What is Tunneling?
One of these issues is called cigar tunneling, and if you have ever experienced this, you know just how problematic it can be. Understanding what tunneling is and how to correct it are very important to ensuring that you are able to enjoy your smoke.
First, understanding what tunneling is shouldn’t be difficult. It is exactly what it sounds like. Cigar tunneling is when the middle of the cigar’s interior burns faster than the outer wrapper and outer layer of filler. In essence, the burn makes a tunnel shape into the tobacco.
Why is this Problematic?
There are several reasons that you don’t want this to happen. First, it will ruin your smoke simply because the interior will eventually go out as it is suffocated, meaning there is not enough air getting in for combustion to happen.
Another problem with tunneling is that your cigar will not taste right. The filler of the cigar only accounts for about 50% of the flavor. The other half of the flavor is from the wrapper. Therefore, if only the middle of the filler is burning, then you are not getting a balanced flavor.
The wrapper and filler are paired for the way in which they complement each other, and smoking just one of the two will result in an unpleasant experience. What can you do about tunneling? There are some steps you can take to rectify the problem when it starts.
How Do I Fix Tunneling?
The first thing that you should do is stop smoking immediately when you notice tunneling.
If it has only just started, you can let it go out and relight it, and allow the outside to catch up to the inside. However, if it is pronounced, you will have to use your cutter.
Clip off the unburned portion of the wrapper evenly with the end of the tunnel. Once you have cut it, you can relight it. However, make sure you light it properly – take your time.
Tunneling is caused by incorrect lighting methods, so taking your time ensures that you are able to get the full effect of the flavor and avoid problems like tunneling.
Want to know more? Check out these resources on the topic of cigar tunneling:
What Causes a Cigar to Tunnel? on Famoussmoke.com
Burn Problems on Cigars4dummies.com
Burn Issues in Cigars on Stogiefresh.info