I recently came across a pipe that had a stinger. I smoked it a bunch of times with the stinger and a bunch of times without it. The only difference I could tell was that with the stinger in it was much harder to clean. Still, stingers must serve a purpose or manufacturers wouldn't bother with them. What is that purpose?
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Post by addamsruspipe on Nov 16, 2020 19:31:21 GMT -5
I got this off of rebornpipes.com - The basic concept is that the stinger provides multiple surfaces on which the moisture is condensed and collected. Theoretically, the smoker is to clean the stinger after each smoke and thus remove the debris of the condensation before the next smoke. Doing this would provide a clean surface for each smoke -
When I first saw this topic... I swear I thought it was in reference to the stinger on a bee. Took me a minute.
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I feel about stingers much the same as I feel about filters, that they retain much of the moister and gunk from a smoke ,and an otherwise dry clean smoke passes through the very thing I want to bypass. I remove stingers and avoid filters, but I keep a good supply of pipe cleaners close by...what works for me might not work for all. with nicer Kaywoodies, I save the stinger to make the pipe "whole" ,should I decide to sell it; I've yet to sell a pipe ,but you never know.
had some Kaywoodies "back in the day". Removed 'em gentedly with hacksaw of course remembering to save the screw in threads. Otherwise, some decent smoking pipes. Of course PITA with oxidezed stems. Even then had attitude of less maintenance, more smoking enjoyment. Long time...only Lucite. Guess enuf said!
Post by Legend Lover on Nov 17, 2020 13:49:48 GMT -5
I heard the above reasons too. It might help to stop gurgle.
However, in practice, I've had pipes that gurgle with a stinger present and many pipes without a stinger that don't gurgle.
I remove them as soon as I see it. Regardless of whether or not they stop gurgling, when there's one present, you can't get the pipe cleaner down, which stops gurgling in an instant (should that happen). Makes it easier to clean the pipe too.
I have a yellow bole burly with a metal condenser. A stinger is the same thing different pile. Simply put... it acts as a filter and helps to collect moisture. Due to this, dry your tobacco if need be and puff low and slow if you get gurgling at the end of the bowl. Best of luck !
Last Edit: Nov 19, 2020 14:25:41 GMT -5 by mrlunting
"The world’s largest hornet may have a two-inch stinger that can penetrate a standard beekeeper suit, it has been linked to about 30 to 50 human fatalities each year in Japan, mostly due to allergic reactions."
I believe it is to trap moisture. I am sure someone above said that already but I just wanted to get the Murder Hornet quote in here.