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Clean the pipe for beginners


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Clean the pipe for beginners

After we have covered the two topics of pipe whistle and smoking pipe already, we come to the final procedure, the proper cleaning of a tobacco pipe. In this little tutorial, you will learn how to clean your pipe to enjoy it for as long as possible.

Cleaning a pipe with the right equipment and some know-how is a job of only a few minutes - time that is meaningfully invested, because only a well-maintained pipe can smoke well and will accompany you reliably for many years.

That's what you need to clean the pipe

Before you can clean your pipe, you should let it cool down completely. This means: There should be several hours between smoking and cleaning a tobacco pipe. During this time, you will do nothing with your smoking instrument, except perhaps occasionally looking in love with it. If you then go to action, the following utensils to clean the pipe should be within reach:

  • Of course: the smoked and cooled pipe
  • a pipe stuffer (pipe cutlery)
  • several pipe cleaners
  • a roll of household paper
  • a pipe ashtray with cork insert

Clean the combustion chamber of the pipe

The ashtray in the pipe bowl is scratched with the spear or the scraper of the pipe stopper. At scratched does not mean from scratched. If you are too impetuous with the pipe stuffer, you inadvertently destroy the important protective layer inside the pipe bowl while cleaning the pipe. This layer is formed over time from ash residues and the condensate that forms during smoking. It protects the pipe wood from too much heat and thus from the dreaded burning through. Therefore, when cleaning the pipe always use little pressure with the pipe stuffer and do not poke around in the combustion chamber with force.

On the cork insert of the ashtray you now knock out the pipe bowl carefully. With regular cleaning, this is all that is necessary to clean the combustion chamber. Connoisseurs speak of a "swept clean" tobacco pipe, which means: It is swept, but not wiped wet. When cleaning a pipe, liquids or cleaning agents are only used in the case of a very heavily soiled or encrusted combustion chamber. Minimal residues of ash dust are left in the pipe bowl and serve the further construction of the protective layer.

Clean the mouthpiece of the pipe

First, you pull the mouthpiece from the bore of the pipe with a slight twist. Remove the used filter from the filter hole and discard. The pipe cleaners are then used to clean the mouthpiece. They come in many different designs, but they are all similar in structure. Here you can confidently fall back on no-name products that are significantly cheaper than pipe cleaners from renowned manufacturers. With a straight mouthpiece, you slide the cleaner from the bite lip with the thin end first into the mouthpiece until it looks out on the other side.

For curved mouthpieces, you bend the pipe cleaner in about the same shape that possesses the mouthpiece before. This will prevent you clean the pipe that the pointed wire damaged the smoke channel inside.

Now you pull the pipe cleaner back and forth a few times to finally pull it out of the mouthpiece in the direction of the bar. Repeat this procedure often with a fresh pipe cleaner until no more dirt is visible on the material of the cleaner.

The larger diameter hole in the spigot of the mouthpiece (where the filter comes in) is best cleaned with a rolled sheet of household paper. Also wipe the outside of the pin thoroughly with a fresh piece of household paper.

Clean the spar of the pipe

First you push a fresh pipe cleaner into the spar bore and look into the bowl from above. As soon as the end of the pipe cleaner is visible in the combustion chamber, you must not push on. The pointed wire end otherwise damages the protective layer or, in the worst case, the wood inside the pipe bowl. Then you slide the pipe cleaner back and forth a few times. Also clean this procedure with the pipe you repeat with a fresh pipe cleaner until the cleaner remains clean. Just as with the mouthpiece, you clean the filter hole in the spar with a piece of twisted sheet of household paper.

This completes the Clean Whistle project. The pipe bowl and mouthpiece should not be reassembled until the next day, in order to achieve a complete drying of the pipe.

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