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Jay_Williams

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PostSubject: Enjoying my new Kirsten Pipe!   Sat Apr 02, 2011 2:29 am

Recently got a smoking deal from the Kirsten Pipe Company, it's a designer with a bulldog bowl and black stem, and of course if you know me it's a 3/4's bent pipe : )

anyone else into these dandy little things?

-Jay
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PostSubject: Re: Enjoying my new Kirsten Pipe!   Sat Apr 02, 2011 9:37 am

I've never tried one. How does it compare to a briar pipe, and do you have any pics?
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PostSubject: Re: Enjoying my new Kirsten Pipe!   Sat Apr 02, 2011 10:59 am

They look very interesting.... How do they smoke? is the cleaning as easy as they advertise?
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Jay_Williams

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PostSubject: Re: Enjoying my new Kirsten Pipe!   Sat Apr 02, 2011 12:15 pm

well the bulldog bowl is made from italian briar which is great, cleaning it does take a little more time, they sell special tools to clean it with...as far as smoking it goes, it makes the tobacco feel "cleaner" i guess you can say? it traps a lot of the moister and heat that gives you tongue bite.

it's a pretty hip pipe i must say
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PostSubject: Re: Enjoying my new Kirsten Pipe!   Sat Apr 02, 2011 12:47 pm

cool, jay! i've been curious to know more about these pipes. the only reason i didn't put more effort into getting one, was i suspected they required a more intricate cleaning process than your average briar pipe (which seems to be the case from what you say). seems like the size is just right to carry it around in your mouth. enjoy your pipe. thanks for sharing! regards, mauricio


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PostSubject: Re: Enjoying my new Kirsten Pipe!   Sat Apr 02, 2011 1:13 pm

Thanks for the info Jay...
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PostSubject: Re: Enjoying my new Kirsten Pipe!   Sat Apr 02, 2011 4:35 pm

Thanks for the info Jay. Its probably worth getting one...
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PostSubject: Re: Enjoying my new Kirsten Pipe!   Sat Apr 02, 2011 6:28 pm

yeah cleaning it is really not so bad, it's pretty easy to maintain...if you can get one for under 70 bucks i'd say go for it to try it out...it's a really interesting pipe

i got mine for 35, it's a little older, this pic is from before i replaced the stem and put a bulldog bowl on it

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PostSubject: Re: Enjoying my new Kirsten Pipe!   Sat Apr 02, 2011 6:44 pm

you got a bent one, very nice! excellent purchase! yes... i've seen them go anywhere from 40s to 80s on ebay. you got a good deal!
thanks for the photo!
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PostSubject: Re: Enjoying my new Kirsten Pipe!   Sat Apr 02, 2011 6:46 pm

yeah i haggled with the guy for a minute, didn't bend his arm too bad though lol
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PostSubject: Re: Enjoying my new Kirsten Pipe!   Sat Apr 02, 2011 9:56 pm

Cool, thanks for the pic. I've never seen one like that.
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PostSubject: Re: Enjoying my new Kirsten Pipe!   Mon Apr 04, 2011 9:57 pm

look what i found...

http://cgi.ebay.com/Kirsten-M-KH-Rineman-smoking-pipe-w-3-bowls-fine-estate-/220764365899?pt=LH_DefaultDomain_0&hash=item336694e44b#ht_500wt_1156

i had no idea they made corn cob bowls for kirstens. that's pretty cool.
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PostSubject: Re: Enjoying my new Kirsten Pipe!   Tue Apr 05, 2011 1:14 am

wow...oh wow i've never seen a cob for a Kirsten!
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PostSubject: Re: Enjoying my new Kirsten Pipe!   Wed Apr 06, 2011 12:31 pm

I own & smoke Kirstens rather regularly, have for decades. I've been meaning to take a bunch of pix of my collection, especially my numerous custom made bowls that really make them much better smokers.

If you're new to Kirstens and/or looking to try one, please allow me to add my totally biased opinion. Almost all the ones for sale on eBay are the small or medium sized stems (the aluminum body), and I fear many have been turned off to them by trying the smaller stems and bowls. Try to find a large stem, preferably the Lancer, and a large or X-large bowl if you can.

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PostSubject: Re: Enjoying my new Kirsten Pipe!   Wed Apr 06, 2011 12:38 pm

Interesting web site that looks at all the different metal pipes. Go to the index and then any of the Kirsten hits to see some interesting examples.

http://www.smokingmetal.co.uk/

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PostSubject: Re: Enjoying my new Kirsten Pipe!   Wed Apr 06, 2011 2:39 pm

Very interesting. Reminds me of something from a 1930s futuristic movie. I'd love to try one.
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PostSubject: Re: Enjoying my new Kirsten Pipe!   Thu Apr 14, 2011 5:24 pm

How much cooler are Kirstens than briar?

I'm thinking of getting one because I'm an outside smoker and the summer heat REALLY makes a difference!
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PostSubject: Re: Enjoying my new Kirsten Pipe!   Fri Apr 15, 2011 1:16 am

I have been intrigued by the Kirstens for awhile now. I own a Kaywoodie Filter and Filter Plus. The regular filter model is mostly for looks; the ceramic filter is just about shot. The filter plus is one of my go to pipes and I was lucky to get it with two bowls. One lightly smoked and the other is unused.
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PostSubject: Kirsten's ROCK!!!!!   Thu May 19, 2011 10:51 pm

Hi,

I have to say, I am a HUGE fan of Kirsten's. I own four of 'em two straight's and two bent's. A.)Cleaning them is nowhere near as much of a P.I.T.A. as a "regular" full briar. B.)The mere fact that you can dump out the dottle by simply pulling out the little chamber for it makes the Kirsten superior to the Falcon in my eyes., C.)You do NOT need to let the pipe rest. You can smoke a Kirsten all day long, day after day. D.)The ability to quickly change bowls makes it very unique, like the Falcon's, and lastly D.)It's always a conversation piece. People always ask me what kind of pipe I'm smoking :-)

Then again, living in the Metro Seattle area, and having the two Kirsten shops at my disposal does make life substantially easy. Rick, the owner is also a very nice guy.

My $.02,

-Laurence
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PostSubject: Re: Enjoying my new Kirsten Pipe!   Fri May 20, 2011 2:29 am

In the past I had several large bent Kirstens, and they were excellent performers. I'd still have them if not for a fire in 1995 that wiped out both my pipes and tobacco. Rebuilding from the ashes, I focused on cobs, but would still get a Kirsten if my interests ran to metal.
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PostSubject: Re: Enjoying my new Kirsten Pipe!   Mon May 30, 2011 8:35 am

I have one. It's a straight pipe. Mike Brissett made some bowls for me many years ago that really turned it into a very nice pipe. I haven't smoked it in a long time, but that's about to change in about 5 minutes. Very Happy
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PostSubject: EasyClean   Wed Jun 15, 2011 4:46 pm

Kirsten's are easy to care for. Shove a paper towel through the body and a pipe cleaner through the mouthpiece, and if you need to you can change the bowl for a different blend and then smoke all day. There is a trap to collect the moisture. Removal of this moisture improves the taste of the smoke. I like to take a pipe cleaner and make a spiral wrap around the mouthpiece stem, so as to create a filter; it's good for about 3 bowls.
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PostSubject: Re: Enjoying my new Kirsten Pipe!   Wed Jun 15, 2011 11:53 pm

forsooth wrote:
How much cooler are Kirstens than briar?

I'm thinking of getting one because I'm an outside smoker and the summer heat REALLY makes a difference!

I find they cool (and dry) the smoke notably for, I believe, three reasons. Forcing the smoke through a small hole into a larger chamber = dropping the pressure = letting the molecules spread out = less heat (think compressor in your air conditioner). Then the rather large surface area of the radiator stem will transmit/dissipate the heat from the smoke into the ambient air with a greater level or efficiency than brier and stem. Finally, because the drip in pressure and cooling also promote condensation within the stem, it pulls notably more moisture out of the smoke than any other type of pipe I know of and a dryer smoke, even if at the same temperature of a wetter smoke, will "feel" dryer in the mouth with less steam.

I must add, however, that place a black stemmed Kirsten in the sun and it will get quite hot. The overall cooling is less in the summer than during cooler months. Perhaps rest it on a block of ice between puffs? Laughing

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PostSubject: Re: Enjoying my new Kirsten Pipe!   Thu Jun 16, 2011 12:02 am

Here I am smoking mine outside a shelter on Isle Royale last spring. Note the taller bowl and longer stem that Mike made for it.




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PostSubject: Re: Enjoying my new Kirsten Pipe!   Thu Jun 16, 2011 8:03 pm

Cool pic Natch! I'd be right there wit'cha....

Cool


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