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What Do You Do with All Your Empty Tins?

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  1. jdunbar

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    I just started smoking tinned tobacco and wonder what you all do with your empty's.. I have all of two in my collection now with a few more on the way.

    Pictures and suggestions would be appreciated!!

    Edited by jvnshr: Title capitalization (please check Rule #9)

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  2. unkleyoda

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    I save one of every brand I get, and keep them in a box as a collection. After that, I throw them out.


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    I normally throw them in the trash. Once in a while my ex wife will ask me for some, not sure what she does with them.

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    I throw them in the circular filing cabinet.

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    I threw my first few year haul out in 2012. I tossed all of them (4 large trash bags worth) and I totally regret doing that so I have been saving them since. I store them in boxes out in the garage and plan on nailing them to the wall in my future man cave. I want all my walls to be covered in tobacco tins.

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    Use them for nails and screws.

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    They are great little tins for storing small objects. I appreciate the artwork / design / lettering some of them as well as the leaf inside.

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    I collect and display vintage tins and will keep any especially attractive new tins, other than that they get tossed.

    "So it goes." - K.V.
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    Recycling for most; screws, nail, bits of this and that in a few that I haven't tossed. .

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    Recycle. Maybe a couple will be "trophy" tins, maybe not.

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    I kept my Solani SF tin........it's one of the better ones.....

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    I save vintage tins, and some I think that might make it to that distinction in the future.

    I will not be hoarding any of those half art-half nanny warning tins that you see from European outlets.

    Over the years, I have tossed many of the older tins I had and wish I had them now.


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    Horde them like a squirrel..

    For tho' at my simile many may joke,
    Man is but a pipe—and his life but smoke.
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    I've got some filled with small parts. Now I toss 'em in the trash.

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    If the blend has been discontinued I'll save them, otherwise they get tossed out.

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    Square tins...I've kept a few of the older ones.

    Warning labels...I toss 'em.

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    And the hunter home from the hill.
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    Great question, jdunbar. I was wondering what other people did with theirs. As for me, I use a few as pellet and bb gun targets for my son and me. I throw the rest in a box and plan to keep them as long as I have space. I figure they'll be worth a few bucks in 40 years. I've also thought about attaching them to a wall some day if I get enough (like hawky454 said).

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    If anyone has any University Flake, Sillem's Commodore Flake, Dunhill Flake, Dunhill Dark Flake, or Irish Flake square tins, I'd love to have them. I the tins I have are round and I'd love to have the square ones.

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    The older ones I send to Philobeddoe as he seems to collect them any others get used as ashtrays and tins to put 'stuff' in that would normally clutter up your pockets.

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    They seem to be piling up quicker than I thought, so I'll keep them as long as I have space then most will surely get tossed.

    Dot
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    I would like to buy a pile of tins from someone. Tin ones, not the paper can things. Need them for other projects. I want to make a bunch of flint and steel fire starting kits for some Cub Scouts.

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    I am currently making a headphone amplifier for my phone and will be using a Grousemoor tin as the base case.

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    Straight from tin to jar here, and the tin goes into the trash.

    Damnation seize my soul if I give you quarters, or take any from you.
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    My teenager likes to collect my empty tins; she uses them for storage, display, etc. She and her mother have discussed re-purposing the tins by making candles with them, but with the new labeling and warnings taking up more real estate, I'm sure more of my (new) old tins will end up in the bin.

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    Recycle via the municipal waste recovery program.

    I find myself sitting idly on the line dividing past and future,
    as if I could kill time without injuring eternity. -- Thoreau
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    I would like to buy a pile of tins from someone. Tin ones, not the paper can things. Need them for other projects. I want to make a bunch of flint and steel fire starting kits for some Cub Scouts.

    When I get some that I need to get rid of, I will get ahold of you. You can have them, just cover shipping.

    It's gonna be a bit, before I have any.

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    saw this on another forum i frequent

    https://www.reddit.com/r/PipeTobacco/comments/6gtvuu/pipe_tin_turned_ashtray_with_knocker/?st=jbzewn9c&sh=8f83a559

    the guy glued a champagne cork to an empty tin and used it for an ashtry

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    saw this on another forum i frequent

    https://www.reddit.com/r/PipeTobacco/comments/6gtvuu/pipe_tin_turned_ashtray_with_knocker/?st=jbzewn9c&sh=8f83a559

    the guy glued a champagne cork to an empty tin and used it for an ashtry

    Good idea!!

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    @ azpipe: not a bad idea at all, especially if we consider that the Brigham corks already come with adhesive.

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    That is slick! I was just looking at a couple of sham-PAG-knee corks recently and said "There's gotta be something I can do with these!"

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    Recycle unless it’s a rare gem.

    I'm an expert in my own opinion
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    The correct answer is:

    Throw them out.

    There's not enough social order here to find someone to pass them to.

    Back in the less-tolerant 1980s, I would have just gone down to a knitting/stitching shop.

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    What do you do with all your empty tins??

    The title of this thread reminded me of a story from James Herriot's book titled All Creatures Great and Small wherein Siegfried is trying to find a way to get rid of a difficult client named Cranford. Siegfried asks his hapless brother Tristan to mail a used treacle tin full of fecal matter to the laboratory for testing, and while he is at the Post Office to mail a tin of ointment to Mr. Cranford for use on one of his sick hogs. Herriot continues the story:

    "It took only three days for Mr. Cranford's name to come up again. Siegfried was opening the morning mail, throwing the circulars to one side and making a pile of bills and receipts when he became suddenly very still. He had frozen over a letter on blue notepaper and he sat like a statue till he read it through. At length he raised his head; his face was expressionless. 'James, this is just about the most vitriolic letter I have ever read. It's from Cranford. He's finished with us for good and all and is considering taking legal action against us.'

    'What have we done this time?' I asked.

    'He accuses us of grossly insulting him and endangering the health of his boar. He says we sent him a treacle tin full of cow shit with instructions to rub it on the boar's back three times daily.'

    "Tristan, who had been sitting with his eyes half closed, became fully awake. He rose unhurridly and began to make his way towards the door. His hand was on the knob when his brother's voice thundered out.

    'Tristan! Come back here! Sit down -- I think that we have something to talk about.'

    "Tristan looked up resolutely, waiting for the storm to break, but Siegfried was unexpectedly calm. His voice was gentle.

    'So you've done it again. When will I ever learn that I can't trust you to carry out the simplest task? It wasn't too much to ask, was it? Two little parcels to post--hardly a tough assignment. But you managed to botch it. You got the labels wrong, didn't you?'

    "Tristan wiggled in his chair. 'I'm sorry, I can't imagine how...'

    "Siegfried held up his hand. 'Oh, don't worry. Your usual luck has come to your aid. With anybody else this bloomer would be catastrophic but with Cranford--it's like devine providence.' He paused for a moment and a dreamy expression crept into his eyes. 'The label said to work it well in with the fingers, I seem to recall. And Mr. Cranford opened the package at the breakfast table... Yes, Tristan, I think you have found the way. This, I do believe, has done it.'

    "I said, 'But how about the legal action?'

    'Oh, I think we can forget about that. Mr. Cranford has a great sense of his own dignity. Just think how it will sound in court.' He crumpled the letter and dropped it into the wastepaper basket. 'Well, let's get on with some work.'"

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    I saved them for quite awhile thinking I'd get them on my man cave walls somehow but ended throwing them all out - except for the Esoterica tins.

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    I have this great pleasure of storing mine ... I love the art on them, but now days with all the legislation changes regarding health warnings, in Europe one can hardly distinguish the art on the tins any more. I had this idea of framing the most interesting round tins for display, but trying to put them together your sight is stolen by all "smoking kills" "tabak totten" "fumatul ucide" etc etc. type of warnings. In other words ... I am emotionally attached to my tins, but I need to pull myself together and throw some out.

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    I used to fill them with Tannerite and use them for target practice. Then I found that one of the tins, reduced to a razor-sharp mass of twisted shrapnel, had landed up on the roof of my house, 50 yards behind my shooting position. I no longer engage in this activity.

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    I toss em. I have however, been buying up Vintage tins at yardsales anf Fleamarkets this year.

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    I put them in the garage and use them as cigar ash trays. When a tin gets full, I put the lid on and throw it in the trash!

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    I’m making a 1:1 scale model of the Empire State Building with mine.

    I have a long way to go.

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    I put them in the recycle bin. Just did that with a vintage Three Nuns tin. Just never thought about keeping them.

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    "the guy glued a champagne cork to an empty tin and used it for an ashtray"

    us old guys have been doing that for 60-80 years.

    aint nothing new under the sun !

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    Add tiers to the cat tower.

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    I figured I'd be seeing some great works of tobacco tin art in this thread..

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    A few years ago I made fire starting kits and used empty tins. The char cloth is in made and stored in an empty snuff tin with a nail hole in the top.

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    I will pay postage for US based tin tossers to toss their tins to me. I could use quite a few more.

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    I photograph all my tins with a macro lense in high resolution. Then I print them on my photography printer and cut in a circle and double side tape them to the Ball jar they are stored. Then I throw the tin in the trash. I have a huge repository of Tin pictures saved over time. Sometimes I look at them on my iPad and ponder how I managed to smoke that much tobacco. A few memorable ones for sure.

    Here is a shot of my cellar with the photographed tins on Ball Jars.

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    A few of them I use for my go bag, and put other tobacco's in them (in plastic bags), the rest of them are on display in my shop on the walls, or in my over-flow tobacco cabinet. I've only tossed out the repeat tins.

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    I kept mine for a time, but space in NYC is extremely limited. They had to go in the trash.

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    On a German classified ad website, this person wants this " 'new' tobacco tin lid" to be purchased by somebody for 15€:

    People on the German Craigslist (which does not have the kinky sections) tend to have unreasonably high asking price for their items, much higher than the price of similar items on eBay, and they will 99% ask for bank deposit or cash - which means no return and no buyer protection.

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    Some guy from Australia had joined the forum a year or so ago, and asked for tins. We even talked via PMs. So, I saved up a whole box full of the most beautiful, unique, and rarest tins that I had, boxed them up, sent a PM, and waited. And, waited, and waited... Then one day, he contacted me and asked me if they were ready. I said yes, and sent him a price for shipping a big box of empty tins to Australia. I never heard back from him.

    I tossed them. I'm sorry, but I won't go months saving up tins again. Mrs. Cosmic won't allow it.

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    While we focus on the tobacco, some empty tobacco tins actually sold at prices north of $500.

    Tobacco tins in Tobacciana

    Tobacco tins in Collectibles

    That highest was close to $3000. I have no clue about what is going about these empty rusted vintage tins, perhaps some secret codes or treasure hunting maps are hidden in some of them.

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    Npod, that is a really neat idea!

    I WILL pay postage if you guys will send me tins.

    I will pay you BEFORE you save them if you wish. That way when a medium or large flat rate box is full, you can get rid of it right away.

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    I volunteer at a resale shop,modern tins go for 50 cents and sell quickly. Cute ones (Nightcap and Early Morning $1) 30 t0 80 year olds $3 to $50 plus . Donate, don't throw.

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    Trash acquisition disorder. Just finished a Twinkie, anyone want the wrapper?

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    I don't have too many so I use them for storing nails, screws, thread, needles and other small items, sometimes jewellery/badges and pins. They have warning labels all over them so I just pick them off and don't use them for decoration. My family always used tobacco tins for stuff like this; my parents still have one of my grandfather's rusty old Boar's Head rolling tobacco tins from the 1980s, currently full of screws. I recycle everything mind you, all my tobacco goes into empty marmalade or olive jars, sometimes instant coffee jars. I never buy mason jars.

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    I tried storing bits, burs, and small components in tins in my workshop, but then I ended up rifling through the tins every time I needed a bur or small screw... "Was it the Escudo or Nightcap that I put the small cone burs? A crap, it was one of the Stonehaven tins."

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    I am not a collector, but in the new world that emphasizes "newer, bigger, better", everyone seems to think like so.

    One thing for sure is a "collector" should have enough time and space, and energy plus ability to organize the collection, otherwise, he is mostly just a hoarder.

    Not related, but more trash-worthy than tins:

    They look neat, but will probably be treated as trash by the children.

    All things except cash, stock, real estate, things that do not rust too fast and have obvious market value will all be treated as trash by the next generations, including the unsmoked artisan pipes if they do not know there is a market for it.

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    That's a great collection, Menuhin. I especially like your old pipe tobacco tins. You even have Player's Whisky flake, such a shame that's out of production now. Even the Navy Cut nowadays. I've never seen an old Cafe Creme tin before, were they better in the past? I actually bought a pack of HW's half coronas in my last tobacco purchase from GQ.

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    I keep mine (I'm still new at this) but plan to toss out the ones with garbage art or bad design. To much of that going around. Some of the more popular blends I've seen have amateur-looking art or cartoony pictures or really terrible type selections.

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    I know some LOLs (little old ladies) who stitch, knit, macrame, cross, etc. and I hand them over to them.

    Every now and then they bring me pies.

    Best in the world... be right back, need to march ten miles while carrying an anvil to work off these delicious calories!

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    Square tobacco tins are perfect to make your own survival kit, check the SAS way.

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    I make decoys and a blind out of them. I hunch down in the blind and wait for unicorn blends to show up and then take them out with my 12 gauge credit card!

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    They make great containers for nails and screws

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    There is a bunch of them for sale for some dollars on ebay...just kidding. Those aren't really empty.

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    Change. They hold change.

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    So far, I use them to ration out bulks that aren't jarred.

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    I remove the label and give my wife the tin. I use the label to label my jars.

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    Typically the C&D and Pease style tins get chucked in the trash mostly because of the edge on the inside. My wife saw me throw away a square tin and asked me to give them to her. She's hording the square and "shoe polish" style tins at the moment. I did see that she was re-using one for her "recreational tobacco", ironically she chose to use The Royal Yacht tin for that. It made me laugh, given the polarity that blend has with the pipe community.

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    Obviously a lady of fine discernment and wisdom, since she chose Royal Yacht.

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