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The Cube Cut Method

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  1. bentmike

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    I love flake cut tobacco! In this post I'd like to talk about another way to prepare flakes for smoking different than I outlined in an earlier thread: http://pipesmagazine.com/forums/topic/heres-the-rub-a-foolproof-flake-preparation

    While tropical storm Isaac makes its way slow and steady into the Gulf of Mexico high pressure is firmly seated over the Ohio Valley. A picturesque blue sky, warm temperatures and a gentle breeze greeted me late Sunday morning as I got up from bed. I admit I am somewhat of a weather geek and the Weather Channel is my favorite TV channel especially when an intense meteorological event is unfolding. The pros have gotten very good at the forecasting game but I find it amazing and interesting how tropical storms continue to defy man's ability to predict the path and intensity of these violent weather patterns.

    Anyway back to my story... As I prepared my coffee and looked out the window I decided the patio would be the perfect place to enjoy my wake-up brew and a pipe. I'm not usually a morning smoker but with nothing on the schedule at this time of day I find myself in a relaxed and contemplative state of mind. A condition that goes right along with the enjoyment of a fine tobacco, pipe and a cup of joe.

    Lately I've been getting to know this wonderful new blend of hot pressed tobacco from Mac Baren -Old Dark Fired. I grabbed one of my new favorites, a little Stanwell Lovat and a flake while I waited for my coffee to brew. I've been experimenting with a new to me method of flake preparation called the "cube cut" and have really come to like it for several reasons. It's quick and easy; just start at one end and snip the flake across the grain with a sharp pair of scissors, load the resultant pieces into the bowl and light.

    At the charring light the tobacco swells and easily takes the flame. Because the pieces are indeed square shaped blocks with gravity feed there is plenty of air space and the ember seems to burn more consistently without the hit or miss that I've experienced with the fold and stuff method. The draw also stays open with just a very light occasional tamp after throwing off the ash.

    The third attribute of the cube cut is one shared with the fold and stuff method and probably the main reason why I love flake tobacco. Imagine a loose cut ribbon or even fully rubbed out flake tobacco stuffed into a pipe bowl. As the ember passes down the chamber smoke is continually drawn down through the lower layers of leaf. The tobacco acts as a filter absorbing oils, moisture and other byproducts of combustion that can influence the second half of the smoke and in my opinion not always in a good way. The cubes lying in the bottom of the chamber are certainly exposed to the smoke flow but because they are in fact tightly packed layers of leaf these little nuggets hold their true flavor and essence inside while the passing smoke only affects the outer surfaces of the cube. Eventually the ember reaches the unburnt cubes and unlocks the rich, pure flavors I enjoy without the steamy, harsh or burnt characteristics I sometimes get with loose cut nearing the end of the bowl.

    And so I sat in a comfy chair enjoying my coffee and slowly sipping the amazing Old Dark Fired letting the pipe go out once in while to keep the briar cool. I know I don't always practice what I preach but it bears repeating: Smoke slowly and just sip aiming to just keep the ember going. I did that this morning and discovered new flavors from this incredibly great Mac Baren blend that I've not noticed before and can't even begin to describe with words.

    If you've made this far through my ramblings I thank you! And if your down south and happen to be in the path of the storm take care and be safe.

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    Excellent post Mike!


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    An enjoyable read.

    Just loaded up with this method. here goes *dramatic music*

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    Nicely done!

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    Thanks for your insight Mike, I have done this same method with scissors and my, "Old Timer," pocket knife cutting on a small board. This works great on the flakes that are difficult to rub out as many are. I have tried the fold and stuff method to no avail, so I believe I will either cube or rub out!

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    +1 lLawrence. I have some dark fire cured whole leave on the way from leafonly.com along with a pound of mixed virginia flue cured and some Yenidje oriental leaves to play around with. Great post man. I'm an Ohioan too!!!!!!

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    Great post Mike, and thanks for reminding me not too be so lazy. I also enjoy the cube method but find myself just breaking up flakes with my fingers into smaller chunks because I don't feel like grabbing the scissors that are not at my counter where I always break up my flakes. I am going to put my scissors where they belong now to remind me.

    It sounds like you have a great couple of days ahead of you watching the weather. All of my kids schools have been cancelled and I am getting ready to put my outdoor cushions and umbrella away for the storm. It should be a good one. My two boys are at the beach as I type hoping to catch some big waves to body surf on.

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    Thanks guys for kind words -Much appreciated.

    cigrmaster -Boy the ocean can sure be a Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde character. I love your state. My Dad has a summer place in Placida in Charlotte County. His sister lives there year round. Spent a few days at Hollywood Beach on the Atlantic side last week. The water was so peaceful and calm in the mornings.

    I've got a tiny pair of shears with a plastic cover that slides over the closed blades. I think it will fit in my pipe case. I'm stuck on the cubes!

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    I am now a convert to the cube cut method. I am having the best smoke of 1792 i have ever had. Thank you.

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    Flake is such a wonderful form of tobacco.
    When time comes for a smoke flakes offer quite the variety in terms of preparation.
    The different ways also bring out different nuances of the smoke depending on the type of tobacco.
    I usually cut cubes with a sharp knife using the lid of an old tin.
    Next bowl I think I will cube it up then rub out half the cubes and see how that goes.
    The Old Dark Fired is fantastic stuff too!

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    Mike,I am with you, ever since I was a kid my goal was to live here one day. I started coming here in the late 50's when I was a little one. It took a while but moved here full time in 03 and have loved every minute. I do not miss the cold of Boston that is for sure. Charlotte county is nice, I was dating a woman who lived there for a bit and it was fun hanging out there. Make sure you get in touch next time you visit there, I am only 45 minutes away.

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    Will do. Might make a trip down over the winter after the snow is blowin here in Ohio.

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    Good post Mike.I smoke mostly flakes but I've not tried the cube cut method,up to now it's been stuff and puff but I am definitely going to have a go,thanks for that.

    Tom

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    I have just smoked some SG Navy Flake using the Cube Cut method and it works a treat.Ideal for Sam Gawiths flakes as some of them can be rather thick and definitely lend themselves to this method.I use the scissors on my Swiss Army knife that is always in my pocket.I am sure I'm tasting the baccy better as well.Who says you can't teach old dogs new tricks,Mike just taught this old dog a new trick. Thanks Mike

    Tom

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    Copy/Paste from "What'cha Smokin'".

    I'm taking Bentmike's suggestion and smoking cube cut Erinmore Flake in my Sabastien Beo (My prize for the Caption Contest).

    This is great! Why haven't I tried this before. Rubbed out was my prefered method before. Never had any luck with roll or fold and stuff... I do believe that Rubbed-out has been "rubbed out".

    Thank you Bentmike!

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    I wish I could claim it as my own idea but I'm sure the practice has been around for centuries. Can't remember where I first saw reference to the cube. On this website or maybe the writings of Mr. Pease? But like some of you guys I was blown away when I first tried it. I knew I had a winner when I cut some Vanilla Cream to cubes. The sweet vanilla taste stayed strong clear to the bottom.

    I'm always messing around trying to enhance my enjoyment of this great hobby and it's icing on the cake to see I'm helping out other pipers too. Thanks again fellas!

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    Mike, I finally put my scissors where they belong and cut up some John Ayelsbury Luxury Flake and it is performing very nicely. Thanks again for starting this thread, it really is a great way to smoke flake.

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    I tried this for the first time with Solani 656 Aged Burley Flake and failed . . . miserably! I couldn't get it to stay lit for the life of me. I'm not sure if I packed it wrong or not. I just loaded/packed my pipe like normal, using my finger to pack it in a little. Was that wrong? Should I just leave it super loose in there?


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    bulldog, it sounds as if you packed it too loose. Before you light it, make sure there is resistance when you draw. Too loose is difficult to keep lit, too tight is easy to keep lit but it will burn your tongue. Also when you do your charring light, are you getting it lit real well, then tamping and then firing it up big time? You should see the embers glowing red along the entire top of the bowl and big clouds of smoke should be exhaled. Also is your tobacco dry enough? I wouldn't think the Solani would be too wet, they usually come ready to go.

    Since the start of this thread I have done nothing but use the cube method with my flakes with great results.

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    I am at a loss for what the cause may be bulldog. I just use a very light press with my thumb once the cubes have reached the rim during the fill. Maybe cigrmaster is right and a little tamping at the char is a good idea. When I first light the tobacco will swell nearly .125" out the bowl and I just lightly tamp it back down while puffing. I too have been cubing everything since I first tried it out and tonight I cube cut University flakes for the first time and it is amazing. I had to put the pipe down to let the bowl cool and come back inside for bit.

    Another thing I have noticed is the cube cut method seems to work good with moist tobacco. I rarely let mine dry at all just load it up and go and it burns very well.

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    Thanks guys, I'll keep at it. I think those ambiguous terms "too loose", "too tight", "too wet", etc. are the bane of novice pipers everywhere!

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    I will try this when my VA tobacco ages. Flakes have been rather difficult for me to smoke. When I was a total novice, I actually put my Irish Flake into a coffee grinder and smoked the powder, which often got inhaled by acident. It almost needed a filter!

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    Masterful way to smoke flake thanks mike. The old cajun

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    I, too, love flakes but I've usually "torn" strips from a couple of flakes, rubbed them a little and when dried to my liking, filled the bowl so that it "felt right" to me.

    I hadn't tried the cube method in some years, but did so after reading this thread (thanks Mike!)

    I'm enjoying some Hamborger Veermaster in a Sav Bing right now and have to say it's a great smoke -- I like it better this way for sure.

    Thanks again for the post!

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    I'm still trying to figure out flakes. This method seem to work best but it still is a pain in the keister to keep lit. I tried rubbing and cubing with a tin of SG Full Virginia and it tasted good but didn't like to stay lit at all.

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    didn't like to stay lit at all.

    Try drying it a bit after cubing it.

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    I dried it for a couple of hours before cubing but I'll try after cubing to see if there is a difference.

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    I tried the cube cut method tonight with some Peterson Irish Flake and it worked well for me. Took it out of the tin, cut it up and let it dry for a couple hours. Lit easily, smoked well was able to put it down for a bit and I could still bring it back without much issue. Only had to relight in the last 1/3 of the bowl and I think it was mainly from neglect. I will try it again this weekend and pay more attention to it and see how that works. I like this method more than the roll or fold method and appreciate the tip.

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    I've been using scissors on my flakes after reading this and I'm becoming a cube-cut-convert too. Today I lit a bowl of scissor-cut Bullseye Flake with the magnifying glass...FUN! Mike, your suggestions rock!

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    Let me join the chorus of converts too! This technique makes SG/St. James Flake sing!
    I've been here for almost 3yrs., and I have to say, this is probably the most beneficial post I've read to date.
    Thank you, Mike.

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    Thanks cortez!

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    I still haven't tried this but I've got some Sam's Flake that doesn't work too well when it's rubbed out, and I don't like all of the folding methods I've come across... Great tips!

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    Hey sparroar try the cube cut and let us know what you think.

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    Excellent post. Ya got me. Next flake I smoke, I use the CC method.

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    I will. I'll give you my thoughts in a day or two! *Pause* I've had enough tobacco for today... "GUARDS!"

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    Bravo, Mike!

    So I cut up my strip of Sam's Flake into fine cubes and let it dry for a few hours. (The tin is opened for two days)

    It was a nightmare to light even with extensive drying time! I must have used half a box of matches... I was also outdoors with a mild breeze so it was a job to get a steady fire going.

    I'll admit that I was skeptical, mainly because the only factory cube cut I had was a bit tough to keep lit.

    But when I finally got the fire going, man, what a difference it makes from the rubbed out Sam's I had on day one...

    I don't know what it was I liked exactly but when I got the fire properly stoked and good rhythm on the go the plumes of delicious smoke began to rise up and I was really lost in the blend... The flavours seemed super concentrated, whereas when rubbed out it had been fairly flat and tasteless. Great straight VA taste in the forefront with a subtle musky spice character either from the orientals or the tonquin or both! 5 stars for Sam's Flake with the cube cut method... It took me awhile and I was cursing and swearing about ready to give up, but it was really tasty.

    I sipped and savoured it for what seemed like forever and the bowl barely seemed to be combusting - it was like there was an endless supply of tobacco in there... I don't know if I'm imagining it but you seem to get more bang from your buck this way as far as smoke volume and "session" longevity is concerned... I also couldn't help but inhale I was enjoying it so deeply so this might be a very "dangerous" method after all!

    I'm going to try this in a couple days with Peter Heinrich's Dark Strong Flake - stay tuned. lol

    Thanks again for the tip... I'd heard of cube cutting before but I never thought to do it with flakes which I have considered really troublesome up to this point.

    If I'd make a change to your method I'd probably throw some loose cut "neutral" tobacco on top to get it going, or rub out some flake to a finer consistency to serve as that tinder as it was truly a pain to get it started...

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    If I'd make a change to your method I'd probably throw some loose cut "neutral" tobacco on top to get it going, or rub out some flake to a finer consistency to serve as that tinder as it was truly a pain to get it started...

    That really could be because you were outside. Once I stopped smoking outside, my frustration level – and blood pressure – decreased exponentially.

    Man, I have to try this method again. I think I'll set out some Solani Aged Burley Flake for tomorrow.

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    If I was smoking inside my girlfriend would not have been pleased and my blood pressure would have gone through the roof! Outside smoking isn't so bad with a cooperative blend and a calm day, but trying to light and smoke a tricky blend is another story altogether...

    I wish I had some burley flake on hand to try, actually. I'd be in the mood to give that a whirl, I bet you will get some deep and dark flavours out of that using the cube cuts... It'd be interesting to see how a latakia flake would be as well - I've got some Sam Gawith Balkan Flake in a jar but IDK if the moisture level is right... It'll likely be really soft by now because I found it rather mellow 18 months ago when I put it away.

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    Cube cut Dunhill Flake and I gotta say that it smoked real well. Heavy smoke, kept a consistant flavor, smooth draw. I guess you have a convert here.....as long as I don't lose my scissors.

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    Trying the cube-cut method for the first time due to this post. I burning bob's chocolate in a Parker London Briar straight poker.

    My first impression is that its hard to light, but not too difficult. The flavour however is much more detailed. Maybe its just me, but I like it! I'll give it some more tries

    Cheers

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    I have since done this several times with 3 different tobaccos.

    To me, all of them are better cubed than rubbed out loose.

    I have had great success by ensuring that my tobacco is sufficiently dry, that the cubes are cut very finely with sharp scissors, that they are packed "properly" via gravity without too much tamping, and that I proceeded with a very thorough charring light followed by a very thorough true light.

    If I meet all of those conditions, the results are almost uniformly excellent, whereas my experience with rubbing out flakes was very inconsistent and much less pleasurable on the whole...

    If you want a long smoke, then cube cuts are the way to go. I have surpassed the 1.5 hour mark when normally I only have short sessions. In my experience, the density of the cubes can be far greater than the loose cut tobacco without compromising the integrity of the smoke. When they finally ignite, they burn better than any other form of tobacco that I have seen (providing that your moisture level is appropriate) and they provide a fuller volume of smoke and a richer flavour WITH LESS EFFORT than rubbing out the tobacco will give you...

    With other methods, YMMV, but cube cuts are virtually foolproof in my eyes.

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    Another convert - cube cutting makes my flakes taste much sweeter than the fold'n'stuff method. I've been making my way through some GLP Jackknife and a tin of Heinrich's Dark Strong Flake and have had nothing but near-transcendent bowls.

    Thanks for the tutorial!

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    but cube cuts are virtually foolproof in my eyes

    No wonder I have been having so much trouble getting this method to work!

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    Somehow I'm not surprised...

    Nah, Mick, I have full confidence in your abilities. If only I could get you onto VA flakes I'd be a happy man!

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    I'm smoking a bowl of Penzance having used this method. It is fantastic. Awesome post.

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    I figured Penzance would be too hard to manage via cube cuts because it is so crumbly. Good to hear that it can be done!

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    I have a tin of Old Dark Fired I have yet to open. I believe today is the day I open it and give the cube cut method a try. I usually partially rub my flakes out a bit. Great post! Love the pic. Without it I would have cut my cubes much larger. Thanks Mike!

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    I tried the cube cut method tonight with some Peterson Irish Flake and it worked well for me. Took it out of the tin, cut it up and let it dry for a couple hours. Lit easily, smoked well was able to put it down for a bit and I could still bring it back without much issue. Only had to relight in the last 1/3 of the bowl and I think it was mainly from neglect. I will try it again this weekend and pay more attention to it and see how that works. I like this method more than the roll or fold method and appreciate the tip.

    Pretty much the same for me! I also do the fold and stuff method but only with already dried and prepared flake. I never really run unless I am blending the baccy something else. Great review on Cube Cutting to say the least, thanks!

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    This was a great read. Thanks for the link in the other thread Bentmike

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    Great tip from Mike, I have continued to cube cut my flakes with great results.

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    Cube cut tobacco is spectacular for the gravity feed method of loading your pipe. Just pour it into the bowl of your pipe, shake a little bit to settle the tobacco, and you are good to go.

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    Just tried cube cut method and let me tell ya, one of the best smokes I've ever had. Thank you for the tip. I smoked HH Old Dark Fired.

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    Thanks russian, Enjoying some some cube cut flakes right now.

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  54. sailorjeremy

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    Has anyone tried this method with coins? I'd suspect the results would be somewhat the same. Hmmm... maybe I'll give it a go with some Luxury Bullseye Flake.

    ~ Jeremy "Doc"

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    Oh yes, and it works just as well. I used Luxury Bullseye Flake by folding it over and turning a little with each cut to stay perpendicular to the grain. Sort of. Whatever it is I mean, it worked great. Later I tried pulling the centers out like Cosmic mentioned in another thread once and that was different. Not better or worse, just different. Give it a try if you already haven't started cutting; I wish I could describe it better.

    BentMike... Thanks for posting this. I've smoked flakes with this cut since you first put up the post and it has changed pipe smoking for me. Thanks! (I'm also such a geek that I have had a magnifying glass in my pocket ever since that post).

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    Yes lately I've been cube cutting G&H flakes, because they're so perfect for it. It's great as it's convienient to store and it's the easiest foolproof packing method too. I find it lights extremely easily, it's more about knowing how much the tobacco is going to expand so you don't pack too much in.

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  57. eightywon

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    I'm enjoying some cube cut Marlin Flake right now. So good!

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    Bent Mike is the man. Since he posted this way back when, I have consistently cube cut my flakes. Since I only smoke flakes Mike's tip has been a huge reason I enjoy my tobacco as much as I do. We should have a statue erected showing Mike with a flake and a pair of scissors. He should be put up on Mount Rushmore as his tip is that important. Every pipe smoker on this forum owes him a debt of gratitude.

    russian, welcome to the forum and Old Dark Fired is one of my favorite blends. It is perfect for cube cutting.

    Jeremy, I also cube my coins( Escudo and Dunhill DNR) with equal success as I get with my regualr flakes.

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    Every pipe smoker on this forum owes him a debt of gratitude.

    +1 to that!

    I'd seen the Pipes Magazine YouTube video on cube cutting, and I got the impression it was just a good method for beginners until you got the hang of folding and stuffing flakes. I'm a beginner, yes, but I thought I was doing pretty well with the fold and stuff. Then I saw how many more experienced pipe smokers on this thread were recommending the cube cut, so I tried it with some McConnell Scottish flake and WOW! By far one of the best smokes in my short 4-5 months of pipe smoking. The flake went from being mild and fairly one-dimensional to big, round, with a good dash of perique that I'd only gotten hints of before. Thank you all!

    I do have a few questions about this issue, though. First, does the fold and stuff have any advantages taste-wise? Obviously, it's less prep work, but if we're talking taste, the extra effort for the cube cut seems well worth it and I don't see why I'd go back to fold and stuff. Second, I'd been reading some older threads on "flake pipes" and was thinking about making that my next purchase. Does cube cutting make the advantages of a narrower chamber not as noticeable as with fold and stuff? Or is a good flake pipe a good flake pipe, no matter how you pack the flake? And my last question: It seems like cube cutting would work with broken flakes, too, right? Even if they're not perfectly square, it's still the same idea, I think. Haven't seen that mentioned anywhere. Guess I'll just have to give it a try myself and see!

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    I, too, have cut flakes in this method. Shouldn't we be calling it square cut, or rectangular solid cut, since it's not really cut into cubes?

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    pipesinperu, the fold and stuff does concentrate the flavors and gives a cooler smoke which is why people use that method. I still use fold and stuff when I am smoking outside as I want a slower burn if there is any kind of wind while I am smoking. I use the cube cut most of the time as I smoke indoors most of the time and I do get the concentrated flavors and cool smoke that the fold and stuff gives. I find I get a more consistent burn with less relights using the cube cut method and I find no loss in flavor or cool burning. For my tastes fully rubbing out a flake makes me lose flavor and gives a hotter burn which is why I never use it. Broken flakes I just cut into big chunks and stuff them in making sure it feels like I am sipping a milk shake through a straw.

    A good flake pipe will smoke a flake great using either the fold and stuff or cube cut. My favorite flake pipes are group 4-5 size, they weigh in at 38-55 grams and my favorite shapes are Dublins, Apples, Billiards, Rhodesians, Brandy's, Calabash, Lovat's, Pokers, Cherrywoood's. I also make sure the bowl width is .75-.82 and the bowl depth is no greater than 1.7. I also prefer pipes with a shank dimension of .4 to .45. The open shank gives a nice dry smoke.

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