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Here at UKTobacco, we are a leading internet retailer of pipe tobacco, snuff, cigars, and pipes. If you have purchased a pipe from us, then we think it is incredibly important to get to know your pipe. Despite pipes coming in an extensive range of shapes and sizes, they are all made from the same components. So, let’s get to know the pipe you use and what each component does.

The Mouthpiece

The mouthpiece is found at one end of the pipes stem. This component creates an airtight seal within the stem and can be removed for maintenance and cleaning when necessary. The two most common mouthpiece shapes are tapered models, which are completely straight, and saddle models. Mouthpieces are commonly made from vulcanite, ebonite or Lucite.

The Bit

Found at the very tip of the mouthpiece, the bit is the part of the pipe held between the teeth and lips of the user. The most common shape used as a bit is the fishtail; which is a completely flat end at a right angle. Other types of bit used can include a twin-bore and dental.

The Peg

Also known as a push, the peg is the section is the part of the mouth piece that slots into the stem. If you are not taking care of your pipe, the peg can often break, making it one of the most vulnerable parts of the pipe.

The Bowl & Pot

The bowl and pot are the broader sections of the pipe, and is where the tobacco is held.

The Stem

Also known as the shank, the stem is an extension of the bowl section. The bowl and stem are almost always made from the piece of material. The stem is completely hollow inside, and when in use will lead smoke from the bowl through to the other end of the mouthpiece.

The Flue/Draught Hole

The hollow space previously mentioned, that resides inside the stem, is known as the flue or draught hole. The smoke travels through the flue section through to the mouthpiece. It is not uncommon for a system to be fitted inside the flue to regulate and cool any airflow.

The Carbon Layer

The carbon layer builds up around the inside of the bowl/pot and has three main uses; it protects the wood inside the pipe against the heat, any moisture inside the pipe is absorbed by the carbon, and it provides an extra aroma to the smoking experience. When the carbon layer becomes to thick, there is a chance that the bowl/pot section can crack.