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very hard draw. what to do?

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    Evolving Lead Puffer Fish socapots's Avatar


     

    very hard draw. what to do?

    Hey all.
    just posted in another topic and decided to ask the question here.
    I had a smoke the other day (cant remember the name now), and it was a real hard draw.. What can be done about that? I cut it about the same as i normally do. lit it in the same fashion, but this one was just horrible.
    once tried smoking it a bit i did notice that it felt alot softer (when squeezed) on the lit half of the cigar. And pretty hard on the foot(at least i think thats the foot) side.. the side that is capped...

    any thoughts? i did have one of the same cigars previous and had no problems with it.

    could this be an over humidification thing?

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    Puffer Fish with some spikes rupuzld's Avatar


     

    Re: very hard draw. what to do?

    Quote Originally Posted by socapots View Post
    Hey all.
    just posted in another topic and decided to ask the question here.
    I had a smoke the other day (cant remember the name now), and it was a real hard draw.. What can be done about that? I cut it about the same as i normally do. lit it in the same fashion, but this one was just horrible.
    once tried smoking it a bit i did notice that it felt alot softer (when squeezed) on the lit half of the cigar. And pretty hard on the foot(at least i think thats the foot) side.. the side that is capped...

    any thoughts? i did have one of the same cigars previous and had no problems with it.

    could this be an over humidification thing?

    The foot of the cigar is actually the lit end and the head is the end you put in your mouth. If you go online you can order a draw poker for this exact sort of thing(inserted into the middle of the cut end of the cigar and it loosens up the cigar giving you a better draw. Some people use a toothpick from what I have heard but a if you have the extra funds a poker is a decent investment.

    Sometimes though you just get a cigar from time to time with a seemingly impossible draw, unless this is a constant problem with your cigars i wouldn't be worried about any humidification issues. Hope your next cigar is better than your last.

    Adriano
    Last edited by rupuzld; 03-12-2010 at 10:04 PM.

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    Leading Puffer Fish zeavran1's Avatar


     

    Re: very hard draw. what to do?

    Letting your smokes rest in the humidor for at least a couple of weeks helps the draw quite a bit. Try it. It works for me.

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    Re: very hard draw. what to do?

    sounds over-humidified.

    that's why i generally rest things i get for 3 months, and even then, if it's a tight roll, they just seem to hold that humidity in the core of the smoke.

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    Elder Puffer Fish Leader Cigary's Avatar


     

    Re: very hard draw. what to do?

    Get ahold of a member on here who makes and sells a tool specifically for this problem,,,a great draw tool that I and others highly recommend. Members name is Boom.

    http://www.puff.com/forums/vb/retail...raw-tools.html
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    Leading Puffer Fish orca99usa's Avatar


     

    Re: very hard draw. what to do?

    Sometimes though you just get a cigar from time to time with a seemingly impossible draw, unless this is a constant problem with your cigars i wouldn't be worried about any humidification issues.
    I'm with Adriano. Unless the issue is duplicated with other smokes, I wouldn't sweat the RH. I haven't splurged for a poker yet, but I have used toothpicks, spent wooden matches and straightened paper clips in a pinch to try to open up a tight smoke.

    Cigars are made by hand out of dried leaves. Given that fact, it is amazing that there is any consistency at all in them. Every now and then you will get one that is wrapped a little tight (like some of my friends).

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    Huge Puffer Fish packed with spikes Frodo's Avatar


     

    Re: very hard draw. what to do?

    Quote Originally Posted by Cigary View Post
    Get ahold of a member on here who makes and sells a tool specifically for this problem,,,a great draw tool that I and others highly recommend. Members name is Boom.

    http://www.puff.com/forums/vb/retail...raw-tools.html
    1) You can use those bamboo sticks used for BBQ food from the grocery store. They don't always work, but they are cheap.

    2) You can get Boom's draw tool @ $25. There are other draw tools out there but this is the best one I've seen by a large margin. He's easy to deal with as well. I figure this will pay for itself if you smoke at lest semi-regularly...

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    Puffer Fish with some spikes thefenderbender's Avatar


     

    Re: very hard draw. what to do?

    I got a metal bbq skewer from the dollar store that I have employed from time to time. Works great!
    Conferring with Lockheed Martin.

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    Re: very hard draw. what to do?

    PM boom for a hand made purty and functional one, Damn has it made my life a little better.

    here's his link, Good luck!

    http://www.puff.com/forums/vb/retail...raw-tools.html

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    Full grown Puffer Fish bxcarracer's Avatar


     

    Re: very hard draw. what to do?

    Sometimes I get cigars with super tight draws and its at the head of cigar itself, in some stick I've found very large stems that have been knoted and bent to a huge ball of tabbacco cloger, sometimes pieces of wood rather nasty things really. Hmm Maybe If you run some drayno through it, it should loosen up some of that clog. But remember to wash your cigar out througly before doing this.(FOR THE LOVE OF GOD,DO NOT DRAYNO YOUR CIGAR)
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    Evolving Lead Puffer Fish socapots's Avatar


     

    Re: very hard draw. what to do?

    Quote Originally Posted by bxcarracer View Post
    Sometimes I get cigars with super tight draws and its at the head of cigar itself, in some stick I've found very large stems that have been knoted and bent to a huge ball of tabbacco cloger, sometimes pieces of wood rather nasty things really. Hmm Maybe If you run some drayno through it, it should loosen up some of that clog. But remember to wash your cigar out througly before doing this.(FOR THE LOVE OF GOD,DO NOT DRAYNO YOUR CIGAR)
    haha.. well it certainly went down the drain..
    i honestly cant remember how much of it i suffered through.
    But i know I didnt smoke the whole thing. Just ended up being to much work.
    maybe 1/2 of it was smoked before i gave up on it.
    shitty when you put out the cash and get something like that in return.
    But i guess that just the way it will go sometimes.. lol.

    thought about stickin something in there to loosen it up. But i was in the car and had nothing to use at all.

    and thanks for the clarification on the foot head part of the cigar.. I knew i read it before just couldnt remember what was what at the time. lol

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    Full grown Puffer Fish bxcarracer's Avatar


     

    Re: very hard draw. what to do?

    Quote Originally Posted by socapots View Post
    haha.. well it certainly went down the drain..
    i honestly cant remember how much of it i suffered through.
    But i know I didnt smoke the whole thing. Just ended up being to much work.
    maybe 1/2 of it was smoked before i gave up on it.
    shitty when you put out the cash and get something like that in return.
    But i guess that just the way it will go sometimes.. lol.

    thought about stickin something in there to loosen it up. But i was in the car and had nothing to use at all.

    and thanks for the clarification on the foot head part of the cigar.. I knew i read it before just couldnt remember what was what at the time. lol
    Ussually if I get a clogged stick I just go to my B&M tell em its messed up and they give me a new cigar. I dont know if this is true with all B&M's but I do feel they are somewhat entitled to give you your money back or give you another stick. After all they did sell you a defective item.
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    Evolving Lead Puffer Fish ongreystreet's Avatar


     

    Re: very hard draw. what to do?

    A plugged cigar is a pretty rare thing (for most stuff sold at your typical B&M) and there ain't much you can do about it. You can skewer it or toss it.

    I agree that most B&Ms should replace the stick, try to hold onto it. If they have good customer service and good rep relations then the manufacturer or rep will hear about it.

    Most quality companies want you to tell them if they have a defective product so they can fix it, not just "I won't tell anyone, and won't ever smoke that ever again".
    "Like drinking a beer underwater"

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    Incoming Opinion!!! Magnate's Avatar


     

    Re: very hard draw. what to do?

    I was going to point you toward Boom's draw tools too...
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    Young Puffer Fish Smokinafattie's Avatar


     

    Re: very hard draw. what to do?

    One of the members here mentioned a very good idea a while back for this issue. He purchased a extra long drill bit and drills the cigar in question. The science behind it is that instead of just ramming a poker into it and pushing the tobacco the drill actually removes some tobacco freeing up the draw.
    I thought it was a great idea and have been wanting to try it.

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