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PostSubject: Re: My Kirsten   Tue Oct 08, 2013 10:06 pm

I just realized the Kirsten with the meerschaum bowl has a twin bore stem!
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PostSubject: Re: My Kirsten   Mon Oct 14, 2013 12:39 am

Received mine on Saturday.....thanks Harry!

No need for me to do anything about the bowl. It's perfect with no fillings and n cake. All I had to do was run a pipe cleaner dipped in surgical spirits through it and ...Bob's you uncle.

I packed it with some of a local brand called Assegai (spear). The draw is somewhat restricted for my taste as I'm used to wide open airways. But after some adjustment to my smoking, I'm enjoying my newest addition to my flock. The bowl is conic but I find no problem with that. And I've got something to show off with at our next club meeting !!!

Thanks once more Harry cheers 
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PostSubject: Re: My Kirsten   Mon Oct 14, 2013 6:32 am

Pete - I hope you enjoy yours as much as I have enjoyed mine.
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PostSubject: Re: My Kirsten   Mon Oct 14, 2013 8:20 am

your Welcome Pieter! glad you like it
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PostSubject: Re: My Kirsten   Mon Oct 14, 2013 2:32 pm

I'm still afraid to try mine, at least until I find out a way to de-stink the bowl a little. I also noticed the briar stain is sensitive; I had red-colored alcohol at the base when I was cleaning the airway... Hrm... scratch ...gonna be a challenge.

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PostSubject: Re: My Kirsten   Mon Oct 14, 2013 7:20 pm

Kyle I'd try plugging the draft hole with a bit of wax then do the S/A treatment. When you're done just heat it up and wipe away the wax.

Jim
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PostSubject: Re: My Kirsten   Mon Oct 14, 2013 11:50 pm

Good idea huffelpuff. I was going to suggest cotton and alcohol.

I like mine (Thanks Harry). It is a 1/4 bent stamped H. It is a nose warmer. I have put MC Epitome, a Virginia flake, rubbed out in it with mixed results. That mixture does not like me. I tried H of C Seven of nine, a Virginia ribbon cut, today with much better results. It was consumed to the bottom with 2 relights. Smoked itself mostly. I did pack it very firmly and gave a hard pack tamp at mid bowl.

My only complaint is the small bowl size that the standard Kirsten uses. A custom extra large bowl may look strange on the nose warmer but I like a longer smoke.

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PostSubject: Re: My Kirsten   Thu Oct 17, 2013 10:07 pm

loneredtree wrote:
I have cleaned mine and am set to try it out tomorrow.

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I do not think that they reply to E mails. You need to call them.

Below is a breakdown of the letter designation for Kirsten pipes.

Thanks loneredtree great info.

Do you have any info about the height of the various bowl sizes?

Regards, Mike
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PostSubject: Re: My Kirsten   Fri Oct 18, 2013 1:46 am

No Mike I do not have any info. You might ask those of us who have Kirsten pipe to measure them. I have what looks like one Mandrain and one Dynasty. They are similar. I guess that they are the standard size.

The chambers on them are to small. Can you make larger ones? I would like to have one made or find out who will do that.

Marshall
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PostSubject: Re: My Kirsten   Fri Oct 18, 2013 7:30 am

By too small do you mean too shallow, or too narrow? My Kirsten bowl has a bowl that is at least an inch in diameter, but is probably only an inch and a quarter deep and tapers sharply (V shaped). It seems huge but it's not going to hold a lot of tobacco because it's not deep at all.

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PostSubject: Re: My Kirsten   Fri Oct 18, 2013 9:25 am

I'm guessing my bowl is going to be the exception here but it's drilled with straight walls and is 7/8x7/8. Hope this is of some help.

Jim
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PostSubject: Re: My Kirsten   Fri Oct 18, 2013 9:36 am

Puff Daddy wrote:

By too small do you mean too shallow, or too narrow? My Kirsten bowl has a bowl that is at least an inch in diameter, but is probably only an inch and a quarter deep and tapers sharply (V shaped). It seems huge but it's not going to hold a lot of tobacco because it's not deep at all.
This describes mine as well. When I called Kirsten, it was to figure out just what they called this size. I was going to buy a bowl or two from them. They said they had no clue what I had from my measurements because so many different things were done over the years.
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PostSubject: Re: My Kirsten   Fri Oct 18, 2013 11:43 am

By to small, I mean that it does not hold enough tobacco. I have not timed the smoke but I would guess 30 min smoke. A normal group 3 or 4 lasts me 1 to 2 hours.


Mines has a tapering chamber with straight sides. .89 in deep top diameter .89 in bottom diameter  .5 in


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PostSubject: Re: My Kirsten   Fri Oct 18, 2013 11:12 pm

loneredtree wrote:
No Mike I do not have any info. You might ask those of us who have Kirsten pipe to measure them. I have what looks like one Mandrain and one Dynasty. They are similar.  I guess that they are the standard size.

The chambers on them are to small. Can you make larger ones? I would like to have one made or find out who will do that.

Marshall
Thanks Marshall.

I have about a dozen bowls completed and will try to get pics of them over the weekend.

Regards,
Mike Brissett
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PostSubject: Re: My Kirsten   Sat Oct 19, 2013 7:24 am

Mike... How will these bowls attach? Do they come with a hollow screw, or do you have to transfer hardware from the original bowl?
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PostSubject: Re: My Kirsten   Sat Oct 19, 2013 10:04 am

FR: I have made the screw for one that I rebuild/rehabilitated. You can do that if you need to. I do not have a lave ( sp) to make the bottom washer type of hardware but it could be done. My rebuilt bowl does no have the bottom hardware so it is not a necessity.
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PostSubject: Re: My Kirsten   Sat Oct 19, 2013 1:17 pm

I was wondering if you could just get a screw of the appropriate size and drill it. It would not seem too difficult, but I was uncertain of the details.
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PostSubject: Re: My Kirsten   Sat Oct 19, 2013 6:31 pm

It is a special head on the screw. I do not remember the name right now. I drilled it with a drill press. If you need info I will get it.

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PostSubject: Re: My Kirsten   Sat Oct 19, 2013 6:45 pm

If I end up getting a bowl, I might. Thanks...
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PostSubject: Re: My Kirsten   Sun Oct 20, 2013 12:04 am

Fr_Tom,

I do not have the hardware for these bowls, but they will accept the standard factory screw and base plate.

If you are interested in making your own screw, the type you want is a Fillister head machine screw.
with a 10/32 thread. The head diameter is 3/8". An overall length of .425" seems to work well for most
bowl/radiator combinations. I would be cautious not to overtighten a steel screw in an aluminum base
plate or radiator

Kirsten claims to have made three different length screws but were unable to tell me what length they were and which bowl/radiator combinations they fit. It seems all 3rd generation Kirstens used the .425 " screws.

If anyone can supply me with information regarding lengths other than .425" I would greatly appreciate it.

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Mike Brissett
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PostSubject: Re: My Kirsten   Sun Oct 20, 2013 1:29 pm

Got mine figured out. I had a flashback epiphany. Remembered a thread from a long time ago where we were talking about the pot shape and how, though it was popular as a pipe for smoking English blends in, a lot of guys actually preferred the pot for virginia flakes. My Kirsten bowl is similar to a pot, sort of, in that it is quite wide and not terribly deep. Granted, it is a V shape at the bottom, but that shouldn't be a problem with a ginnyweed flake. Stuffed a nice pluggy wad of SG Medium Virginia flake into the Kirsten and it smokes really nicely. Really. Not just OK, but really well. great flavor coming through, no bite. The draw is a little slower than ideal but not a problem, just requires a more patient, relaxed cadence.

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PostSubject: Re: My Kirsten   Thu Oct 24, 2013 9:24 pm

I have some new replacement bowls for sale in the Town Crier.

Regards,
Mike brissett
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PostSubject: Re: My Kirsten   Fri Oct 25, 2013 4:22 am

I love my Kirsten, it's a kick-ass little pipe. The draw is a bit restricted but there's nothing I can do about it, so I've made peace with that. It taught me to puff softly, the way a pipe should be smoked.

I've filled it with Borkum Riff Admiral's Flake this morning for my first smoke of the day. And what a smoke!!  I had to sit down after the first couple of draws because my head was spinning.  It really delivers vitamin N in a big way.

I'm a happy chappie cheers bounce cheers


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PostSubject: Re: My Kirsten   Fri Oct 25, 2013 4:25 am

Puff Daddy wrote:
My Kirsten bowl is similar to a pot, sort of, in that it is quite wide and not terribly deep. Granted, it is a V shape at the bottom, but that shouldn't be a problem with a ginnyweed flake. Stuffed a nice pluggy wad of SG Medium Virginia flake into the Kirsten and it smokes really nicely. Really. Not just OK, but really well. great flavor coming through, no bite. The draw is a little slower than ideal but not a problem, just requires a more patient, relaxed cadence.
My bro', you've said it all. I can't add anything, exactly the way I feel about my little one Laughing 
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PostSubject: Re: My Kirsten   Thu Oct 31, 2013 2:01 pm

The somewhat restricted draw of my Kirsten sent me to my toolbox today. I've VERY CAREFULLY opened up the airways by doing some drilling

I've enlarge the hole through the screw that attaches the bowl to the "body" of the pipe. I've also removed the "stinger" and drilled through it from the stem side. The "stinger" can be taken out quite easily by gripping it with pliers and rotating the stem.

But, please be warned; If you should try doing this, be very careful. If anything goes wrong, your pipe will be F.U.B.A.R

The difference, though small, does make the draw easier.

I LOVE MY KIRSTEN cheers bounce cheers 
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