Verrrrry interesting...thanks for the tip! I have about two dozen of those things collecting dust, and a jar of Peterson Irish Whiskey that's a little too crispy.I use moistened charcoal filters (that's the only thing they are useful for).
Depending on dryness and quantity of tobacco I throw 1-4 filters into the jar.
When they are dry, I repeat that exercise until the tobacco is good to smoke.
I can highly recommend this method, the results are awesome.
This is FANTASTIC! Can get mighty humid here in Tennessee so this may be something I try with an old tin this summer!Years ago, before bulk barns, we cured tobacco on sticks. After curing we had to open the barn doors during the night to let the leaves obtain some moisture and become pliable so they didn't crumble while unloading the barn and hauling to the pack house. That's how I handle dry pipe tobacco. I pour the crunchy tobacco into my wife's biscuit pan and place it on the porch overnight. By early next morning, if pinched between the fingers, it will hold together and be soft. I just place it in a mason jar and seal it up. This works because the tobacco will only absorb the moisture amount it needs and is never introduced to liquid All that's left is washing biscuit pan and slipping it back in the kitchen before she's any the wiser.
Good article. Having returned to pipe smoking recently, I had several jars/tins that were dried out.
I was taught the “best” method is to put tobacco in a bowl with a damp cloth or paper towel over the top. It restores the tobacco slowly and gently. I did that for some, but it can take days. My wife has a clothes steamer and I am not a patient person, so I also blasted steam through the cloth also.
Others I used some form of a humidification or crystals. They all worked.
I do find that you lose some of the nuanced flavors ( volatile oils, they say) any time you let them get dried out.
Don't overthink it. Here's the late Steve Books doing his thing. Not in the picture is the spray bottle he kept nearby. I doubt he used distilled water. I never saw any jugs laying around.Fantastic article. Thank you. Have had mold trying to just mix the tobacco with water from my fingers. I think the cloth method is what ill try next so nothing (especailly water) will touch the tobacco! C