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  • The Missouri Meerschaum Corn Cob Pipe--seemingly the greatest sacrifice in quality, yet one of the greatest smokes you'll ever experience
  • Another issue that smokers of other types of pipes might face is the bowl itself, the most important part of the pipe

    • by IcelandicSojourn

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      The Missouri Meerschaum Corn Cob Pipe–seemingly the greatest sacrifice in quality, yet one of the greatest smokes you’ll ever experience. If you want to taste the tobacco unadulterated that you paid so much for, smoke it out of a corn cob first. Don’t sully your expensive briar pipe with a tobacco that might end up tasting somewhat like your boot sole. As the label reads, “Men who can easily afford expensive briar pipes like to include Corn Cobs in their regular rotation of pipes smoked each week.” (Another plus, the packages are informative and fun to read). Corn Cobs are cheap and replaceable. Briars are not.

      If you’ve never even thought about working on a farm, going on an extremely long fishing excursion, or at least communing with “lowly nature” in some way, whether

      it be for recreation (i.e. camping, hiking) or for work (i.e. shoveling manure), don’t buy a corn cob. They are a working man’s pipe. They were first made specifically for a traveling trapper. If you’re buying your pipe as a fashion statement, the corn cob is not for you.

      With that said, there are some technical issues worth mentioning, especially for those that are used to other forms of pipe smoking. For one, some corn cobs often come with a filter inside the stem of the pipe. Serious pipe smokers will not be interested in this, as it seems to add a touch of sweetness to the smoke, especially for the first one (although I have experienced this with all corn cobs to some extent, filter or no). For those veteran smokers ...

      • looking for JUST the taste of their tobacco, this may be a deterrent. Also, the filters do not last very long, and who wants to buy replacement filters (essentially rolled up paper and plastic that quickly becomes brown with tobacco tar and then unravels) for their CHEAP corn cob pipe? While there are corn cobs made without filters, I could not find any at my local Drug Mart, but perhaps that means I should write a review on my local Drug Mart.

        Another issue that smokers of other types of pipes might face is the bowl itself, the most important part of the pipe. The shape of the stem and the way it is inserted into the bowl leave an uneven bowl bottom where tobacco and ash can build up in the crevasses. This will

        eventually flatten the bottom of the bowl out, but it must be cleaned thoroughly to prevent bad tastes from making their home in your pipe. Due to extremely porous nature of the pipe, they are easier to clean as a whole and absorb good flavors well (i.e. in an alcohol/salt cleaning).

        All this is fine and good, but is the allure of a natural pipe that wonderful when it must still be purchased from your local Drug Mart for $5? For the real experience, try making one of your own from the corn you buy. Better yet, discover a new smoking vessel. If Henry Tibbe the woodcarver did it in 1868, I bet you can too.

        Still, for the money, Corn Cobs are a sure way to go for an affordable, rewarding smoke of even your most prized tobaccos.

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