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Mylar Bags for Tobacco Storage

I decided to start a fresh thread on this topic, given a bit of discussion in the What Brown leaf 'good stuff' are you waiting on to be delivered? thread.

I use bags from GUSSETED POUCHES. - https://www.topmylar.com/gusseted-pouches , obviously the the gusseted pouches.
I prefer the pint size, I think it is the smallest they sell, as they are primarily a bulk dried food bag provider.

The 7 mil bags are more substantial than some Mylar bags you will see. The zip-locks are sturdy and the bags seal quite easily. I use a hair straightening iron as my heat source, it works perfectly and I bought it at a second hand store for three bucks.

I like the gusseted bags because the stand up when filling them. I set the bag on my kitchen scale with a jar funnel in the neck, zero out the scale and fill the bag. I use a screwdriver handle to tamp the tobacco slightly. I put around 3 oz. of ribbon cut per bag and 4 oz of flake or cake. That is a good size for me, so I don't have to open a bigger jar/bag and shut down the aging process.

Currently my 80 pound cellar is stored 24% in Mylar bags; 47% in jars; 23% in tins; 4% in pouches, and the other 1.3% in Cans or VacBags.

All bulk purchases are now stored in Mylar bags for storage and jars for the smoking shelf stock.

We will see how it all goes. I have little doubt the Mylar bags will hold up over time.
 

Toothpick

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Any benefit besides just a personal preference?
Perhaps it will take up less space than a bunch of jars?

I assume they are reusable? but would you want to with different tobaccos?
 
Firstly...

Currently my 80 pound cellar ...
Yowser!!! :eek6: I will be completely maxed out at 30 tins, or 1.5kg (3.3lb) :lol:

I can see them being very useful for me, and possibly a better storage solution than jars... but not a total replacement.

I only expect to smoke around 6 tins per year, roughly 25g per month. Mylar bags would let me seal up 3 ~12.5g pouches once I crack a tin open, and put the remainder in a small jar. That way I can keep the rest of the tin fresh for smoking later in the year, and top up that jar with a fresh (but aged) half ounce, in old numbers, as and when needed.

Tins for ageing, a few jars for dipping into, and mylar for part tin storage.

I have seen some 10cm x 15cm pouches which look ideal for the job. Moderate cost, lightweight, lightproof, and without the bulkiness of glass jars. I won't be cracking open any tins this years, as I'm pretty sure I have enough in samples to see me through 2020, but I will be considering getting some next year.
 

Kentos

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Mostly for storage space, but they don’t stack well at all so it needs to be in a box or something.
 

Kentos

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Nevermind...I see it now. Whew! I was shaking my head...its $22/50 bags.
The smallest ones barely fit a square tin, so might order the one bigger on my next one.

Word to the wise: if the opening isn’t heat sealed it doesn’t do so well at moisture retention with just the ziplock.
 
The smallest ones barely fit a square tin, so might order the one bigger on my next one.

Word to the wise: if the opening isn’t heat sealed it doesn’t do so well at moisture retention with just the ziplock.
I do have some quart size for tin storage although I’ve only used a few.

And yes, heat sealing is advisable for longer term storage. I would think the ziplock on the 7 mil bags are better than the average plastic bag, but not for years.

They are less attractive than jars as well!
 
Any benefit besides just a personal preference?
Perhaps it will take up less space than a bunch of jars?

I assume they are reusable? but would you want to with different tobaccos?
Less weight for sure. They do require boxes or small totes if you have a bunch of bags, just to keep them somewhat organized.
As for reusing them, I guess you could, but the ziplock versions can only be heat sealed one time unless you are very careful with the first seal. At 50 cents per bag, I use them once.
 

Kentos

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I do have some quart size for tin storage although I’ve only used a few.

And yes, heat sealing is advisable for longer term storage. I would think the ziplock on the 7 mil bags are better than the average plastic bag, but not for years.

They are less attractive than jars as well!
I left half an ounce of ribbon in a 7mm bag zipped and folded in half. After maybe a month in my Bugout bag it’s dry. Not crispy but no compression at all. Totally smokable, but I thought it would have lasted a lot longer. Might roll the top half down next time to see if that prolongs the moisture retention.
 
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