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  1. Jim D

    Blending Thread

    I'm no master blender but it seems the larger the rg, the cooler the smoke. The smaller the rg, the hotter the smoke. Just as hitting a cigar too fast changes the flavors(presumably because it needs to cool between draws), changing the diameter of the cigar will change the temperature and...
  2. Jim D

    Blending Thread

    I've experimented with different ideas. Sometimes I've applied the seco similar to a binder, then the actual binder and wrapper. Usually not though. Most of the time its entubado filler, a binder, then wrapper.
  3. Jim D

    I could use some parenting advice

    I'd go with B. Kindergarten today is not what kindergarten was when I went. The kids will be learning academics and sitting a lot rather than learning to get along and having nap time. They definitely feel the stress the teachers feel with tests and grades and percentiles at a young age...
  4. Jim D

    Pics of Your Sticks

    Put together some t13, CV habano seco, condega ligero wrapped in a piece of leftover Ec shade seco... No mold, no paper strip, just bunched, bound, wrapped and cut the head off. Taking it out to burn 5 minutes after it was put together.
  5. Jim D

    Any Other Woodworkers on BOTL?

    A little more progress on the router table today. Cemented 4 layers of hardboard and a 3/4 inch plywood together, framed in oak and a layer of Formica on top.
  6. Jim D

    To de-vein or to keep the viens, how much is ok?

    I pull most of the center rib out but leave the rest. The only exceptions being if they wind up on the edge of the bunch and would tear the binder/wrapper, they get pulled out too.
  7. Jim D

    Show us your latest leaf purchase

    I'm sad your leaving us behind in NC Doc, but I'm excited for the adventures you have ahead of you.
  8. Jim D

    Pics of Your Sticks

    Burning a quick roll on my way to work. Thank you @Dran for sharing this wrapper and the viso inside!
  9. Jim D

    Dr. Hoppy

    :woot:
  10. Jim D

    Pics of Your Sticks

    Very nice!
  11. Jim D

    Dr. Hoppy

    Of course anything sent to the old address should be forwarded to a new address for a while...
  12. Jim D

    Need a new dishwasher

    I was thinking for fun, you'd get a mid 20s redhead but for reliability maybe mid 30s brunette... We have a Bosch and its treated us well so far (6 months in the new place now). I'll look at the model and add that info shortly...
  13. Jim D

    Any Other Woodworkers on BOTL?

    Today was the day to put an edge on my trim pieces. Got everything clamped down, swapped the bit on my router to my fancy round over, plugged it in and hit the ON/OFF switch and..........nothing. No thousands of RPM making sawdust, no motor noise, nada. The chord has 122VAC per my meter. It...
  14. Jim D

    Show us your latest leaf purchase

    Every once in a while, you'll find a binder or filler leaf that is nice enough to use as a wrapper. Your staple wrapper leaf will help your consistency while getting the hang of it and the different nice leaf you occasionally find will give some variation, for science...
  15. Jim D

    What are you listening to?

    The tree frogs in my yard...
  16. Jim D

    Pics of Your Sticks

    This was a quick roll this afternoon to be smoked on the porch with the family. Timing didn't pan out but it's still a good smoke. Some rene seco, T13 viso and a split of nic hab ligero and Condega ligero. The BMF binder was falling apart so I put Dominican binder over it as a wrapper...Voila...
  17. Jim D

    Show us your latest leaf purchase

    I'll have to make a Rene seco cheroot to see what it brings alone... Edit: Alright, I've got 2 Rene seco leaves shaped into a small cheroot, wrapped in a newspaper strip. I'll smoke that on the way to work later today. (Minus the paper!) I also have one t13 and one Rene seco in a baggie with a...
  18. Jim D

    Show us your latest leaf purchase

    Here it is, 2 T13, 1 Rene Seco. BMF binder and Ecuadorian seco wrapped. Ready to go to work This was a rush job....probably shouldn't post a pic of the non-parallel sides but it didn't get more than 10 minutes in a paper strip mold....
  19. Jim D

    Sad news

    So sorry to hear this, yet so glad you have had so many good years with him too. I'll light one up for Bazooka this afternoon.
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