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Mattfactor87



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PostSubject: Pipe Rotation?   Thu Nov 18, 2010 5:31 pm

So, I've read and heard dozens of times that most pipe smokers like to rotate the different pipes they smoke i.e. the "Seven-Day Rotation" of one pipe per day. That way they have a new, fresh pipe each day ready to go. What type of rotation do you all use, if any? Preferences and why?

Also, I've heard that you want to dedicate one briar pipe per type of tobacco. Why is this? And is it, for example, one pipe for English, another for Burley, another aromatic? Or is it one pipe per different flavor of tobacco?

Matt
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Vercer



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PostSubject: Re: Pipe Rotation?   Thu Nov 18, 2010 6:32 pm

The main point behind having a different pipe for different types of tobaccos is that briar is porous so the flavor of tobaccos will "ghost" on to the briar over time thus flavoring future smokes to some degree. Aromatics in particular have this effect it seems.

As for the rotations, it's as much to let a pipe sit and completely dry out between smokes as near as I can tell. Having only the one briar myself I will say mine doesn't get near that much rest. At most a day, sometimes only a half a day between smokes.
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Pipe: 2 Piet Binsbergens, Sasieni 4 dot dublin, 1970 Preben Holm Ben Wade freehand, and I'm partial to Prince shapes. Still looking for a dark rustic bent Prince.
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PostSubject: Re: Pipe Rotation?   Fri Nov 19, 2010 12:48 am

I have 28 pipes to date. Truth is I smoke 2 pipes a day, sometimes more, like on weekends. I have 5 or 6 of my favorites I smoke every week, mostly VaPers in them. I have another 6 or so I toss in every month and the rest I smoke occasionally. As you accumulate pipes and prefered tobaccos I think you'll find similar preferences. Discovering a good mariage between pipe and baccy is the fun of it and when you do you don't let a good thing go.
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PostSubject: Re: Pipe Rotation?   Fri Nov 19, 2010 1:02 am

I only smoke 2-3 times a week at best, so my pipes tend to get a nice rest. I seem to rotate between 6-7 pipes and 4-5 blends on a regular basis. I like to think that I come up with logical reasons for establishing pipe/tobacco combination's, but in reality, I think my choices are pretty random. I do have a pipe or two that still have not been assigned a specific blend, mainly because it's been harder to find something that smokes well in those bowls. Still experimenting!
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PostSubject: Re: Pipe Rotation?   Fri Nov 19, 2010 2:19 am

I have 56 to date after culling out about half!!!
To start with, shoot for a 7day rotation there after 14 days, so you may have 2 a day and so on. there after you can dedicate certain blends to certain pipes.
I have now grouped my pipes into categories each with their own rotation.

1 VA & VA Flake
2 Burley dominant blends
3 Vapers
4 Orientals
5 Lats or English

Some pipes are blend specific exclusively. EG I have a Mastro de Paja billiard that smokes McClelland 2015 brilliantly. I have dedicated this blend to this pipe exclusively!
Good luck, collecting the suckers and the leaf is part of what we do!!!!
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PostSubject: Re: Pipe Rotation?   Fri Nov 19, 2010 5:24 am

4 pipes and smoke about 3 - 4 bowls a day, sometimes a wee bit more.
So not much resting of the briar happening over here. As my collection grows so too will the rest periods Very Happy
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PostSubject: Re: Pipe Rotation?   Fri Nov 19, 2010 5:30 am

bluedigital wrote:
4 pipes and smoke about 3 - 4 bowls a day, sometimes a wee bit more.
So not much resting of the briar happening over here. As my collection grows so too will the rest periods Very Happy

Soon to be sorted!!!!!
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Number of posts: 643
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Pipe: Peterson Bent Brandy, Stanwell 185, Pietenpauw Bent Brandy Stack
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PostSubject: Re: Pipe Rotation?   Fri Nov 19, 2010 6:43 am

Piet Binsbergen wrote:
bluedigital wrote:
4 pipes and smoke about 3 - 4 bowls a day, sometimes a wee bit more.
So not much resting of the briar happening over here. As my collection grows so too will the rest periods Very Happy

Soon to be sorted!!!!!
YeeeeHaaaaa....
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Amenhotep04



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PostSubject: Re: Pipe Rotation?   Fri Nov 19, 2010 10:25 am

I have 30 something pipes. During more flexible times in my work schedule I will rotate about 15 to 20 of them over a seven day period. When I'm busy with work, I tend to play favorites with the rotation, and can rotate maybe four or five pipes over the course of a week.

There's no rhyme or reason for the pipes I choose other than mood at that time.

farao
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bruins



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PostSubject: Re: Pipe Rotation?   Fri Nov 19, 2010 10:46 am

it does seem daunting at first, Mattfactor87. first you've got to figure out what kind of pipe you want, then how to smoke tobacco properly, then you have to figure out what kind of tobacco you like (out of 100's if not 1000's of choices), then you find out a tobacco you hated tastes brilliant in just one particular pipe. sheesh! but it does eventually work itself out and the path to an orgainized system becomes clear. just don't get frustrated and like with anything, time is needed. of course, you work with monkeys, so you probably have a lot of patience! Very Happy

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Maiser



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Tobacco: 3 Friars. Union Square. SG Balkan Flake. Escudo.
Pipe: American pipemakers are my favorite: Rad Davis, Bruce Weaver, Brad Pohlman, Jeff Gracick, Adam Davidson, Jack Howell, Steve Morissette, Kurt Huhn, Larry Roush. But I make exceptions for: Paolo Becker, Michali Revyagin,Vladmir Grechukkin, and Tom Eltang. (I do a lot of browsing, not a lot of buying).
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PostSubject: Re: Pipe Rotation?   Fri Nov 19, 2010 11:17 am

Hey matt,

Where in south carolina are you located?

-Michael.
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Stogiegila



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PostSubject: Re: Pipe Rotation?   Fri Nov 19, 2010 4:04 pm

I currently have 7 pipes and smoke 2-3 bowls a day, so they get a little rest, but not much. I have found that since I tend to be a wet smoker, that some of my pipes need more time than others to rebound.

But I also know that I have 2 coming for Christmas Wink

I have only found one pipe a GBD Bent Apple, that gets an English blend exclusively. The others get what I happen to be in the mood for.
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Tobacco: Dunhill Flake, Dunhill Deluxe Navy Rolls, Escudo, Red Flake, Cannon Plug, Kendal Plug, Kendal Flake from both Gawith's, Opening Night, Manhattan Afternoon and Sunday Picnic. Solani 633, so many more too, LOL!
Pipe: Dunhill, Cavicchi, Caminetto's and Love my Micoli Auto, but also like my Peterson's.
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PostSubject: Re: Pipe Rotation?   Fri Nov 19, 2010 4:43 pm

Mine I am finding what best suits them tobacco wise, but I also don't like to smoke one bowl after another in the same pipe. Even if I am not changing tobaccos I will change pipes each time. I probably go through 3-5 bowls per day and I can do this with 3 or 4 pipes and ever few days I will change what I have in the smoking place where I keep about 4 of them.

I know the first bowl through my new Radice I could taste some English tobacco so I think it's going to be my large English pipe.

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PostSubject: Re: Pipe Rotation?   Fri Nov 19, 2010 6:25 pm

I try to space it out, but I just enjoy smoking some more than others, so some get more use. I'll admit I've used one maybe three times in the same day, it's not a constant thing, but it happens. I'm cool with it.
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Three Oaks Syrian, Wilderness, Nocturne, 1776 Bostonian, Engine 99, Balkan Saseni, Beck's Ol' Limey Bastard etc, etc. etc.....and Penzance
Pipe: Peterson Kinsale, Dunhill Savory, Jobey, Mario Grandi and a host of great no names. Favorites are large bowl, billiards and oom pauls. I've cut off PAD at 35 for the time being.
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PostSubject: Pipe rotation   Tue Dec 21, 2010 8:58 am

I have twenty pipes, mostly billiards and about 3 oom pauls and one full bent billiard. I generally smoke three bowls in each pipe daily, sometimes four and then retire it for cleaning. I clean when I'm down six or seven pipes. I generally choose a bowl by size depending upon how long I want a burn to last or if I will be up and about or back in my recliner. Billiards for reclining and oom pauls for up and about. My favorite smokes are heavy english/balkan blends so there is no aromatic ghosting problem to deal with. I have a problem with favorite pipes since about fifteen of my twenty are my favorite pipe. The problem is that there is always too much tobacco to sample and to enjoy and too little time.
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