Pipes come in such a wide range of shapes and sizes, however, they all share the same basic components. Let’s explore these, shall we? After this article, you should have a much better understanding of your pipe, and know a little bit more about how it all works – this can only expand your knowledge and enhance your smoking experience.
The mouthpiece forms the end part of the pipe. It creates an airtight seal with the stem, and it can be completely removed for cleaning purposes. When it comes to mouthpiece shapes, there are two main ones, these are the tapered model and saddle models. All mouthpieces have a flat or a round opening. These are mainly made from vulcanite (vulcanised rubber) and sulphur mixture, ebonite or lucite.
The bit is the very tip of the mouthpiece. This is held between the teeth or the lips. The most popularly found bit shape is the fishtail. This has a flat, right-angled tip. Other kinds of bits are ‘dental’ and ‘twin-bore’.
The peg is the part of the mouthpiece which fits the stem. The peg is by far the most fragile part of the pipe.
The Bowl and Pot
The bowl and pot are the round, broad parts of the pipe that holds the actual tobacco.
The stem (shank)
The stem is an extension of the bowl. The bowl and stem are always made from a single piece of material. The stem on the inside is totally hollow. And then leads the smoke from the bowl to the mouthpiece.
The flu, also known as the draught hole
The flue (or draught hole) is the hollow space through the smoke that is led from the bowl to the mouthpiece.
The carbon layer is a layer that builds up around the inside of the pot, it has three uses,
- It protects the wood against the heat
- It absorbs the moisture released during burning, and it provides an extra aroma.
- When the layer becomes too thick, the bowl can crack. This layer then needs to be carefully removed.
There’s a lot to know about pipes, and it can be hard to know everything. When we started UKTobacco and Duckworths Tobacconists we wanted to create an all-inclusive resource where someone could come to find out everything they need to know about tobacco. To that end, if you have any questions about tobacco, pipes and smoking, don’t hesitate to get in touch and we can fill you in on anything you need to know, and even answer burning questions you might have.
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