It should bring a smile to let you know I smoked H&H all day Friday and Saturday as a change of pace. Mrs. Columbo also noticed the change.By the way, I'm back home at last, and enjoyed some Half & Half in my Peterson 307. Something about the use of a wooden match vs. a lighter, too, really made the smoke work for me.
If I'd thought to bring a pipe and smoking gear with me on the trip, Half & Half would probably have been part of it.It should bring a smile to let you know I smoked H&H all day Friday and Saturday as a change of pace. Mrs. Columbo also noticed the change.
If you ever win $95 and don’t know what to do with it, invest in a Pipemaster. You won’t regret it. Until then, it’s hard to beat a good match. Match lighting pipes outdoors is an acquired art, so having that Zippo is still a good buy for those moments.
I used a Zippo for many years. They are bulletproof, and work at all temps, unlike a butane which can get balky below 30F. As long as you don’t let the fluid get too low, the Zippo wicks will go a very very long time before you ever need a replacement. Just tug a little extra out with a pair of needle nose pliers if it ever burns down a little. The top cap on the pipe insert will snap off to allow that. As far as flints, it will eat them. A tip is to stash a spare under the felt cap in the fuel compartment in case you need one on the go. The genuine flints are pretty hard and best match the coarse flint wheel on them. A Zippo will quickly eat up a softer flint matched to other brands (e.g. Coronas).If I'd thought to bring a pipe and smoking gear with me on the trip, Half & Half would probably have been part of it.
As for the Zippo vs. matches, the little "gazebo" as the hotel called it was exposed to light breezes nearly all day, and I could not keep a match lit. I resorted to stepping to the back of the building in an attempt to find still air, but there was still too much air movement. The Zippo performed very well. I have lighter fluid, but I'll need to pick up some flints and a wick eventually so it will be ready when needed.
Wait a minute! My father was an engineer and my grandfather was a draftsman. That looks way more civil than I remember the two interacting! Maybe the pipe smoker was management?
We had one of those Model J-602 radios on the kitchen counter when I was growing up. It was ancient even then but it was a good radio. I guess it was relegated to the attic or the Goodwill after FM became dominant.
I can’t speak to the J-602 (it may be one, too), but the L-500 was an earlier “All American Five”. Once the design backbone of the American consumer radio industry. Vacuum tube and antique electronic hobbyists (of which I am one) will understand.We had one of those Model J-602 radios on the kitchen counter when I was growing up. It was ancient even then but it was a good radio. I guess it was relegated to the attic or the Goodwill after FM became dominant.
Complaints of ashiness or ‘cigarette’ behavior with the old Middleton twins are not uncommon, especially near the bottom of the bowl. Yours is one very good solution. Another is to bed the bowl with a something such as Granger or SWR before a fill, or to palm blend a 1-3 mix with the CH and smoke that. Another option is a filtered pipe, which also helps catch such late nasties when they arise.This morning, I mixed a little of my old Tinder Box mystery maple-chocolate blend (aged a lot of years, that stuff) with Carter Hall. It made for a good morning smoke all around without any tongue bite or throat dryness. CH is not my favorite of the codgers I've tried, but it makes a good mix.