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I keep my cigars at 65 - 69% and they burn without any problems. I seem to smoke at an acceptable rate since my cigars nearly always stay burning. But I notice that often they will go out during the last third. Anyone else find this? I'm guessing it may be due to the buildup of moisture at the head during smoking that eventually causes the problem.
 

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That would be my assumption also. You might try dry boxing at 62% for a week or two and see if it helps but if it is tar and oils building up dry boxing may not help that much.
 
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Often times, I have the same problem. I also smoke too quickly, and often notice a tar build up. That spot near the band where it's tightest (apparently where the torcedor's thumb presses the most during rolling) is always what gets me. Between that and the tropical humidity of Deep East Texas, I get a lot of final third relights.
 
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While smoking the first 2/3, do you notice you're holding the cigar about where it goes out? I hold mine around the band area and sometimes find that the wrapper doesn't stay lit and because I'm a slow smoker, the burn line waffles a bit or just goes out. It could be your own oils from your hands if it's not a tar build up or similar. No worries if it still smokes good after the relight.
 
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Do you find this happens shortly after the cigar drops ash? The ash can protect the burn. If so, just give a little extra attention after the ash.
Might need a lower Rh if you live in a humid location.
 
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Thanks for the ideas.
I am careful to always draw after removing the ash to make sure it stays lit.
I don't think it is the handling of the cigar since the filler would not be affected by oils and I think I'm careful not to squeeze where I hold it.
They smoke fine after a relight as long as I relight within a minute or so. But I enjoy a cigar more when I don't have to relight, which I would guess is about 50% of the time.

So here's another question along the same vein (pun intended). How often do you have to relight?
 

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Depends on the cigar. Some Drew Estate stuff you can sit down for several minutes and not have to relight.

Im a slow smoker anyway, and usually read while smoking so sometimes i have to relight a couple times. With a purge, it's not the end of the world. Id prefer not to of course.

Cigar performance/ construction is a big reason I choose the cigars I do. I hate tight draws, constant relights, burn touchups, general screwing around with them.
 
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I don't know how often I relight, but its often. I'm also a slow smoker so in many instances it's not the cigar. I don't do the purge. I relight without drawing, or draw very lightly and the cigar is back to where it was in no time. I'd rather not relight but it's something I've come to accept. Wind has a huge affect on how a cigar burns. Even slightest breeze can make it burn uneven and possibly go out.
 

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I prefer a punch, but I smoke a lot of pyramid, Belicoso and other pointy shapes and those I cut. I haven't noticed that it matters.
I was going to say, its common for tar to build up when using a punch. If you're cutting the pyramid/belicoso you may need to cut a bit more off as you go into the last 3rd as tar can still build up.
I use a v cutter for everything.
Might be worth trying
 
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Imo this isnt a big deal. The cigar was done. Not satisfied, light another! I used to nub my cigars but rarely do anymore. Sometimes I will hit it with the torch if Im real determined to smoke it down though. I usually regret this.
 
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When using a guillotine cutter for tapered cigars, angle the cut. The elliptical shape will allow a larger area for smoke and less like a funnel to collect tar.
 
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