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brianr



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PostSubject: Corn Cob side burn out?   Sun Oct 20, 2013 3:54 am

I am new to Corn Cobs, which are not as common in the UK the US so this question may seem dumb.

I've smoked my Cob ( a Legend) about 10 times and now one side is showing signs of burning through. No big deal, they are not expensive, but I assume this isn't normal. There is a reasonable 'cake'.

The burn through is about 2/3 off the way up the chamber.

Is this bad technique on my part or a bad cob?

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Rob_In_MO

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PostSubject: Re: Corn Cob side burn out?   Sun Oct 20, 2013 10:52 am

Sounds like a flaw in the Cob itself. There is no reason, regardless of technique, for the side of a cob to burn through and it be the smoker's fault.

They are inexpensive but usually hold up quite well. I've had some that were daily smokers that lasted 4-5 years and never had a burnthrough.
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tiltjlp

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PostSubject: Re: Corn Cob side burn out?   Sun Oct 20, 2013 11:37 am

Side burnouts are extremely rare, as are burn outs period. Being a new smoker, your technique probably isn't perfect, but not bad enough to cause a burnout. If it does indeed burn out a;; the way, hang onto it and collect any other burnouts in the future, as Missouri Meerschaum will replace any defective pipe, Of course sending one cob back the the US from the UK doesn't make sense, which is why I suggest saving them up over time. Now, if ypour next Legend also burns out, I would advise you to visit their web site and leave them a message.
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Mr. Doody

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PostSubject: Re: Corn Cob side burn out?   Sun Oct 20, 2013 11:55 am

oh - you crazy corncob guys!!

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brianr



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PostSubject: Re: Corn Cob side burn out?   Sun Oct 20, 2013 2:48 pm

Mr. Doody wrote:
oh - you crazy corncob guys!!

bomdrunkenRazzbomdrunkenRazz
You are crazy if you've not tried a corn cob. I was amazed how much I enjoyed smoking one.

They are not as widely available here as I believe they are in the US and only a few models seem to make it here.

Brian.
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PostSubject: Corn Cob side burn out?   Sun Oct 20, 2013 7:07 pm

brianr wrote:
Mr. Doody wrote:
oh - you crazy corncob guys!!

bomdrunkenRazzbomdrunkenRazz
You are crazy if you've not tried a corn cob. I was amazed how much I enjoyed smoking one.

They are not as widely available here as I believe they are in the US and only a few models seem to make it here.

Brian.
I second that recommendation on cobs...nothing like them.

If you smoke a pipe...you must smoke a cob and appreciate what it can do for you.
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PostSubject: Re: Corn Cob side burn out?   Sun Oct 20, 2013 9:15 pm

There is no reason for a cob to burn out the side. I have cobs that were passed on to me that have been in regular use since the mid 50's. They get smoked at least weekly usually more, sometimes 3-4 times in a day. Anyone that tells you cobs are disposable or won't last doesn't know what they're talking about. Save it, send it back they'll make it right for sure!

Jim
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PostSubject: Re: Corn Cob side burn out?   Mon Oct 21, 2013 1:36 pm

i have owned a number of cobs - and have enjoyed them.

i as just givin' y'all grief :-)

doody.
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brianr



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PostSubject: Re: Corn Cob side burn out?   Mon Oct 21, 2013 2:56 pm

huffelpuff wrote:
There is no reason for a cob to burn out the side. I have cobs that were passed on to me that have been in regular use since the mid 50's. They get smoked at least weekly usually more, sometimes 3-4 times in a day. Anyone that tells you cobs are disposable or won't last doesn't know what they're talking about. Save it, send it back they'll make it right for sure!

Jim
Being in the UK it isn't worth my shipping it to the US so, this afternoon, I smoked a Cigar and made some 'mud'. I've filled the 'weak spot' and the chamber is (hopefully) restored to normal thickness.

I've not used 'mud' before so, if nothing else, this will be a 'learning opportunity'.

The repair is being left to 'cure' (I believe at least 24 hours is required) and then I will see how successful it is.

I noticed that I can see the shape of the corn on the inside of the pipe in another area, is this normal?

Brian

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Northern Neil

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PostSubject: Re: Corn Cob side burn out?   Mon Oct 21, 2013 3:45 pm

I have a couple of pride cobs, and I can see the outline of the corn through the whole bowl. I would not be concerned by that.
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PostSubject: Re: Corn Cob side burn out?   Mon Oct 21, 2013 4:58 pm

Yup absolutely normal. It's the cob equivalent of grain. Go slow and the mud repair should be just fine. Let us know if you have any more problems.

Jim
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PostSubject: Re: Corn Cob side burn out?   Mon Oct 21, 2013 6:41 pm

brianr wrote:
huffelpuff wrote:
There is no reason for a cob to burn out the side. I have cobs that were passed on to me that have been in regular use since the mid 50's. They get smoked at least weekly usually more, sometimes 3-4 times in a day. Anyone that tells you cobs are disposable or won't last doesn't know what they're talking about. Save it, send it back they'll make it right for sure!

Jim
Being in the UK it isn't worth my shipping it to the US so, this afternoon, I smoked a Cigar and made some 'mud'. I've filled the 'weak spot' and the chamber is (hopefully) restored to normal thickness.

I've not used 'mud' before so, if nothing else, this will be a 'learning opportunity'.

The repair is being left to 'cure' (I believe at least 24 hours is required) and then I will see how successful it is.

I noticed that I can see the shape of the corn on the inside of the pipe in another area, is this normal?

Brian

It'll be better if you can let the pipe mud cure for three days Brian. Hopefully it was thick and gluey.
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brianr



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PostSubject: Re: Corn Cob side burn out?   Tue Oct 22, 2013 2:34 am



[/quote]It'll be better if you can let the pipe mud cure for three days Brian. Hopefully it was thick and gluey.[/quote]
It was like what American's call 'Spackle' I believe, we would say filler or Polly-filler.

I can leave it for three days, thank you for the advice.

Brian.

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brianr



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PostSubject: Re: Corn Cob side burn out?   Thu Oct 24, 2013 9:14 am

It'll be better if you can let the pipe mud cure for three days Brian. Hopefully it was thick and gluey.[/quote]It was like what American's call 'Spackle' I believe, we would say filler or Polly-filler.

I can leave it for three days, thank you for the advice.

Brian.

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Well, after 3 days almost to the hour, I smoked it and......

the repair failed.

Clearly I got the 'mix' wrong, 'too wet' I suspect as it seems to have disintegrated and mixed with the ash. Not sure if I will try again- I'm not that keen on cigars! or just smoke it until it fails and buy another. As I'm in the UK it isn't worth shipping back to MM.

I've now found a localish shop where I can buy them over the counter cheaper than Ebay (Ebay is about 6.50 + p&p, so about 10 or $16 for a legend against 5.50 in the shop, nearer $8 ). Traditional tobacconists, which sell pipes and more than a few tobaccos, are as rare as hen's teeth over here (the UK).
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