What Causes Cigar Tunneling?

cigars"Don’t go towards the light!" We have heard this statement hundreds of times in movies and television shows. We have heard people describing near death experiences as resembling moving inside a tunnel towards a brilliant light on the very end.

We will never really know whether or not these experiences are real since we’re not discussing them here. I just wrote that first part to catch your attention or simply to have some interesting introduction. What I will talk about is the so called "tunneling"phenomenon that occurs in your cigars. I’ll try touching on other burning problems as well. I hope you’re still with me.

So what is this cigar "tunneling"? Tunneling refers to a situation where the wrapper or the outer portion of your cigar does not ash.

If the wrapper fails to ash and the filler or the core part of the cigar will continue to burn, it will transform the cigar into a rolled-up tobacco with a hole bored deep into the middle. With the resulting cigar resembling a tube, a cylinder, or a tunnel, cigar connoisseurs began calling the phenomenon tunneling, plus the words "tubing" or "cylindering" are not very cool sounding names.

Tunneling is not a welcome sight for almost all cigar lovers. Not only does it looks uncool for a cigar connoisseur but also for the apparent reason that the taste will be different. You see cigars are made with different kinds of tobacco.

The combination of the filler, the binder and wrapper keeps a distinct blend of taste that cigar lovers look for. If  you light a cigar, your first few puffs can be mild and then changes as you smoke all the way to the end.

But any uneven burn can produce a different taste since the combination of filler, binder and wrapper is not being burned evenly. When tunneling occurs, you will experience a harsh and strong tasting smoke which is usually is one-dimensional and devoid of the other flavors and aroma of the tobacco that were put into the cigar.

Fortunately, tunneling can be avoided through some basic techniques and cigar care. You see tunneling can occur if the outer wrapper is too moist or too oily. So obviously you will need to keep your cigars dry.

Another reason why tunneling occurs is that the filler and binder are not rolled tightly enough. Generally, the binder is designed to burn faster and better. In this two situations, because of that characteristic the core tobaccos begin to burn faster boring a hole in the middle of the cigar.

One way of fixing tunneling is to get your cutter and clip down the unburned exterior up the point that the tunneling ended. Because the tip has been cut off,  you can easily go and try lighting it again but this time do so the correct way. Make sure that the cigar is properly lit and it is producing an even ash across its foot.

Canoeing is another burn problem which leaves a "canoe"-like shape which appears like the cigar was split in half, right across the diameter. And there’s problem of "coning" which refers to a cigar that has a sharp peak protruding from its foot.

 
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