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Feedback: Cake Experiment

  • Thabo Pienaar

This blog (and YouTube Video) is to give some feedback on my experiment on the layer of cake (aka carbon layer) inside the bowl of your pipe.

A sufficient layer of cake in the bowl of your briar pipes are essential for the preservation as well as the coolness of the smoke.  The general suggestion is to build up a layer of "a dime".  Of course, like everything in the pipe world, some believe in less and others in more.  And so I've tried some suggestions.

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Packing a Pipe

  • Thabo Pienaar

One of the most difficult thing for beginners, is to pack a pipe properly. I remember packing my pipes either to hard and could barely pull anything out of it (which still sometimes happen), or too light. Wrong packing of your pipe can result in a hot, tongue-biting smoke and is probably the reason for many to quit pipe smoking.

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Smoking and health

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Every now and then, a research paper find that what we were told by medicine a few years or decades ago, might not be really the case. Things like oil and fat are bad and causes cholestrol, that we are directed by either the left ot right brain etc. We exchanged butter for margarine, only to find that the "rubbish" in margarine are even worse than the fat content of butter. We were told from the 70's and 80's that smoking is the number one killer and cause of lung cancer. Well, is it?

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Who am I no 5

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Another edition of who am I # 5 - my interest in food and cooking. I was privileged to be exposed to different culture's food and ways of cooking which spurred my interest.

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How to break in a new pipe

  • Thabo Pienaar

When I bought my first 6 pipes (GBDs and Georg Jensens), there was no-one who could tell you, or maybe who bothered to tell you how to "break-in" your new pipe. The Tobacconist probably assumed I will do it right and eventually the cake / carbonised layer will be formed. Well, he was actually right. I (and all who I knew smoking a pipe at the time), was so excited with our new pipes, we just filled it to the rim, lit it and smoked. The first smoke, I went all the way to the ashes at the bottom; other times half way, lit again etc. But no special care was given to a "method". To be honest, I didn't even knew that it should not get too hot; I thought it was normal for a new pipe.

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Who am I no 4

  • Thabo Pienaar

Who I am # 4 focusses on another interest of mine, the tradition of Wine and Wine Making. Of course, this age-old product has developed in a highly professional and skilled profession. The art of blending wines does not necessarily follow a "recipe".

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