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MacQueen Pipes. Thumbs Up or Thumbs Down?

Posted: Wed Dec 04, 2019 4:58 pm
by Whalehead King
These pipes have nothing to do with Steve or being cool but I'm partial to this pipe:

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Does anyone have a MacQueen Pipe?

I don't have any reflexive antipathy against a wooden stem but I'm not really interested in buying yet another novelty pipe that is going to gather dust in a drawer. Don't ask me what happened to my Mr. Brog pear wood pipe. I don't know. I burned it out and it must be around here somewhere. Aside from it's shape it isn't missed at chez King.

I like a sitter and this tavern pipe looks like a sitter that will stay put.

I'm not against the idea of the wooden stem because I'm sure it will conform to my bite technique the way an MM amber stem does, but without the plastic-y taste to it.

I'm not terribly interested in pretending I'm in the Lord of the Rings, which seems to be part of this company's mission.

I'm also not super-excited to buy something made in Canada. Canadians are friendly and forever-apologizing people, sure, but they're not really known for their manufacturing prowess. No offense intended to my neighbors to the north. If you are Canadian by birth or adoption, feel free to set me straight.

These pipes are inexpensive enough but are they worth it? The website says they will last a lifetime. At the risk of starting a cross-border controversy, I'm skeptical, though I am open to being corrected. What's the informed consensus on MacQueen? https://www.macqueenpipes.com

MacQueen Pipes. Thumbs Up or Thumbs Down?

Posted: Wed Dec 04, 2019 5:48 pm
by unregistered2
No experience with Macqueen.. but you should check out Floggleworks. I bought one of their "Hobbit" pipes and it is a damn fine smoker. The upside too, is you can get extra stems in any length you want, from 6" all the way up to 16". I've been thinking about buying another one..maybe a cherry pocket pipe or a lazy hobbit.

https://www.flogglewerks.com

MacQueen Pipes. Thumbs Up or Thumbs Down?

Posted: Wed Dec 04, 2019 5:50 pm
by JTWilliams
houtenziel wrote:
Wed Dec 04, 2019 5:48 pm
No experience with Macqueen.. but you should check out Floggleworks. I bought one of their "Hobbit" pipes and it is a damn fine smoker. The upside too, is you can get extra stems in any length you want, from 6" all the way up to 16". I've been thinking about buying another one..maybe a cherry pocket pipe or a lazy hobbit.

https://www.flogglewerks.com
Yeah, I have two of theirs. Nice smokers but I find they need a screen.

MacQueen Pipes. Thumbs Up or Thumbs Down?

Posted: Wed Dec 04, 2019 5:54 pm
by unregistered2
JTWilliams wrote:
Wed Dec 04, 2019 5:50 pm
houtenziel wrote:
Wed Dec 04, 2019 5:48 pm
No experience with Macqueen.. but you should check out Floggleworks. I bought one of their "Hobbit" pipes and it is a damn fine smoker. The upside too, is you can get extra stems in any length you want, from 6" all the way up to 16". I've been thinking about buying another one..maybe a cherry pocket pipe or a lazy hobbit.

https://www.flogglewerks.com
Yeah, I have two of theirs. Nice smokers but I find they need a screen.
I haven't had that issue with mine. Stays open and free flowing with the usual scoop/gravity load. I could see how it might get plugged with the draft being designed the way it is though(sorta reverse calabash style).

MacQueen Pipes. Thumbs Up or Thumbs Down?

Posted: Wed Dec 04, 2019 7:32 pm
by Ray Mackessy
I have the White Wizard with stand and tamper. It's made of Ashwood which I don't like. I wish I would have gotten the briar one. The Ashwood taste isn't all that great. It smokes well, but I just don't like the taste of the wood. I have to use a stem softie to get around the taste. If you buy one, get the briar made. Mine is pretty much a display pipe now and I do get good comments from visitors.