Flake Tobacco: Rub Out Or Fold & Stuff

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ssavarimuthu

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Jan 14, 2016
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What is your preference and why? With the few flake tobaccos I have smoked, I have always dried it out and rubbed it out. But, I decided just now to go ahead and try the fold and stuff method with some University Flake. So far, not too bad. I also like how simple it is rather than rubbing out the flake and then packing it in.

 

mikestanley

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May 10, 2009
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I have been rubbing flakes for a long time now. I get a more a consistently good smoke more often than I did when I used to fold them. It is entirely a personal preference.

Mike S.

 

jefff

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May 28, 2015
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For me they are different depending on the method you use. I mix it up depending on my mood.

 

cigrmaster

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May 26, 2012
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I never rub out my flakes as for me it defeats the purpose of smoking a flake. I will normally cube cut my flakes or I will fold and stuff. For indoor smoking, cube cut works best for me.

 

hawky454

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Feb 11, 2016
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I prefer to cube cut mine. It's easy to pack and light and there's not much room for error.

 

shutterbugg

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Nov 18, 2013
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I've been smoking a pipe since before the internet proclaimed all these rules and techniques, so I kind of laugh at them. I grab a clump of it and cumple it loosely into the pipe and light up.

 

clickklick

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May 5, 2014
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shutterbugg,
I find the grab and stuff method to work most of the time as well. Once in a while I try something new. I do have to say though, that cube cutting flakes have really changed the way I look at packing for certain types of cuts.
Out of everything I've tried, cube cutting flake dramatically increases to flavor and friendliness of most flakes compared to rubbing out or fold and stuff in my experience.
For all other cuts, I just grab and stuff nowadays, although sometimes a fine ribbon cut also requires a bit more finesse.

 

iamn8

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Sep 8, 2014
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I do it both ways. Sometimes I feel very ritually oriented and enjoy rubbing it out, other times I just want to smoke it and cram it in.

 

lochinvar

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Oct 22, 2013
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I usually fold and stuff. I've found the smoke lasts longer, and has a bigger flavor. I have cube cut some of the thicker flakes when I was in too big a hurry to let it dry enough, like Gawith Navy or St. James. It doesn't diminish the flavor the way rubbing it out does.

 

derfatdutchman

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Jun 4, 2014
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I also prefer to cube cut method when smoking flakes. I've used the fold and stuff method with some success, but I'm still searching the right pipe.

 

ssavarimuthu

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Jan 14, 2016
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This cube cutting method, how small of cubes are we talking here? And do you just pack the cubes in with a three pinch method?

 

jpmcwjr

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May 12, 2015
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A cube is a cube! I.e., the width equals the length, so it depends on how wide the strands of the flake are.
Packing? Lots of ways, but I just stuff and press till it feels right. YMMV.

 

jabo

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Jan 26, 2016
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Just like Nate.I use both methods. Sometimes I take flakes and just wad up and stuff. Find a method you enjoy and use it.who cares what anybody else thinks. Just my opinion.