Apart from pipes and tobaccos, pipe smoking also has some accessories that goes with it. These pipe smoking accessories may vary from tools to clean and maintain your pipe, pouches and stands, pipe racks and cabinets, lighters and many more.
Pipe cleaners are used to …. yes, clean a pipe. Use a pipe cleaner to clean your stem (especially the mouthpiece) after each smoke, or at least regularly. Also clean the pipe bowl for any tobacco residue in the bowl. For a deep clean, use a “rough” pipe cleaner with pipe cleaning liquid. This will clean out any residue which could not be cleaned by the normal pipe cleaning exercise.
Pipe cleaning liquid
Different brands of pipe cleaning liquid are available on the market. Many people just use alcohol. The cleaning liquid sanitises your pipe and removes any hardened tobacco oil that was not cleaned by the pipe cleaner.
Tamping / Knife tool
A tamping and knife tool is mainly used to clean the bowl from excessive carbon / cake that has been built up in your bowl. Although a layer of cake is good for your pipe as it protects the briar, you don’t want it to be too thick or unevenly built. When cleaning the carbon, it should be a very delicate exercise because you do NOT want to remove too much carbon from your pipe’s bowl – that was exactly the reason for the “smoking-in” process. But with a soft touch, gradually even out the carbon layer on the inside of your bowl. The sharp end of your tool can also be used to clean out tobacco that clogged your intake. The sharp tool can be used to loosen the tobacco if you find that you’ve packed your bowl too hard. The tamping tool is used to tamp down the tobacco to an even density as you smoke the tobacco in your bowl.
Tamping tools are a popular wood turning item to make. Different shapes and sizes are available on the internet. Many people use whatever is available at that time; like a nail, used bullet, piece of branch, pencil etc.
Bowl and Stem polish
Different brands of bowl and stem polish are available. Its used to clean and polish your bowl and stem during every “deep clean” that you will undertake (say once every 6 months or according to your liking). You can also use pipe wax or bees wax to clean and polish your pipe.
Pouches come in many different size and shapes according to the need. Basically it is for carrying your pipe(s), tobacco and tools – all handy and together.
Pipe Racks / Stands
Pipe racks are available in different sizes to store your pipes. Pipe stands are usually used during smoking sessions to prevent the ash falling out while resting your pipe. Pipe cabinets is another way of storing your pipe collection.
On my YouTube channel are posts of cleaning and maintaining your pipes.