- Aug 30, 2011
I hope there’s not a right answer here.
that's disgusting. A pipe named after a type of dog. I am horrified. Everyone knows the best pipes are named after professions. Actually had one pipe for many years never saw a need for morethis will horrify many,but I have just one pipe, a Pete Rhodesian,and I smoke it for three bowls a day,every day. I use a pipe cleaner after each bowl....
I like that adviceThere is no wrong or right way for cleaning.
This is certainly going to get down to personal preferences, and someone’s time, and the amount of pipes someone owns.
But, I do think that, if someone owns some very fine, high quality pipes, they are going to clean them right after smoking, unless they don’t care.
If you clean a pipe right after you smoke it, then, there is not going to be a need for a Deep Cleaning, or Reaming.
Deep Cleaning, as I’ve come to understand here on the forum, is when you soak the chamber in Everclear, either filled with Salt, or a cotton ball over night.
Also, if you use a paper napkin, or towel to wipe out the chamber after smoking, you’ll never build a thick cake that needs reaming. You also only need, what I call, a 1mm layer of carbon inside a chamber.
I always wipe the chambers out after smoking, with either a paper towel or napkin, then run a few cleaners through the shank and stem. I only take the stem off after I’ve smoked the pipe a few times, then I’ll run a q-tip around inside the mortise.
The only slight deep I will do, depending on how much I have smoked the same pipe, is to occasionally runner a few cleaners dipped in Everclear through the shank and stem, and a q-tip dipped in Everclear to wipe the mortise out, also occasionally.
Then with vulcanite, or cumberland stems, I’ll rub some Obsidian oil on them after every smoke and let it sit for while, and later rub off.
For the Briar, I will use pipe cloths untreated to wipe off, and every few weeks or a month, wax them.
I typically will smoke the same pipe all day—anywhere from 4-10 bowls, depending—unless I’m changing tobaccos. After a day’s smoking, I will wet a a pipe cleaner with 151-proof rum and run it through the stem and shank, then fold it in half and wipe out the bowl. Then it goes back in the stand to rest/dry.There comes a point in time when every pipe in my rotation deserves a good deep cleaning. Typically, when I finish a bowl, I run a pipe cleaner through to dry the interior of the stem and using the pointed end of my tamper, I clear the ashes and dross. Then replace it into the pipe rack. In the past I have even resorted to leaving a pipe cleaner in the stem between smokes.
But after some time, it can become difficult to truly taste the tobacco as much as I'd like. I must face the slightly daunting task of deep cleaning 30 pipes.
With a snap of latex, on go the gloves.
My deep cleaning routine usually consists of disassembling the pipes and running pipe cleaners dipped in de-natured alcohol through the stem then separately though the briar bowls. I then repeat with a dry pipe cleaner. If the cake is excessively thick, I will do a light reaming of the bowl. I then leave the disassembled pipe out to dry over night.
I'm certain every piper has his own routine for deep cleaning pipes. What is your routine?