Is anyone a Pipe smoker?

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  1. CirdanLinweilin

    CirdanLinweilin The Wandering Wastrel

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    I just started on Christmas. I have this awesome Wizard Pipe, and this sweet Vanilla Pipe Tobacco.


    I really do feel like an Inkling!


    How about thee?

    CL
     
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    Tobacco, not for many many many years. When I quit cigarettes way back in the 70's, I took up a pipe for a while, and would have a cigar now and then. The work a pipe took worked well in weaning me off nicotine. Can't say I miss it. As for pipeweed, I didn't give that up until the late 80's.
     

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    use to smoke cigarettes want to get into a pipe, miss smoking.
     
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    CirdanLinweilin The Wandering Wastrel

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    I never went to cigarettes (Thank Heavens), I went straight to a pipe. Mine is a long fantasy "Wizard-Pipe", Churchwarden style.

    It's very enjoyable and relaxing!
    CL
     
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    I wish i had never smoked cigarettes either, i want to smoke organic tobacco out of the pipe. question, does yours have a built in filter? do most?

    all the best people smoke a pipe, that is good enough for me. any place i should look for a good one?
     
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    Mine does not have a filter. I got mine off a site called MedievalCollectibles. They have gentlemanly ones and of course, more fantasy styled ones. I don't know anywhere else I'm afraid.

    I don't know if most have a filter, I've just started to educate myself in the Pipe world.

    I hope this helps
    CL

    KAFPipeWorkshop on Etsy is also very brilliant!

    CL
     
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    No but my dad smokes a lot of pipe everyday. I do with him occasionally. It truly is an artform.
     
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    I don't know about most. Mine does, but it's a cheaper pipe... I would love a high quality churchwarden, but I'm not committed enough to the art. I have a "pick your poisons" approach to the world; I've cut out tobacco use to make room for other vices.

    I can't comment on online retailers. If there's a tobacconist in your area, I would recommend going by to be able to see and handle some of the different styles. I've only gone by the one near me a couple of times, but the guys there are very nice. They always tell me to bring my pipe along so I can sample the blends.

    I do like pipes the most for tobacco consumption. The packing, the kindling, the tending... there's a little more ritual to the occasion and I think that's a good thing.
     
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    I smoked a pipe for nearly 30 years. I enjoyed it. Then I had to quit.

    My advice: If you don’t smoke, don’t start. Tobacco or marijuana, they’re both bad for your lungs, and marijuana is illegal in most places. (For the record, I smoked tobacco.)

    Cigars aren’t as rough as cigarettes. Pipes aren’t as rough as cigars. Smoking a pipe is less expensive than cigars or cigarettes, but it’s still an expensive habit. And however you smoke, you’re risking your health.

    Smoking a pipe is enjoyable. Tolkien smoked until he died at age 81. Maybe he’d have lived longer had he not smoked. I understand the cause of death was a bleeding ulcer complicated by a chest infection. Smoking tobacco aggravates ulcers. (In those days, doctors did not understand that ulcers are caused by bacterial infections, often H. pylori, which is also implicated in tooth decay and heart attacks.) Smoking also makes you much more susceptible to lung infections.

    If you want to live longer, don’t smoke. Pipe smoking reduces your life expectancy by more than 5 years. An extra five productive years would have given us a lot more Tolkien material to pore over.
     
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    Well...that is both frightening and informative. I shall certainly keep this in mind. Thanks Alcuin.


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    yes i smoked near 12 years cigarettes and have not smoked for 14. Still miss it. I struggle at times with slight anxiety [not healthy for you] and smoking helped that. But more than that, i loved it. When we eat modern food [ i try best not to] with processes sugar etc we are risking our lives and reducing our life span. We pick and chose what gives us enjoyment. Just like alcohol. I drink wine [because it is better for you than beer] because i enjoy it. I do so in moderation. When i start to smoke a pipe it will be in moderation, seasonal, organic [no added chemicals etc] grow and smoked from my own land.


    Thanks for your thoughts having considered them, i still want the pipe.
     
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    I smoke this on spliffs. Best stuff in the shire! :D

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    Because of certain security measures on my Mac, I cannot see the image. Please describe? Thanks

    CL
     
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    Because of the image, I've been unsure if you were kidding or not.
    It's a dried flower from the Cannabis genus of plants.
     
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    CirdanLinweilin The Wandering Wastrel

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    No kidding here!
    Ah, okay, thanks for clearing it up.
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    Amazing nug. I like spliffs as well, although I don't smoke tobacco continuously for health.
     
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    Yes, health is a common theme here, it's important to remember that inhaling fumes from the process of combustion is certainly damaging to your health... doesn't matter what you're burning. It's the responsibility of the individual to understand the substances that they're putting into their body. I'm also a believer that everyone should do something that you know is "bad" for you from time to time... Even oxygen will kill us all if it's given enough time to do its thing, I demand the right to pick a few of the poisons that affect me.

    for ages folk in the Shire smoked various herbs, some fouler, some sweeter.
    (The Fellowship of the Ring - Prologue - 2 Concerning Pipe-weed)​

    I think the use of "tobacco" throughout The Hobbit, the term "leaf" as a colloquialism, and the fact that Nicotiana is mentioned in Concerning Pipe-weed all clearly indicate what substance pipe-weed is... but whatever... read it however you like. Among its many forms Art is the interpretation of the audience, right?
     
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    Yeah tobacco is bad but that's how i like to smoke it, mixed. If it's all weed i cough. I also use filters. I have to easy down tho, i smoked too much the other day and i started hearing Sauron's voice from the Hobbit scene where he shows up at Dol Guldur ahaha
     
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    With the usual caveat about smoking in general a given, I'll say

    Yes, I smoke a pipe, and yes it was sparked by reading Tolkien. Here's what I can offer from my experience:

    Most pipes don't use filters. They don't really accomplish anything but trapping moisture, which you don't want to remain in the pipe, so you have to remove them, which means taking out the stem. Do that often enough, and you wear down both stem and shank until the stem is loose in the pipe. Plus the filter interferes with getting a pipe cleaner through, which is something you need to do after every bowl, to remove the moisture.

    Don't leave a pipe cleaner in the pipe. Some people do this, under the impression that it will continue to draw out moisture; all it really does is keep it trapped in the pipe. Run both ends of the pipe cleaner through the pipe, and then stand the pipe vertically; air will do the rest.

    Of course, for a churchwarden, you'll need the double-length cleaners made for it: they're made by a company called Long, appropriately enough, and can be found in most pipe shops. They make the regular kind,too.

    The pipe needs to rest after being smoked. A day is good; two days is better; a week is best. Refill a pipe you've just smoked, and you'll be sorry.

    To that end, if you want to smoke more often than every other day, you need more than one pipe. The visit to the tobacconist suggested above is a good idea -- or was, until yuppies and following generations discovered that cigars made an excellent field for conspicuous consumption. Most "pipe shops" used to carry a wide range of pipes, both expensive and inexpensive, all the way down to the "bowl of pipes" that went for ten dollars or less. That kind of place is getting harder to find, but if you get lucky, ask about "seconds". These are pipes that didn't make it to the "name" category for some reason, often due to pits discovered in the carving process. The pits get filled, which prevents them being "firsts", but usually doesn't affect their smoking quality.

    I'll try to get back to this later -- right now it's time for pizza!
     
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    Most pipes are made of wood from the root of the Mediterranean briar. The wood should be extremely light: as a rule of thumb, the less dense the wood, the better the pipe will smoke. White pipes are made from a light clay called meerschaum. Both briar and meerschaum come from the Mediterranean (or Black Sea) region, although there are also deposits of meerschaum in the United States.

    Good meerschaum floats, but floating your meerschaum pipe will ruin it. And if you wash your briar pipe to clean it, you’ll ruin it, too. (My wife’s grandmother washed her grandfather’s pipes, thinking she was doing him a favor: ruined them all.) Meerschaum starts out white, but slowly discolors with time, giving older meerschaum pipes a distinctive brown coloring. Many people love them, but I preferred briar root.

    Besides pipe cleaners, you’ll need a smoker’s knife to clean the thing. Some pipe stems are made with a trap to stop the tarry condensate from the tobacco from quickly creeping up the stem into the bit: the wooden inside of the stem looks as if it has two bores into the bowl, but the lower one is the trap; Peterson pipes are known for this.

    Squint-eyed Southerner is on the nose about this. Pipes can be really expensive. I’ve had expensive pipes and seconds pipes, and as a rule, the seconds reliably smoke just as well as the more expensive ones; besides, you don’t feel bad if they get lost or broken or stolen. (All those things happened to me.) The other things he points out are also correct:
    • Filters don’t work. You’re smoking tobacco anyway: you’ve already assumed that risk. Enjoy the tobacco.
    • Don’t leave pipe cleaners in the pipe.
      • Buy cleaners by hundreds. You’ll need to use one every time you charge the pipe, or at least once a day for each pipe you smoke.
      • They make cleaners with wire bristles. Get some of those: eventually, the stem will begin to build carbon.
      • Be prepared for your kids, nieces, nephews, and artsy friends to take them and bend them into every crazy shape imaginable, so hide some spares where they won’t find them and use every last one.
    • You’ll need several pipes. You’ll soon have a favorite, but a pipe has to “rest” for several days – I’d suggest at least three or four days – between uses. (That’s another good reason to buy seconds.)
    Look around for tobaccos you like. Most pipe tobacco uses a Virginia tobacco base; most cigarettes use a burley tobacco base. Latakia is really nice, but too strong for me by itself. Preferences abound, but I don’t like Cavendish, except in blends; smoke straight Perique and you’re risking getting ill for about 36 hours: like Cavendish, only in blends. Good pipe stores generally have several “house blends”, often from a commercial tobacco blender, and will sell you smaller sample portions or sometimes even let you fill a bowl on the house, particularly if you are a regular customer. I bought my preferred blend from a tobacconist who mixed his own in Boston, but in lieu of that, there are some excellent tobaccos sold in tins, which keeps better than loose in bags. You can refrigerate and even freeze tobacco. You will eventually need to consider the moisture content: as tobacco dries, it becomes harsher and loses its flavor. For this you can purchase a humidor, but any wooden box with a small jar with a perforated top (a hole or two punched in it; not “lots” of holes, as if you were keeping a live critter) will do, with a damp sponge in the jar to maintain humidity.

    You will need a smoker’s knife, a flat, rounded-end, folding knife. Decent smoker’s knives usually have a tamp on one end, a small flat surface to press the tobacco down into the pipe bowl (so you don’t burn your finger). Most of them also have a straight piece of metal that folds next to the knife-blade for clearing the pipe stem. Decent ones are not terribly expensive, but don’t forget to take them out of your pocket before going through airport security! I can’t tell how many I lost after 9/11 to overly cautious airport cops. Some cops won’t let you into a courthouse or government building with them, either, and while most of them are decent enough, some of them can be real jerks about it, as if you were going to stick up the whole courthouse with a friggin’ smoker’s knife. And if you do wander into the airport security line with it, be sure to call it a “smoker’s TOOL, not a “knife”, point out that it has a rounded end, and maybe you’ll get lucky and the airport security guard will also be a pipe smoker and have mercy on you. (That’s happened, too. :) ) By the way, the rounded end means you always have a great, handy screwdriver in your pocket: smoker’s knives are useful even if you never smoke!

    Finally, you will eventually require a pipe reamer. The bowl of the pipe soon builds a thick layer of carbon, partly from the burned wood, mostly from the remains of the burned tobacco. The bowl will narrow over time. The way to get that out is with a reamer. You’ll either need to buy an adjustable reamer or several single reamers from wide to narrow. I’ve used both, but generally preferred a good adjustable (which I inherited from my wife’s grandfather: he bought more pipes after his wife washed his first set). Don’t remove all the carbon. The carbon layer actually improves the flavor of the pipe, making it milder; it and the fresh tobacco you tamp into it also stain your fingers: you can always tell who smokes a pipe by his fingertips.

    Smoking a pipe is still cheaper than cigarettes or decent cigars, but are you sure you want to do this? It’s really easy to start, it’s very pleasurable, but it’s very, very difficult to stop. It costs a lot of money you could use in other ways, and if you get sick from it, boy, that’s a real mess.
     
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