I just received a nice lot of higher-end pipes (well, higher than the sort you usually find in lots, anyways) from a gentleman who had decided to quit smoking. They look quite nice and I suspect I will enjoy them quite a bit once I can use them. But first - I need to get them to a state where I'm willing to be in the same room as them.
The stench is incredible. They were wrapped and taped in paper towels, packed tightly in newspaper, and loaded into a box which was completely covered (literally 100%) in duct tape such that not even a single seam was left showing. All of that, and I could still smell them the moment I picked the box up off the mail table at work.
I unwrapped them just long enough to ascertain their condition before packing them back up, sealing the box, and putting the box inside two plastic bags. I still have a headache from my brief exposure (cigarette smoke has always caused me headaches - this seemed to be the same thing) and I definitely don't want those pipes in my house until they've been brought down by several orders of magnitude.
I can probably put them out in the garage for the Salt/Alcohol treatment, but I am wondering if there is some kind of more aggressive approach I can take to calm these boys down. Are there better and/or more powerful de-stenching tactics which can be reasonably performed at home? (Obviously I don't have an ozone chamber).