To Grind Or Not To Grind

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juptierspipe

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May 27, 2013
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I just got back from my local B&M (picked up some pipe cleaners) and there were a couple of gentlemen there sampling some house blends and I noticed that they were using a tobacco grinder. I asked them about it and they said it makes everything from drying your tobacco too packing,lighting,tamping and cleaning your pipe a little bit easier. I personally have never used a grinder. How does everyone feel about their notion?
John

 

cigrmaster

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May 26, 2012
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My opinion is that grinding tobacco should be illegal. I would never do it and do not recommend it unless you want a really hot smoke. There is a reason that a blender chooses a certain cut. It is to produce the best possible smoke for the types of tobacco in that specific blend. Everyone is free to do as they choose of course, but grinders are for coffee and Peruvian Marching Powder.

 

gwtwdbss

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grinders are for coffee and Peruvian Marching Powder.
Well said Harris. I will cube cut a flake/brick, but if I am smoking a tin of ribbon cut it gets packed into the bowl and enjoyed the way the blender intended.

 

foggymountain

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Aug 14, 2012
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Grinders are submarine sandwiches in Mass. They are also women who remove their clothes for a living.

 

jndyer

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Never even heard of using a tobacco grinder. Does not sound like a good idea. It always amazes me when lay people think they know more than the experts.

 

oklansas

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Apr 16, 2013
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I always thought tobacco grinders were the euphamistic invention of the Mary Jane cabal, bent on tobacco shop domination.

 

zekest

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Back to the original posters post: Have you ever noticed, "They Travel in Pairs"...

 

ciderguy

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May 30, 2013
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I don't let grinders near my tobacco. foggy, oh the submarine sandwich has so many regional names!

 

locopony

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Sounds like another one of those things. You know the ones that people do or talk about, and there are opinions about it.

Its one of those gadgety ideas that someone had, and made a small fortune , like Flow Bee, and Salad Shooter. Its for lazy people who dont care to learn hoto do something. Trying to turn a craft into something anyone can do at anytime with out fail.

 

thesmokindragon

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IMHO- A flake or other crumble kakes should be lightly processed

so my flakes are just cube cut or fold/rip/stack/stuff and crumble

Kakes are lightly rubbed... Gravity fill and you are good to go

 

taerin

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Sounds like they used to roll their own cigs, moved onto pipes and still use the grinder in the process because they think that packing a pipe and a cigarette are the same exact concept!

 

javajunkie

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Feb 26, 2013
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Actually, as someone who did hand rolled cigs for a few years, I never used a grinder. Most don't in fact. The mass market stuff is overprocessed, and the better stuff is cut to roll (Stokkebye, Drum, et aliquid). Please put my vote in the "I though that was for pot, please don't let it near my tobacco" column. o)

 

taerin

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Now that I think about it, I used to use a coffee grinder to grind my flakes when I first started smoking those, boy I sure came a long way!

 

john218

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May 5, 2012
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The only thing I grind is black pepper.
Foggymountain, submarines are also called grinders here in Connecticut. Do they still call milk shakes "cabinets" in Mass.?