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    Cake Creation Revelation

    Aye Lads, I 'as been smokin pipes now since 1972 on n off, mostly on... n. come t a revelation in the buildin o a cake in the bowl. Many o me pipes never seemed t want to build a cake t be protectin itself. By chance one day I was playin wit the ash left behind from a flake smoke which went all the way to the bottom o the pipe. By stirring up the ash it came to the upper part o the bowl n left a white residue in place as I kept playin wit it. So I decided t use the back o a Czech spoon n pressed the ash into the side o the bowl.

    I 'ave done this several times t different pipes which I 'ad been smokin regularly that failed t build any cake at all. Since tryin this approach I used it on a new, (in 2018), Peterson Donegal Rocky that Ye 'ave seen here many times. It wouldnae build a cake until I started t play with the ash afore I scuttled it. Now she 'as a nice cake t insulate the bowl as does each o the pipes I 'as done this wit.

    Olde habits die hard, as I fail t do this each time I scuttle the ash from a bowl... But, when done it works grand... Once it takes the cake builds evenly through the bowl n it no longer be necessary to stir n press the ash.


    Wot 'as been Ye experience wit the the dread bowl cake?

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    I always smoke a new pipe down to the bottom to get this ash, then I stir it around with a pipe cleaning tool, put my hand over the top of the bowl whilst it's still warm and shake the pipe to coat the inside, next time I use I gently swab with kitchen paper, fill and relight, I keep repeating this for about a dozen bowls then just clean and put away till next time as normal, never had a problem this way shipmate!

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    To bee honest, I just smoke it; don't like a thick cake anyway.
    Work is the curse of the smoking classes

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    I've not had to bother as most of my pipes arrive used. Of the few that were unsmoked I didn't give it any thought and they did it naturally.

    Being an ignoramus maybe helps?

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    Hello,

    I can't remember ever having had trouble building a cake, but I did the stir-and-shake-the-ashes for the first few smokes from some estate pipes when the very first smoke had been a bit unpleasant for whatever reason. The next smokes then were smoother. I read the tip on pipes.org at the time, long ago, but also read that if you keep doing it all the time, you get a soft cake that easily flakes off.

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    Aye Lads, Thanks fer Ye input mateys... always glad to hear wot other codgers think n do things...
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