Why You Need to Disassemble a Pipe – Tobacco University 

I know some folks aren’t big on regular, routine maintenance/cleaning of their pipes; I get a little lax at times, too. But for the best performance, enjoyment, and taste from you pipe it is very necessary to have a routine and actually do it.

Being one who enjoys and has restored many old estate pipes I can tell you stories that could make you cringe – no kidding – about the nastiness I’ve seen and cleaned. But one thing most pipe smokers have to deal with at some point, even if you’re not restoring old pipes, is a stuck stem. While unfreezing the stem can be as simple as putting the pipe in the freezer for 30-60 minutes, let’s look at why this happens and what we can do to prevent problems before they occur. You know the old adage “an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure” really proves true in this case, which I hope this short video clip will show.

8 thoughts on “Why You Need to Disassemble a Pipe – Tobacco University 

  1. Great post, Greg. I also put routine pipe cleaning at or near the top of the piper’s chore list. .I actually just finished restoring an estate pipe that had its stem “glued in” by tar, gunk, crud and corrosion. It took the better part of 2 hours to get that stem off the pipe so I could begin to clean it. Yikes!

    • Thank you, Charles.

      Oh my: been there done that! I have an Eldorado I had to heat the stem until the glue on the adjutomatic-fitting released to disassemble and restore it. Lots of work and learning but well worth the effort! 🙂

      • Yes, it can be good fun to work through a repair successfully, but every time I see a filthy or abused pipe, I can’t help but wonder what the owner thought they were doing. My other “favourite” restoration pet peeve is a pipe that’s been used as a hammer to knock out the dottle. Burns my britches every time! 😉

      • Oh, “Amen” to that! Funny how it seems what are often the better the pipe the more it was abused. I just don’t understand that …

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  3. When I first started pipe smoking I would clean the pipe with Everclear after every smoke. I found out that the general pipe community used pipe cleaners after a smoke and maybe once a month used Everclear. I’ve had pipe juice from lack of cleaning come up the stem. It’s not on my list of favorite things. I’ve been neglectful lately with cleaning my pipes, and you just reminded me of its importance. Thanks, Greg.

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