Smoking pressed tobacco - flakes plugs twists and kakes

Sir Saartan

The Tan Saarlander
#1
In memory of Mr. Moo

I know lots of pipe smokers are intrigued by pressed tobacco. Yet somehow, there’s been a mystery built around pressed forms of tobacco. People are being told that it’s hard to smoke flakes. That it’s even harder to smoke plugs and kakes.
I don’t believe that’s the case.

Preparing your pipe might take a little longer with this kind of tobacco. But it’s not hard at all if you follow some simple rules.

So before we get started, I would like to introduce you to some pressed tobacco.
 

Sir Saartan

The Tan Saarlander
#2
First: crumble kakes.

In my opinion, they‘re a little different from the rest because you usually crumble them to pieces. Obviously that gives you a ribbon cut, so we‘re back to what most people are used to.

Crumble kakes are usually pretty moist, so even crumbled they need a little drying time.

The drying of tobacco will be a recurring theme in this thread. More words on that later image.jpg
 

Sir Saartan

The Tan Saarlander
#5
On a side note: I would like to encourage everyone to check out the motzek aged series. Tom Darasz is trying to dig up old sailors recipes and use them for these tobaccos. If a lot of what intrigues you about the pressed tobacco lies in its history as sailors tobacco, this is something you‘ll have to try.
Also: I‘ve tried the sea and salt as well as the puhwapwap. Both are great quality tobaccos.
 

Sir Saartan

The Tan Saarlander
#19
Mostly smoke flake tobacco but, have never did the fold and load technique, have always just rubbed everything out.
Now that I can SEE how it's done added with your direction I will certainly try it. Thanks so much for this sir. View attachment 66107
I will show more about how I prepare flakes. Knowing your tobacco has something to do with that.
Rolling it on your fingers will break it apart just a little. Just enough to make it burn better.