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Fire Curing Attempt: ChinaVoodoo

ChinaVoodoo

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The fire hasn't gone out for 30 hours. The wood has been a mix of white cedar boughs, white cedar logs, and compressed pine pellets. The pellets don't get up to 110° on their own, but burn for a long time. The cedar is important to get it going. When I'm not sleeping or at work, it's running around 100°. I've decided, I'll take what I can get because the tobacco is looking good.

Also, I once read about curing, that there is a point where a leaf basically 'gives up' on trying to retain water. I figure running at 134° for a couple hours initiated that process.
 

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Looks like you are presmokeing the plants nearby too.
That's a neat little set up. Wonder if it would work on the Thanksgiving turkey:)
 

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Looks like you are presmokeing the plants nearby too.
That's a neat little set up. Wonder if it would work on the Thanksgiving turkey:)
I'm still warming it up gradually. Aiming for 115°. I'm sure it's possible to do a turkey at a higher temp but it would take more attention. If I end up with tighter control at higher temps for extended periods, I think I'll attempt flue curing with it. But let's just see how this works for now.
 
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I've been wondering what to do with all the gold leaf I got kicking around.
I'd be more inclined to line the interior with your old gold leaf. That would eliminate any contamination as gold is non toxic.
You should spend or use any excess on the inside, the outside should be disguised as maybe an outside dunny or something like that, then nobody will ever know what your up to.
Cleverly disguised
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