Pipe Academy – A Thorough Cleaning

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A customer wrote and asked me to write about pipe cleaning basics. I’ve written recently about what you shouldn’t attempt, now let’s look at an everyday cleaning. For the sake of covering all our bases, we’re going to approach this as if you found one of your grandfather’s old pipes which had been heavily smoked […]

Pipe Care – What You Should and Shouldn’t Do

Ideally, this post should be written by Dan Chlebove since he does all the restoration of our estate pipes, but we’ve recently gotten in so many new estates that he can’t even take the time to write lately, so I’m taking up the mantle to give you pointers, and also to tell you what you […]

Thoughts About Pipe Cleaners

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The most overlooked accessory for pipe smokers is the humble pipe cleaner. Some of us are so good at overlooking them that they rarely use one and then wonder why their pipe tastes nasty. Pipe cleaners are not only useful, but they’re surprisingly versatile as well. There are quite a few different types of pipe […]

Reminiscence

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My love of pipes goes back to when I was a lad. It was a time when smoking, in general, was more accepted.  The use of pipes and cigars was more prevalent in society, overall. I can recall many a time being entranced by a particular aroma emanating from some gent’s pipe. I also found that […]

As the Year Winds Down…

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If it seems that I’ve been among the missing, it’s only because I’ve been involved with a lot of projects that have kept me very occupied. 2014, by far, will be the best year PipesandCigars.com has ever had. We’ve undergone tremendous growth, and, of course, it’s all thanks to our valued customers. We’d like to […]

Holiday Gift Thoughts

Before we know it, we’ll be caught up in the flurry of activity that is the holiday shopping season. Some of us have already made our lists and possibly even begun shopping. Others, like me, will probably be scrambling on Christmas Eve to get those last few items. When I was a kid, lots of […]

It’s a Matter of Taste

We frequently get calls from our customers inquiring as to whether a particular blend has been changed because, to that person, it doesn’t taste right anymore. This may have happened to you, so let’s look at that phenomenon. First of all, sometimes blends do change. The manufacturer may not be able to get the same […]

For the Beginner- Part 1, Packing, Lighting and Smoking

I’m willing to bet that there are more ex-pipe smokers than pipe smokers. The main reason that so many people try smoking a pipe and give it up is because they get the wrong kind of pipe and/or tobacco, and they don’t know how to pack, light and smoke to get the most enjoyment and […]

Overview- Decatur products

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When I first started selling pipes in my shop, Decatur was the best-known name in pipe furniture. They had a nice assortment of stands, racks, tobacco jars and cabinets, and they were pretty reasonably priced. Then with very little warning, Decatur was gone, and there weren’t many companies left to fill the void. A number […]

The Devil’s in the Details

I’m constantly amazed at pipes that smoke well. Actually, I’m amazed that so many of my pipes smoke well, and , at the same time, are comfortable and attractive. There are a multitude of ways that things could go wrong, that it’s pretty stunning when you realize that it doesn’t happen much more frequently. If the drafthole […]