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    What Causes A Pipe To Gurgle?

    My new Baraccini churchwarden is gurgling. Thought it was because of my spital falling into the top of the stem, but it wasn't. Then I thought it was the hole size at the end of the shank inside the bowl So I stuck a drill bit (a snug fit) and gave it a few swists. But that wasn't it either. Now I just want to smash it on the ground. it buggs the hell outa me. Anyone know how to stop it.?
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    It could be any number of things, Angel. Gurgling can be the fault of the tobacco, the pipe, the smoker, or a combination of any of those. If I get a gurgle, nine times out of ten it's my fault. I either got impatient and didn't dry the tobacco enough or I've been absent-mindedly smoking too fast. Try drying the tobacco a little longer and smoking a little slower in that CW to see if that makes a difference. If not, the fault is probably in the engineering of the pipe.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Piffyr View Post
    It could be any number of things, Angel. Gurgling can be the fault of the tobacco, the pipe, the smoker, or a combination of any of those. If I get a gurgle, nine times out of ten it's my fault. I either got impatient and didn't dry the tobacco enough or I've been absent-mindedly smoking too fast. Try drying the tobacco a little longer and smoking a little slower in that CW to see if that makes a difference. If not, the fault is probably in the engineering of the pipe.
    I agree, it seems to be my fault, but thanks to you guys (all your help) I am getting it down little by little for no gurgles. Thank you.
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    Moisture level of your tobacco...you would be surprised. Do a little experimentation letting the tobacco dry out to varying degrees.

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    Try countersinking the tenon (by hand) - that well improve the airflow dynamics.
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    Quote Originally Posted by jimbo44 View Post
    Try countersinking the tenon (by hand) - that well improve the airflow dynamics.
    I used a drill bit (just a little snug) by hand. But I was fearful to really shuv it in there hard and twist it around. Think it may have had a bit of a good effect. Better air flow. All in all, I am getting it down and have little or no gurgling after a complete drying of my tobacco-Match Revelation set aside just for my baraccini. Trying to use just one blend in one pipe. Seems that would work well for keeping the flavor clean and strong. Thank you Jimbo.
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    Quote Originally Posted by A.Wizard View Post
    I used a drill bit (just a little snug) by hand. But I was fearful to really shuv it in there hard and twist it around. Think it may have had a bit of a good effect. Better air flow.
    Don't put the drill bit into the tenon and twist. If you do, you'll have every chance of breaking the tenon.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Piffyr View Post
    Don't put the drill bit into the tenon and twist. If you do, you'll have every chance of breaking the tenon.
    No - countersinking needs a countersink bit (or a bigger drill bit) to just widen the mouth of the tenon.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Piffyr View Post
    Don't put the drill bit into the tenon and twist. If you do, you'll have every chance of breaking the tenon.
    The drill bit went all the way through with very little pressure & spun around easily, so I don't think I did any real damage. Very slightly snug. Thanks Piffyr

    So anyway, I have a method now to keep my pipes from gurgling. As simple as (at the hint of a gurgle) running a non-bristle pipe cleaner from the top of the stem down until it stops touching the unburned tobacco. Pull it out and there is dark yellowish moisture gunk at the end of the cleaner. Then I smoke it without the gurgles. I also have been putting the crystals in there and that really dries out the inside of the bowl and up the stem. This method works good in the hot and humid desert I live in. I'm sure now that if I lived in a place with near perfect weather, none of my pipes would gurgle the way 2 of them do here. This is somthing I learned thanks to you guys for coaching me in the right direction. From now on, any and all gurgles from my pipes, I will blame mostly on the weather. <------
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    Quote Originally Posted by dmcmtk View Post
    Moisture level of your tobacco...you would be surprised. Do a little experimentation letting the tobacco dry out to varying degrees.
    I guess I've been to much in a hurry, to let my tobacco fully dry out. But now I know to be more patient befor I smoke. Varying Degrees- Luv experimentation.
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