What Are Your Largest Pipes.

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B.Fee

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I have two large pipes. The top one is a Mario Grandi, the middle cob for size relationship and the bottom one is a Heisenberg pipes. I've been intimidated to give them a go as I'm only now figuring out my "regular size" pipes. Will a large pipe load and smoke the same as a smaller one? Tell me about it. Thanks 🤙
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anotherbob

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I say with a bigger pipe you need to pack lighter then with a smaller pipe. With my nosewarmer I cram the tobacco in and it smokes great with a perfect draw with my biggest pipes I pack with a much lighter touch and they still smoke for a really long time. And also some blends really really go great in a bigger pipe. Certain tobaccos are more reactive to a long smoke then others as in the flavor will evolve and deepen over a smoke. A really good example of this is G.L.Pease Key Largo. After a really long smoke of that the end of the smoke is just kind of perfect and sublimely beautiful.
 

jerseysam

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Excluding some of the more exotic bowl shapes, I actually found larger pipes to be more forgiving/easier to learn proper packing on when I re-started with pipes. With small/mid sized chambers, starting out I could over-compress trying to get in what felt like 'enough' tobacco for a good sit n' smoke. With a larger pipe, I had more confidence to simply small-pinch fill and tap level with one top off. Maybe it filled the pipe up, maybe I stopped 3/4....but by nature of greater capacity it gave me more confidence playing with my pack. In terms of smoking....you shouldn't need any big change in approach. Light n' go.

I tend to stick with chambers around 2 inches to this day.......I can keep most all size pipes smoking cool, but just like to be able to sit and smoke for a while if I'm going to take the time to prep a pipe.
 
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edger

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Sorry to be a contrarian but for me large (capacity) pipes exhaust my palate. I quite like the middle and bottom of a bowl as the flavors and aromas concentrate, but I have to put a large pipe down before I get there. I guess I'm not big on relighting a pipe either. Some blends allow that but others don't. I like to enjoy a bowl from false light to bottom in one go.
 

B.Fee

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My Heisenberg pipes chamber is 1"x2 1/2", the Mario Grandi is also 1"x2 1/2" . Thank you for the comments so far. I'm going to load a bowl and give it a go.🤙
 
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mso489

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My biggie is not a monster pipe, but sufficient for a deep mediation or brain storming session or a sequence of shorter smokes over a couple days. It is an honest Group 6, a semi-rusticated Johs quarter-bent apple that was given to me by my wife, Christmas 2010.
 

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