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    Falcons- To Cake or Not to Cake?

    After a recent trade with a gent from Australia, I've come into possession of two Falcons I very much enjoy. I picked up a few good tips already here in there care but have a question in cake in their bowls: Do you or don't you prefer it?

    In my current regiment of removing the bowl before tapping out the ash/dottle, and then cleaning the bowl, humidome area, and stem, I am not getting much/any cake build up, which is okay with me since I don't let much cake accumulate in my pipes anyway. But most of the Falcons I see, including these when they arrived, have a pretty fair to huge amount of cake. Thoughts?

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    I dump the ash before removing the bowl then remove it , clean the cup and stem and wipe the bowl bottom over; as for cake, I'd say keep it as you'd prefer with a non-system briar.

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    I would think that as long as you kept the hole at the very bottom of the bowl clear of any build up you'd be just fine building the cake you prefer in the rest of your briars. Too much cake in that opening would screw up the draw methinks.

    Glad you are enjoying yours. Me, too!!
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    Totally agree with you on that, Billy...
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    Quote Originally Posted by BillyPM View Post
    I would think that as long as you kept the hole at the very bottom of the bowl clear of any build up you'd be just fine building the cake you prefer in the rest of your briars. Too much cake in that opening would screw up the draw methinks.

    Glad you are enjoying yours. Me, too!!
    The hole in one bowl was so over grown with cake that it chipped slightly on one of mine! I was a nervous wreck reaming that one!

    Sounds like I'm on a good track with these old burners from the thoughts submitted thus far. At any rate, I'm enjoying the heck out of them. :)

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    Thought I'd share a photo of above referenced damage. Still smokes well despite the chip!

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    I let mine build up cake like anything else. When I take the bowl off, I usually use the spade end of a Chinese pipe nail to clean out the hole at the bottom.
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    Falcon or no, you find a lot of older pipes with a fair amount of cake. I prefer mine like I do my briars, just a thin layer in the bowl. Just for fun, here's a pic of one of the old (and now pretty rare) Falcon reamers. I sure wish they still made these.

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    Last edited by HCraven; 10-31-2014 at 18:28.
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    Quote Originally Posted by HCraven View Post
    Falcon or no, you find a lot of older pipes with a fair amount of cake. I prefer mine like I do my briars, just a thin layer in the bowl. Just for fun, here's a pic of one of the old (and now pretty rare) Falcon reamers. I sure wish they still made these.

    falconreamer.jpg
    Me, too! I'd love to find one that was nice ANDY affordable today.

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    That's one cool reamer, Herb!
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