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.