HOW TO CLEAN A TOBACCO PIPE
First of all the necessary and indispensable accessories for pipes:
Pipe cleaning elements, the reamer, a few cotton swabs, a pipe cleaner, rubbing (surgical) alcohol, and a soft cloth;
It is necessary to regularly pass the pipe-cleaner through the tobacco pipe, the bit (bore) and the stem (filter) to rid it of humidity, the tar and nicotine. The frequency will vary according to the type of tobacco smoked. You may also soak the pipe-cleaner in a little alcohol for deeper cleaning.
The exterior of the pipe may also be waxed slightly using beeswax, or even better, Renaissance wax
which you can find easily (through eBay).
For those using 9mm filters it is important not to forget the interior of the mortise (see photo) this is done using a cotton swab. Actually, this is the area where tar and nicotine accumulate most rapidly.
The pipe-cleaner is used to tamper the embers, unblock the stem and mouthpiece, and remove the dottle remaining in the chamber. It also allows scraping the surface of the heel of the chamber but only with limited efficiency.
This regular but necessary cleaning will offer you an enhanced smoking experience.
Indispensable when the heel of the chamber is very deep (+1mm)
Attention! This operation is very dirty so allow for an adequate work space.
The reamer is an ideal tool to reduce the layer in the heel. Its use is quite straightforward: The roller screw (2) allows adjustment of the blade diameter (3) in the chamber (clockwise, the blades spread out. ) Adjust (2) in one direction or the other to allow entrance to the chamber. Turn the reamer using it to (1) scrape, and then readjust (2) to ream more deeply.
Cleaning with salt, such a practice will ensure your wooden pipe is as good as new.
Insert the pipe-cleaner into the stem as far as the mouthpiece to block it (you can pre-soak it in alcohol). Fill the chamber with salt (table or sea salt). With the help of a syringe or eye-dropper place several drops of alcohol onto the salt. Wet without soaking, do not “bathe” in the alcohol. Place your pipe straight up (make a holding bowl from aluminum foil for instance and press the pipe into it) in order not to spill the salt, and leave it to sit for 24 hours.
At the end of this period the salt will have a brownish hue.
Remove the salt and pipe-cleaner. Re-clean everything using a soft dry cloth and pipe-cleaner until there is no further trace of the operation. Leave your pipe to rest during 24 or 48 hours. Once this rest-time passes you’ll be all set to procure your pleasure anew.
HOW TO CLEAN A TOBACCO PIPE First of all the necessary and indispensable accessories for pipes : Pipe cleaning elements, the reamer , a few cotton swabs, a pipe cleaner , rubbing
How to clean a pipe
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The pipe, a small, handheld device used to smoke cannabis, is one of the oldest and most common smoking methods in the world. Pipes remain popular cannabis smoking devices today, largely due to their availability, affordability, ease of use, and wide range of types, colors, and styles.
The pipe, a small, handheld device used to smoke cannabis, is one of the oldest and most common smoking methods in the world. Photo by: Gina Coleman/Weedmaps
Part of using a pipe, bong, dab rig — or virtually any other smoking device — is knowing how to clean it. With frequent use, and without regular cleaning, pipes will build up residue that leads to clogging and affects smoke flavor negatively. For an optimal smoking experience, it’s important to clean your pipe regularly. Below is a step-by-step guide to cleaning and maintaining a pipe for optimal performance, smoke purity, and longevity of use.
What you’ll need
Before you begin cleaning your pipe, gather the following ingredients and materials:
- A sealable plastic bag
- Paper clip
- 99% Isopropyl alcohol (rubbing alcohol)
- Table salt (sodium chloride) or epsom salt (magnesium sulfate)
- Dish soap
Cleaning your pipe step-by-step
Now that you have what you need to adequately clean your pipe, follow the steps below:
Step 1: Place the pipe in a sealable plastic bag with alcohol
Carefully place the pipe in a sealable plastic bag and fill it with rubbing alcohol until the entire pipe is submerged. If you don’t have a baggie on hand, you can also use a small sealable container.
Carefully place the pipe in a sealable plastic bag and fill it with rubbing alcohol until the entire pipe is submerged. Photo by: Gina Coleman/Weedmaps
Step 2: Add a teaspoon of salt
Add a teaspoon of table salt (sodium chloride) or Epsom salt (magnesium sulfate). Either will work. Salt will act as a scrubber or sponge on resin where an actual sponge or brush can’t reach. Work the salt into the pipe as much as possible to ensure it’s fully doing the work of deep cleaning.
Salt will act as a scrubber or sponge on resin where an actual sponge or brush can’t reach. Photo by: Gina Coleman/Weedmaps
Coarse sea salt is typically used to clean bongs and other water pipes, but table or Epsom salt is usually enough to clean a pipe. If your pipe is particularly dirty or filled with old, hard resin, try using coarse salt.
Step 3: Let the pipe soak
Leave the pipe to soak in the bag or container for about 12 hours. This will give the alcohol enough time to thoroughly dissolve the resin.
Step 4: Shake the bag
Shake the bag vigorously to loosen residual resin. If you’re using a container, skip this step to avoid breaking your pipe.
Shake the bag vigorously to loosen residual resin. Photo by: Gina Coleman/Weedmaps
Step 5: Remove the pipe from the bag and wash
After you’ve let your pipe soak for 12 hours and given it a good shake, remove your pipe from the bag and wash with hot water and dish soap. If you have any stubborn resin still clinging to your pipe, try removing it with a paperclip or pipe cleaners, but only if it won’t do damage to your pipe. You can also try using a pipe cleaner or cotton swab. After you’ve washed the pipe, give it a final rinse with just hot water.
Step 6: Let the pipe dry
Give your pipe ample time to sit and dry before you use it again. If your pipe isn’t totally clean before you begin drying, repeat the previous steps and make sure to add new salt, as the salt from the first round of cleaning will have been largely dissolved.
In both their material build and wide variety of unique designs, pipes are typically designed to last a long time. They also need regular maintenance to keep up their full function and deliver a clean, flavorful smoke.
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