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Total Failure At Air Pocket Packing Method But

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  • Started 2 years ago by aquadoc
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  1. aquadoc

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    Exotique has to be one of the best Oriental blends ever, well, blended. I tried to use the air pocket method as Kevin used in his review of Exotique from many moons ago and just could not get it right/tight, whatever. But a medium pack and tamp resulted in a great smoke nonetheless.

    This stuff is smooth and tasty.

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    I've long given up on packing techniques. I just load the pipe and smoke it. Whatever you got working is the way to do it.

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    I've nicknamed my method the "Messy Frank Method".

    A.K.A. "Pinch A Bundle And Stick It In The Pipe", while keeping in mind to compress the bundle horizontally rather than vertically, so you're basically packing width-wise rather than shoving tobacco to the bottom of the bowl.

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    Doc, I've tried the air pocket method from time to time. I think the secret is getting enough in the bowl initially to get a tight pack. If the initial amount is lacking it's hard to put any more in to make it tighter. I make an oversized ball, or just a big grab, really, that I know is too big for the bowl and then force it down in the bowl while twisting a bit. Or, just grab a bunch and kind of compress it on your tray, pick it up with thumb and first and second digits, place over bowl and force down with both thumbs working around the bowl in a circular fashion. You have spillover, but that's the point. And,sometimes this tight ball is hard to get lit, but once it does it's usually off to the races. I only use it very occasionally as I am not sure it has a significant impact on the smoke quality. It's fun to mess with from time to time, though.

    Is the lat in Exotique a major player? I just traded away all my major lat blends, but maybe I could enjoy a blend with it if it sits in the back seat and doesn't talk much.

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    Hi aquadoc.

    I'm using the so called "Hermanns-Method" for packing with a air pocket. I use this method for packing pipes, since I started smoking the pipe and I never hat to re-pack a pipe, or had a bad draw! It's as simple as it's genius.
    Luckily the guy who made the video always does English-Subtitles so I can give you the link to the video:

    LINK

    Just a pipe-cleaner into the bowl - have a nice air-pocket! With time and experience you get a feeling for the air-pocket thing and you won't necessarily need the pipe-cleaner later anymore.

    Maybe this will help you

    Greets

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    All of these "methods" for packing tobacco are just an over-complication IMO. Get the stuff in there, use common sense and light it. The only stuff I've found that needs a bit of a procedure are ropes and thick flake, and with the flake, you can always just rub that out too.

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    Cranse, the lat is definitely a condiment. Although you would not think so from the Tin note. But once it airs, the note changes from heavy smoke to a sweet-sour-musty-idunno aroma. Not in a bad way. The lat is in the background of this one. A really nice mix. PM me your address and I will put some in the mail for you to try. It does need a bit of drying but has no humectant that I can detect. A very cool smoke.

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    My experience suggests that if the tobacco is suitably dry, no "technique" is required at all. Some tamping along the way, but that's normal. And, it's hard to pack it too tight when it's not wet.

    I know that you believe you understood what you think I said, but I'm not sure you realize that what you heard is not what I meant.
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    Glad to see you're liking it! It's one of the easiest smoking blends out there, it practically smokes itself.

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    To my mind, the key component is "the twist." Get the stuff in the bowl like you would load anything else up, but twist is so that you are forming layers. These then burn conveniently.

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    Absolutely correct, John. I read the Fred Hanna book and he claims the air pocket method creates a calibash/aerobilliard effect. I can't tell a difference, but I probably don't have that accute sense of taste anyway.

    Thanks, Doc! I'll PM. Ok, gotta chase termites-- over and out.

    Posted 2 years ago #

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