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Behold my latest attempt to make pipe smoking more complex!!


Living in the tropics with high humidity, leaving out a flake for a half hour does nothing to dry it out. I could leave it under a lamp, but I may as well microwave it then.

My solution is to leave it in a container of a known RH, in this case 20%, and see how long it takes to dry to a good moisture level. My hope is to standardize the time spent in the container to dry the tobacco to a level that suits my smoking habits.

After 30 minutes the McClelland 40 seemed just right. I can smoke it as is, but I end up with a lot of wet dottle, which hurts as any unburnt McClelland dottle or not is a waste.
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Interesting. I hadn't fully contemplated how much effect the ambient humidity in Hawaii will have.


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Half an hour for the flake and the centers still wet. Rubbed out and let it dry 10 more minutes. Smoking nicely so far.
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