A topic that comes up often is how to take care of briar tobacco pipe. It’s really pretty simple and there are just a few things that will help your pipe last for decades. As with anything there are different opinions and techniques but below are my suggestions.
- Never remove your stem from the pipe while it is warm, EVER. If you feel you need to remove your stem wait an hour for the briar to fully cool. I personally avoid ever taking the stem off. I clean my pipe by running the pipe cleaner down the stem all the way to the bowl while the pipe is still warm.
- Remove the stem by twisting it off in one direction.
- Never leave a pipe in direct sun. This will dry and crack the briar.
- I apply a carnauba polish to my pipes after every smoke. I rub the paste polish into the briar and stem, let it dry for about 10 minutes then buff it off with a soft cotton cloth. This keeps the briar looking like new and protects the vulcanite stem against oxidation.
If you would like to order the carnauba polish I use on all of my pipes click on the link below to Walker Briar Works. On the page the polish is listed as carnauba wax sealer. I rub this into the briar and stem every few smokes to keep the briar looking like new and to prevent vulcanite stems from oxidizing.