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PostSubject: Briar-Fresh?   Mon Jul 20, 2015 3:40 pm

Quick question gentlemen and ladies: Has anyone tried Decatur Briar-Fresh Airway cleaner, and if so, what did you think about it? Would dabbing a bit of it on a piece of paper towel and swabbing out the bowl as well, be good idea for occasional cleaning? afro
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PostSubject: Re: Briar-Fresh?   Mon Jul 20, 2015 4:42 pm

I normally just use a little rum on my pipe cleaners to swab out the airway and sweeten up the bowl.   It's much cheaper than Decatur Briar Fresh:

Bacardi 750ml rum = $10  (about $.40 per oz)

Just be careful around the rim of the bowl as alcohol can remove the finish.
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PostSubject: Re: Briar-Fresh?   Mon Jul 20, 2015 5:02 pm

This ^

I use a small hobo-sized bottle of Bacardi 151 that I periodically fill from a larger bottle (easier to dip a pipe cleaner into it when it gets low). Works like a charm and yes, it's much less per ounce than any of the pipe-specific cleaners. If you don't like the rum, any neutral grain spirit will work just fine.
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PostSubject: Re: Briar-Fresh?   Mon Jul 20, 2015 5:10 pm

White liquor.  Rum, vodka, shine, whatever you might have... Well except Gin. Do not use Gin unless you like smoking Christmas trees. Don't ask how I know.

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PostSubject: Re: Briar-Fresh?   Mon Jul 20, 2015 5:11 pm

Personally I don't waste time or money on any of that fancy shamcy stuff, just use iso alcohol and never had a problem or after taste.........of course I don't load it up right after cleaning and set a match to it either. Wink
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PostSubject: Re: Briar-Fresh?   Mon Jul 20, 2015 5:53 pm

puros_bran wrote:
White liquor.  Rum, vodka, shine, whatever you might have... Well except Gin. Do not use Gin unless you like smoking Christmas trees. Don't ask how I know.

lol! lol!
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PostSubject: Re: Briar-Fresh?   Mon Jul 20, 2015 8:08 pm

I use bourbon. It leaves the pipe clean and makes the smoke a little sweeter for a short while. Smile

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PostSubject: Re: Briar-Fresh?   Mon Jul 20, 2015 10:50 pm

puros_bran wrote:
White liquor.  Rum, vodka, shine, whatever you might have... Well except Gin. Do not use Gin unless you like smoking Christmas trees. Don't ask how I know.

PB, back when I was a youngster, I smoked dried pine needles out of a calumet, back before I could get access to premium tobacco. I'll bet Gin tastes more like green pine needles than brown ones though.

Probably nothing compares to a fresh cone though.
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PostSubject: Re: Briar-Fresh?   Tue Jul 21, 2015 10:34 am

Just use booze. I don't trust isopropyl alcohol not to have bad stuff in it, even though it probably evaporates eventually. There is something quite bitter in it, and its soaking into briar seems a questionable practice. Probably OK for plastic stems, but why not just use some version of grain alcohol, rather than wood alcohol? Plus you can take a swig once in a while to help your focus on the job at hand.
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PostSubject: Re: Briar-Fresh?   Tue Jul 21, 2015 12:06 pm

Richard Burley wrote:
Just use booze. I don't trust isopropyl alcohol not to have bad stuff in it, even though it probably evaporates eventually. There is something quite bitter in it, and its soaking into briar seems a questionable practice. Probably OK for plastic stems, but why not just use some version of grain alcohol, rather than wood alcohol? Plus you can take a swig once in a while to help your focus on the job at hand.

Richard, It evaporates much too quickly to foul anything unless someone would to soak a dang pipe in it.
And the reason I use it cause I'm a recovering alcoholic, we don't even need booze in the house much less my pipe. Thankfully I also live in a dry town Wink
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PostSubject: Re: Briar-Fresh?   Tue Jul 21, 2015 12:11 pm

Cartaphilus wrote:
Richard Burley wrote:
Just use booze. I don't trust isopropyl alcohol not to have bad stuff in it, even though it probably evaporates eventually. There is something quite bitter in it, and its soaking into briar seems a questionable practice. Probably OK for plastic stems, but why not just use some version of grain alcohol, rather than wood alcohol? Plus you can take a swig once in a while to help your focus on the job at hand.

Richard, It evaporates much too quickly to foul anything unless someone would to soak a dang pipe in it.
And the reason I use it cause I'm a recovering alcoholic, we don't even need booze in the house much less my pipe. Thankfully I also live in a dry town Wink

Works fine for me also Ron.
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PostSubject: Re: Briar-Fresh?   Tue Jul 21, 2015 1:27 pm

I've used Pipemaster's CLEAN & CURE for almost as long as I've been smoking. A 2 ounce bottle will last me around a year. I just use a fluffy clnr dipped in the bottle after I've done my monthly reaming the bowl and scrubbing the airway with a wire airway brush and clnr. Swab the bowl and give the airway a pass with it on the clnr then set to dry bowl up in its rack. At around $2.50 a year for a bottle, I'm not going broke using it !! It's worked for me !! Twisted Evil Twisted Evil
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PostSubject: Re: Briar-Fresh?   Tue Jul 21, 2015 1:31 pm

Richard Burley wrote:
...why not just use some version of grain alcohol, rather than wood alcohol?

My mistake. Wood alcohol is methanol. Apparently isopropyl has no residual demons once it evaporates.
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PostSubject: Re: Briar-Fresh?   Tue Jul 21, 2015 2:33 pm

Richard Burley wrote:
Richard Burley wrote:
...why not just use some version of grain alcohol, rather than wood alcohol?

My mistake. Wood alcohol is methanol. Apparently isopropyl has no residual demons once it evaporates.  

I can't say that either really, it's just never bothered me nor anyone else I've restored a pipe for or sold a pipe to. Wink
Forgot to mention, I use 99% ISO any thing lesser has too much water in it as far as I'm concern and won't evaporate quickly. Wink
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PostSubject: Re: Briar-Fresh?   Sun Aug 30, 2015 10:16 am

I used "atmos fresholator" in the 1980s which i imagine was like the Decatur product. Had a wintergreen scent. Nowadays i use white rum, the higher the proof the better. Bourbon works pretty good too.
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PostSubject: Re: Briar-Fresh?   Sun Aug 30, 2015 4:25 pm

Cartaphilus wrote:
Richard Burley wrote:
Just use booze. I don't trust isopropyl alcohol not to have bad stuff in it, even though it probably evaporates eventually. There is something quite bitter in it, and its soaking into briar seems a questionable practice. Probably OK for plastic stems, but why not just use some version of grain alcohol, rather than wood alcohol? Plus you can take a swig once in a while to help your focus on the job at hand.

Richard, It evaporates much too quickly to foul anything unless someone would to soak a dang pipe in it.
And the reason I use it cause I'm a recovering alcoholic, we don't even need booze in the house much less my pipe. Thankfully I also live in a dry town Wink

Iso is fine. I've actually soaked stummels in iso alcohol to leach out the stain and didn't even have a problem then.
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PostSubject: Re: Briar-Fresh?   Wed Dec 02, 2015 5:00 pm

Throwing my hat in the ring only to add that I prefer to use Scotch to clean my pipe. Wink
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PostSubject: Re: Briar-Fresh?   Wed Dec 02, 2015 6:27 pm

I've tried Everclear, rum, vodka, and a few other spirits, but now I just use iso. I've found that, contrary to some beliefs, it actually leaves less taste behind than the alternatives. I don't want to add any extra taste to a pipe, even if it's a taste that I like. I use 99% when I can get it (which isn't often) and 91% when I can't. The difference in the evaporation rate between the two seems almost negligible to me. I'd stay far away from the 71% iso though. That stuff is going to sit there a long time before it completely dries.
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