Well, it's been a fun week! Got two briars from home, bought two new briars, about 5 cobs, a bunch of replacement cob stems, pipe/baccy combo pouch, rollup pouch and, lessee:
- Dunhill (5): Early Morning Pipe, Deluxe Navy Rolls, Royal Yacht, Standard Mixture Mellow, My Mixture 965
- MacBaren Vanilla Cream loose cut
- McClelland CORPS Vanilla Ice
- Solani aged burley flake blend 656
- Esoterica Penzance
- Pipesandcigars.com Butternut Burley
- Gawith Hoggarth American Delite
I've got quite a range of styles/tastes to play with and I am looking forward to it. Herewith, some random questions I've accumulated. Feel free to comment on just one, or all of them, they are numbered for your convenience. Thanks!
1. I've read and seen a lot on YouTube about tobacco storage. Many recommend getting a tin of tobacco into a Ball jar as soon as it is opened. This makes no sense at all to me, as the seals on the tins are similar to the seals on the mason jar lids. For a plastic pouch of bulk tobacco, it makes perfect sense to me, but I can't see them being any more effective than the tins with good seals. Am I wrong?
2. Obsidian pipe oil--does it work? I already bought some, so I hope so. How often do you apply it?
3. About this dedicating a pipe to a tobacco thing ... sounds a bit too anal for me, although that should be right up my alley. Is that really necessary? I can understand keeping certain classes in separate pipes, like all vanillas in one pipe, all light English blends in one pipe, all really heavy English blends in one pipe. But can I not smoke several vanillas in the same pipe without a problem? I can imagine swapping from Penzance to MacBaren Vanilla Cream is likely not a good idea, but how about my MacBarens and GH vanillas sharing a pipe? How about Penzance and 965 sharing a pipe? The Early Morning, Royal Yacht and Std Mix Mellow sharing a pipe? That's OK, isn't it? If not I better invest in more cobs.
4. This is an oddball question and I doubt there is a solution. One of my bents that I really like (not an expensive pipe, it's a Velani) has the air hole drilled a little too high above the bottom of the bowl, which is kind of narrow. No matter what I do I cannot smoke it to the bottom, and you can't light the very bottom because the air hole just draws the match flame over the tobacco. So I always end up with a little conical plug of usually damp tobacco to pry out of the bottom, about the thickness of two stacked nickels. Can this pipe still develop into a good smoker, or is it doomed? Here is the dumb part of the question. Is there any inert, nontoxic, non-flammable material I can put in the bottom to raise the floor to the air hole, like a wood putty of some kind? I kind of doubt it, but I thought I'd ask.
5. How long can you let a partially-smoked bowl sit and still have it be an enjoyable smoke when you come back to it? Can you smoke half a pipe in the late afternoon, and finish it after dinner, for example? I'm not talking about days here, I'm talking hours. Sometimes you just can't finish a bowl for some reason.
6. All this cleaning with salt and alcohol I've read about, and the need for reaming--I know it depends on how many pipes you rotate and how much you smoke, but how often do you have to do that, really? In terms of bowls smoked? I would think it is quite high, is it not? Cake does not build that fast. Also, I've seen at least one poster say he uses cotton balls instead of salt. Is salt a necessary part of the process or will cotton balls work as well?
Thanks for all the knowledge you guys share in here for us noobs! Because I smoke a pipe in college I have the basics down, like filling a bowl, keeping it lit, avoiding tongue bite, and such. But that's it. I never really was too knowledgable about tobaccos or the care and feeding of pipes.