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willm

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I've found that microwaving tobacco for about 10 secs helps dry out tobacco. Is this taboo among pipe smokers?

 

daimyo

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May 15, 2014
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I do it when I want to smoke a wet flake and don't have the time to let it get there naturally. Besides the chance of over-drying a bit, I haven't noticed it being detrimental.

 

pipenscotch

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I've always found that I have a little more control over the process if I put the tobacco over a table lamp or something of that sort. Dries the tobacco relatively quick and it's a little slower than the microwave so I find I have more control.

 

willm

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Jun 23, 2014
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Thanks, guys. I just microwaved some McClelland ribbon cut for 10 secs, which was too long.

 

gunslinger

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I use a similar process as pipenscotch that seems to work pretty well for me (I did pick up the idea here on another thread sometime back). I use a halogen desk lamp with an adjustable brightness control and a small plate. You can vary the intensity of the heat as well as the distance the plate of tobacco is from the heat source. It does give you quite a bit of control of how much, and how quickly, you dry the tobacco. Five to ten minutes is usually sufficient for many tobaccos. YMMV.

 

iamn8

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Obviously the best way to keep tobacco fresh is to freeze it. Without an ice pick to break chunks off and a microwave to thaw it, how are you supposed to smoke it?

 

iamn8

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Was it a mistake to believe everybody would know that was kidding? Please, to those who'd freeze their tobacco.... freeze away! Obviously a sub freezing, super dry environment is the perfect place for tobacco. The only thing I'd add would be to defrost it under a heat lamp for at least a few days, then microwave it... Follow this meathod exactly and please share your results here.
I've utilized italic print to indicate a sarcastic, almost daring tone :wink:

 

cosmicfolklore

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Aug 9, 2013
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Ha!
I microwave my tobacco quite often, but I don't find that it dries it as much as it warms up the oils bringing out the natural flavors. Sure, it does dry it a tad, but 10 seconds won't really dry it out for me. I usually have mine already as dry as I want before I put it in there. It's more like it gets cooked. At least that is my experience.

 

cosmicfolklore

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A surgeon friend of mine who has an unusual process, showed me this, but he also takes it a step further and grinds the tobacco in a coffee mill. Not my cup of tea, but to each his own.

 

teufelhund

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I had actually never thought to do this; it's very ingenious. Perhaps I'll give it a try someday when I lose patience with a particularly damp flake.

 

gmwolford

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I've done the microwave wave-thing a few times with good results; I use 2-3 second "bursts". It will dry the tobacco but I've also noticed as Cosmic mentioned it seems to "activate" the oils, too, and oh what a wonderful aroma when heat treating a Virginia!
I have also used a coffee grinder (dedicated one) to process plug, cake and flakes from time to time. Here, too, short bursts are the key to success. I can't recall which blend it was now but I use to have one that this method worked so very well with; it smoked perfectly every bowl. Have to review my old notes and see if I can find out what it was though! LOL

 

cosmicfolklore

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Heck, other than heating tobacco, my microwave only has two other uses, a popcorn popper and a coffee temperature rejuvenator. Absolutely nothing else goes into that infernal box.

 

prndl

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if it weren't for leftovers and ps lbf, I would have no use for a micro-wave.