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

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

Sounds like a reasonable approach.

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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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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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PostSubject: Re: Corn Cob pipes!   Wed Feb 28, 2018 2:50 pm

For those well versed in cobs, which Missouri Meerschaums have larger bowls? If you dig around, it seems all the bowls are from .6-.8 inner diameter. That doesn't seem like much variation. I'm new to the cob. I only have one cob, a MM Legend (.7" inner diameter). I'm not looking for something massive. If the Legend is a group 3, I'm looking for a group 4 or even 4.5. The Legend is just a tad smaller than I'd like. Also looking to keep the cost under $10, which is why I'm not opening it up to the custom lines or custom makers. Still inexpensive, but just a wee bit bigger bowl capacity.

ps-not interested in the MacArthur or more flamboyant shapes.
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PostSubject: Re: Corn Cob pipes!   Wed Feb 28, 2018 3:45 pm

Zeno - just go to a vendor site like Mars and check out the variety of cobs offered. The ones with the larger bowls will invariably be the more expensive ones. These also have the hardwood plug in the bottom of the bowl which is a good thing.

Also...go to the MM website (https://corncobpipe.com/) and look up the pipes yourself. The complete specs are listed at the bottom of the “description” page for each.

The process of doing your own research rather than depending on hearsay lets you know the data is correct...and it allows you a review of the different offerings. Both are good things.

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PostSubject: Re: Corn Cob pipes!   Wed Feb 28, 2018 4:43 pm

Thanks, Blackhorse. I'll keep that hardwood plug in mind. The dimensions pretty much all seem to be .75" inner diameter, which differs slightly from the specs I had previously found at Pipes and Cigars of .7", and the bowl depth all seem to be 1.5", with the exception of the Mark Twain at 1.625". I'm looking at the bents: Mark Twain, Country Gentleman, and 5th Avenue Diplomat. Never been much of a fan of the dublin shape, so that rules out the Twain. The Legend is .75" x 1.25". Appears to be a minor gain of .25" in depth. That's why it is do difficult to go by website data. They're all pretty much the same? I guess so.
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PostSubject: Re: Corn Cob pipes!   Fri Mar 02, 2018 6:37 am

Zeno Marx wrote:
Thanks, Blackhorse.  I'll keep that hardwood plug in mind.  The dimensions pretty much all seem to be .75" inner diameter, which differs slightly from the specs I had previously found at Pipes and Cigars of .7", and the bowl depth all seem to be 1.5", with the exception of the Mark Twain at 1.625".  I'm looking at the bents: Mark Twain, Country Gentleman, and 5th Avenue Diplomat.  Never been much of a fan of the dublin shape, so that rules out the Twain.  The Legend is .75" x 1.25".  Appears to be a minor gain of .25" in depth.  That's why it is do difficult to go by website data.  They're all pretty much the same?  I guess so.

The Diplomat and Country Gentleman are my favourite cob shapes. And I agree, the Legend is a tad small for my liking.

I've also got a Dagner Poker which I smoke a lot. A bit more expensive but worth the money spent
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PostSubject: Re: Corn Cob pipes!   Fri Mar 02, 2018 11:59 am

Just discovered this on the MM site. If it wasn’t sold out everywhere I’d own one now.  The little stubby is still available...but I have lots of nose warmers. Love the acrylic bits though.





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PostSubject: Re: Corn Cob pipes!   Fri Mar 02, 2018 1:50 pm

I own a bunch of cobs; most larger (General, Mark Twain, Country G'Man). I couldn't resist the "C&D" Charles Town Cobbler with the bent acrylic bit!! Bought two. Just superb smokers!! Get one when you can!! cheers FTRPLT
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PostSubject: Re: Corn Cob pipes!   Fri Mar 02, 2018 2:40 pm

ftrplt wrote:
I own a bunch of cobs; most larger (General, Mark Twain, Country G'Man). I couldn't resist the "C&D" Charles Town Cobbler with the bent acrylic bit!! Bought two. Just superb smokers!! Get one when you can!! cheers FTRPLT

I’d LOVE to have one but can't find one anywhere. If you see One in stock somewhere please let me know.

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PostSubject: Re: Corn Cob pipes!   Fri Mar 02, 2018 4:21 pm

BH, even though the Cobblers say "C&D" on them, I haven't seen one on the SP web site in a while! I found mine on the MM website about 6 weeks ago. I'll be lookin' for ya'!! cheers FTRPLT
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PostSubject: Re: Corn Cob pipes!   Fri Mar 02, 2018 4:46 pm

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BH, even though the Cobblers say "C&D" on them, I haven't seen one on the SP web site in a while! I found mine on the MM website about 6 weeks ago. I'll be lookin' for ya'!! cheers FTRPLT

Yeah, I checked the MM site second and they are OOS. I did go ahead and order the li’l poker...from Mars, where it was priced down at $16. Of course I had to add one tin to the deal...a tin of War Horse Bar. Kick Ass stuff. This is what St. Peter issues you if you get through the pearly gates.



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PostSubject: Re: Corn Cob pipes!   Thu Mar 08, 2018 1:03 pm

Zeno Marx wrote:
For those well versed in cobs, which Missouri Meerschaums have larger bowls?  If you dig around, it seems all the bowls are from .6-.8 inner diameter.  That doesn't seem like much variation.  I'm new to the cob.  I only have one cob, a MM Legend (.7" inner diameter).  I'm not looking for something massive.  If the Legend is a group 3, I'm looking for a group 4 or even 4.5.  The Legend is just a tad smaller than I'd like.  Also looking to keep the cost under $10, which is why I'm not opening it up to the custom lines or custom makers.  Still inexpensive, but just a wee bit bigger bowl capacity.

ps-not interested in the MacArthur or more flamboyant shapes.

I think in terms of ID, they are all the same. You can get bowls that are deeper, but the diameter has been the same on mine.

I have a 7/8 in drill bit and have successfully drilled out Mark Twains, CG's and one Legend. I wonder if you should just get one you like and enlarge the bore?

In the picture is a MT, a CG and the Legend I modified. The one in the middle is a stock one.

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PostSubject: Re: Corn Cob pipes!   Thu Mar 08, 2018 2:45 pm

thanks for the feedback, Fr_Tom. hmmm...
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PostSubject: Re: Corn Cob pipes!   Fri Mar 09, 2018 1:40 pm

FWIW, MM is still OOS the Charles Town Cobblers! cheers FTRPLT
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