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Cigar wrapper cracking during smoke?!

This is a discussion on Cigar wrapper cracking during smoke?! within the General Cigar Discussion forums, part of the The Cigar Lounges at Puff category; Just smoked a RP Vint. '92 and into the last part of the 2nd third, the wrapper started to crack/peel ...

  
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    Maturing Puffer Fish ni8shadow's Avatar


     

    Cigar wrapper cracking during smoke?!

    Just smoked a RP Vint. '92 and into the last part of the 2nd third, the wrapper started to crack/peel in a small spot. Kept puffing and later it got worse. See the attached.

    I got the cigar from CI about 5 days ago and kept it in my humidor. RH is about 70%-72%. I smoked others from the same shipment before and did not have issues. I still got the nutty, creamy flavors but towards the end I could see the binder so I nubbed it.

    What are the reasons for this?
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    I was Level 2!!! PunchMan6's Avatar


     

    Re: Cigar wrapper cracking during smoke?!

    it happens brother...could depend on the humidity in the air, or if you were in the bright sun, or maybe its a tad over humidified?? Could be just a bad stick...Ive had it happen a few times, mostly with sticks from the BM or when Im in the pool in the sun!!! Dont sweat it, next one will be perfect...
    "The end of a good smoke is a little saddening. In some regard, it's a bit like losing a best friend who had time to sit and listen." - Zen warrior

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    Leading Puffer Fish Suzza's Avatar


     

    Re: Cigar wrapper cracking during smoke?!

    The cigar was definitely too moist.

    When there is too much moisture in a cigar, it will turn to steam while you are smoking it. The cigar will then expand and it will crack/explode. 70%-72% RH is too moist for smoking and cigars stored at these RH levels should be dry-boxed before smoking. It's best to just keep your sticks at 65% RH because it's perfect for storing AND smoking.
    Last edited by Suzza; 08-02-2010 at 10:26 PM.

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    Maturing Puffer Fish ni8shadow's Avatar


     

    Re: Cigar wrapper cracking during smoke?!

    I'm using one boveda packet at 72%. Hoe can I alter the RH? And what is dry boxing? Leaving it in a box for a day? Thanks for the knowledge!

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    Leading Puffer Fish Suzza's Avatar


     

    Re: Cigar wrapper cracking during smoke?!

    Quote Originally Posted by ni8shadow View Post
    I'm using one boveda packet at 72%. Hoe can I alter the RH? And what is dry boxing? Leaving it in a box for a day? Thanks for the knowledge!
    Yes dry-boxing a cigar is leaving it in a non humidified box. 1 day is usually long enough. But like I said you really should store your cigars at 65% RH. As for your packets, you will need to buy new ones because there is no way to adjust them. You should buy the 69% packs which in a wooden humidor will keep your sticks at around 65%-68% RH. They are cheapest here which is where I buy them: Amazon.com: Boveda Humidifier 69%: Home & Garden

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    No longer a community member. Nickerson's Avatar


     

    Re: Cigar wrapper cracking during smoke?!

    Now for the question of all questions... Do you try to peel off the cracked parts and risk it getting worse? Or do you try your best to hold it together as is?

    If the cigar splits during the cut, I leave the cigar band on and slide it up to the top. I use to use my fingers to try and hold the wrapper down so it wouldn't get worse and unravel the entire wrapper. Much easier to slide the cigar band up and let it hold it for you.

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    Young Puffer Fish


     

    Re: Cigar wrapper cracking during smoke?!

    Its not you its the cigar makers fault. If you put tobacco that is at various levels of "cure" together they will expand and contract differently. Your wrapper was more moist than your binder. Now that it dried out it cracked. It could also be that your filler was dry and now that it has picked up moisture it has expanded past the amount the tight wrapper could handle. It isn't your storage. Try keeping things in the mid 60% relative humidity instead of 72%.

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    Sliding Puffer Fish bhuang61's Avatar


     

    Re: Cigar wrapper cracking during smoke?!

    End your humidity worries and go with Heartfelt beads. I have no connection with them (just a satisfied customer). These things are rock solid at 65%. Get more than enough beads for your storage solution and quit worrying.

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    Disinterested


     

    Re: Cigar wrapper cracking during smoke?!

    Guys! I really don't get what you're telling this guy.

    Sure, too much moisture could be the problem, but I happen to be smoking an Oliva G Robusto Maduro right now and the wrapper let loose at the half-way mark! This cigar has been in my best humidor, for over a year. That humidor has an over abundance of 65 beads in it! So, riddle me this: why did that wrapper let loose??

    Caveat: I know the answer. I'm testing you.

    Opine away!

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    Leading Puffer Fish


     

    Re: Cigar wrapper cracking during smoke?!

    Quote Originally Posted by Herf N Turf View Post
    Guys! I really don't get what you're telling this guy.

    Sure, too much moisture could be the problem, but I happen to be smoking an Oliva G Robusto Maduro right now and the wrapper let loose at the half-way mark! This cigar has been in my best humidor, for over a year. That humidor has an over abundance of 65 beads in it! So, riddle me this: why did that wrapper let loose??

    Caveat: I know the answer. I'm testing you.

    Opine away!
    Let's see what I've learned... My first question for you is, what's the RH where you're smoking? IIRC the RH of your smoking area can definitely cause burn issues and likely wrapper cracking, if you go for a 60 -65% humidor to a 85 - 90% outside area.

    Am I close?

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    Leading Puffer Fish Stench's Avatar


     

    Re: Cigar wrapper cracking during smoke?!

    I think you're right Pat. Outside humidity can really mess up a good smoke!

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    Maturing Puffer Fish Emdee's Avatar


     

    Re: Cigar wrapper cracking during smoke?!

    I had this on a few recently but it was mostly down to the band glue being stuck to the wrapper and me wanting to smoke further down hehe

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    Disinterested


     

    Re: Cigar wrapper cracking during smoke?!

    Quote Originally Posted by phager View Post
    Let's see what I've learned... My first question for you is, what's the RH where you're smoking? IIRC the RH of your smoking area can definitely cause burn issues and likely wrapper cracking, if you go for a 60 -65% humidor to a 85 - 90% outside area.

    Am I close?
    Admirable, but the rH in my house right now is 62%. No where near enough to scare a wrapper.

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    Disinterested


     

    Re: Cigar wrapper cracking during smoke?!

    Quote Originally Posted by ni8shadow View Post
    Just smoked a RP Vint. '92 and into the last part of the 2nd third, the wrapper started to crack/peel in a small spot. Kept puffing and later it got worse. See the attached.

    I got the cigar from CI about 5 days ago and kept it in my humidor. RH is about 70%-72%. I smoked others from the same shipment before and did not have issues. I still got the nutty, creamy flavors but towards the end I could see the binder so I nubbed it.

    What are the reasons for this?
    To stay on topic and be helpful, let's revisit Mr Shadow's OP and dissect it intelligently. What did he do wrong?

    Here's my take:

    1) He got the lot 5 days ago and put them in his humidor, which is reading 71%. He smoked "a few" and had "no issues". Hmmm... He got real lucky on the few that he smoked. He got a lot of cigars that came in at an avg rH of around 74%. He left them in a 71% humidor for five days. Gee, I think physics would tell us that he's smoking cigars that are somewhere in the neighborhood of 73%! That any smoked, at all, is VERY lucky, indeed. My insight tells me that the filler in those cigars may be scaring 80%!

    2) Why the wrapper cracked. The wrapper cracked because the cigars were simply too moist. It likely started off fine, because the foot and wrapper had dried out a bit. However, once he got a ways back, that excess moisture began to build and build and build. Pretty soon, the filler, then binder, then, finally, the wrapper, could take no more swelling and the wrapper gave up! Boom! Catastrophic materials failure!

    Yet, this still does not explain why the wrapper on my G failed. Think about it. To roll a cigar, you need tobaccos, a table, a knife, some skill and some wetting agent.

    What went wrong?

    I've provided most of the necessary clues.

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    Elder Puffer Fish Leader Cigary's Avatar


     

    Re: Cigar wrapper cracking during smoke?!

    Ok...I'll take a crack at this. The RP Vintage 92 is made with Dominican & Nicaraguan fillers and binder leaf that is also and uses a 10 year old Ecuadorian Sumatra broadleaf ( the 90 had a 12 year old Honduran ) Anytime you have a thinner binder and/or course filler leaves there is the possibilty of them puncturing the fragile binder...if these burn faster than the wrapper you'll get the characteristic splits and cracks in the wrapper. Ecuadorian Sumatra Broadleaf is a pretty strong wrapper unlike others that are pretty thin. I've got to believe it's a storage issue with the Vintage.

    As far as the Oliva G splitting wrappers I don't know that much about them cuz I don't normally smoke the Oliva Line...so I'm interested in why that sucker let loose within the environment it was in..65% is pretty safe. From what I have read about the "G" is that there have been complaints as to them splitting if you Google them. Makes me not want to buy them even though I have tried a couple of them...they just taste like smoke to me without much discernable taste other than that. Ok Don...answer the riddle before my little brain has a melt down. I love riddles! Water has to be the variable and the rollers skill...
    A mind is like a parachute...it works best when it's open.

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