As I sit here on Cob Tuesday with both my Basil Meadows Bullit Cob and the CornDog ready to go.. The bullit has a bowl of H and H MArble Kake half smoked. I saw the above pic come thru and had to use it.. Thanx Basil.
The wonderful things that can be done with a cob and some imagination.. I love this pipe.
check out Basil’s work on www.reddogpipes.com

sweet smokes

A Fuente Curlyhead Deluxe Maduro

An Arturo Fuente cigar is more that just the finest smoking enjoyment a cigar lover can experience, it represents Four Generations of family tradition, that include love, pride, and personal sacrifices. Every A-Fuente cigar carries the personal family touch that makes it one of the world’s finest.
I picked one of the connecticuts up a few weeks ago on a whim and thoroughly enjoyed the light sweet smoke during the afternoon break. I loved it s much I went back that afternoon and picked up 5 more for the humidor.. great smoke and low price.
The other day I was in the Tewksbury humidor and noticed a box of the Curly Head Deluxe Maduro sitting on the shelf.. Being a FUente fan I picked one up to try..
Dark and tasty. A nice pepper taste from 1st light al the way thru the last inch.. A well rounded lunch smoke. Not too heavy so these can be smoked all day if desired and at the price of just over 4 dollars a definite add on to the list .
Sweet Cigar Friday

Size: 6.5 x 43
Wrapper: Connecticut Broadleaf Maduro
Binder: Dominican Republic
Filler: Dominican Republic

on a side note pipes.org on Facebook is almost at 500 members.. When we reach the 500 mark I think another contest is in order.

Old Dominion pipes

As we welcome tomorrows Cob Tuesday celebration as we do almost every week we will be looking back at a new take on the corn cob pipe.. A few months ago I notice on one of the Facebook groups I belong to that a company out the there Old Dominion Pipe Co. was doing something different. Traditional corn cob pipes like us old timers smoked with reed stems. No plastic tips and no plaster . This notion brought back memories for me.. But it slipped my mind for a while.

I contacted them about a month or so ago regarding their pipes. About a week later I received in the mail a sampling of their wares., a Virginia planter, a laughing king, and a Chesapeake Bay. For the last 3 weeks I have smoked the heck out of the Planter and the king to get a good feel for the pipes.

Not being a lover of aromatics and in order get the full feel of these instruments I have been smoking Virginias and VaPers exclusively . I find Cobs and Virginias go hand in hand.. The integration of pipe and tabac.

The bowls of the pipe are smaller than the Missouri Meerschaum mass produced pipr but for the majority of us a pinky fits into the bowl a ways and if not then a tamper will .work nicely. The cobs are all natural with no plaster and the reed is tightly inserted.

As for the smokeability I have now passed the 50 bowl mark on the planter and other than the normal black scorch on the rim the bowl shows no cracks and the reed is still tight. As any of you know I am a clincher and the mouth tip shows barely any wear.. The bowl has stayed cool hru the 50 smokes so my prediction is it will last quite a whule . Ad For a pipe under 10 bucks that sounds pretty darn good. A bowl of good tabac will smoke nicely for about 20-30 minutes so a nice break smoke.

I recommend any of our readers who enjoy a taste of tradiotnal cob pipes to snag one or more of these bad boys up and smoke the heck out of it..
Their website is www.olddominionpipe.com
Dam fine pipes.
Sweet Smokes

ecigs- one mans view


On my way to catching a flight to Egypt for my summer holidays I found e-smokers for sale in Schipol airport so decided to buy one. There were a whole range of ones from throw away to box type ones that also charge up your phone and has an Led dial in too tell how many watts you are blowing out which looks like the speedometer of an Aston Martin DB7 and some that look like Jedi light sabers.

I settled for an elegant black e-smoker that looks like a cigarette costing me 50 euro’s and a couple more boxes of vapor capsules which came together at just under 100 euros. This apparently is fairly inexpensive as mods etc can cost up to 300 euros. For me I can see a problem with carrying something that looks like a light saber with me everyday no matter how tempting, though I do own a light saber FX .

When it comes to vapor where do we start? First off what is vapor smoking? E-cigs are actually vaporizers; instead of burning tobacco, the mechanism heats up a liquid. The liquid turns into vapor, which is then inhaled, or “vaped.” There is probably more vaporizer flavors ( E-juice ) than in a children’s candy store ranging from Watermelon to Bubblegum being the pretty normal ones however there is also things like Butter, Black pepper , Crab legs or Smokey Black Bacon are just a few.

I went for American tobacco since I was told it has a bit of kick to the throat and being an pipe and cigar smoker this suits me. The Vapor came fully charged which was nice and you simply put the vapor capsule on the end and puff.

When you inhale the blue led light comes on and turns out after you have inhaled. Some Vapors have buttons on it and various mods etc but mine is the basic pen style. I ended up having to try this out in the out doors are of Schipol as they are now banned indoors. There was a time where these unlike cigarettes where allowed still in restaurants and even in an airplane. Unfortunately that time has passed.

After trying a few puffs I didn’t feel it really doing much for me, I felt like a student with a pencil in mouth in class to be honest, I worked out the best way to draw smoke out of it is to take a short puff and then immediately a long puff, the short puff heats up the element first.

Also on the end of the capsule you will notice a screw inside it, you can turn this to open up the vapor smoke allowing more vapor to come threw.

My conclusion is that it’s not bad. While this has been on the market in Japan several years before the rest of us, it is now catching on. There is even a E store in Rotterdam. It’s quick if you can’t find time to light a pipe or need something for nicotine.

Does it take over my Pipes and Cigars ? No, however I will use mine along with my pipes and cigars.

Apologies for the delays

Due to work constraints, summertime events and the untimely health issues of one of our contributors posts and new content have been delayed. We apologize for these scenarios and hope to be back up in full swing shortly. IN the meantime I am adding a post on ecigs that was done before our reporter fell ill.. He is better now. Welcome back Ped.

a taste of summer


Sutliff Tobacco Company – Taste of Summer (Sutliff Private Stock)

Delicious mixture of Burley, Virginia, and Black Cavendish flavored with Peaches.

Brand Sutliff Tobacco Company
Blended By Carl McCallister
Manufactured By Sutliff Tobacco Company
Blend Type Aromatic
Contents Black Cavendish, Burley, Virginia
Flavoring Peach
Cut Ribbon
Packaging 1.5 oz tin
Country US
Production Currently available

Tin note: outstanding, just like peach cobbler.

Cut is nice and loose, very easy to pack. My tin was not overly cased or damp. The blend of Virgina, burley and cavendish is well balanced; I wish there was more cavendish and less burley, as I tend to smoke pretty fast and always get bit (but this is my own stupid fault). It smokes fine, down to white ash; I always get dottle but again, I smoke too fast and it doesn’t really bother me.

This is a nice aromatic if you want a fruit flavor that is not the standard cherry. The taste is pretty light, so I was a little disappointed that it didn’t taste as good as it smelled. It bored me petty quick; after half the tin, I put it on the shelf for 8 months. When I smoke it now, the peach taste is much stronger, so I would definitely recommend aging this for a while. To Sutliff’s credit, their little tins really do keep the baccy fresh for a long time, I have had good luck with popping them open for a whiff, then letting them sit for a few months.


Reddog Pipes


When a maker contacts you after you post on a social media site and says “You can smoke the hell out of my pipe” I am definitely interested. So it was when I posted about a custom cob with 45 caliber shank that i have where the casing gets hots after a few bowls. I was curious to see if anyone else had these issues. The responses I got were few.. One maker suggested that I look in the bowl and see if there was any wood between the bowl and the casing shank.. It appeared that the casing went to the bowl with no wood in between. This was deemed to be the cause of the heat issue since there was no buffer. This maker who assisted me was Basil Meadows of Reddog Pipes.

Basil sent me the above pipe that I can smoke the hell out of and to see if I notices a difference. Well let me tell you. I put this pipe thru Ben hell yesterday smoking 8 bowls in a 12 hour period only to switch up with one of my logs for lunch. Let me tell you even in the 95 degree heat and smoking English tabac and Virginias the casing did not get hot.. Warm yes but not like the other.

This pipe is high quality, all fittings tight and looks definitely solid as a new member of my rotation. Welcome young cob.

Check out Basil on Facebook or visit his site at www.reddogpipes.com
I am giving it a rest today on Cob Tuesday but do not fret. I am smoking my Missouri Meer Hardwood and have a Riccardo Santia Corndog in my holster to switch up with.

Sweet smokes

Bandit PIpes

A new online biz has gone live.. call the sheriff. A group of unconventional pipers has joined the fray offering everything from pipes to tshirts to artwork to infinity and beyond.. Pipes.org is very happy to give them a shout. CHeck them out..
Bandit Pipes is a member oriented community that features pipe carvers, cob modifiers, and visual artists who are creating work exclusive to Bandit Pipes. The original art, accessories, and pipes that will be made available are one-of-a-kind and were created specifically with our vision of the pipe world in mind. That vision includes passion, independence, and the unconventional.

http://banditpipes.blogspot.com/ you can also find them on Facebook under banditpipes

happy Friday

Oscar Cellado up and coming


A few weeks ago while roaming thru my Facebook feed I came across an interesting innovation in our lifestyle.. Yes we have pipes and yes we have cigars but I saw this cigar pipe that Oscar was showing.. An already upcoming pipe maker, the pipe cigar is a new innovation for him. SO I contacted him and he offered to send me one for review. Always interested in innovative smoking utensils I keenly awaited its arrival. When it arrived, the cigar pipe had my initials engraved as the band and an accompanying ash tray, a cigar and matches were included.. To me presentation is wonderful but its the utensil first and foremost.
Made from maple the cigar is well crafted, the tabac chamber smooth and the bit is much like the old cigar bit we would use in the old days.. A solid piece of wood.

In my discussion online Oscar said that the issues with heat are much like a true cigar, therefore the band is well placed so you would hold the cigar behind the band.. Being a clencher by habit, the pipe filled with tabac felt like the weight felt like a 50 band cigar. Easily managed. And yes the pipe remained cool.
For its initial smoke I loaded it full with Sutliff 957 and used a charring light to get it started. Very nice. With only two more lights the bowl went straight thru without relight all the way down to the last 1/4 inch.. A very cool dry and flavorfulsmoke from an awesome device.
Cleaning out the remaining dottle of which there was little was a breeze and the pipe cleaner did its job nicely. I filled it again with some Sutliff Breckinridge, a no-nonsense tabac, and again enjoyed this pipe as a cigar replacement.
I have used it several times this last week in place of a cigar during the work day and with ne’er a problem. The chamber is getting a little cake which is good and this will definitely be an addition to my rotation for when i want a cigar during the day.
Not being a fan of aromatics I would presume that there may be an issue with the moisture and gurgle but I have not experimented with that. I will update this post in comments with updates.
Feel free to contact Oscar thru the pipes.org facebook page or thru comments here and I or he will respond.

sweet smokes

New Cuba Maduro


I have been smoking these off and on the last several months and they definitely fit into our under 4 dollar sticks both for smoke time and taste.
When it comes to cigar making, the folks at Casa Fernandez are definitely all in. From planting to harvesting to aging, fermenting, blending, and rolling, their vertical integration ensures freshness and flavor with every cigar they produce. Are they control freaks? Heck, yeah! But who cares when the end result is a smoke like the New Cuba Robusto with its spicy Corojo wrapper and premium combo fillers from authentic Cuban seeds. We say, control all you want as long as you bring us more of the good stuff!

And at $2.25 a stick it makes for a nice 30 minute smoke.
sweet smokes