Although the Peterson company generally says that their pipes do not require any special break-in procedures when they are brand-new, most pipe aficionados do take a few simple steps to get these pipes ready. The vast majority of Peterson pipes are dip stained. This means that there is a thin coating of stain within the chamber that a lot of smokers prefer to deal with before they actually use their pipes for the first time. One of the most common ways of doing this is to take a paper towel or rag and dampen it with a liquor that is not sweet. Once the chamber has been thoroughly wiped out, the pipe should be left to sit for at least an hour before repeating the process another four or five times.
An individual will know that they are successfully removing the stain when they are able to see it coming off and discoloring the towel that they are using. After this has been completed, the pipe should start to build up carbon as it is used in much the same way as every other pipe that is naturally finished. In most cases, smokers plan on going through 10 to 20 bowels of tobacco before the pipe is properly seasoned. Of course, this will depend on the habit of the smoker and the type of tobacco that they use.
It is generally a good idea to allow a pipe to dry out for a day or so after being used. If an individual only uses their pipe on occasional basis, there is no need to take any special steps in between usage. If, on the other hand, an individual who likes to enjoy tobacco on a regular basis, they will probably want to have several pipes at the ready so that they can give each unit proper time to dry out in between each use.
Although a Peterson pipe is a high quality unit that is designed to provide an individual with years of enjoyment, it is important to make sure that there is not an overabundance of carbon build up with in the device itself. Generally speaking, this carbon build up should never be greater than the approximate width of a dying. Allowing too much carbon to build up can cause the device to crack or break, rendering it basically useless. With proper care, a Peterson pipe is an investment that a smoker will cherish for years.
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