Not to give birth to a dead subject but I am interested in how long the average smoker here dries their tobacco. I think I am in the minority but I'll dry a plug like Grousemoore after its sliced for hours. Penzance for hours also. Any Virginia for at least 30 minutes with the exception of 5100. That's the one tobacco I smoke without any drying. For English ribbon cuts like Squadron Leader I usually go for 30 minutes. Any flake for me needs at least 45 minutes in open air. I know alot of posters here who smoke right from the tin. I just haven't been able to do it successfully. I use the 3 step packing method for most smokes. Sometimes the Frank method for longer cuts. The cannonball for rubbed flakes and plugs.