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Raindog9



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Registration date : 2015-05-27

PostSubject: A Sad Day for my Favorite Pipe    Wed Jun 03, 2015 7:16 pm

So,

I bought my very first pipe nearly 10 years ago in Boston, from L.J Peretti Co. It was a beautiful little Peterson's of Dublin Calabash, with a small comfortable bowl that I learned smoked flake like a prayer. The only problem is, no matter what I did i could never figure out how to "cool" smoke it. It was ALWAYS hot, even when I was as gentle as i could be, just sipping the smoke and savoring the flavor. But time and again it always got too hot to touch.

I've been smoking pipe on and off now since 2006-2007, and that particular pipe has followed me everywhere. Its been the only one of the 4-5 i've owned in my lifetime to survive (others broken, stolen, lost or given away as gifts)... Until now.

A dark band is beginning to form on the exterior of the bowl, gobbling up the beautiful grain:



I love this pipe like an old friend. It's followed me from MA to MT, to fishing and camping expeditions in Alaska and Idaho, and back home to New England. It has sentimental value. Is it time to hang it up as a show and tell piece, or can it be saved?

If anyone knows how I can patch this spot without burning all the way through, please let me know!

Thanks all!

-Matt
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Brewdude

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Location : Near the Emerald city
Registration date : 2011-05-04

PostSubject: Re: A Sad Day for my Favorite Pipe    Wed Jun 03, 2015 8:33 pm

Two words - pipe mud.

Do a search here. You'll find details.


Cheers,

RR
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juanmedusa

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Location : Falls Church, Virginia
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PostSubject: Re: A Sad Day for my Favorite Pipe    Wed Jun 03, 2015 9:28 pm

I don't know if there's any great gain in retiring it with a hot spot instead of a burnout. I guess there is if you feel strongly about it but if you're retiring it because it's become unsmokeable I'd figure I'd just smoke it till it's really unsmokeable. So I'd research Brewdude's suggestion because it could help and then I'd go for it. Why not. Sorry it's gone this way that really is an attractive piece of wood. Lovely Birdseye and a Republic of Ireland make. Good luck.
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Cartaphilus

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Location : East Texas
Registration date : 2011-12-15

PostSubject: Re: A Sad Day for my Favorite Pipe    Wed Jun 03, 2015 9:50 pm

Even with the interior of the tobacco chamber muded ,if you continue to smoke using the same habit it will not save it.
Ya gotta slow down mit the puff''en sir. Even then you'll not be able to get rid of the scorch mark, it's burnt into the
wood from in inside out.
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Fr_Tom

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Location : Diocese of Northern Indiana
Registration date : 2013-05-29

PostSubject: Re: A Sad Day for my Favorite Pipe    Thu Jun 04, 2015 8:22 am

I was given a pot with spider webbing, a dark spot on the bowl, and a small crack developing in the middle of the dark spot. I felt sorry for it. I like pots. I am cheap/frugal/whatever.

I resisted the temptation to poke anything or discover the depth of the spider webbing. I worked honey/cigar ash mud into the internal cracks and was very paranoid about bowl temp the first dozen bowls or so. It is a great smoker, and I figure if it suddenly burns out, I got a few more great smokes out of it. I claim it will hold up for a long time...
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Dutch

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Location : On the road.......
Registration date : 2010-11-06

PostSubject: Re: A Sad Day for my Favorite Pipe    Thu Jun 04, 2015 8:33 am

Most refer to that type damage as heat stress. I've found that Dublin shapes, especially the radical thin walled ones, are subject to burnout quite easily, if you are not careful to sit them down for a rest as soon as they begin to heat up.

The only pipe I have ever destroyed was a half bent Dub, that weighed around 28 grams. I loved that pipe, but the relationship was not meant to last. I still have a few pics of us together though.
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Richard Burley

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Location : North Coast NY
Registration date : 2011-04-09

PostSubject: Re: A Sad Day for my Favorite Pipe    Thu Jun 04, 2015 10:34 am

Dutch wrote:
The only pipe I have ever destroyed was a half bent Dub, that weighed around 28 grams. I loved that pipe, but the relationship was not meant to last. I still have a few pics of us together though.

lol! (Sorry! Didn't mean to make light of your pain.)
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Dutch

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PostSubject: Re: A Sad Day for my Favorite Pipe    Thu Jun 04, 2015 2:49 pm

Richard Burley wrote:
Dutch wrote:
The only pipe I have ever destroyed was a half bent Dub, that weighed around 28 grams. I loved that pipe, but the relationship was not meant to last. I still have a few pics of us together though.

lol! (Sorry! Didn't mean to make light of your pain.)

It's quite alright Richard. I need to move forward and add a new pipe or two anyhow. It's just that everytime I see a Dub that is a lightweight clencher with fantastic plateau, I always think of her.
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