- DrT999 wrote:
- I have two of the new Brighams and I'm curious as to why you prefer the aluminum tenon
My preference is subjective but there are a few things I've noticed that lead me to my preference for the aluminum tenon.
1) I notice that there is more moisture on the maple filter when using the metal tenon pipes for any given tobacco then there is for the same tobacco smoked in my delrin tenon. This leads me to believe that there is a correlation between the tenon and condensation.
2) The fit of the tenon into the shank seems to be smoother with the metal tenon and it is easier to remove the stem when the pipe is cold with the metal tenon. This leads me to believe that the delrin tenon is slightly thicker than the metal tenon because the plastic is more prone to expanding and contracting when hot or cold. If the thickness were the same as the metal tenon I believe the tenon would become too loose when the pipe was cold. (I have not put a micrometer to use to make this assertion. It is purely speculation on my part. YMMV).
Having said all this, I am pleased with the performance of both types. Given the same pipes in the same condition I would opt for the metal tenon based on my subjective analysis.