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Old 10-04-2008, 09:16 PM   #1
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What's the best solution to cleaning a really old pipe.

Grain alcohol and pipe cleaners?

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Old 10-04-2008, 09:23 PM   #2
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I've had great success with warm water, and those spikey pipe cleaners. Be VERY careful using water, as you reallllllly don't want the wood to swell. Rubbing alcohol has worked for me, but not quite as well.

Remember, a good pipe has a layer of "Char" on the inside that protects the wood. Be careful you don't scrape that off.

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Old 10-04-2008, 09:49 PM   #3
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Once again, pipe cleaning brought up another picture in my head......

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Old 10-04-2008, 10:53 PM   #4
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Whatever you use (liquid), let it dry out for a good long time before using it. If the liquid/water gets into cracks and crevices in the cake or briar, it can crack the pipe when lit due to expansion (liquid into gas).

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Old 10-05-2008, 11:33 PM   #5
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Depending on what you've got caked up in the bowl, a reamer may be the best option.

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Old 10-06-2008, 04:22 PM   #6
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I found a tool in the basement when I was a kid and surprised myself to figure out what it was. Tamper, bowl scraper, and pipe cleaner all in one.

That's all I got. Sorry.

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Old 10-06-2008, 10:38 PM   #7
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is this a wood pipe? If it's glass or metal I reccomend boiling it in water for a LONG time and scraping out the goop with stainless piano wire or old guitar string. if it takes any significant effort to scrape, boil longer.

If it's and old corn cob pipe, don't use any cleaners!!!! the cob will begin to fall apart.

If it's an old (and rare) alabaster pipe, again NO CLEANERS. In fact I wouldn't even try to scrape it much. Those things are extremely fragile. Go to the old school tobacco shop and have the owner help you clean it

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Scrape it down to the char (the caked stuff in the bowl), but no further. If you have a lot of plugged stuff in the stummel, or the mouthpiece, high pressure air works well.

Try some rubbing alcohol, and then let it sit for a few days.

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is this a wood pipe? If it's glass or metal ... it
Why is it that I doubt that TxBrew is trying to clean up a crack pipe?
Please tell me it's not a crack Pipe.
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Lets see two weeks ago a thread from Tx on POT now pipe cleaning Hmmmm. Tx, are you feeling ok?
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