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Info On Fire-curing

vilbertob

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I'm Sorry but I di not know where ask this question.... If you tell me I Will change thread.... Can you tell me if in the Forum there Is a section where I could read about Fire curing some leaves... If I wolud Fire-cure some Bright Virginia leaves how could I do that? :)
And.....Sorry if I write some stupid answer.... It could be easily possible....
 

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Latakia is fire-cured using different firing woods than traditional fire-curing, but the technique is pretty much the same. For "Kentucky" fire-cured, for example, oak and other hardwood slabs and sawdust are used. So my home-made chamber for making Latakia would be the same (unless you intend to use and entire shed).


The requirement is simply a smoker (like you might use for smoking fish or ham) where the tobacco leaves can be exposed to the smoke without burning.

Simple fire-curing takes about 3 weeks of firing, though you can adjust the duration to the extent of smokiness you prefer. I would begin with fully color-cured leaf.

I used to have a full thread on that in the howtogrowtobacco.com forum (now dead, though an archival copy is still viewable), but I can't locate that thread in the archive.

Bob
 

vilbertob

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Thank you Bob. Your answer Is already complete for me. That forum It Is not viewable for those who have not an account and I have not!!
I Will try to make a Little homemade smoker Chamber in my home balcony..... :) to fire-cure some Bright Virginia Leaves....
 

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Quick side question for any experienced members:
Between the Latakia and KDF products with which you're familiar, what are the differences in flavour/nicotine etc. in your opinion?
 

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If you have never, you should try to smoke both to compare.
I am not an expert in fire curing (I have never fire cured any leaf), but I can say :
- the flavor is not the same (more "incense" for latakia, more "camp fire" for dark fire)
- the nicotine is not the same (very light for latakia, strong for dark fire)
 

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My experience has always been that Latakia is smokey tasting that is more like burning hardwoods, just tastes like rich smoke, while dark fired has a burning fall leaves kinda taste making it harsher.
 
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