Pack and Tap: Is my Strange Way Wrong?

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chilllucky

Lifer
Jul 15, 2018
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I do this with "broken flake" style blends to try and orient the chunks a little better in the bowl. There's just too much air space/relights and risk of over-tamping otherwise. I don't do it with finer cuts (ribbon or shag) or with rolled and stuffed true flakes.

If you need more confirmation than just my agreement that the technique is "a thing" I can tell you that it's on the list of prohibited actions for international slow smoking competition. Both during packing and smoking.
 

Sacred_summit

Starting to Get Obsessed
Jan 24, 2024
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Calgary, Alberta.
No way, so tapping isn't allowed in slow smoking competitions. Interesting!
I've been very aware of the pressure when filling my bowls recently. I keep the lower part of the bowl loose and only tamp firmer after my final load if I'm doing the 3-stack method. Come to think of it, even when I do the gravity feed I still tamp down and re-fill a little after tapping. As long as my draw is loose and the tobacco has a good feel I've been getting some fantastic smokes. I want to thank everybody who chimed in, you've given me excellent information to go by and it's been a big help. I appreciate it :)
 
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