No, I don't have a flue cure chamber/kiln. Everything I do is air cured or sun cured. I have not tried sun curing staghorn in any quantities since I like the color it turns when air cured and don't know if sun curing would do much for it flavor wise. I might have to try sun curing one of my small old seed plants that are still hanging around the backyard for fun.I have the same sense of flue curing locking in the sugar content. Yes the so called 'dark Virginia' thing seems like uncharted territory so it's fun to play with. Have you tried flue curing your staghorn? Some days I wish I grew more straight up cigar strains. Other days I feel like I wasted space where I should have grown nothing but flue cure. Sometimes I yearn for the perfect pipe, and often, the perfect pipe is a cigar. It may all boil down to just simply enjoying what I've got.
Since I'm more into cigars I was kind of feeling the same way about the orientals being wasted space until I tried one. Now, I'm glad I have a wide variety of options to choose from. Even though it's probably non conventional for standard cigars I can see the possibility of getting some pretty uniques tastes and aromas from using a wide variety of tobacco. I like variety, I have bought mass quantities of cigar sampler packs over the years yet very few boxes of a single type of cigar. That's what is fun about WLT and being able to grow your own - so many new things to try. I suppose for a pipe smoker there would even be more blending and flavoring possibilities.