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PostSubject: 9mm pipe filters   Tue May 14, 2013 10:06 pm

does anyone have any suggestions as to the best charcoal filters to use?
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PostSubject: Re: 9mm pipe filters   Wed May 15, 2013 4:39 am

If I didn't want to drop the coin to use a balsa wood 9mm filter, I would rather just smoke the pipe sans filter. That's just my preference though.
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PostSubject: Re: 9mm pipe filters   Wed May 15, 2013 6:36 am

petersenlover wrote:
does anyone have any suggestions as to the best charcoal filters to use?

Don't know what's in 'em, but I use the Dr Perl Jr 9mm filters with the one pipe I have that uses that size. I tried the balsa, Dutch, but they just didn't work as well, and the pipe (a Jobey I bought 25+ years ago) actually smokes better with the filter.
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PostSubject: Re: 9mm pipe filters   Wed May 15, 2013 10:20 am

DrT999 wrote:
petersenlover wrote:
does anyone have any suggestions as to the best charcoal filters to use?

Don't know what's in 'em, but I use the Dr Perl Jr 9mm filters with the one pipe I have that uses that size. I tried the balsa, Dutch, but they just didn't work as well, and the pipe (a Jobey I bought 25+ years ago) actually smokes better with the filter.

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Dr Pearls are great in that they don't take away from the flavoring. They're reasonably priced and leave a pleasant aftertaste in the pipe when it's empty.
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PostSubject: Re: 9mm pipe filters   Wed May 15, 2013 10:38 am

My favorite 9mm filters are Big Ben but they are scarce now. The 2nd filtters are the balsa wood 9mm filter.

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PostSubject: Re: 9mm pipe filters   Wed May 15, 2013 12:38 pm

Petersenlover, if I were you I would just try the brands you can find easily and see what works best for you. Any filter will work if you change it often enough and you are left with the cost per smoke as the more important criterion. Having said that, many years ago I went through a stage where I used filters and what worked best for me was a filter made with meershaum. I don't remember the brand, but they came in a brownish box with the picture of an elephant. Good luck.
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PostSubject: Re: 9mm pipe filters   Wed May 15, 2013 1:47 pm

Filters. 5)

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PostSubject: Re: 9mm pipe filters   Wed May 15, 2013 2:36 pm

Kyle Weiss wrote:
Filters. 5)

Don't be judgmental, Kyle.
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PostSubject: Re: 9mm pipe filters   Wed May 15, 2013 2:43 pm

Hey, someone's gotta do it. Laughing
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PostSubject: Re: 9mm pipe filters   Wed May 15, 2013 3:03 pm

In reality, they should have never been labeled "filters" to begin with. I think a much better description would have been to call them "sponges." Laughing
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PostSubject: Re: 9mm pipe filters   Wed May 15, 2013 5:25 pm

That's why I give at least a partial pass to the balsa/Savinelli "filters," because they're mostly there to wick away moisture. Since I don't have moisture problems much anymore (could be gained experience; better-made pipes, who knows), I can't see the reason I'd add such a feature. Training wheels on a bike don't really help a rider learn to ride, either, ya just gotta do it until you get it right. Laughing Meh. Just how I see 'em. I know, I'm gonna catch hell. I suppose I look at it this way: if I can learn to smoke a standard pipe, anyone can? 🤷 tongue

Essentially, that's what the rolled paper Medico jobs were supposed to do, too (suck up moisture), but they're often more trouble than they're worth...gimmick holdovers when filtered cigarettes were introduced to the market years ago...

...it's these strange charcoal-filled,perforated slugs that go into certain pipes I question. Real "filters" are not too discriminating at what they filter, be it good flavor or...smoke particles...or...whatever they're supposed to do.
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PostSubject: Re: 9mm pipe filters   Wed May 15, 2013 10:51 pm

I have 2 Vauen pipes, both are great smokers. I use the Sav 9mm balsa filters in them. I agree with the good Dr. T, the Dr. Perl Jr.'s are some of the better Charcoal filters. One thing I'll add, is that the charcoal jobs work nicely to take nuetralize the bite that some get from certain aromatics. Dr. Perl's are made by Vauen. The German's love their aro's and they probably hate tongue bite.
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PostSubject: Re: 9mm pipe filters   Thu May 16, 2013 12:34 pm

I use Absorbo filters because they're cheap. For me they work as well as the more expensive ones. I hate balsa filters and cut Medico filters to size to use in my Savinelli pipes. They work great. For me filters reduce tongue bite and makes for a really smooth smoke and yes they help with any moisture problems we babes may have yet overcome. Over 40 years ago when I used cigarettes I smoked Tarrytons because they had a charcoal filter. I like the effect the charcoal had on the taste. I still do though I don't detect any charcoal flavor and I don't want any. Most use filters because it enhances their smoking pleasure. I can't understand why anyone would look at this in some negative context.

Hey Kyle, how about cuttin' us babes some slack will ya? We all couldn't grow a pile carpet on our chest by age five. lol!
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PostSubject: Re: 9mm pipe filters   Thu May 16, 2013 1:00 pm

Dutch wrote:
I think a much better description would have been to call them "sponges." Laughing

Laughing

I meant to include that Big Ben filters better holds their moisture and keeps their best configuration.

Jim
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PostSubject: Re: 9mm pipe filters   Thu May 16, 2013 4:27 pm

I know, I sound like a turd bringing this all up...especially since it's contrary to the OP's question, but the subject begs for exploration. It very much isn't about being a tough guy smoking "raw tobacco," I have a very sensitive tongue, as it is. Very Happy

Tobacco is one of those things, like food, wine, scotch, beer... the more it is unnecessarily altered, the more it changes. For the same reason why I don't like white bread, ketchup (the condiment, not referring to McClelland Laughing ) or processed cheese, filtered beer, etc... there are nuances to flavor that get removed along with...whatever else is seen as potentially bad or offensive. A burger will never be a prime steak...yet on the flip-side, I have worked in kitchens where I've served a perfectly cooked and seasoned prime steak, just to watch someone drown the poor thing in A1 sauce. It's a tough habit to break once established...

...plus, if it's a new smoker, why start off with filters rather than choosing to use them when needed, rather than it being a keystone in the process? I went down this road, too, maybe a lot of us did--I came to a different conclusion when all was said and done.

Unfettered flavor is key, at least in my realm--good or bad. It can be amazing, when good, and if trusted. Not to mention, things like filters need more maintenance and babysitting than the actual pipes do it seems, seen from my side of the fence. With all things consumable, I find simplicity to be the shortcut to Nirvana...perhaps it's my laziness that doesn't understand it? I truly don't get the idea of more work for less return.

Please, use filters if you like, but I also suggest getting used to or discovering the joys of how tobacco (food, drink, etc) was meant to be from the producer's perspective, the more direct, the better. I think that gives a more honest path to discovering if it really works in Flavorville for someone or not. Less variables, easier fix (if necessary).

Merely openly thinking in text, here. Cool Sometimes it's okay to have just a burger. I realize that, too.

(...but is it a good burger? How will I know!? AAAAUUUGH! lol! )





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PostSubject: Re: 9mm pipe filters   Fri May 17, 2013 4:44 pm

I think most smoke a pipe because of the pleasure it give us. We choose our tobacco the same way. Kyle pointed out that tobacco has some complex nuances that in his mind a filter would remove. I can't disagree with that. But Kyle has a sensitive palate. Just read some of his tobacco reviews and you'll find yourselves salivating like Pavlov's dogs. But a lot of us are not blessed with such a talented tongue. I for one have tried and tried to detect the dried apricot, figs, cinnamon, etc. and have failed miserably with both filtered and unfiltered pipes. Its like the food I eat. It has to be bold, savory, hot, spicy or sweet to be acceptable. A french chef's talents are a waste on me if I'm supposed to be able to detect all the little enhancements he has added to the dish. What matters to me is the end product in terms of "Does it taste good"? Same way with the tobacco I smoke. If it tastes good with a filtered pipe then I'll smoke it and enjoy the benefits that the filter adds to my smoking experience like less tongue bite, a smoother smoke, and yes even moisture control. I don't miss anything I can't taste.This may make me a member of the minority but I'm the one who smokes my pipe and if puts some negative label upon me because I choose to use a filter then so be it. I can carry it. cheers
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PostSubject: Re: 9mm pipe filters   Fri May 17, 2013 4:52 pm

ajn27511 wrote:
I think most smoke a pipe because of the pleasure it give us. We choose our tobacco the same way. Kyle pointed out that tobacco has some complex nuances that in his mind a filter would remove. I can't disagree with that. But Kyle has a sensitive palate. Just read some of his tobacco reviews and you'll find yourselves salivating like Pavlov's dogs. But a lot of us are not blessed with such a talented tongue. I for one have tried and tried to detect the dried apricot, figs, cinnamon, etc. and have failed miserably with both filtered and unfiltered pipes. Its like the food I eat. It has to be bold, savory, hot, spicy or sweet to be acceptable. A french chef's talents are a waste on me if I'm supposed to be able to detect all the little enhancements he has added to the dish. What matters to me is the end product in terms of "Does it taste good"? Same way with the tobacco I smoke. If it tastes good with a filtered pipe then I'll smoke it and enjoy the benefits that the filter adds to my smoking experience like less tongue bite, a smoother smoke, and yes even moisture control. I don't miss anything I can't taste.This may make me a member of the minority but I'm the one who smokes my pipe and if puts some negative label upon me because I choose to use a filter then so be it. I can carry it. cheers
AJ

I would have to agree with this. The main reason I prefer pipes to cigars, is because there is so much more flavor to be experienced from a pipe. I believe one reason I am challenged with the ability to taste as well as other smokers, is because I have sinus problems. I try to flush them at least once a week, but even so, I still struggle to smell and taste as well as other people. On a positive note, this issue may have saved me a lot of trauma, with some of the women I have dated, and I just never knew the difference.
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PostSubject: Re: 9mm pipe filters   Fri May 17, 2013 4:53 pm

ajn27511 wrote:
I think most smoke a pipe because of the pleasure it give us--I don't miss anything I can't taste.

You summed this up perfectly, I think. There's certainly no negativity going to come your direction in this regard on my watch, from others or myself--even if I don't understand it, your right to your enjoyment is fully your own, and that speaks for itself. Smile

For those new or unaccustomed (but curious) to tobacco or other tasting et al, do yourself a flavor-favor and see where your pleasures lie before setting any hard and fast rules.

There's a world of pleasure out there, find yours. Very Happy

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PostSubject: Re: 9mm pipe filters   Fri May 17, 2013 5:04 pm

Dutch,
I regards to smell and some women consider yourself blessed. lol! lol! lol!

Sometimes I just can't resist... Embarassed
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