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    A virginia Revelation..

    I had a revelation. I'm generally not a lover of Straight Va or VaPer blends, preferring latakia blends, but I stumbled on a way to make at least some of them enjoyable indeed. I find Va to be harsh with a taste of new oak shavings, like an overoaked chardonnay wine. I found  Fred Hanna's approach of baking a tin to work wonders. A tin of Haddo's Delight baked for 5 hours at 200 degrees turned it into a mellow, nutty smoke without bite or that new oak taste. It was more like a properly barreled chardonnay in an old barrel. It was so good, I'll probably smoke  it often in the mornings. Fred Hanna says it sort of emulates lengthy aging, he may be right. Worth a try.  Might mellow out stuff you find too sharp. Here's a link to Hanna's  article. http://www.reddit.com/r/PipeTobacco/...by_fred_hanna/

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    I have yet to bake any tobacco for fear of getting hit on the head with a frying pan.
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    Quote Originally Posted by coalsmoke View Post
    I have yet to bake any tobacco for fear of getting hit on the head with a frying pan.
    I solved that by taking the SWMBO's old toaster oven into the the basement shop.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Slowroll View Post
    I solved that by taking the SWMBO's old toaster oven into the the basement shop.
    An old toaster oven? Never thought of that. Good idea! And it works as good as a stove oven? If so, I could stash it here in my workshop.
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    I once baked some tobacco (open) in the toaster oven. Which is why the kids' pizza tasted like Latakia, apparently.

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    Excellent great article. Enjoy the smoke.

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    Quote Originally Posted by coalsmoke View Post
    An old toaster oven? Never thought of that. Good idea! And it works as good as a stove oven? If so, I could stash it here in my workshop.
    Yep. Works great. Can't do a big jar, but it's good for small/medium jars.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Pitchfork View Post
    I once baked some tobacco (open) in the toaster oven. Which is why the kids' pizza tasted like Latakia, apparently.
    When I need to dry tobac, I use the toaster oven all the time. Only takes 2 - 3 minutes with open tin. Any more and it's ruined. love the aroma of hot latakia.
    Last edited by Slowroll; 11-26-2017 at 00:01.

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    Aye, I found that opening a tin and leaving the first few pipes worth dry on a paper plate for quick use.. then by the time I get to the bottom o the tin it all ready to put to the match...

    I did however ‘njoy Mr Pitchfork’s pizza flavor technique... popcorn.gif
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