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|Subject: Math for cellaring bulk tobacco Sat Mar 05, 2011 6:29 am|| |
Hello, brothers --
I'm trying to put together some thoughts on how much to order for cellaring bulk tobacco.
Someone said that an ounce will supply 10 bowls. Let's also assume 3 bowls per day.
Using that as a metric, 10 lbs. (160 ounces) =1600 bowls. One year of smoking = 3 X 365 = 1095 bowls.
Thus, 1600 / 1095 = 1.46 years, or about 17.6 months.
1. Do you agree with this calculation about bulk tobacco?
2. If the tobacco is stored in glass canning jars in a cool, dry area, how many years' worth of tobacco would you consider cellaring? (For the sake of this question, let's say money and space are not an issue and the pipe smoker is in good health.)
(Note: I am not a mathematician, so check my figures...
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|Subject: Re: Math for cellaring bulk tobacco Sat Mar 05, 2011 7:09 am|| |
The math is, " close enough for government work" assuming a range of pipe sizes..
The number of years worth to amass is also up for debate.It is almost
universally accepted that blends improve with age. The target point will
be a personal decision. I have adopted a 10 year plan , my cellar hovers around 45 pounds +/-. I limit my purchases to 1 or 2 times a yr. to replace what was consumed.
Another thing to consider is , do you want to cellar Wide or Deep.
One or two tins of 100 different blends, or 5 or 6 pounds each of a few true favorites. At present I'm sitting on 28 different blends, 20 of which will not be replaced when smoked.
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|Subject: Re: Math for cellaring bulk tobacco Sat Mar 05, 2011 7:22 am|| |
Math makes my head hurt. Personally, I wouldn't spend too much time on calculations. For me, it would make my fun hobby seem much more like a chore. But that's just me.
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|Subject: Re: Math for cellaring bulk tobacco Mon Mar 07, 2011 8:08 am|| |
Rather than attempting a "bowls per oz." ratio, I simply calculate the weight: if for instance, I make my way through a 500g/2 oz. tin in a week, that's about 100 ounces of tobacco a year, or 6.5 lbs. which sounds like we're in the same ballpark. I have both small flake bowls and big pipes; miscalculating their capacity might be ruinous in the long run.
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|Subject: Re: Math for cellaring bulk tobacco Mon Mar 07, 2011 8:41 am|| |
Interesting thoughts. I tend to order "try it out" blends that I smoke and some that I enjoy like Rattray's Black Mallory. That said, I have not reordered it. There are just so many to try. I don't believe in having tons cellaring. I like to buy and smoke what I buy so I just order when needed. There are too many things to worry about and pipe tobacco shortage is not on my worry about list. Right now I'm more concerned about fuel oil. I can only "cellar" 275 gallons at a time and that worries me. It also costs alot more.