Picture Request; Your Meer After Reaming Out the Bowl

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nick24601

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EDIT: Fixed Capitalization in Title (See Rule 9) - Bob

Hi,

I've been smoking briar for over 10 years and am now finally getting my first meer (a baki, from lurking it seems to be the number one, if not a top choice). I understand that you can't use a standard reamer on it, most videos and posts say to instead use a tobacco knife/towel with water. What I am having a hard time finding though is what the bowl should look like after a proper reaming.

It should take some time until my meer gets here from China so while I wait I would be more than thankful for any pictures of your meers after cleaning the bowl. While there are many, many, many videos discussing the numerous ways to wax the pipe no one really touches on this that I can find (or maybe they go over it after talking for 20+ minutes on waxing I dunno). Also any tips for a completely new meer smoker would be more than appreciated.
 
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tkcolo

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I ream mine under it's monthly hot water wash. I've never worried about it. First pic is one I did last week.

Random second/third before/after picture. This is my beater meer that I finally did my experiment of boiling it in a pan with black cavendish, just to see what the color would do. I boiled it for maybe an hour. Turned a mocha color and lost a little character. The interesting effect is that it adds a residual cavendish sweetness to anything you smoke in it. Ordinarily that would annoy me, but I love it for Black Frigate. I keep meaning to play around with other blends, but I like it for Frigate so much I just keep using it. After 10 bowls, the sweetness has not diminished at all.
 

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nick24601

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When I still had them I just used unscented baby wipes. Paper towels will leave traces of carbon an cause micro scoring in the chamber that can collect carbon.

Luckily I have a Costco sized cube of those :) Did you rinse out the cleaner afterward or did it not effect taste?
 
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olkofri

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I love this! Thank you, @nick24601! I’m closing in on my first meer, and frankly I’m kind of leery of them b/c I don’t really know how to care for meerschaum.

I was going to slide questions to @chasingembers snd @olkofri, and others on the sly!

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LOL. I'm learning as I go too! I just learnt I need to buy baby wipes! Makes sense, though, the paper towel is indeed a bit abrasive. Keep in mind that sepiolite has a Mohs hardness of 2 (only talc is softer), and thus can be scratched by pretty much anything, even a finger nail (Mohs hardness of 2.5).

Here, see this quick reference: Mohs Hardness Test - https://www.oakton.edu/user/4/billtong/eas100lab/hardness.htm

If a copper penny (Hardness = 3) can scratch a Meerschaum, imagine what the steel from a Czech tool's spoon or, Heaven help us, a reamer would do! :eek:
 
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Spa32

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You should not have to reem a meer really ever unless you buy a dirty one via the estate market. After each smoke you are best off to wipe with a paper towel and then use fluffy cleaners until clean
I do this after each bowl and I still have a thin carbon build up.
 

brian64

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I do this after each bowl and I still have a thin carbon build up.

+1 ... I always do this, but I still get some build-up over time...and I occasionally have to ream.

I’m closing in on my first meer, and frankly I’m kind of leery of them b/c I don’t really know how to care for meerschaum.

Embers' baby wipes suggestion is probably a good idea, and maybe it would prevent ever having to ream...I don't know. But I've never been one to "baby" my meers. I don't handle them any differently than a briar, and haven't had any problems with them.

I even have three that had bad draws, and I just opened them up a little with a regular cordless drill and they smoke fine now.

The only difference from a briar is I never use alcohol except on the stems of course. I just occasionally use doubled-over pipe cleaners to run through the shank for a better cleaning.

One of the reasons I like meers is to me they are low maintenance. But follow my advice at your own risk lol.
 
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weezell

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Well here we go! I am a heathen. I run a pipe cleaner thru mine and double over the pipe cleaner and swab the bowl. That's it. I use Philtapad or meer plugs in the pipes I smoke the most. It helps color them the way they did back in the day. When they become nasty,I "CAREFULLY" remove them, take a Swiss Army knife and ream the bowl out. NEVER do I take my very old ones apart as it will not end up well. ( I know from experience)...



 

olkofri

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+1 ... I always do this, but I still get some build-up over time...and I occasionally have to ream.



Embers' baby wipes suggestion is probably a good idea, and maybe it would prevent ever having to ream...I don't know. But I've never been one to "baby" my meers. I don't handle them any differently than a briar, and haven't had any problems with them.

I even have three that had bad draws, and I just opened them up a little with a regular cordless drill and they smoke fine now.

The only difference from a briar is I never use alcohol except on the stems of course. I just occasionally use doubled-over pipe cleaners to run through the shank for a better cleaning.

One of the reasons I like meers is to me they are low maintenance. But follow my advice at your own risk lol.
:eek::eek::eek:

And here I was thinking you were the expert in Meerschäume to consult!
 

nick24601

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Well here we go! I am a heathen. I run a pipe cleaner thru mine and double over the pipe cleaner and swab the bowl. That's it. I use Philtapad or meer plugs in the pipes I smoke the most. It helps color them the way they did back in the day. When they become nasty,I "CAREFULLY" remove them, take a Swiss Army knife and ream the bowl out. NEVER do I take my very old ones apart as it will not end up well. ( I know from experience)...




When you read them do you go until it's white? Or more streaked like@tkcolo?
 
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