Good day folks, Three here different methods of amateur making of pressed tobacco " plugs" . Glynn Quelch , uses a wooden box & clamps. Dagners use a custom made rectangular steel box & clamps. The Bremen piper uses an improvised metal tube & clamps Mike Harman who has a YT channel posted on Glynn Quelch's video the tip of using a firebrick press, which I thought was a bright idea, so I ordered this PAPER LOG BRIQUETTE MAKER for less than £ 9 more anon in my pipe dream GB enjoy you smoke rings.
Yes John, I hope to experiment myself, I think the videos may have been, prototypes before further experimenting with further tobacco's , early days, more anon.
Thanks Motto ! I had no idea just how easy this could be. I am now inspired to do some kakes myself! BTW: GQ Askwith & Burper Kakes are OUTSTANDING blends that I always keep cellared!
I think the PAPER LOG BRIQUETTE MAKER is the best solution, I do not know how Mike Harman used them, but I am waiting for my order to come, I have only seen photos of them, but if you use cut pieces of wood inside the log maker , you should be able to press any size you want , but only an idea yet. The potential for home blending is tremendous. I have just tried my first GH pigtail twist , more anon.
Awesome, Stan! I missed this thread. I hadn't joined up here yet. The last video with the bearded gent is the one I had seen. I will watch all of these tonight while trying the EGR for the first time. Woohoo!
That has sobered me up to the technology Frank. Mein Herr, back to the drawing board, thanks. PS I checked eBay, do you think a 12 ton press would be necessary or is the 6 ton sufficient do you think, mein Herr?
Post by jitterbugdude on Mar 9, 2017 9:59:43 GMT -5
In the MacBaren video, if I understood correctly it is stated they use 55 tons for 6 hours on a 40cm x 40cm chunk of tobacco. This would yield 430 PSI. So in order to obtain the same pressure on a 2 inch diameter plug you would only need a 2 ton press. The secret to making a plug like the pros is to have moist tobacco, pressed in a hot environment. You also need to apply more pressure to your press a few times a day because hydraulic jacks/presses lose a small amount of pressure over time. A pressure gauge on your jack would be ideal.
Post by stvalentine on Mar 9, 2017 14:48:16 GMT -5
You´re on spot with that Randy. Other than the numbers would suggest though I had the feeling that even 6 tons is not enough. On the other hand the higher the pressure the more rugged your form needs to be. I guess I am safe with that. At six tons my jack looses it´s pressure so I will need to get a new one anyhow. It´s the reason for stepping up too.
@motto: The paper press might work but I am unsure because I am not familiar with them. I wouldn´t go for the steam as it makes things very complicated. Without adding more pressure the steam won´t reach the tobacco in the press. I thought for a while about heating the stainless tube but couldn´t find affordable heating wire and after I achieved good results without it I forgot about it.
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Thanks mein Herr, if you got good results with 6 tons without heat & steam ,that seems the way to go, maybe a better quality 2 or 3 or 4 ton ,rather than an inexpensive eBay quality , I will search online & locally. May I ask what order of temperature is required in your knowledge or experience ? PS. Just a thought, but perhaps adapting the wire element from an inexpensive electric radiator heater replacement ?