From my experience, bents seem to collect more condensate, and thus a
risk to gurgle... OK, that means a few more pipecleaners to use per
smoke. I can deal with that.
Bents, depending on the angle of the bend, are more challenging for
many pipemakers to drill the smokehole from tobacco chamber to
mortise. I had a Dunhill cumberland where even angling the pipe
cleaner could not it into the bottom of the bowl. That pipe moved
along without much use.
Joel's comment on cheap briar is right on!!
Of course, the s-l-o-w-e-r we all smoke the cooler the smoke.
My $0.02. Go in peace, serve Him!
--- In christianpipesmokers@y..., brjoel <no_reply@y...> wrote:
> I smoked bent pipes until I lost my teeth, then I switched to
> straight pipes. Lately, I've begun to re-use my bents with a rubber
> grommet on the end of the stem.
> I've noticed no difference caused by the shape of the stem. What
> differences I noticed were caused by the bore of the stem, the size
> of the bowl, and the quality of the briar. Cheap briars tend to
smoke hot, no matter size or shape.
> Joel +