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tiltjlp

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PostSubject: Review Of MM's New Maple Pipes   Sat Jan 26, 2013 10:30 pm

MM will soon begin offering Maple hardwood pipes in their three most popular corncob shapes, the apple-Diplomat, the Spool, and the Country Gentleman. I was able to purchase one of each to smoke and evaluate, and will offer my honest opinion, pro and con, in order to help you decide if these new basket pipes might deserve a place in your rack. They will sell at $14.59 each, and the trio will ship for $51.27 at least in the US, which seems like a fairly good price.



All three have the same construction, and the same improved Danish Bit that their cobs have, and come with the same filter most of us remove and discard. So if you like the open draw that make cobs cool smoking, youíll like the draw of these Maple pipes too. It seems to me that any blend smoked in these cob-shaped hardwood pipes tastes truer, or maybe fresher, than the tobacco will taste in cobs, briar, or metal pipes. It wonít be obvious with every tobacco, but several blends I enjoy regularly really did taste better in one of these Maple Cobs, as I now call then

One thing I will caution about is that these Maple pipes do seem to smoke hotter than corncobs. Luckily I smoke very slowly, and was able to control the amount of heat coming through the bowl. But as Strong Irish, who has smoked one of these Maple Cobs mentioned, unless you smoke as slowly as I do, youíll probably need to allow cake to build in them, before youíll find them acceptable. I like them so much that I have ordered a second set of three, although I donít need any more pipes. While these Maple hardwood pipes wonít replace my cobs, or my few briars, I will add them to my rotation and look forward to enjoying them.

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PostSubject: Re: Review Of MM's New Maple Pipes   Sun Jan 27, 2013 7:23 am

Nice general review, thanks.
I'm not surprised at all to hear that a bowl cake would smooth out the smoke.
How does a maple cake build up compare to a briar one in terms of time Question
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PostSubject: Re: Review Of MM's New Maple Pipes   Sun Jan 27, 2013 1:17 pm

Soooo, it looks like the apple shape would be the coolest smoker, since it puts most wood where the fire will glow longest and hottest.

I'm wondering if the move to maple is at least partially a response to a cob shortage. Damn ethanol.
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PostSubject: Re: Review Of MM's New Maple Pipes   Sun Jan 27, 2013 3:04 pm

Perfect initial review. I look forward to getting on even more.

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PostSubject: Re: Review Of MM's New Maple Pipes   Sun Jan 27, 2013 3:09 pm

yadan wrote:
Nice general review, thanks.
I'm not surprised at all to hear that a bowl cake would smooth out the smoke.
How does a maple cake build up compare to a briar one in terms of time Question

Since I've only had them a week, I couldn't answer that yet. But the inner walls of the Diplomat Maple are getting a bit rough, so I would expect them to form cake fairly easily.
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PostSubject: Re: Review Of MM's New Maple Pipes   Sun Jan 27, 2013 3:12 pm

KevinM wrote:
Soooo, it looks like the apple shape would be the coolest smoker, since it puts most wood where the fire will glow longest and hottest.

I'm wondering if the move to maple is at least partially a response to a cob shortage. Damn ethanol.

Yes, but if you push any of them too hard, they tend to really heat up. Which could be a good way to force yourself to smoke slower, since you'll notice right away when they begin to heat up.
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PostSubject: Re: Review Of MM's New Maple Pipes   Sun Jan 27, 2013 11:07 pm

So...

...when will they be available? I assume MM's main site will carry them until they hit other vendors...
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PostSubject: Re: Review Of MM's New Maple Pipes   Sun Jan 27, 2013 11:23 pm

Kyle Weiss wrote:
So...

...when will they be available? I assume MM's main site will carry them until they hit other vendors...

If I remember what Marilyn told me, within a month or so.
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