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Who You Gonna Call? (Adventures in Exorcism of Ghosts)

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Who You Gonna Call? (Adventures in Exorcism of Ghosts)

Postby Malcolm » Sat Nov 21, 2015 11:26 pm

My pipes have been tasting bad for quite some time; much longer than I care to admit. I'd tried all the recommended cleaning methods to no avail and had assumed this was just normal. (I smoke mostly Latakia blends, and I imagine this is part of the reason my pipes ghosted so strongly...it’s just so dang good.) I finally decided I'd had enough. The ghost was going to leave no matter what, or I’d have to buy some new pipes.

I started by trying the alcohol/salt thing and also reamed pretty much all the cake from my two most troublesome pipes. They still smelled and tasted strong when I drew through them.

So I tried the method recommended by the venerable Greg Pease, wherein one fills the pipe with activated carbon and then bakes it (sans stem, of course) around 200° F. I baked mine much longer than recommended—8 hours. They smelled better, but upon lighting a Virginia blend, they still tasted strongly of horribleness. So I tried the salt/alcohol thing again. And once again, this failed.

Finally, I decided to try a combination of the two methods. Activated carbon makes a lot of sense for pipe cleaning. So I filled the bowls with activated carbon and isopropyl (I know, I know) and left them overnight. The next morning, I emptied them, rinsed them, and let them dry for several hours. I smoked them both that afternoon.

Both pipes are once again marvelous. Or rather, the tobacco I smoked in them could be identified as marvelous in the absence of the Ghost of Blends Past. I’m calling it a success.

Hopefully this method might help others too. I know I’ll use it again in the future.
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Re: Who You Gonna Call? (Adventures in Exorcism of Ghosts)

Postby Dodger » Sun Nov 22, 2015 12:40 pm

This is the reason I dedicate pipes to particular blends .I understand my way is not for for everyone for various reasons and hope that yours continues to work for you .
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Re: Who You Gonna Call? (Adventures in Exorcism of Ghosts)

Postby acaciavet » Sun Nov 22, 2015 8:34 pm

I have never found a spook that three or four bowls of PA would not chase away!
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