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1. The first step is to remove all of the central stems. This can be a long winded process, but you can de-stem 1kg in about 30 minutes.
2. Place the de-stemmed leaves on a surface to dry. I prefer using pages from a newspaper as they are slightly absorbent. You want to get the leaves to state where they are dry, but not too dry. Trying to shred leaves that are bone dry will result in a pile of dust. Leaves that are too moist will shred, but they will likely gum up your machine.
3. Once the leaves are at the right dryness it's time to shred them. I will list the most common way of shredding. Our preferred method is using the hand crank shredder that we sell.
Coffee Grinder/ Food Processor
I consider both of these tools the same, as they both cut the tobacco in flakes rather than fine shreds. Something to remember here is that you don't want to grind it too fine or you won't be able to smoke your tobacco. This is only a decent option if you are on a tight budget. You can find these for a reasonable price at your local shops.
One of the things noticed when processing tobacco with a coffee grinder or food processor is that cigarettes will burn smooth, but your ember can fall off your cigarette because of consistency of the tobacco - it can't hold together well when in flakes rather than shreds.
PureLeaf's Tobacco Shredder
We have used grinders, paper shredders, scissors, and many other items in an attempt to find a decent way to process tobacco leaves. We consider this product to be the Holy Grail for rolling tobacco and make your own/MYO cigarettes. It is an affordable, easy to use shredder that was designed specifically for grinding tobacco leaves.
Start by taking the leaf halves you've made by separating the centre stem from the leaves. Then you have a few options. First, you'll want to run your leaves through at least once. Then, depending on your preference, you'll want to run a portion of it through again. A good rule of thumb for most people is about half of what was first ground. Then, for an even better RYO consistency, you can use your hands to just quickly break up the longer strands that were from the first pass-through. It's something that you will quickly get a feel for and is very easy to figure out.
This is by far the most affordable option there is, but is also the most labour intensive. To start, take the halves you've made by removing the main tobacco stem. Then take a few and stack them flat then fold them in half. After that roll it up and tuck any excess ends in. What you do next is take your scissors and cut on a 45 degree angle. Now it's all preference on how fine you enjoy it, I recommend 1-2mm.
4. After processing your unmanufactured tobacco into rolling/cigarette tobacco, you are ready to inject the tobacco into cigarette tubes
5. Once you decide on which tubes best suite your need, it's time to figure out which Injector for Cigarettes is right for you..
When it comes to these types of cigarette machines, we prefer to use the Top-O-Matic, which retail at around £55.00 or Powermatic 2 at around £95.00. You can also use a cheap MYO machines, but we do suggest getting a heavy duty machine whenever you can. These machines roll smooth burning cigarettes with no ember issues, but you roll at a slightly slower pace.
Now these machine can roll a decently smooth burning cigarette, but can have ember's fall sometimes or ash fall more frequently due to the way it packs, but you can roll at a very fast pace.