Why clay pipes are great pipes.

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Why clay pipes are great pipes.

Post by Zed » Mon Mar 16, 2009 8:30 pm

I personaly enjoy smoking clay pipes for two reasons. They cause you to sit still and concentrate on the pipe and perhaps the book you are reading. But the reason I smoke them the most is they have the "cleanest" smoke of all.

Clays are very absorbant far more than briar or meerschaum pipes. I find they they even smoke a bit more dry than cob pipes. They do not impart the flavors they absorb. Each blend of tobacco you smoke in the clay you can very much taste all of the flavors in it. Clays give you the opportunity to taste the tobacco rather than the pipe.

Clays are also inexpensive, so you really get a lot for your money.
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Post by taylor714914 » Thu Jul 23, 2009 9:41 pm

Interesting....I had heard that meers were the cleanest smoking pipe.....off to google for some research!

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Post by Del » Thu Jul 23, 2009 10:03 pm

Meers and clays are clean-smoking for basically the same reason: They are mineral materials.

Meers are jolly fun, but they are more expensive and higher maintenance.

I don't have any clay pipes. I wish somebody would give me one.
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Post by serapion » Thu Jul 23, 2009 11:27 pm

CAUTION! This container is HOT!

That is one issue with clays. The other is they break easy.
However Zed is quite right that they give a dry smoke with no taste from the pipe.

I had one many years ago, but I broke it!
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Post by LaM » Fri Feb 05, 2010 10:10 pm

Are there specific companies that make good clay pipes? or are they mostly a niche for larger companies?

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Post by ATexanLostinVirginia » Fri Feb 05, 2010 10:21 pm

LaM wrote:Are there specific companies that make good clay pipes? or are they mostly a niche for larger companies?
Mr. John's has meers and clays.

In fact there used to be a big clay pipe factory around here somewhere.... gone now.
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Post by ATexanLostinVirginia » Fri Feb 05, 2010 10:22 pm

this thread makes me want to look into investing in a good clay and/or meerschaum.
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Post by LaM » Fri Feb 05, 2010 10:50 pm

ATexanLostinVirginia wrote:
LaM wrote:Are there specific companies that make good clay pipes? or are they mostly a niche for larger companies?
Mr. John's has meers and clays.

In fact there used to be a big clay pipe factory around here somewhere.... gone now.
Hey man, I went to Mr. John's yesterday and I was blown away. I had no idea it was gonna be that big/nice and it had that cool bar-type area in the back. I've never smoked indoors before and look forward to doing just that when my pipes come in! :D

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Post by AFRS » Mon Aug 18, 2014 9:21 pm

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Post by ~JM~ » Wed Nov 19, 2014 6:56 am

I bought a clay tavern pipe online for $8 bucks. Smokes great.
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Post by JimVH » Wed Nov 19, 2014 10:46 am

I have a cheapo clay pipe that I smoke frequently. It's cheap, replaceable, smokes good, and is especially useful when the weather is bad and I don't want to mess-up a briar.

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Post by Hovannes » Wed Nov 19, 2014 10:53 am

I've had a few clays over the years. I recollect them getting uncomfortably hot. Maybe I was doing something wrong.
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Re: Why clay pipes are great pipes.

Post by Winton » Fri Nov 21, 2014 5:05 am

There was a woman at the Chicago Pipe Show selling them on Friday morning. I should have bought one. I have been wondering what they were like for a long time.

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Post by tarheel7734 » Fri Nov 21, 2014 5:36 am

I also have wondered what a clay wold be like.

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Post by ~JM~ » Fri Nov 28, 2014 8:43 pm

Any tips on cleaning or restoring clays to white? I've read that you can re-bake them to remove the tobacco impurities.
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Post by Rusty » Fri Nov 28, 2014 9:05 pm

~JM~ wrote:Any tips on cleaning or restoring clays to white? I've read that you can re-bake them to remove the tobacco impurities.
We regard the notion that tobacco could be an impurity as fightin' words typified by anti-tob activists. WTF are you thinking? Long ago they used to clean them, esp. when they were blocked with tar, by placing them in the Inn's fireplace coals. Since we have pipe cleaners we don't need to do that. Are you an uncolouring Meerschaum nut too? 8O

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Post by ~JM~ » Fri Nov 28, 2014 9:32 pm

I don't think I'm going to fit in around in. I'm not sure if people are being sarcastic of serious.

Thanks for the video.

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Post by Rusty » Fri Nov 28, 2014 9:43 pm

~JM~ wrote:I don't think I'm going to fit in around in. I'm not sure if people are being sarcastic of serious.

Thanks for the video.

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Our attitudes to visible use exhibited by our pipes changes over time I think. Initially the pristine look is nice. But eventually we make peace with the idea that they wear, stain, and bruise. They're like us. Lighting fire to stuff placed in them that stains does that.

Pipes in movies rarely look the way pipes really look. They all look like they're on their first bowl of tobacco. Of course only pipe smokers notice this.
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Re: Why clay pipes are great pipes.

Post by A_Morley » Fri Nov 28, 2014 9:53 pm

I've loved every clay pipe I've ever owned. Then they broke.
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