How to moisten dry pipe tobacco

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How to moisten dry pipe tobacco
Rehydrate your pipe tobacco with a tea kettle. (Pipe image by UKL from

Pipe tobacco needs to be stored and handled properly for the best smoking conditions. Pipe tobacco should be stored in an airtight specially designed tin or jar to maintain the ideal moisture level. If pipe tobacco is exposed to air for too long, it may dry out causing it to lose flavour and burn too quickly. You can return moisture to your dry pipe tobacco using a simple technique.

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Things you need

  • Jar or pipe tobacco
  • Plastic bag
  • Kettle
  • Water

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  1. 1

    Open the jar of tobacco and carefully place the open jar inside the plastic bag. Place the jar in the bottom of the bag, keeping it level to avoid any spills.

  2. 2

    Fill your kettle with water and bring to a boil. Once boiling, remove from the heat and transport to your plastic bag containing the tobacco jar.

  3. 3

    Hold the opening of the plastic bag around the kettle spout to collect the steam. Gather the plastic bag closely around the spout but avoid touching the steam or hot kettle.

  4. 4

    Collect the steam in the plastic bag for about 5 seconds. Remove the kettle after five seconds and quickly tie the end of the bag into a knot to seal in the steam. Do this by wrapping the top of the bag around itself then pulling the end through to form a knot.

  5. 5

    Allow the bag to rest for one hour. During this time, the steam will infuse the tobacco and return the dried material to its original moisture level.

  6. 6

    Untie the bag after one hour and remove the tobacco jar. Seal the jar tightly.

Tips and warnings

  • Try adding a slice of apple to your tobacco jar to keep things moist. Be sure to take it out after a few days otherwise it may begin to mould. Store your tobacco in a cool, dark place rather than a humidor. The ideal temperature for pipe tobacco storage is 60 to 70 degrees Fahrenheit.
  • Be careful when handling the kettle and steam. Move quickly and carefully to avoid burns.

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