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deejmemixxdeejmemixx Posts: 3,084 ✭✭
My birthday is coming up and I wanted to start dropping hints to the wife. I want to get set up with with a casual pipe. I don't Plan on smoking it often (maybe once a week). What should I look at and everything needed? I dont want her to spend much but enoughthat I won't want to go get something else right away.

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  • xmacroxmacro Posts: 3,402
    Nothing wrong with a handful of corncobs. They smoke well, and you can get enough on a budget that you can devote one pipe to each type of tobacco. And having more than one pipe will allow you to rest your pipe after smoking and get a rotation going
  • J.S.J.S. Posts: 754
    xmacro:
    Nothing wrong with a handful of corncobs. They smoke well, and you can get enough on a budget that you can devote one pipe to each type of tobacco. And having more than one pipe will allow you to rest your pipe after smoking and get a rotation going


    +1. That is what I would do. Cobs do not last forever but a few to get you started is always a good idea and then start looking for a good pipe. You can get OK pipes for $50 or even less but 4 or 5 cobs would last quite a while and you would have several allowing you to smoke different blend types right away.
  • deejmemixxdeejmemixx Posts: 3,084 ✭✭
    Diff blend types? U mean the diff flavors need diff pipes!!?? That's insane...or u mean something else
  • xmacroxmacro Posts: 3,402
    Certain blends "ghost" into a pipe, that is, they leave their mark and it can be difficult to get them out; you'll be tasting them again and again even if you put in a totally different tobacco. Perique, Latakia, and Lakeland are the 3 most notorious ghosters (especially Lakeland) - the upside is that if these ghost into a pipe dedicated to them, it can enhance the smoking experience in subsequent bowls.

    What some pipers will do is dedicate a pipe to each - 1 pipe for virginia's, 1 pipe for burleys, 1 pipe for Virginia-Perique blends (aka Va-pers), 1 for lakeland blends, and 1 for Periques. English tobacco's from what I've heard (no experience myself) hardly ghost, if they do it at all - they won't affect other tobacco's, but ghosting from other tobaccos can affect them. Also worth mentioning is that pipes need about a day of rest after smoking to dry out, otherwise the smoke can become harsh and on occasion, crack the pipe (very unlikely to happen to high quality pipes, but a possibility with budget pipes - but then again, if you have a high quality pipe, why risk it?)

    The only pipes that don't ghost/ghost with great difficulty, are meerschaum pipes. With meerschaums, ghosting is very temporary (maybe 5 bowls), the only blends that ghost pretty hard are lakeland (and even then, it's temporary unless you smoke a lot of lakeland), but meerschaums are a big jump in price, which is why it's cheaper to dedicate a pipe to blends that are prone to ghost.

  • J.S.J.S. Posts: 754
    My own experience is a little different. I don't think VA's ghost or burley as long as they are not cased with something (e.g., coco or vanilla). Blends that are uncased/not detectable flavorings IMO can be smoked out of the same pipe. Perique will ghost as will Latakia. Lakeland's, with their own special scent should definitely be smoked in a seperate pipe. So I have 1 pipe for straight VA and burley blends, 1 for VA/Per, 1 for Lat., 1 for Per/Lat. combos, 1 for Lakeland and 1 for what I call light aromatics which in my case usually are VA blends that have some sweetener added to them.
  • deejmemixxdeejmemixx Posts: 3,084 ✭✭
    Wife shut this down boo!
  • J.S.J.S. Posts: 754
    Man, sorry to hear that. Keep thinking about it, there might be a chance later on down the line.
  • deejmemixxdeejmemixx Posts: 3,084 ✭✭
    J.S.:
    Man, sorry to hear that. Keep thinking about it, there might be a chance later on down the line.
    just means I will buy it on my own lol
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