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Kelhammer

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PostSubject: Prepping FVF?   Sun Feb 03, 2013 11:21 pm

Just wondering how you guys prepare FVF? I have had just three bowls now. The first one, I dried the flake whole, roughed it up a little, and stuffed it home. Beginners luck, as it was amazing. The next two I cubed the flake, then dried it. Still had great taste, but did not burn down as well. What a great tobacco. When the lights at the Super Bowl went out, I knew it was just so I could go out and smoke some more.

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BigCasino

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PostSubject: Re: Prepping FVF?   Sun Feb 03, 2013 11:53 pm

I had a bowl of this today, I always rub it out as much as I can and then let it dry some
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PostSubject: Re: Prepping FVF?   Mon Feb 04, 2013 1:19 am

I'm smoking a bowl right now. I usually tear about 1/4 of the flake off (bulk size flake), rub it out a little, fill the bowl, tamp with my finger, then repeat until I can't fit any more in the bowl. I don't dry it out at all. I actually haven't dried out any of my tobacco before smoking in a long time. I guess I don't find drying out to be necessary.
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Dutch

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PostSubject: Re: Prepping FVF?   Mon Feb 04, 2013 1:47 am

I like to stove my Virginia's in my kitchen oven at 180 degrees for around 5 hours, especially if I am going to smoke them with less than 5 years of age on the tin.

Prior to smoking, I like to dry my Virginia's for 30 minutes to an hour, and either cube cut or fold and stuff them, depending on the particular pipe I have chosen to smoke.
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PostSubject: Re: Prepping FVF?   Mon Feb 04, 2013 3:46 am

I work with it at the moisture content it is in the tin or box unless it's so wet it won't burn. I have seen it that wet. I 'strip' the flake along the length into thin strips, bundle those into a bundle that fits loosely into the bowl. Then I tear off a chunk of the bundle and fill the bottom half of the bowl. I then tear off another chunk of that bundle and as I put it into the bowl I rub it apart a bit with my fingers. Lastly comes some "fines" on top to aid ignition. If I'm rushed I'll just strip it, bundle it and give it a rub and then a pinch or three and jam it into the bowl.
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Briar Spirit

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PostSubject: Re: Prepping FVF?   Mon Feb 04, 2013 5:26 am

If I fancy it rubbed out I like a mixture, fully rubbed out with a goodly dose of broken flake, I prefer the fold & stuff (with a little topping of well rubbed out to get her burning) method really, far more enjoyable, but drying the flake a bit is essential for the fold & stuff method. Smile
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JimInks

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PostSubject: Re: Prepping FVF?   Mon Feb 04, 2013 5:57 am

I dry it some, but leave it a little moist. I use my fingernails to cut small pieces off the flake bar until the pipe is full, tamp it down a little and then fill it up again loosely with small pieces.
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Dave_In_Philly

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PostSubject: Re: Prepping FVF?   Mon Feb 04, 2013 12:48 pm

I rub it out completely and, unless its a freshly opened tin, I don't dry it out at all.
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PostSubject: Re: Prepping FVF?   Mon Feb 04, 2013 4:13 pm

Fold and load, and no drying. I think FVF comes with the ideal level of moisture (as most flakes from good blenders do) and looses flavor if it is dried. But I seem to be in the minority with these ideas. Surprised
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PostSubject: Re: Prepping FVF?   Mon Feb 04, 2013 4:27 pm

I pinch a bit (highly technical measurement, somewhere between a dab and a dab and 1/12) off the flake, roll it into a loose ball, and stuff in the bowl. Not too tightly or the pipe will not draw. Do this as needed to fill the bowl. And I don't want to see any remarks about flake balls. Evil or Very Mad

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PostSubject: Re: Prepping FVF?   Thu Jul 16, 2015 12:21 am

JimInks wrote:
I dry it some, but leave it a little moist. I use my fingernails to cut small pieces off the flake bar until the pipe is full, tamp it down a little and then fill it up again loosely with small pieces.

I just tried this method & it worked out very well. Thank you JimInks for your knowledge on flakes!
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JimInks

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PostSubject: Re: Prepping FVF?   Thu Jul 16, 2015 12:42 pm

TwelveAMnTX wrote:
JimInks wrote:
I dry it some, but leave it a little moist. I use my fingernails to cut small pieces off the flake bar until the pipe is full, tamp it down a little and then fill it up again loosely with small pieces.

I just tried this method & it worked out very well. Thank you JimInks for your knowledge on flakes!

Glad to hear it worked out for you! Very Happy
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PostSubject: Re: Prepping FVF?   Mon Aug 10, 2015 11:17 am

Thought I'd throw this out there... are there noticeable differences between bulk FVF and tinned FVF? I normally only buy the bulk as my local B&M always have a healthy stock of it, but finally broke down last year and got me a tin. Most likely crack it open pretty soon, should I expect many differences?
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PostSubject: Re: Prepping FVF?   Tue Sep 01, 2015 4:55 am

I don't smoke FVF because it's a battle to get it burning properly
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PostSubject: Re: Prepping FVF?   Tue Sep 01, 2015 1:01 pm

SpeedyPete wrote:
I don't smoke FVF because it's a battle to get it burning properly

I use this little trick to get "hard-to-light" flakes going. I top off the bowl with a fine, ribbon cut 'baccy of the same type. Makes for a good fire head. I use CH or PA for Burley or Va flakes; and whatever I have open for Latweeds. cheers FTRPLT
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PostSubject: Re: Prepping FVF?   Wed Sep 02, 2015 7:54 pm

Or you could try the lazy man's prep, which is to pack a bowl and then get distracted for a half hour...
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PostSubject: Re: Prepping FVF?   Wed Sep 02, 2015 8:36 pm

deathmetal wrote:
Or you could try the lazy man's prep, which is to pack a bowl and then get distracted for a half hour...

Prob need to get distracted for half a day in order for fvf to dry out properly
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AJ

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PostSubject: Re: Prepping FVF?   Thu Sep 03, 2015 1:21 am

After drying a flake or two for a short period I rub a small portion of one flake and fold and stuff the rest into my pipe. I take the portion that was rubbed out and place it on top to help with lighting. Always works and it stays lit pretty well. Smile

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