Strange Ritual

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  1. Stonewall

    Stonewall Active Member

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    I suppose we all our little idiosyncrasies or methodology when it comes to pipe smoking. So something I've found myself doing consistently lately is loading a pipe with a certain blend without drying or altering the moisture level as I normally did in the past, which was to dry out my rationed amount in a small bowl for a half hour to an hour prior to packing my bowl.

    Ive found that if I load a pipe with a selected blend, place it on a folding stand, and let it dry in the pipe for as long as 24 - 48 hours prior to smoking. For example, if I want to smoke a bowl of Reiner LGF, I'll actually load up a pipe with it for the following day. Strange I know; but it seems to work for me, providing me with the perfect moisture levels at lighting. And since the tobacco has dried in the bowl, I don't find it breaking up or down if you will, to a consistency that gives me grief when trying to pack it properly.

    I discovered this by accident actually when I packed a cob with STM and placed it atop the fridge on a folding pipe stand because it was too moist when I packed it initially. I forgot about it for a day and a half when I finally remembered it, I thought it would be too dry at that point and almost dumped it. But I didnt want to waste good tobacco so I decided to try and smoke it. Well I was amazed that it smoked like a dream. My best experience with STM ever. Perfect moisture level, perfect smoke.

    Naturally I thought it was just a lucky fluke and thought I try it again with some of my soggy blends. It has worked like a charm each and every time giving me an absolutely fantastic smoking experience.

    So I wonder, have any of you discovered any bizarre, strange, or just out of the ordinary ways and means whilst smoking the pipe...

    Cheers!
     
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  2. MikeInMaine

    MikeInMaine Well-Known Member

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    I do the same thing sometimes with moist flakes. I have had up to three pipes packed on the rack at a time when I have a couple of days off in a row. It works great up to a couple of days sitting. I like to just grab a full pipe and light up.
     
  3. Old Ted

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    I do the same with some twists and plugs, otherwise the amount of relighting is tiresome - but most of the flakes I smoke, are just rubbed-out and not packed too tightly.....I find with a lot of blends - too dry takes away flavour, and reduces the duration of a bowl.
    OT
     
  4. Albert

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    This is the Secret to 1792 flake for sure.
     
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    Hmm, seems like I need to try out this approach sometime
     
  6. Raffxr7

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    I have to disagree with the strange part-if it works, great! I gave 1792 a try, and it quickly bit... so I left the remainder (98 percent of a flake) in the bowl to dry out for a day. It's a great ¨magic¨ trick!
     
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  7. Albert

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    you got it. Whenever I smoke 1792, I load a bowl, do the charring light. leave bowl until the next night. pure bliss.....tomorrow
     
  8. Stonewall

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    Works great for Stonehaven too!
     
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    In a perfect world , all pipe tobacco would be ready out of the tin or pouch . The world aint perfect , so whatever floats yer boat is good ! Weird would be if you fed it to your dog and then followed him around to collect it later ... to smoke . Ok , thats more than weird , thats disturbing .. but ya catch my drift
     
  10. Stonewall

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    Point taken! So perhaps a liitle unorthodox, but not entirely strange. Anyone else have any tricks of the trade?
     
  11. craig

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    if i have something that is overly moist, i load a bowl, then take it out and level it out on a piece of kitchen roll, then put it on another piece on top leav eit for an hour or so and works perfect for me
     
  12. upinsmoke

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    I put the opened cans on top of the cable box. Just a little heat from below reduces excess water easily. When the tobacco is too wet, is it to increase the weight? Probably.
     
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    Interesting! I'm fairly new to pipe smoking (having only dabbled the last few years), and I've never tried packing a bowl and leaving it. Next time I have an overly moist baccy, I'm going to give this technique a go. Thanks for sharing!
     
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    A lot of the time I will load a bowl with cube cut Virginia, smoke it for ten or fifteen minutes then light it the next night after work to smoke the rest. Seems to deepen the flavor.
     
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    I used to do that with flakes sometimes or just dry them out after rubbing. Most of the flakes i used to smoke quite a bit of i would dry almost crispy and gravity pack with a little tap. These day i smoke mostly CD burleys and they usually arrive within an acceptable moisture range. Tho if a tobacco is more moist i think i tend to pack a little lighter.
     
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    Once i break in a falcon bowl i will pack the bowl with the tobacco its meant for and the put it in the jar for a couple of days it seems to take on a little extra flavour and helps it with the first new smoke
     
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    For flakes that are too moist I microwave for 8-10 seconds.

    The tobacco gets all steamy and ends up at the perfect moisture level.

    And the best part is that I don't have to plan my smokes 24-48 hours in advance! :bing:

    Todd
     
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    Tobacco was not intended to be microwaved....
     
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    Does the microwave change the taste at all?
     
  20. N3M0

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    I've heard of plenty of people who nuke their tobby to accelerate the drying process, or even leaving it on top of a lamp for a few minutes.
     
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