Corncob pipes are great for beginners as they are inexpensive and effective. Some regard them as inelegant, but everyone is entitled to their opinion. Corncob pipes are made of; you guessed it, corn cobs.
First the corn cobs are let to dry for two years. After they are completely dried out, they are hollowed to make a bowl shape for the tobacco. Next, the corn cob bowls are lacquered or varnished on the outside to give them a nice finish. The inside is covered with a plaster-based mixture. Usually the stems or shanks are made from a pine wood and pushed into the bowl.
TobaccoPipes.com carries the first and largest manufacturer, which is Missouri Meerschaum. They are based in Washington, Missouri. Missouri Meerschaum has been making tobacco corncob pipes since 1869.
You may have seen popular cartoon characters like Frosty the Snowman and Popeye with a corncob pipe. Other famous individuals whom enjoyed tobacco are Mark Twain, George Lincoln Rockwell and General Douglas MacArthur.
Corncob pipes are great for pipe smokers who enjoy trying different flavors of tobacco. To prevent a carryover taste from other tobacco’s, you should use a new one for each tobacco. This will ensure you taste only the tobacco you intend to. Missouri Meerschaum corncob are great for this as they are inexpensive. You wouldn’t want to use an expensive tobacco pipe to try a tobacco that you end up not liking and it leaving the taste in your expensive pipe.
Missouri Meerschaum corncob pipes are very popular today as they require no break-in period like some briar pipes and they are very inexpensive. Missouri Meerschaums are enjoyed by both experienced and beginner pipe smokers who enjoy a clean, cool smoke!