View Full Version : The physics of pipe smoke
12-18-2003, 11:22 AM
I've noticed that, when a man smokes a pipe (where theres no wind) the smoke curls up, and immediately diffuses and dissapears, whereas cigar and cigarette smoke curls up and sticks around for a little while.
What makes pipe smoke different?
12-18-2003, 11:32 AM
My WAG is that it is further away from your face and the bowl is pointing up....I sometimes smoke a pipe when I go fishing to keep the mosquito's away from my face....I don't inhale really, just enought to keep it going...Plus, I love the smell of Captain Black
12-18-2003, 11:41 AM
When smoking a pipe, no paper is burning.
12-18-2003, 12:04 PM
Originally posted by Bruce_Daddy
When smoking a pipe, no paper is burning. Same with a cigar.
12-18-2003, 12:27 PM
Some observations from a pipe smoker...
When I smoke my pipe, I smoke my pipe: I draw on the pipe and blow the smoke out, usually with the pipe still in my mouth. (No inhaling, just enjoying the flavour and aroma.) The blown-out smoke crosses the open bowl of my pipe, diffusing whatever smoke is drifting out of it.
A pipe will go out quite easily if you don't keep puffing on it; unlike cigarettes, which will burn by themselves if left alone. It takes a while to know how to puff in order to keep a pipe going. So I've also noticed that if I stoke my pipe until it's burning like mad, and put it down in a stand, the smoke will rise fairly straight for a few inches before diffusing--not too different from a cigarette. But I'll have to pick it up and resume puffing if I expect the pipe to stay lit and keep smoking.
Thus my WAG: you rarely see pipe smoke rising straight like cigarette smoke because a pipe is rarely left alone to smoke by itself as a cigarette is (in one's hand or in an ashtray, for example). If it is left alone, it quickly goes out and no smoke, in any form, will rise at all. The puffing the pipe smoker does to keep it going causes air currents to cross the bowl, and diffuses the smoke.
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