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DGErwin11

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PostSubject: Re: Corn Cob pipes!   Mon Oct 01, 2012 8:47 pm

Simply put, cobs rock. I have 17 in rotation along with 3 meers and one briar.

But I have convinced myself that I really should have a briar nosewarmer. I have a couple of briar blocks waiting for my retirement. I am going to make a couple of nosewarmers from them.
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Blackhorse

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PostSubject: Re: Corn Cob pipes!   Mon Oct 01, 2012 9:44 pm

I just got the Natural Freehand in today. I think they've upgraded their stems. The one on this is much nicer than I remember with my other two Freehands...realizing of course that the Freehand has a vulcanite stem of significantly higher grade than the other pipes.

Nice. So light for its capacity. A winner.
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Rob_In_MO

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PostSubject: Re: Corn Cob pipes!   Mon Oct 01, 2012 9:51 pm

Same here, BH!

I reported my first experience with my new Freehand here.

It's a darn nice Cob and I couldn't be happier. Cool
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George Kaplan

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PostSubject: Re: Corn Cob pipes!   Tue Oct 02, 2012 1:59 am

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Zeno Marx

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PostSubject: Re: Corn Cob pipes!   Sat Aug 05, 2017 1:20 pm

A couple of questions about maintenance and stems.

First, is there a simple hack to fill the space where the filter should be? In other words, I don't want to smoke with a filter, so is there anything readily found at home to fill that space? Any remedies you've developed for yourself? I don't care for a super wide-open draw, so normal air flow would be welcomed. I personally feel a wide airflow diminishes the flavor strength. I see that they sell non-filter stems at the MM website, but I'm not going to place an order for a $.75 stem (unless I have to).

Second, is it common to have to give the tenon a light sanding? When I removed the stem to remove the filter, I had a bear of a time putting the stem back in. Lots of squeaking and resistance. I thought for sure I was going to snap the shank. I eventually got it back together. I'm rather impressed with how tough the pipe is, but I'd rather not put that much force on it again.
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Blackhorse

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PostSubject: Re: Corn Cob pipes!   Sat Aug 05, 2017 1:54 pm

1. Just don't put the filter in. Smoke away. No need to add anything.

2. Put the stem in the freezer for an hour. Really.

3. A very...VERY light sanding should be fine. The sanding mantra is: easy to remove, very very hard to replace.

4. Nose Oil helps, over time.
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Richard Burley

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PostSubject: Re: Corn Cob pipes!   Sat Aug 05, 2017 2:06 pm

Why ruin what is in effect a slight reverse calabash chamber? I just control the draw by tamping pressure. I'm amazed by how well pipes designed for filters smoke without them, or anything else stuffed in the space. At least all mine do, Savinellis, an Il Ceppo, a Dr. Plumb, cobs, etc. But everyone has their preferences. That's mine.

Is the pipe new? Yes, those bits can be really tight, but should loosen with use. When broken in, the fit becomes perfect in my experience.

If you buy bits, get the bits the pipe came with. In other words, if the pipe had a filter, you want the bits for filter pipes, even if you don't use a filter. I'm pretty sure one won't fit the other. I buy them by the dozen. One of the advantages of a cob is that you can chew hell out of the bit and just toss it when it becomes silly looking.
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Zeno Marx

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PostSubject: Re: Corn Cob pipes!   Sat Aug 05, 2017 2:48 pm

thanks, fellas
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Stinger4me



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PostSubject: Re: Corn Cob pipes!   Sun Aug 06, 2017 9:26 pm

MM Cobs are a favorite for this guy.  Most of them have new stems and my favorites are diplomats and then Mark Twain.  I have been enjoying them since the '70's and if I lose one it is not as big a loss as a briar.  Value per dollar spent is very high.  Just my $.02 from an old fart who is close to a dollar.

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SpeedyPete



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PostSubject: Re: Corn Cob pipes!   Mon Aug 07, 2017 6:08 am

Zeno Marx wrote:
A couple of questions about maintenance and stems.

First, is there a simple hack to fill the space where the filter should be?  In other words, I don't want to smoke with a filter, so is there anything readily found at home to fill that space?  Any remedies you've developed for yourself?  I don't care for a super wide-open draw, so normal air flow would be welcomed.  I personally feel a wide airflow diminishes the flavor strength.  I see that they sell non-filter stems at the MM website, but I'm not going to place an order for a $.75 stem (unless I have to).

Second, is it common to have to give the tenon a light sanding?  When I removed the stem to remove the filter, I had a bear of a time putting the stem back in.  Lots of squeaking and resistance.  I thought for sure I was going to snap the shank.  I eventually got it back together.  I'm rather impressed with how tough the pipe is, but I'd rather not put that much force on it again.

I always have a stick of lip balm at hand in my smoking den. A little rub of balm on the tenon is all you need. I also use the balm on my vulcanite stems to prevent oxidisation. Works like a charm
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Blackhorse

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PostSubject: Re: Corn Cob pipes!   Mon Aug 07, 2017 8:34 am

Sounds like a reasonable approach.
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Zeno Marx

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PostSubject: Re: Corn Cob pipes!   Mon Aug 07, 2017 11:43 am

SpeedyPete wrote:
I always have a stick of lip balm at hand in my smoking den. A little rub of balm on the tenon is all you need. I also use the balm on my vulcanite stems to prevent oxidization. Works like a charm
Nice solution, and that stuff never goes bad. You could have the same Chapstick in your kit for 30 years.
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KevinM



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PostSubject: Re: Corn Cob pipes!   Mon Aug 07, 2017 2:44 pm

tiltjlp wrote:
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.

I usually order cobs by telephone from MM, and they can tell what models are available in natural finish. I have Mark Twains and Diplomats in natural. Very light and cool smoking. No need for filters. Packing is easy peasy. Good idea to pick up a spare mouthpiece or three.
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