I find that if my bowl gets too hot.....
I think that shredded tobacco on the dryer side smokes the coolest, so I rub out or grind all flakes and ropes before loading. I also think this gives the fullest flavors from the tobacco, YMMVI folded and stuffed and put some broken up loose flakes on top to light. (Read about this technique) I wasnt hot boxing it it just got hot! So apparently i did it wrong i suppose. I find to sipping and tamping when needed just enough to keep it lit gives the most flavors.
How long do i let it sit to dry? Say a slab of dunhill flake what do i do with it? Its kind of intimidating actually.I think that shredded tobacco on the dryer side smokes the coolest, so I rub out or grind all flakes and ropes before loading. I also think this gives the fullest flavors from the tobacco, YMMV
I'm not familiar with that particular tobacco. Depends on how moist it is. 5-15 minutes for most, up to a couple hours for others IME. You don't want it crispy, just moist enough for a perfect bowl. Some people microwave for a few seconds if they're in a hurry, I've never done this personally.
What I do with stuff that I think is a bit wet is pack the bowl in advance. Like 4-5 hours. May even pack the morning bowl just before bed.
Let it sit out and give it a feel with your fingers every 5mins. You’ll learn after a few times what a good moisture level is for a particular blend. If you squeeze the tobacco together and it doesn’t spring back, then it’s too damp typically... like raw bread dough... don’t want it clumpy.
I liked the flavor. It was harder to get lit though. I don’t think I broke it up enough because I packed the bowl last night & let it sit till this morning to dry a little. Once it got going it smoked good till about halfway through the bowl. Then it stared going out. After a couple relights, I stirred it up a little, tamped it back down, & relight. It smoked well after that.What did you think?