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Davy Jones

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PostSubject: About Corn Cobs, Their Stems And Their Taste   Tue May 08, 2018 9:29 am

In the past, I have tried over a dozen CC pipes, filtered (without putting a filter in the shank, however) and non filtered. I always gave up on them because of what was to me an awful aftertaste developing after 8-10 pipefuls, regardless of the tobacco smoked in them. This taste has nothing to do with the part of the shank in the tobacco chamber that will partially get burned by the tobacco. It's a different aftertaste.
Could it be the wood used for the shank? God knows.
I have no idea if anybody experienced this issue as well. But I have read on a few forums that vulcanite or acrylic stems make a radical difference when it comes down to the smoking experience.
This being said, I am wondering if that taste comes from the plastic stems and if an acrylic stem will make things better?
'Cause I kind if like those pipes and kind of find it disappointing not to have a few because of that unpleasant aftertaste.
I am curious as to the CC Brother's impressions on that issue.  Smile
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Richard Burley

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PostSubject: Re: About Corn Cobs, Their Stems And Their Taste   Tue May 08, 2018 10:29 am

You may just not like corn cob funkiness. Nothing wrong with that. But tell me, are you smoking the larger cobs from Missouri Meerschaum, like the Country Gentleman? I never liked the smaller versions at all. And smoking too fast and hot will make bad flavors, even more so than with a briar. And burley works best, in my biased opinion. Other than that, I'd say the bad taste is the shank "tongue" still carbonizing. I don't notice any taste difference with upscale stems, but maybe. You should be entering into sweet smoke territory, and you're not. See my first sentence.
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Corncobcon

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PostSubject: Re: About Corn Cobs, Their Stems And Their Taste   Tue May 08, 2018 9:31 pm

I don't have any bad taste from my corn cobs, and I have 12 of them that I smoke regularly. I do clean the stems out after every smoke. Sometimes I use a freshener like Clean N Cure or Briar Fresh.
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Davy Jones

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PostSubject: Re: About Corn Cobs, Their Stems And Their Taste   Wed May 09, 2018 11:59 am

Hmmm. I'm doing pretty much all of what you guys are mentioning. I do prefer the larger Cobs like the Gentleman. It could simply be that I am just not compatible with CC.
It happens. I might just give them a last try with an acrylic stem, see what gives.
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Davy Jones

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PostSubject: Re: About Corn Cobs, Their Stems And Their Taste   Mon May 14, 2018 9:10 am

Now. I ordered a Charles Towne Cobbler as an ultimate attempt with the CC. Following Rich's advice, I will dedicate it to Burleys. As I have a few tubs of Lane Ready Rubbed, Velvet and SWR, they will go in the Cob.

Let me know if I forget something here:

a. The Cob is to be smoked nice and easy during the first few pipefuls, just like a briar, for a proper breaking in;
b. The Cob is to be cleaned just like a briar, so passing a pipe cleaner and wiping the bowl after every smoke;
c. The Cob needs a little rest time in between smokes;
d. The part of the shank sticking into the chamber will taste kind of bad at first but, after a dozen smokes or so, it will build a little cake like a briar and it's supposed to be just fine afterwards;
e. The tobacco chamber needs the cake build - up to be removed when necessary just like a briar.

Do I have it all good? Smile

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Richard Burley

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PostSubject: Re: About Corn Cobs, Their Stems And Their Taste   Mon May 14, 2018 9:43 am

Dunno. Check here, if you haven't already:

https://pipedia.org/index.php?title=The_Complete_Corncob_primer
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pepesdad1

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PostSubject: About Corn Cobs, Their Stems And Their Taste   Mon May 14, 2018 12:45 pm

Davy Jones: I think you have it covered pretty well, as was said before it may just be that certain "funkiness" that comes with smoking a cob may not be your thing.

Keep trying, would be my advice (as if someone asked).


Walt
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Davy Jones

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PostSubject: Re: About Corn Cobs, Their Stems And Their Taste   Mon May 14, 2018 1:40 pm

Richard Burley wrote:
Dunno. Check here, if you haven't already:

https://pipedia.org/index.php?title=The_Complete_Corncob_primer

Rich, I was not aware of the existence of that page. Many thanks, mate!
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Davy Jones

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PostSubject: Re: About Corn Cobs, Their Stems And Their Taste   Mon May 14, 2018 1:42 pm

pepesdad1 wrote:
Davy Jones:  I think you have it covered pretty well, as was said before it may just be that  certain "funkiness" that comes with smoking a cob may not be your thing.

Keep trying, would be my advice (as if someone asked).


Walt

Walt, this will be my last Cob if it doesn't work out. If it does work out, well....you know how it goes. lol!
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Zeno Marx

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PostSubject: Re: About Corn Cobs, Their Stems And Their Taste   Mon May 14, 2018 5:34 pm

I've found that powerful, robust tobacco works best for me in a cob. Picayune, Big N' Burley, etc. I didn't care much for the one or two VaPers I tried in it. That may have changed, as I'm new to cobs, but I do know those robust burley blends changed things for me.
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Richard Burley

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PostSubject: Re: About Corn Cobs, Their Stems And Their Taste   Tue May 15, 2018 12:44 am

Zeno Marx wrote:
I've found that powerful, robust tobacco works best for me in a cob.  Picayune, Big N' Burley, etc.  I didn't care much for the one or two VaPers I tried in it.  That may have changed, as I'm new  to cobs,  but I do know those robust burley blends changed things for me.

I agree. I went a long time not liking latakia at all in a cob, but "plain" burley blends were great. Storm Front is really good in one. Ditto for Semois.
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Davy Jones

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PostSubject: Re: About Corn Cobs, Their Stems And Their Taste   Tue May 15, 2018 6:20 am

So, from I've been reading for the last few years, Corn Cob Aficionados agree Burleys are a dream match with cobs.
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