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    Tell Me About Smoke Turbulence

    I've seen the term used here several times, but don't really know what it is, what causes it, and why it should be a concern to pipe smokers. Class is now in session!
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    .... ???.. mah ..??

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    uhm....A major cause of gurgling. Turbulence inside the airway of a pipe will cause
    moisture to drop out of the airstream. The collecting moisture will begin to gurgle.
    Tapping, shaking and running a pipe cleaner in will only temporally correct the issue.

    Some pipe are designed with turbulence such as Peterson System Pipes which include
    a chamber to collect the moisture and believed to cool the smoke.

    Of course I could be way off base, but in my world, that's the way I understand it.
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    Thanks, Jeff. That explains why my Pete 999 gets all gunked up in the first angled drill hole. It also explains why my Pete Rosslare gets all gunked up in the shank at the drill stop; the original stem broke and was replaced, but the replacement is just a tad too short, so turbulence is causing the gunk to form right in the bit of space between the tenon and the drill stop.
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    I always thought it referred to that unwelcome occurrence. You know, when the ambience of a perfect smoke is ruined by a strong burst of flatulence.
    St. Bruno simply satisfies!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Simon G View Post
    I always thought it referred to that unwelcome occurrence. You know, when the ambience of a perfect smoke is ruined by a strong burst of flatulence.
    Especially if you smoke a large bowl of 'Ye Olde Farte'. It's vicious.
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    i'm going with Jesla on this one.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Dunstan Hillwell View Post
    Especially if you smoke a large bowl of 'Ye Olde Farte'. It's vicious.
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    I think Jeff totally nailed the explanation. I've never really understood the use of stingers as a way of deliberately introducing turbulence. Seems like you'd just be gurgling your way through the whole bowl.

    Then you have the whole tar issue. I was cured of any affection for stingers almost before I started smoking pipes. I remember when I was a young cigarette smoker, I bought a Tar Gard cigarette holder (as used by Hunter S. Thompson throughout his life) that had a stinger variant within it. I cleaned that mess up two or three times (and got the sticky, stinky, irretrievably funky goo on my fingers for my efforts) before I threw it away and bought a Denicotea model that took filters. Even that wore thin shortly thereafter, as I was buying filters almost as often as cigarettes.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Rockbass View Post
    i'm going with Jesla on this one.
    Me too! Sometimes if you slightly open up the draw hole on the bottom of the pipe you can correct it. Or the hole is poorly drilled in place.
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