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    Re: Toasting cured tobacco in an oven?

    Quote Originally Posted by Alpine View Post
    I would pay that price for an even thinner cut... I wonder how big tobacco shreds their ryo baccy so thin!


    pier
    I just like this vid. You've probably seen it already.


    You could probably get a pretty good shred with it though.

    And this:
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    Re: Toasting cured tobacco in an oven?

    Wow... and we call him "Big Tobacco"! Lol

    Seriously, ive seen that video, but I don't think I will ever have the dexterity that guy has...

    Pier

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    Re: Toasting cured tobacco in an oven?

    The kizami tobacco video (despite its being blurry, and narrated in Japanese) shows just about the finest tobacco shred I've ever seen.

    It used to be fairly easy to locate meaningful videos on industrial tobacco shredders on YouTube, but over the past few years the site has been flooded with countless, silly home videos of everything from pasta shredders to Waring blenders being used to shred tobacco--and somehow calling themselves "commercial" or "industrial". YouTube's search engine is even worse than the FTT search engine.

    I think the bottom line on industrial shredding of tobacco is that the machines are mechanized, single-bladed guillotines.

    Bob

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    Re: Toasting cured tobacco in an oven?

    Completly agree with Bob,
    I think the best method to shred tobacco is to use one single guillotine blade.
    There are some video on youtube showing this kind of machine, for example :
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tRyfuk0ydrU

    without motorization :
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AlaPlHkt6TE
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    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=M8T7C4HGJko

    The very manual version of this is to roll some leaves together and than cut it with a sharp blade.

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    Re: Toasting cured tobacco in an oven?

    All a guillotine cutter is a manual paper cutter. You have to make it into a brick then slice it. In reference to Zig on the yellow tobacco. I have mixed it with Dons lemon and its is exceptional. I have come up with some blends using that yellow leaf and it is really really good. So here are my blends with Big Bonners yellow tobacco. Numbers are percentages.
    50 yellow 50 lemon
    50 yellow 50 orangey yellow
    33 yellow 33 orangey yellow 33 lemon

    Other blends I can't mention here are good as well using this leaf. There are only 3 viriginia tobacco I can smoke on there own one is Bigs yellow Dons lemon and another I emailed Don about. Bigs yellow tasted better when it dried out a bit. Then it was wow. Just take your time and let the tobacco age. With all the heat here this summer and the dry humidity in some cases the chlorophyll will go away. Just be patient. I have had some of Dons lemon that was okay right out of the bag but in 6 months it was 100 times better. Try to let the tobacco rest and when shredded push it down till it forms a cake and let it ferment for a bit. My first experience with Dons lemon I went to Banff fishing on a super hot day then ran out of smokes it was a brand new tobacco exposed to the heat. The exact same tobacco can have different tastes.

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    Re: Toasting cured tobacco in an oven?

    Quote Originally Posted by burge View Post
    All a guillotine cutter is a manual paper cutter. You have to make it into a brick then slice it. In reference to Zig on the yellow tobacco. I have mixed it with Dons lemon and its is exceptional. I have come up with some blends using that yellow leaf and it is really really good. So here are my blends with Big Bonners yellow tobacco. Numbers are percentages.
    50 yellow 50 lemon
    50 yellow 50 orangey yellow
    33 yellow 33 orangey yellow 33 lemon

    Other blends I can't mention here are good as well using this leaf. There are only 3 viriginia tobacco I can smoke on there own one is Bigs yellow Dons lemon and another I emailed Don about. Bigs yellow tasted better when it dried out a bit. Then it was wow. Just take your time and let the tobacco age. With all the heat here this summer and the dry humidity in some cases the chlorophyll will go away. Just be patient. I have had some of Dons lemon that was okay right out of the bag but in 6 months it was 100 times better. Try to let the tobacco rest and when shredded push it down till it forms a cake and let it ferment for a bit. My first experience with Dons lemon I went to Banff fishing on a super hot day then ran out of smokes it was a brand new tobacco exposed to the heat. The exact same tobacco can have different tastes.
    I have 11 pounds of new tobacco coming from WLT and another source, but thanks for replying.

    Mostly my taste in tobacco is similar to yours. Yellows or Lemons are my main, and a bit of red.....any burley in it seems to make the cigs taste like cigars to us.

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    Re: Toasting cured tobacco in an oven?

    I am a Virginia fan and Bonners yellow is to me a lot better than leaf only. I got some dirty crappy scrap leaf which was garbage and full of dirt. I had a bag of the sweet just leaving it in the bag it separated from the stem and turned into shake not impressed. So I am sticking now with buying from Big and Don. Consistent quality is important and these 2 guys are the better leaf sellers.

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    Re: Toasting cured tobacco in an oven?

    Quote Originally Posted by burge View Post
    I am a Virginia fan and Bonners yellow is to me a lot better than leaf only. I got some dirty crappy scrap leaf which was garbage and full of dirt. I had a bag of the sweet just leaving it in the bag it separated from the stem and turned into shake not impressed. So I am sticking now with buying from Big and Don. Consistent quality is important and these 2 guys are the better leaf sellers.
    Buying "scrap leaf" will always be a dice roll. It's tobacco "not good enough."
    Every bit of my recent orders is very good, I've been smiling this week.
    Don's HD shredder is used almost daily, lol. I clean its rollers with Vodka twice a week after toothbrushing the debris underneath. Oil up the bushings with olive oil before every use.

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    Re: Toasting cured tobacco in an oven?

    I am liking Bigs leaf as much as Dons.

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