Opening The Draw On A Cigar

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TinCup

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Sorry folks I'm sure this is an often repeated question but cant see one after a brief look

I really like the Cuaba Tradicionales but often find the draw way too tight (esp in the first 3rd)

Despite this I really enjoy the flavour and since they've been out of stock here since end of last year when I saw them in the store at the weekend I couldn't resist and grabbed a handful, but would appreciate tips on best tool/method to open it up without causing damage/spoiling the smoke?


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As a follow up question... would you/do you cut the foot on a figurado?

Thanks in advance
 

jerseysam

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I do not cut the foot on figurado/torpedo shapes. I may need to touch up the burn-line occasionally when it gets into the body...but more often than not smokes out fine from initial light.

The 'Perfect Draw' used to be the go-to, and is out on Amazon/sites for $30 or under. There's some newer/more expensive takes.....but the PD is the one I have (don't use it often, but worked fine if it was a true plug down in the body). Also, if you haven't used a cat's eye/wedge cutter....you may want to give that a whirl. It won't help a true plugged roll....but if it's just a tighter construction getting that deeper channeled air-flow cut can help (compared to a guillotine snip).
 
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seanv

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I had this happen just yesterday. I am at the lake and don't have all of my tools so I used a two pronged BBQ tool very gently and it worked. I am a savage apparently
 

mso489

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seanv, do I understand you skewer the cigar with a pointed BBQ tool? How far? I think I tried that once but couldn't make it work; it was like smoking a pingpong ball, no draw at all. I used an ice pick or awl or something.
 

seanv

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seanv, do I understand you skewer the cigar with a pointed BBQ tool? How far? I think I tried that once but couldn't make it work; it was like smoking a pingpong ball, no draw at all. I used an ice pick or awl or something.
I went maybe 1 inch max with this bad boy. It helped the draw until it naturally opened up about half way.
 

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Nomadorb

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I have used the PerfecDraw on many occasions, and it really does work. It has saved a bunch of cigars for me so it has easily paid for itself.

Nope, just light the foot and the burn should keep moving through to the body of the cigar.
 
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mso489

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Nothing worse than sniffing, admiring, and brandishing an unlit cigar and then lighting up to ... nothing. The toothpick is a good remedy, the round sturdy ones, not the little flat meatball stabbers.
 
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Worknman

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I wonder if a long wood screw or a drill bit would work just as good as an expensive cigar draw tool. Just screw it in and pull it straight out.
 

gerryp

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+1 on the pipe tool.

Sometimes gently rolling the cigar between your fingers will loosen it up a little, but beware of wrapper cracking if the cigar is dry.
 
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