McClelland VA #25

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  1. Kiowapipe

    Kiowapipe Active Member

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    It won't friggin' burn. I've tried it dried, I've tried it wet; I've packed it tight and packed it loose. I can't get it to burn worth a damn. Anybody else have this problem? I've had good luck with #s 22 and 27. Blackwoods and Dark Star can be tricky to get going, but that's because they're such dense flakes. #25 is just a regular old loose ribbon, but for the life of me I can't keep it going.
     


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    I got some Dark Star... as far as I can tell, it would double as a refractory material to line kiln walls :)
     
  3. Capt

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    K, take a few flakes (enough for a few bowls), rub them out, then microwave on a paper plate for about 8 seconds and let it cool. Load it up and give it a try.
     
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  4. Glenn

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    Yep, nuke it. Works wonders on some of the harder to light blends. Dwaugh, Dark Star... microwave...
     
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  5. Kiowapipe

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    Thanks Cap, but #25 is a ribbon. I guess I could try the microwave thing, but I've already tried it pretty well dried out. Just seems like it's cased with something that doesn't want to burn.
     
  6. cobbsmoker

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    I like placing Virginia tobaccos under a desk lamp to dry best, I also find most McClelland Virginias light easier if you toast the top several times first before applying the true light and this is best done by using a soft flame lighter with a few slow draws at a time (let it go out, repeat several times) until well toasted, tap it down smooth, then light.
     
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    My bad, I had #27 in my head........
     
  8. dwaugh

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    OK, I just nuked some... Is it supposed to be dryish when I'm finished? It still seems rather moist.
     
  9. dmkerr

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    Give it a good charring light, then set the pipe down for 2-3 hours. Return and fire it up. Excellent stuff.
     
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  10. jpberg

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    Put a fire over one end of the pipe, and suck on the other end. Hope this helps.
     
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  11. FlatbushPaul

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    David,
    Dark Star is a very special smoke. Deep molasses flavors. A lot of depth and it really develops down the bowl. I have never nuked it. I just let it dry out. I like to rub it out, then let it dry. It is well worth the trouble though. It's a steller smoke!

    Paul
     
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  12. dwaugh

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    Maybe I didn't air dry it long enough when I have tried before, I figured I would give the microwave a try since it was suggested. I just don't seem to understand straight Virginias tobaccos.

    I tried to follow jpbergs advice, but I think I picked the wrong end, unless Dark Star is supposed to taste like burning rubber :msty:
     
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    That's an easy mistake to make. I strive for clarity, but don't always succeed.
     
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  14. beammeuptothesky

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    You guys are funny! :beck:

    Anyways, I ran into the same difficulty with some of the McClelland tobaccos.

    I find this to work pretty well for me, even though it takes a little more patience. I also try to avoid microwave use with my tobaccos -- but I'm just weird like that. :bag::ohyh:

    ...And this :xd:

    ~Aaron
     
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  15. Rewster66

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    I have had a hard time with #25 and Blackwoods Flake. But boy howdy when you do get that stuff to burn, it is sure worth the effort.:)
     
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  16. dwaugh

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    After 15 or 20 "charring lights" I've gotten it to burn for one or two puffs. OK, it wasn't that bad and the flavor is really good, next time I will try the microwave and then let it sit in the sun for a few weeks:)
     
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  17. Glenn

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    Yes, I just nuke it for 8-10 seconds or so and then let remove it and let it sit for a minute or two. When you get it dialed in the flakes will be dry but not crumbly.

    I have just set it out to dry and have put it under a lamp. The problem I have is when the humidity is 80-95% like we have alot of the year, you ain't drying out nuttin. A half hour sitting out in my closed up pickup or a few seconds in the microwave do the trick for me.
     
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