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Pipe Geek Roll Call
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Hot Stuff x
Posted 8/31/2009 2:02 AM (#38338)
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Was reading the Cigar Geeks Pipe Forum today, and since we have lots of new participants on the site these days, would like to find out who the pipers are. 

I know that Duker and Larry smoke pipes.   I recently took up the hobby as well.   Anyone else?

Edit:  I forgot to mention Guitar Tom, who sometimes mentions what he piped in the Daily Smoke thread.



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Rebecca Silverwolf
Posted 8/31/2009 3:11 AM (#38341 - in reply to #38338)
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I've never smoked a pipe, but I might be interested in giving it a try. Any recommendations for a newbie?
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Posted 8/31/2009 3:59 AM (#38342 - in reply to #38338)
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Like Rebecca Silverwolf, I am inquisitive enough to try a pipe, but then I really need a spin on my already expensive cigar habit! I did though receive 2 pipes that were my Grandfathers, he died over 50 years ago and before my time, they were handed down by my mother and arent anything fancy,
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Posted 8/31/2009 5:44 AM (#38348 - in reply to #38338)
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There are a lots of options when it comes to pipe tobacco.  Rebecca, since you seem to like Acid cigars, I think you might like aromatic (i.e flavored) pipe tobacco.  A corn cob pipe can be had for in the $5-$10 range.  I would recommend surfing the 'net for information about how to pack your piple and other tips.  I learned a lot from reading various forums and also there are some helpful youtube videos. 

As for tobacco recommendations, I'm just getting started myself, but taste is subjective. 

A easy way to start is to buy a pipe starter kit like these at PipesandCigars.com .   They start at around $30 and come with everything you need to get started. 

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Posted 8/31/2009 7:34 PM (#38391 - in reply to #38338)
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I smoke my pipe every so offten, mostly I stick a cigar in it to nub it out.
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Posted 8/31/2009 7:46 PM (#38392 - in reply to #38338)
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Is Captain Black in the white package still a viable option? Or is dimestore pipe tobacco a no-no like Thompson cigars? I've spent several hundred dollars on nice briar pipes from Edwards over the years, but I haven't smoked one in ages. All this talk about pipes is making me want to light one up. Dad used to have his own blend at the local Edward's which was 40% black Cavendish, 40% honey Cavendish, and 20% cherry Cavendish. I really miss the aroma.
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Posted 9/1/2009 1:10 AM (#38402 - in reply to #38392)
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gitfiddl - 9/1/2009 10:46 AM Is Captain Black in the white package still a viable option? Or is dimestore pipe tobacco a no-no like Thompson cigars?

Just like cigars, anything you like is good.  For over-the-counter "drugstore" tobacco, Carter Hall is pretty highly recommended.  But if you have a good tobacco shop nearby that offers blends, that may be a better option. 

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Posted 9/14/2009 9:09 PM (#39440 - in reply to #38338)
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Add me to the Pipe-geek roll.

Right now I only have a solitary Missouri Meerschaum corncob, but just ordered a Yellow-bole. I also did a couple of trades of cigars for some pipe tobacco on another forum.

Now I need to add a couple of inexpensive pipes to the collection and start smoking different blends to find what I like. This is like a whole new world to me. LOL
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Posted 9/14/2009 9:23 PM (#39442 - in reply to #38338)
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I've heard about a maduro pipe tobacco that supposed to taste like a cigar. Wouldn't mind trying that.
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Posted 9/14/2009 10:18 PM (#39459 - in reply to #39442)
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Alphairon - 9/14/2009 10:23 PM

I've heard about a maduro pipe tobacco that supposed to taste like a cigar. Wouldn't mind trying that.


It doesn't. It's a decent pipe tobacco, though. (McClelland Dominican Glory Maduro Cigar Blend Pipe Tobacco).

My favorite dimestore brands are Prince Albert and Half & Half. They mix well together, too. Walnut is good too, I recall. Corncobs are all you really need. Newbies should always get a pipe with disposable filter chambers. I never smoke unfiltered pipes.

Just like with cigars, try fancier blends at your peril. Once you're a connoisseur, it's hard to go back to the cheap stuff.

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Posted 6/13/2010 12:32 PM (#81720 - in reply to #38338)
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I smoke a Peterson 312 when my parents come to visit (a couple weeks each year). For me, pipe smoking is a social activity, and since I have no pipe-smoking friends in this area, it pretty much just sits there the rest of the year.



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Posted 6/13/2010 7:57 PM (#81789 - in reply to #38338)
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I picked up a pipe or two several years ago and really enjoyed it, but have not had anything recently. I'm thinking about getting back into it, but I don't have anything near as nice as some of the pipes I've seen you all show on here.
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Posted 6/14/2010 3:56 AM (#81838 - in reply to #81789)
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akira - 6/13/2010 8:57 PM

I picked up a pipe or two several years ago and really enjoyed it, but have not had anything recently. I'm thinking about getting back into it, but I don't have anything near as nice as some of the pipes I've seen you all show on here.


Cheap corn cobs are some of the best smoking pipes available. The smoke is cool and mild, especially if you use the filters that go with many of them. Don't knock yourself for owning a cheap pipe. Knock yourself for not using it. It's also a lot cheaper than smoking premium cigars. You can put a pipe down and come back to it later. That's a lot stickier with a cigar. You can play tobacco blender with pipe tobaccos. You don't have to have the facilities Don Pepin uses. You can shop around town with a pipe. Stick it in your pocket whenever you enter a no smoking area and then relight it afterward. Try that with a cigar!
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Posted 6/14/2010 3:58 AM (#81839 - in reply to #39440)
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Anthony - 9/14/2009 10:09 PM

Add me to the Pipe-geek roll.

Right now I only have a solitary Missouri Meerschaum corncob, but just ordered a Yellow-bole. I also did a couple of trades of cigars for some pipe tobacco on another forum.

Now I need to add a couple of inexpensive pipes to the collection and start smoking different blends to find what I like. This is like a whole new world to me. LOL


They flavors available with pipe tobaccos are much broader than with cigars. That not only includes what you can purchase, but how you blend them at home.
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Posted 6/14/2010 4:02 AM (#81840 - in reply to #39459)
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ljlemer - 9/14/2009 11:18 PM
My favorite dimestore brands are Prince Albert and Half & Half. They mix well together, too. Walnut is good too, I recall. Corncobs are all you really need. Newbies should always get a pipe with disposable filter chambers. I never smoke unfiltered pipes.


I revisited Walnut and was not as impressed. I have found that I can smoke my fancy meerschaum without a filter most of the time.
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Posted 6/14/2010 4:05 AM (#81841 - in reply to #81720)
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kola - 6/13/2010 1:32 PM

I smoke a Peterson 312 when my parents come to visit (a couple weeks each year). For me, pipe smoking is a social activity, and since I have no pipe-smoking friends in this area, it pretty much just sits there the rest of the year.


That's all in your head. You can unlearn that bias. There are herfers that can only smoke cigars socially. That's an attitude problem also. Throughout your entire life your best friend, if you allow yourself, will be yourself. Enjoy your solitude with a good pipe or cigar. You're not really alone. You are with yourself.
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Posted 6/14/2010 5:10 PM (#81956 - in reply to #81841)
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I smoke a Peterson 312 when my parents come to visit (a couple weeks each year). For me, pipe smoking is a social activity, and since I have no pipe-smoking friends in this area, it pretty much just sits there the rest of the year.


That's all in your head. You can unlearn that bias. There are herfers that can only smoke cigars socially. That's an attitude problem also. Throughout your entire life your best friend, if you allow yourself, will be yourself. Enjoy your solitude with a good pipe or cigar. You're not really alone. You are with yourself.


Yeah I agree, it's all in my head. Maybe if I got a pipe holder it would seem better. Usually when I smoke alone I am also doing something else ... reading, tinkering with some gadget, or whatever, and all too often I need all three hands.

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Posted 6/14/2010 7:09 PM (#81975 - in reply to #81956)
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kola - 6/14/2010 8:10 AM  Maybe if I got a pipe holder it would seem better. Usually when I smoke alone I am also doing something else ... reading, tinkering with some gadget, or whatever, and all too often I need all three hands.

Cobs are good for that...they are usually flat on the bottom and you can set them down on a flat surface and they won't roll over.

If you are in the garage, you can use a roll of electrical tape for a pipe holder...just set the bowl down in the center of the roll.

Bean bags work pretty well too.  I'm sure you have plenty of things laying around that will hold your pipe while you're working.

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Posted 6/14/2010 7:48 PM (#81984 - in reply to #38338)
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I smoke a pipe occasionally. The skill to keep the bowl right is not easy for me.

Here's a decent starter pipe kit ($40) for those that are interested: http://www.cupojoes.com/cgi-bin/spgm?dpt=W&srch=DW&item=sav01kit
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Posted 9/15/2010 2:03 AM (#105537 - in reply to #38338)
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Occasionally I'll smoke my pipe, usually turning to Frog Morton's English Tobacco.
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I see that pipe smokers let their pipes go out and resume smoking later. What factors keep pipe tobacco from turning foul and rancid like some relit cigars? Does the shorter tobacco column collect less stale smoke or something?
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Posted 9/15/2010 7:01 AM (#105555 - in reply to #38338)
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Good question...I'm not sure why that is, but also the storage requirements for pipe tobacco are a lot less rigid....the two phenomonon may be related.

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I smoked a corn cob some in college, but have not smoked a pipe in over 20 years. I might have to try again.
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Twinky - 8/31/2009 8:34 PM

I smoke my pipe every so offten, mostly I stick a cigar in it to nub it out.


I do that too, but only if it's a really great smoke that I don't want to end.
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Alphairon - 9/15/2010 7:57 AM

I see that pipe smokers let their pipes go out and resume smoking later. What factors keep pipe tobacco from turning foul and rancid like some relit cigars? Does the shorter tobacco column collect less stale smoke or something?


If you get the head soggy like I often do, that definitely will kill a relight. I've relit cigars on occasion, usually when I needed time to detox from a strong nicotine dose. I did that with an Opus X Paul kindly bombed me a few years ago. It tasted great the second time around. In fact, I've often put a cigar down because I hated it and then came back an hour or two later and given it a second try and it tasted much better! I never did understand that, but it's happened several times.

A pipe going out, even for days, hasn't affected the flavor more than just a little for me. I keep my meerschaum in the container that came with it (even when the bowl is half-smoked) and that might help keep it fresh.
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