Covering Your Ash
Unlike smokers who let their cigars burn halfway down before flicking the ashes, I tend to ash often. I've noticed that my cigars often burn unevenly. Could this be related to how often I ash?
Posted: June 10, 2013
Yes, it could.
Oxygen feeds fire. The thicker the ash, the less oxygen reaches the burning portion of the cigar, and the slower it burns.
While too much ash can cause a cigar to go out more quickly, too little ash can cause it to burn too quickly and, often, unevenly. And with no ash to protect it, you may inadvertently knock off the entire burning portion, a.k.a. the "cherry," forcing you to re-light.
Ideally, try to keep the end of your cigar covered with a thin band of ash. It will protect the cherry and regulate the burn.
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