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Steveaux

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Age : 57
Location : NW Pa.
Registration date : 2012-09-03

PostSubject: Re: Winter Smoke   Wed Oct 03, 2012 11:12 pm

idbowman wrote:
I live in the Cleveland area, and spend most of the winter dealing with lake-effect snow right off of Lake Erie - so I hear you!

I'm not forced to smoke outside, but believe it or not, I quite enjoy smoking outdoors on those really bitterly cold evenings. Granted, I do it by choice and can always retreat indoors, but FWIW if you don't want to feel confined to your car or a garage, build a fire pit! Even when the wind chill takes things to single digits, a nice backyard fire warms you up...plus that combination of a hot fire in a frigid atmosphere makes pipe smoking a whole new experience. The only "work" involved is clearing a space in the snow for the fire and a place to sit (and yeah...that can be a bit of an undertaking at times, to be sure).

I hear ya. I'm in the Snow Belt, southeast of Erie. I like taking walks on winter nights. It's one of the things that kept me smoking cobs over the past several years. When it's dead calm, temperature hits the singles, the skies are clear, the only natural noises are the trees popping, and the snow under your boots sounds like styrofoam ... a pipe beats the hell out of a cigar.
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Slide



Age : 56
Location : Benton, Louisiana
Registration date : 2011-11-23

PostSubject: Re: Winter Smoke   Thu Oct 04, 2012 7:42 am

I smoke outside or in the garage. In North Louisiana it can get in the teens and on rare occasions single digits. But on average the winters are mild.

A couple of years ago I called a friend up north to wish him Merry Christmas. He was taking a break from shoveling snow. I was walking by the river in shorts and a tee-shirt....

Summers on the other hand can be brutal....
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riff raff

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Location : Western Maryland
Registration date : 2011-05-24

PostSubject: Re: Winter Smoke   Thu Oct 04, 2012 7:52 am

While there is something magical about smoking a pipe while taking a break from shoveling snow, I detest winter and that magic wears off real fast...

I move inside to a comfortable space in my garage/workshop. I move in a patio chair/stand/lamp and a small heater. But, by the time February rolls around, I feel like a prisoner. It does make using matches easier...

I'm on the patio this morning here in Maryland. A rare warm day to smoke outside, albeit wet. But is nice to hear the birds and nature. These days are fleeting and I savor every one.
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DrT999

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Age : 60
Location : Piedmont of North Carolina
Registration date : 2011-08-31

PostSubject: Re: Winter Smoke   Thu Oct 04, 2012 8:10 am

riff raff wrote:
While there is something magical about smoking a pipe while taking a break from shoveling snow, I detest winter and that magic wears off real fast...

amen! I'm sure I'm not alone in wishing that true winter weather (ice, sleet, snow, etc.) lasted from Dec 24-Dec 26.... santa
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Dave_In_Philly

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Age : 38
Location : Philly
Registration date : 2011-08-18

PostSubject: Re: Winter Smoke   Thu Oct 04, 2012 10:43 am

I love winter and (despite only being 120 miles south of New York) I hate that the winters here are so much milder than they were where I grew up. I much prefer to smoke outside, but during the coldest months I just smoke in my little shop. I have an old chair, a space heater, a radio and I wireless internet. Though I am that guy that will bundle up in three sweaters and sit on the deck in the middle of a snow storm when the mood strikes.
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KevinM



Age : 76
Location : Connecticut
Registration date : 2012-02-26

PostSubject: Re: Winter Smoke   Thu Oct 04, 2012 5:11 pm

[quote="SteveauxI hear ya. I'm in the Snow Belt, southeast of Erie. I like taking walks on winter nights. It's one of the things that kept me smoking cobs over the past several years. When it's dead calm, temperature hits the singles, the skies are clear, the only natural noises are the trees popping, and the snow under your boots sounds like styrofoam ... a pipe beats the hell out of a cigar.[/quote]

Whoa! That's serious Winter country. Went to H.S. there. Drove to school in a Fiat with a heater that only worked in July and August and was missing the little rubber seals in the floor for where the clutch and brake linkage went through. Since the car got colder the faster I went, I think the missing seals were a nefarious plot of my fathers to moderate my driving. Haven't been as cold since.

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Sloppy Joe Hemingway

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Location : Sweet Home Chicago (when not in the Keys)
Registration date : 2012-08-06

PostSubject: Re: Winter Smoke   Thu Oct 04, 2012 5:40 pm

I can imagine a pipeful of tobacco on a cold, still winter night would be awesome. Its the -10 nights with a 40 mph wind howling out of Canada that sends a shiver through me. I love the idea of the fire pit, though!
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Nick Fox

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Age : 34
Location : Sacramento CA
Registration date : 2012-12-28

PostSubject: Re: Winter Smoke   Wed Jan 02, 2013 2:10 am

I spent my childhood in Minneapolis, moved to CA when I was fourteen. I don't have to deal with real winter anymore, but I still miss the snow and the white Christmases. I don't enjoy the privilege of smoking indoors yet ( -Infant in the house, and apartment living) But someday I'll have a smoking room to retreat to when it's raining and windy.
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RDPipes

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Age : 64
Location : East Texas
Registration date : 2011-12-15

PostSubject: Re: Winter Smoke   Thu Jan 10, 2013 10:44 am

Even though I live in Texas it can get a bit cold, 20's to 30's and I smoke outside all year round. Some days I have to put the Carharts on to stay comfortable enough to enjoy my smoke and coffee on the front porch. All the years of driving a truck have left me with poor circulation so, when it's only 50 outside my feet are at 30. Thankfully the wind we have here 90% of the time doesn't affect me too much on the porch, so it's a safe haven from it. I do this, smoking outside that is, so that the house doesn't get stenched up and the walls don't turn brown. Because for years I've always smoked indoors but, the smell and funk it left on the everything I just couldn't stand anymore. And for the 45 years I've been smoking I have never like the dirty ashtray smell smoke leaves. I know that must sound strange coming from a guy that smoked Camel non filters most his life but, my nose has always been more sensitive then most. I'm kinda like Radar O'reilly who can hear them before their there, I can smell it before it's smoke.
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