Wood at the Bottom of Missouri Meerschaum Bowls

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woopigpiper

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I always used briars, but when I got my first MM, I sold all my briars and I am now I'm a pure MM fanboy [:D] I love em that much.
astralogic if this is true, I'm astounded! Haha. I really wish a cob appealed to me that much. What blends and etc. do you typically love and smoke the most?

 

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bluegrasspipe

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I am not really sure this is relavent, but I did enjoy some of this guys modification videos on the MM cobs.

Missouri Meerschaum modification He chisels out the wooden stem entry point and then packs it with pipe mud, changing the draft hole entry, and discusses leaving the wooden stem entry and packing with pipe mud only.

All of which, although interesting seems unnecessary.. :wink:

 

mawnansmiff

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On my only new purchased MM which is a 'Mark Twain' that too had a little of the stem protruding into the bowl. About two minutes with a Marples woodcarving chisel dealt with it no problem.
Some folks are leary about using sharp tools on pipes and I can understand that. The thing is to be confident and work slowly.
Regards,
Jay.

 

btsteve

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I think chiseling out the shank in the bowl and adding pipe mud works great. I did it to all for of my MM's and they smoke wonderfully. I like them even more. It is extremely easy with a sharp chisel and does not take long. I recommend it if you do not like the burning wood taste you sometimes get when it is left in.

 

jtaggie320

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This drives me absolutely bat $h!T crazy with cobs. I've really tried to give them a fair shake and enjoy them, but when they look like a class of kindergarten kids assembled them with with Elmer's glue and fiskar scissors I have a hard time appreciating them. I'm sure I'll get hung for this comment by the cob men around here, but I just can't get over it. I've never enjoyed a cob enough to ignore the thought that I'm inhaling whatever brand of crazy glue that I can see leftover from the process of bonding stem to bowl. Then there's this Haggard looking chunk of wood hanging onto the bowl that I have to work around to pack and clean this damn thing? No thank you. Don't get me wrong, I own plenty of cobs and use them on occasion to fish, mow, or do any other kind of activity where I'm lighting a pipe and then ignoring it. But I've also been known to send them down to Davy Jones' locker after a bowl while fishing with no regrets, or chunk them in the trash after a day of mowing. It's just a $3 cigar in my mind.

 

lasttango

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I cannot relate.
I spend around $5 on a legend. It lasts for a couple months. I've never had a cob catch on fire or emit any kind of weird toxic fumes.

When it starts looking fugly or when it doesn't taste as good I toss it away without concern. It's disposable.
It's a piece of corn with wood and plastic? it's like $5 or $10... I'm happy if it lasts a week. Instead they last a couple months. If anything, the stem wears out too quickly. That's my fault because I clench and chew it.
They've been around forever. They are tried and true. They are what they are?!?!!!
Some people love them, some don't.
You can get them in Walgreens for $5.
They are awesome for what they are.
If folks can extend their lives and modify them to derive more pleasure then that's great!
It's Corn, wood and plastic... it's cheap. They can smoke like a champ. They cost $5-$10. What more do you want?

 

pappymac

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I have a couple of Legends that are 3 or 4 years old. Still smoke them when working outside. This obsession with "too much shank in the bowl" is just that an obsession. If it was that big of a deal they wouldn't be selling 600 - 800 thousands of the pipes every year.
Simply put, if you don't like them, don't smoke them. Just go out to a drug store and buy a cheap Dr. Grabow.

 

tbradsim1

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I always pump some Fireplace Mortar repair on both sides , not because of the wood, because I can clean them better, tobbaco doesn't stay in the cracks.

 

fitzy

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Hmm anyone every try a screen just above the shank extension so you don't have tobacco left underneath the shank?
I just smoke them as they are and don't worry about it. Not crazy about that cob taste though.

 

mawnansmiff

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"I've never enjoyed a cob enough to ignore the thought that I'm inhaling whatever brand of crazy glue that I can see leftover from the process of bonding stem to bowl."
Yet you are quite content to smoke tobacco which contains a plethora of poisonous chemicals?
Quite bizarre.
Regards,
Jay.

 

ben88

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The way I used to deal with protruding shank - microwave cob for about 20 seconds. Pull the shank out. Trim it. Glue it back using carpenters glue. Raise the bottom with pipe mud. "Paint" walls with the same mud using pipe cleaner. Voila.

 

danno44

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I still have my first pipe purchased, a MM Legend from over 2 years ago, smokes great.

When I get a new cob, for the first handful of bowls, once I smell or taste wood, I set the pipe down and let it burn itself out.

Once stem is charred and bottom is caked I don't notice anything funky in taste or how it smokes.

My MM legends are my workhorse pipes when I am doing yardwork or anything other than just relaxing with a pipe. Stuff it with some burley light it and forget it.

 

cortezattic

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Lemme see...

  • buy the cob

    un-glue and remove the shank

    file away the intrusive part of the shank

    re-glue and re-insert the shank

    make some pipe mud and coat the bottom of the bowl

    buy a forever stem
sounds like too much hobbying around for me.

My solution? Buy a Rinaldo and enjoy the ecstasy immediately and forever more.

 

jtaggie320

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""I've never enjoyed a cob enough to ignore the thought that I'm inhaling whatever brand of crazy glue that I can see leftover from the process of bonding stem to bowl."
Yet you are quite content to smoke tobacco which contains a plethora of poisonous chemicals?
Quite bizarre."
Yes Jay, but I'm familiar with the "poisonous" chemicals created during the combustion of tobacco as I've performed extensive research on the subject . I'm not however familiar with what chemicals this or any other form of epoxy creates when burned. I enjoy a good smoke and am aware of the risk associated with it. I'm also semi aware of the risks of huffing spray paint, and therefore choose not to pursue that "hobby". There's a reason that adequate ventilation is required while painting but not life threatening while smoking a pipe. There's quite a difference in my mind.

 

andrew

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After smoking the pipe let the shank smoker on it's own, after about 10 bowls it will have burnt away, speaking from experience

 

webpoppy8

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What about using a hole-saw bit to remove the shank?
Also, why no actual adhesive in "pipe mud"? Isn't there a non-toxic high-temp adhesive that could be used?

 

jazz

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What about using a hole-saw bit to remove the shank?
There is really no need. It will either burn away or go black. It just doesn't matter.
Also, why no actual adhesive in "pipe mud"? Isn't there a non-toxic high-temp adhesive that could be used?
Because there is no need.

 

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