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unwelcomeguest

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PostSubject: Corn Cob pipes!   Tue Sep 25, 2012 11:54 pm

Well, after smoking briars for the last 18 months or so (and loving it!), I have finally tried a corn cob pipe - Wow! What a great smoke from a pipe that was literally around $5 new. I knew they had a big following but having tried them now I am pretty impressed.

Cob on, brothers! king
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PostSubject: Re: Corn Cob pipes!   Wed Sep 26, 2012 1:59 am

Welcome to the fold, Brother!
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PostSubject: Re: Corn Cob pipes!   Wed Sep 26, 2012 4:33 am

I am pretty sure marscigars.com has the BEST prices on cobs, but if you want to try a variety you can also go direct through MM and get their grab bag http://www.corncobpipe.com/product.php?productid=16207&cat=0&page=1 which is an awesome value. I even had a diplomat in my order.
Cobs are the most under rated pipes out there and provide one of the best smokes possible, glad you are enjoying them as well brother.
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PostSubject: Re: Corn Cob pipes!   Wed Sep 26, 2012 8:30 am

Yup, they're the best value around for having a pipe on the go. Worst case if it gets dropped/broken/lost/etc. you're not out much. Besides, some of them smoke really well too.
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PostSubject: Re: Corn Cob pipes!   Wed Sep 26, 2012 8:51 am

These stories are all too common. Despite all the advise to the contrary, I waited nearly a hear before I picked up my first cob and my first pouch of OTC burley. I still kick myself for waiting so long.

IMHO every pipe smoker should be required to smoke at least one pouch of Carter Hall or Prince Albert through a cob before he's allowed to move on.

Everyone knows that burleys smoke well in cobs, but I think it was Shane who turned me on to smoking FVF in a cob. That was a good day.
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PostSubject: Re: Corn Cob pipes!   Wed Sep 26, 2012 9:53 am

Cob + PA are a great combination. I think I might load a bowl for a little later.
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Kyle Weiss

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PostSubject: Re: Corn Cob pipes!   Wed Sep 26, 2012 6:38 pm

Nothing like "buttered popcorn" from Squadron Leader (which I think has a fair amount of Burley in it) in a cob. Cool
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PostSubject: Re: Corn Cob pipes!   Wed Sep 26, 2012 9:34 pm

Heres a question for you, lads; the cobs I bought have filters in them - if I want to remove this filter, do I need to buy some kind of adaptor?

Cheers
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PostSubject: Re: Corn Cob pipes!   Wed Sep 26, 2012 9:41 pm

unwelcomeguest wrote:
Heres a question for you, lads; the cobs I bought have filters in them - if I want to remove this filter, do I need to buy some kind of adaptor?

Cheers

Nope just smoke em without. Careful though at the bottom of the bowl, When I broke in my second on little bits of burning stem would hit my tongue on occasion. There is a dang good thread Stickied on here about break in for cobs.
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Kyle Weiss

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PostSubject: Re: Corn Cob pipes!   Wed Sep 26, 2012 11:27 pm

I'll save tiltjp the trouble. Laughing

http://pipedia.org/index.php?title=The_Complete_Corncob_primer

Read that...it's packed with good stuff.

Also, speaking of packing, there's a way to "draft pack" the cob (as I call it) to get the airway feeling just right when you smoke without the filter (which I recommend). It might take some tries to get it just right for your smoking style, but if done properly, you won't get mouthfuls of ash, and you won't have to monkey around with any adapters, pieces of pipe cleaners, and other things that I tried, and at least for me, were more trouble than they were worth.

Cool
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PostSubject: Re: Corn Cob pipes!   Thu Sep 27, 2012 10:17 pm


Quote :
there's a way to "draft pack" the cob (as I call it) to get the airway feeling just right when you smoke without the filter


...waiting for the other shoe to drop.
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PostSubject: Re: Corn Cob pipes!   Thu Sep 27, 2012 10:43 pm

I typically rotate through the cobs randomly. If I have tongue bite, I will intentionally grab a cob and smoke it with the filter in.

Maybe it takes away some fullness of flavor, but it makes a world of difference with the steam that comes towards the end of a bowl.
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PostSubject: Re: Corn Cob pipes!   Thu Sep 27, 2012 10:46 pm

Blackhorse wrote:

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there's a way to "draft pack" the cob (as I call it) to get the airway feeling just right when you smoke without the filter


...waiting for the other shoe to drop.

So... How do I "draft pack" my cob? I tried smoking without the filter last night and I did get a bit of ash in my mouth near the end of the bowl.
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PostSubject: Re: Corn Cob pipes!   Thu Sep 27, 2012 11:24 pm

I think 'draft pack' refers to filling the bowl to the top, packing it down until the draw is slightly restricted, then topping it off, and packiing it down gently.


Cool
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PostSubject: Re: Corn Cob pipes!   Fri Sep 28, 2012 12:24 am

Blackhorse wrote:
I think 'draft pack' refers to filling the bowl to the top, packing it down until the draw is slightly restricted, then topping it off, and packiing it down gently.


Cool

That's exactly the way I was taught to pack a cob.
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PostSubject: Re: Corn Cob pipes!   Fri Sep 28, 2012 9:40 am

Steveaux wrote:
Blackhorse wrote:
I think 'draft pack' refers to filling the bowl to the top, packing it down until the draw is slightly restricted, then topping it off, and packiing it down gently.


Cool

That's exactly the way I was taught to pack a cob.


Yup, that way you still get the restriction and don't have to mess with the filters. I've been doing that for years, and I see no reason to change now.
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PostSubject: Re: Corn Cob pipes!   Fri Sep 28, 2012 1:15 pm

My favorite cob:


http://www.marscigars.com/corncob-freehand.aspx


You ABSOLUTELY cannot beat this for the money!
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PostSubject: Re: Corn Cob pipes!   Fri Sep 28, 2012 2:20 pm

Blackhorse wrote:
My favorite cob:


http://www.marscigars.com/corncob-freehand.aspx


You ABSOLUTELY cannot beat this for the money!

The natural version, direct from MM, when they have them available, is even better, if only because it's lighter in weight.
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PostSubject: Re: Corn Cob pipes!   Fri Sep 28, 2012 2:27 pm

Mars has the natural version in stock for the same price.

I know cause I just ordered one.


http://www.marscigars.com/corncob-freehand.aspx


Under the Product Options...marked "Finish" it's listed at "Natural/Rough".

Price with flat rate shipping is something like $28.
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Kyle Weiss

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PostSubject: Re: Corn Cob pipes!   Fri Sep 28, 2012 3:08 pm

What BH said (although I missed a shoe, I guess)... draft packing is kind of an innate thing I eventually did as I fumbled about with my first cob.

Man, I'm hoping for a Bulldog Cob to come out next year. The future looks hazy, but I'm still hoping. Very Happy

Cool
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PostSubject: Re: Corn Cob pipes!   Fri Sep 28, 2012 4:27 pm

This one in straight stem is still my go to cob. Very low cost and I can make a bowl last an hour.


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PostSubject: Re: Corn Cob pipes!   Fri Sep 28, 2012 5:22 pm

I good idea when you buy a new one, or to pick up with another order of some kind, is to get a couple of extra stems that match the pipe you buy.

http://www.marscigars.com/replacementbits.aspx

That's a link to the section at Mars for the bits...$0.75 each...can't go wrong.
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PostSubject: Re: Corn Cob pipes!   Fri Sep 28, 2012 7:25 pm

Blackhorse wrote:
Mars has the natural version in stock for the same price.

I know cause I just ordered one.


http://www.marscigars.com/corncob-freehand.aspx


Under the Product Options...marked "Finish" it's listed at "Natural/Rough".

Price with flat rate shipping is something like $28.


I ordered one earlier in the week too, but mine was the Finished version.
Same price and all...
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PostSubject: Re: Corn Cob pipes!   Fri Sep 28, 2012 8:51 pm

Blackhorse wrote:
Mars has the natural version in stock for the same price.

I know cause I just ordered one.


http://www.marscigars.com/corncob-freehand.aspx


Under the Product Options...marked "Finish" it's listed at "Natural/Rough".

Price with flat rate shipping is something like $28.

Thanks for the info, I didn't know that.
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PostSubject: Re: Corn Cob pipes!   Mon Oct 01, 2012 1:14 pm

I have one bent MM Diplomat for Virginias, mild VaPer's and one straight for Irish Flake and stronger Virginia blends. I'll probably pick up a few more here soon. The Irish Flake could use a shallower bowl. I also use a filter if my tongue starts getting burnt.

The next briar I get will probably be the chamber dimensions of the Diplomats. Diplomats are a great balance for various cuts and folded flakes are right at home in the bowl. Not too deep and not too narrow.

I wish there was a chamber size chart...
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