hot though... just nice and warm on the metal ferrule.
 
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mau1

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I might try adding alcohol in the bowl and have it run through to the stem. Be careful with the alcohol. You don't want to strip the stain. I wouldn't do any yanking because you know what Murphy says...what can go wrong, will go wrong.
 
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