Are actually one hell of a smoke.
I've been trending more towards smoking my pipes, especially with the Ragin' Mrs. in the vehicle with me. She much prefers the aroma of a pipe than my cigars, so I try to make her happy when I can. While I love my briars and my meerschaums, I've recently picked up two corncob pipes and I've been using them as a knock-around pipe for my backpacks or on long trips. Any trip where there's a risk of damage or loss to my good pipes, I take a corncob pipe. Hell, they're under $10, so if I lose one or destroy one, I can just order another without crying about it.
And they're not bad at all. The trick is to get one with a thick bowl, such as this, this or this. Get a good, mild tobacco blend stuffed in there, light 'er up and you're ready to go. Now the Mrs. enjoys the car ride as much as I do.
Now I need a good pipe rack for all the pipes I've been collecting. One for my aromatics, one for my English blends....