POLL: Filters

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Do you use a filter insert when you smoke a pipe?

Yes
1
4%
No
21
84%
Occasionally
3
12%
 
Total votes: 25

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POLL: Filters

Post by Cleon » Wed Dec 05, 2018 8:47 am

At breakfast I discovered that a friend of mine likes to smoke his pipe with a filter. He said the smoke is smoother and less irritating, albeit less tasty. This was surprising to me since I've gathered that most of the pipe smokers I know, online, don't care for filters.

I don't like them because I like an open draw. I've only ever used a filter a couple of times, on a Grabow, and I tossed it because of the restricted draw.

There are plenty of filter threads but no real data on usage so I thought I'd start a CPS poll.

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Re: POLL: Filters

Post by JimVH » Wed Dec 05, 2018 9:33 am

I only use filters to take up space in my pipe junk drawer.

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Re: POLL: Filters

Post by Adam Z » Wed Dec 05, 2018 9:39 am

I tried a 6mm balsa filter in a Savinelli 311ks that came with a few of them. It did make for a drier smoke, but it also made for a noticeably less flavorful smoke - that is not acceptable. I took it out mid-smoke & replaced it with the adapter and haven't thought about trying a filter again since.

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Re: POLL: Filters

Post by John-Boy » Wed Dec 05, 2018 9:41 am

If I smoked cobs I would use a filter every once in a while.
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Re: POLL: Filters

Post by hugodrax » Wed Dec 05, 2018 9:52 am

I clicked occasionally. I'm not a big fan of filters, but I use them if the pipe is designed for them. I dont have many designed to use them, though.
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Re: POLL: Filters

Post by Del » Wed Dec 05, 2018 10:49 am

John-Boy wrote:
Wed Dec 05, 2018 9:41 am
If I smoked cobs I would use a filter every once in a while.
Filters clog the draw.

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Re: POLL: Filters

Post by Bloodhound » Wed Dec 05, 2018 11:47 am

John-Boy wrote:
Wed Dec 05, 2018 9:41 am
If I smoked cobs I would use a filter every once in a while.
This...the burning ash and cob guts might get blocked from being sucked into the mouth if there was a filter...Not that I would ever smoke a cob...because I would never smoke a cob.
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Re: POLL: Filters

Post by Cleon » Thu Dec 06, 2018 7:02 pm

Results are as I expected so far.
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Re: POLL: Filters

Post by durangopipe » Thu Dec 06, 2018 7:18 pm

I used to use them occasionally. Many of my Stanwells and Savinellis are designed to take them.
But I now smoke both brands without them (and without an adapter) and haven’t used a filter in a very long time.
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Re: POLL: Filters

Post by DepartedLight » Thu Dec 06, 2018 7:25 pm

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Re: POLL: Filters

Post by Ether » Tue Dec 11, 2018 9:36 am

About 90% of pipes available here are designed to be used with 9mm filters. I smoke them without filters and it works just fine, regardless of maybe the empty filter chamber leading to a little more condensation.

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Post by Bloodhound » Tue Dec 11, 2018 12:10 pm

Ether wrote:
Tue Dec 11, 2018 9:36 am
About 90% of pipes available here are designed to be used with 9mm filters. I smoke them without filters and it works just fine, regardless of maybe the empty filter chamber leading to a little more condensation.
They are now calling it an old school reverse-calabash :lol:
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Re: POLL: Filters

Post by Jocose » Tue Dec 11, 2018 9:11 pm

Filters are of the debbel and cOB smokers.

But I digress
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Re: POLL: Filters

Post by rgcurrey » Tue Dec 11, 2018 9:37 pm

Jocose wrote:
Tue Dec 11, 2018 9:11 pm
Filters are of the debbel and cOB smokers.

But I digress
Digressing by talking about cobs.
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Re: POLL: Filters

Post by John-Boy » Wed Dec 12, 2018 6:43 am

rgcurrey wrote:
Tue Dec 11, 2018 9:37 pm
Jocose wrote:
Tue Dec 11, 2018 9:11 pm
Filters are of the debbel and cOB smokers.

But I digress
Digressing by talking about cobs.
Oh. I thought he said "digest". Corn is hard to digest.
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Re: POLL: Filters

Post by 424cat » Wed Dec 12, 2018 8:38 am

My favorite pipe is a Rattray's Bulldog, takes a 9mm filter. Love it.
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Re: POLL: Filters

Post by SlowToke » Wed Dec 12, 2018 2:44 pm

I've only ever owned one filter pipe. It is a Savinelli Duca Carlo half bent billiard. It was one of the first pipes I'd ever bought and I had no idea what I was doing. I didn't know it was a filter pipe when I bought it. I smoked it with the balsa filter a handful of times but didn't like it because they got rancid if you tried to use them more than once and I wasn't going to keep buying the things when it didn't appear to be any advantage to me. The pipe didn't come with an insert (unless I inadvertently threw it away not knowing what it was- entirely possible) so I've always smoked it without either. FWIW, it's one of my favorite pipes and it's a great smoker.
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Re: POLL: Filters

Post by JohnnyMcPiperson » Sun Jan 06, 2019 6:23 am

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A buddy of mine specifically enjoys filters for the purposes of smoothing out English blends.


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Post by Steverino » Sun Jan 06, 2019 8:31 pm

I've used the Dr. Grabow filters and Savinelli filters a few times. I could tell a little difference in the draw and flavor, less so with the balsa filters. I could detect no benefit from using them so discontinued. I haven't tried the Peterson charcoal filters yet, might do that some day just for grins.
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