Brylon epiphany and workaround

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Yesterday in the WAYS thread I posted that I’d been given a new Yello Bole Burley brylon pipe. I smoked the pipe 3 or 4 times, and though it actually smoked just fine from a utilitarian point of view, the stems they put on these are really bad and detract significantly from what otherwise would have been a perfectly fine and acceptable smoke. They’re just composed of really cheap rubber and taste just so. I’d commented on how brylon smokes no worse than a cob, and I was thinking that I’d managed to turn some nice cobs into really enjoyable smokers by.....

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In a moment of brilliant insight, or maybe it was just the meds, I dunno, I ran to my box of various cobs and started rummaging through. Aha!! I knew it! A spare acrylic saddle stem from a Dagner cob! The brylon took a 6mm filter, the cob shank is designed for the same, would it work?

It was a bit bigger than the inside diameter of the brylon shank but not by much, so I got out some sandpaper and started patiently turning down the tenon of the saddle stem. When it was just snug I worked it a little with some fine wetsanding paper to clean it up and fits perfectly. I am now on my second smoke with the new and improved brylon nosewarmer with comfortable and great smoking acrylic saddle stem and I’m quite pleased with it.

A quick glance at the Missouri Meerschaum website and I’m not now seeing these bits. I’d bought a couple from them a couple years ago, they probably still have them since they still sell Dagner pokers (I think). I’m pretty sure I had to ask for em (I was putting them on other straight cobs, they’re much better stems than the stock bits and a lot cheaper than the custom forever stems).

Anyhow, without further ado, the brylon nosewarmer.

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Tue Apr 09, 2019 11:35 am

Cranking the Brylon vibes, nice job! Perhaps now you will smoke it more often since you upgraded the stem.
I was actually thinking about sending my paneled one off to Norwood to convert it to a tapered stem.
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Tue Apr 09, 2019 11:38 am

Nice. The stem on mine is some sort of hard nylon and wasn't slotted, just drilled straight through. So I got out a couple of tools and put a slot in and she's a good little smoker
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Nice. The stem on mine is some sort of hard nylon and wasn't slotted, just drilled straight through. So I got out a couple of tools and put a slot in and she's a good little smoker
Same here, mine is made from nylon, and it almost feels squishy/waxy compared to vulcanite.
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Cranking the Brylon vibes, nice job! Perhaps now you will smoke it more often since you upgraded the stem.
I was actually thinking about sending my paneled one off to Norwood to convert it to a tapered stem.
Yeah I’m definitely going to be smoking it. I now have a basically indestructible compact pipe that I can carry around anywhere without worry. Even with cobs you have to be mindful of what you do with it, as the wooden shanks can easily be snapped off if you’re not careful. With this sucker I’ll just pull it apart and throw it in a pouch with a bic lighter, baggie of tobacco, golf tee (tamper) and a sleeve of pipe cleaners. It can go in my haversack for day hikes, my backpack when I’m hunting and fishing, even my work bag in the large car (Kenworth) for pulling out on jobsites.

It will definitely get smoked, smokes good now.

The original stem may be nylon, it’s soft like a Falcon stem, has some give. Problem is (for me, anyhow) it has its own taste and just clenching it I’m getting old stem taste. Now with the new stem all I taste is tobacco.

I have to say too that it didn’t smoke hot at all, no hotter than a cob anyhow, and it’s not heavy, especially now with that shorter stem on.

Brylon, though art redeemed :bow:
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Tue Apr 09, 2019 4:43 pm

I think that's great. And you know, some of the forum-famous "artisans" make pipes whose stems aren't flush all the time and charge $$$ for them! And some of them even add grommets between the stem and shank...yours is a very nice brylon mod!
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I think that's great. And you know, some of the forum-famous "artisans" make pipes whose stems aren't flush all the time and charge $$$ for them! And some of them even add grommets between the stem and shank...yours is a very nice brylon mod!
I’m not gonna try and tell you it looks great, but it sure doesn’t look bad. It’s brylon, how good COULD it look?
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Tue Apr 09, 2019 7:32 pm

9 Iron wrote:
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Kevin Keith wrote:
Tue Apr 09, 2019 4:43 pm
I think that's great. And you know, some of the forum-famous "artisans" make pipes whose stems aren't flush all the time and charge $$$ for them! And some of them even add grommets between the stem and shank...yours is a very nice brylon mod!
I’m not gonna try and tell you it looks great, but it sure doesn’t look bad. It’s brylon, how good COULD it look?
How good could it look? Here's your answer! Fr_Tom @ What Are You Smoking April 2019
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