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How big should a pipe tobacco jar be?

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  • Started 3 years ago by mrbrog
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  1. mrbrog

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    I'm doing a new project, and need some input from smoking buddies.
    I want to make a glass jar with an airtight cover for my pipe tobacco, so I can enjoy seeing my tobacco all day long.
    What is the best most common size to do this?
    8 oz? 16oz?
    Should I do more than one size?

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  2. mso489

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    How many blends or types of leaf are in your rotation? If you have more variety, you probably need smaller jars. These handsome, handmade jars are really for the blends you use regularly. You can use regular old canning jars for storage and aging, I would think, unless you are working them into your decor, but I think aging jars are better kept out of the light, hence, out of view.

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    I like big jars for my daily smokes, like for Early Morning Pipe it must be about an 8 ounce size. I find about 4 ounces of tobacco when fluffed up will pretty much fill it. I'd definitely do a few sizes, like if you open a tin and aren't going to smoke it right away, you need a small jar for 50 grams of tobacco. If it's a 100 gram tin then you'll need twice as big. Etc...

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    Mr Brog, Good to see you again. I enjoy my pipe from your company.

    To answer your question, I like the container you are showing. Since we are talking about short term storage, rather than long term, it does not need to be as secure as a canning jar, but it must still be airtight. The big opening is a great feature. Is there a way to add a label to jar? Most tobacco looks alike, once you take it out of the tin. If there was a way to transfer the tin art to the jar, or an erasable section for writing, that would improve the utility of the jar.

    Also, since most tins are about 2 oz, is it possible to also make a jar that can hold that amount?

    Really big idea. Have you considered coming to the Chicago Pipe Show? It would be a great way to show your product to many pipe smokers. I would enjoy getting to meet you.

    Winton

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    no bigger than it needs to be for an amount of tobacco you're going to smoke through relatively quickly. IMO no jar other than a mason holds a good seal. Tobacco jars are an appealing idea that fail in practice.

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    Tobacco jars are an appealing idea that fail in practice.

    And yet they were omnipresent through the golden age of pipe smoking. I wonder if this is an issue of throughput and humectants. Going off on a tangent, but I've wondered if the high moisture content of S. Gawith flakes isn't an antiquated solution to the porosity of vintage tobacco storage methods (unsealed jars and pouches).

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    I still keep a tobacco jar on my desk with my "daily" blend in it, whatever that may be. I think for those that rotate through many blends, it's not a practical solution. However, if you have a favorite that is your go-to blend, it is still practical, IMO.

    The older jars by Decatur and the like, usually have a moisture disc in them as well, so you can maintain a decent humidity without the tobacco turning to dust.

    "People are not made better by a briar. An idiot before smoking a pipe is still an idiot after smoking a pipe, they're just more likely to speak less drivel with something in their mouth. For that, all society should be grateful."

    - Bob Runowski
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    And yet they were omnipresent through the golden age of pipe smoking.

    those old guys mostly smoked one blend, and pipe smoking then was a form of nicotine delivery, not a hobby. They were smoking bowl after bowl through the day.

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    I use mason jars. Not sure if it's good enough, but I figure if it's good enough for pickelling, it's good enough for aging.

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    For me the opening must accommodate my fist with a pipe. A Manhatten humidi coin, or disk if you prefer, will assist in keeping the tobacco from getting too dry.

    A man without a shillelagh is a man without an expedient.
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    the opening must accommodate my fist

    Good motto.

    "My own experience has been that the tools I need for my trade are paper, tobacco, food, and a little whiskey." -- William Faulkner

    The Metal Mixtures
    Posted 3 years ago #

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