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 Post subject: Re: Don't think I used this Old World Shredder right...
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JAK wrote:
(that's a dime for size reference.

I got a lot of little pieces of crumpled up leaves and dust. I feel like I could have done the same by just crumpling it up with my hands.
Any one have any time/ideas for this shredder? Maybe higher case?


I call these civil war era shredders. They look like they remove larger stems and made the tobacco so where it could be smoked in a pipe. Not a bad antique though.


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strange question but anyone use a paper shredder? worked ok for me cross cut paper shredder ( one I had strip are too big, used a cheap $12 one from walmart had thinner strips)


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strange question but anyone use a paper shredder? worked ok for me cross cut paper shredder ( one I had strip are too big, used a cheap $12 one from walmart had thinner strips)

I use a salad shooter. If the tobacco is not too dry it works fine. If it is too dry then it becomes powder. A few are using pasta cutters. The angel hair setting works pretty well for shredding.


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JAK wrote:
(that's a dime for size reference.

I got a lot of little pieces of crumpled up leaves and dust. I feel like I could have done the same by just crumpling it up with my hands.
Any one have any time/ideas for this shredder? Maybe higher case?


I call these civil war era shredders. They look like they remove larger stems and made the tobacco so where it could be smoked in a pipe. Not a bad antique though.



Cool! Smokin' a pipe is what I'm going for. Were my results what you would have expected from this machine?
If not, what sort of results should I be going for?


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Ahh thanks for clearing that up Catman. :D



Yeah I had no idea how to use flakes. I thought you had to rub them out but the fold and stuff method... I GOTTA try that. Just watched a few youtubers do that.

Also, flake looks easier to make. Press in to bricks and slice thin. I think I can manage that and save the shredder for other uses. Still gonna see how it works on some higher case leaves.

You can even find some DIY presses on YouTube that seems to work well.

I have never tried flake tobacco myself; only ribbon cut, I am not sure if I would be able to master the folding part of the plates, but rubbing I might be able to do


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I just started to learn about flake. I really want to make some this year. I think Baylor uses that method...


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JAK wrote:
Cool! Smokin' a pipe is what I'm going for. Were my results what you would have expected from this machine?
If not, what sort of results should I be going for?


Oh yes, I have seen a few of them now and they are all about the same.


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Awesome :)

I sauced that tobacco last night. I'll probably get to smoking it this weekend. I plan on running the larger pieces back through to get a finer chop.


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I too have recently discovered/purchased flake tobacco and I have been in hog heaven.Flakes are so neat!And tasty.
I have been letting them sit out a bit then I will rub it out into a ribbon...fold and stuff didn't work to well for me but I think I was packing too tight...will give it another go.
I also want to attempt to make flake with my VA. I say attempt because I think I heard somewhere that the professionals are using something like 20tons of pressure. May the odds be ever in our favor.lol


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a little wooden form and a couple of c-clamps works just fine. I pressed all my cigarette tobacco like that last year. Great space saver.


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Awesome :) I really can't wait for this year's harvest so I can make some flake haha
Heck I'm even considering pressing some of that awkward shred from the grinder into flake to see if that's any better... then again I gotta try it as is first. I sauced it in rum vanilla and anise two days ago and popped the bowl in the oven for a few hours at 170. No idea if that'll help, but I think I read somewhere that heat will help sweeten the flavor. We'll see. haha


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