I’ve never been able to get my pipes to taste as good as the first few bowls after sending them to my professional of choice for a ream and cleaning.
I watched a video using a hose around stem ,test tube with alcohol or choice of liquid,then by heating test tube the liquid percolates up into stem,shank,draft hole and into bowl. Repeat enough and liquid comes back clear and then pipe is clean and sterile.
I haven’t tried it and one guy even sells the retort kit for a few bucks.
I was curious if anyone has tried cleaning this way and how the results were.
Haven't tried it, but advise if you don't know what you are doing, best to leave it alone until you know what it is you are doing...fire and burns are nothing to take lightly...and if you screw it up, that is what could happen.
Its a eighth grade science experiment with a rubber hose and a flask and a Bunsen burner. And yes it can blow up sending glass and flaming alcohol every everywhere. It does remove the tough stuff using the vapor from the alcohol to leech the briar. Sending it off is cheaper than a insurance deductible.
It works well, but alcohol in the form of Everclear is very flammable, and the flames can be invisible... do your retort in the garage or in the back yard....if you follow safe practices you can do well.
The ozone generator method is pretty cheap if you want to pay Mike Myers to do it, and it works great.
Deodorizing stinky pipes is something I have done for years. It is an arduous process which includes alcohol cleaning, and on and on with only moderate success.
In March, 2009 Dave bought a commercial Ozone generator. He constructed and tested an Ozone chamber for deodorizing and sanitizing pipes which I now use. The results are amazing! Ozone’s ability to deodorize even the smelliest pipes is unsurpassed! Ozone actually oxidizes odors and removes them, It does not cover them up. I have deodorized pipes that were the worst of the worst with 100% success. Pipes come out of the Ozone chamber smelling like fresh air.
A side benefit (at least for us pipe smokers) is Ozone’s ability to sanitize; 50 times greater than chlorine and much, much greater than alcohol. Some say bacteria is embedded in the briar of smoked pipes. Alcohol won’t destroy it. Ozone absolutely does.
If you have pipes that stink, have bought estate pipes that stink or may contain bacteria, want to sell pipes that have no odors, or have changed tobaccos and just want to get rid of the smell of the old stuff in your favorite pipe, send them to me. I will place them in my Ozone chamber for 36 to 48 hours and get rid of any and all odors and deeply embedded bacteria.
The cost is just $5 for the first pipe, and $2 each for each additional pipe plus return USPS Priority shipping (usually $8.50). The process takes 36 to 48 hours. If I am only deodorizing your pipes I will turn them around in 2 to 3 days. I will also deodorize and sanitize pipes here for repair or restoration for the same price.
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I bought the cheap one and used it, but I used an induction range with the tube in boiling water. No flames in the house! (Recently had the discussion in another thread about Everclear and fire) The instructions are by Darwin.
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