Have you been thinking about learning how to roll your own cigarettes?
Here is what you need to know to start doing this yourself and begin saving money rolling your own while you are at it!
Many people decide to roll their own tobacco for different reasons. One of the most obvious is how much cheaper it is than purchasing your favorite commercial brand. Certainly, the allure to pay just a few bucks compared the $6-8 dollars per pack has turned quite a few away from the commercial dark side into born again RYO evangelists. Then there's the lingo... Are you RYO too? RYO stands for Roll Your Own. There's no way around it, rolling your own (holla RYO) cigarettes is a great way to save money.
Another reason some have for getting into rolling their own cigarettes is to have ultimate control over exactly how you want your cigarettes to taste. You have the control to select the cigarette tubes (more on that to come), the pipe (you hipster you!) and most importantly in my humble opinion, the blend of tobacco that you decide to use.
As with any new subject, once you begin peeling the layers of the proverbial onion back, you begin to notice there are levels of depth on the topic you did not know existed from your layperson perspective. The jargon of non FSC comes to mind when talking about cigarette tubes or for those in the know - LIP or RFR. Wha what? Fire Safe Cigarettes (FSC), Lower Ignition Propensity (LIP) and Reduced Fire Risk (RFR) are all terms that explain a type of cigarette tube that retard the burn rate of cigarettes. This is accomplished in a number of ways, one being adding rings of ethylene vinyl acetate (EVA) polymer to the paper. Yeah... put that in your pipe and smoke it. Whose idea was this? I digress, but I believe I proved my point that there are clearly depths you can explore on the subject. Let's get back on track.
No matter what your reason for wanting to learn how to roll your own cigarettes, we are here to help and get you huffing on the straight and narrow. Here's the part where you envision putting your first rolled cigarette to your lips with that sense of pride! Yeah! Go get them tiger!
What you are going to need to begin rolling your own cigarettes:
The Minimalist approach
A dollar bill and some rolling papers. Yep, just like you used to do during lunch break in high school with the dirt weed cousin Jimmy brought along. Whip out the dollar bill or fiver if you are one of those "high" rollers and begin shaping your tobacco by twisting back and forth. Of course, you will need to use some rolling papers for this.
Here is a quick demonstration on the dollar bill roll:
That's all fun and cool and impresses the ladies at the high school party, but you are older now... more sophisticated and quality over quantity prevails or something like that. Here's what you are going to need when you get serious about rolling your own cigarettes.
The basics to rolling your own cigarettes
To begin rolling your own tobacco, (RYO tobacco - I'm going to start abbreviating more now that you have the lingo figured out... you are greenbelt level now grasshoppa!) you are going to need four basic things:
- Rolling Tobacco (~$40)
- Cigarette Tubes (~$20)
- Rolling Machine (~$40)
- Cigarettemachineroller.com to show you how! (FREE!)
All told, you are probably looking at spending about $100 initially to get started. The biggest of that investment is the one time purchase for a cigarette rolling machine. We'll suggest a couple reasonably priced models later in this article.
Many could argue there are two types of rolling tobacco: cigarette tobacco and pipe tobacco. For the purposes of this article, we will talk about rolling tobacco in reference to making a cigarette to replace your expensive commercial habit. So what kind of rolling tobacco is popular?
Obviously, this is a subjective topic so before I go about mentioning any specific brands, which I will, I want to set the stage by only explaining how I have seen myself and quite a few friends progress into the the realm of RYO. So don't take it as a recommended buy, but more of a anecdotal recount of my progression to a higher quality smoking lifestyle. Having said that, most people I have noticed starting out RYO with a brand called Golden Virginia. It's like the Marlboro or Camel of the RYO world. It can be a little strong at first. It's ok, but not really my style. I prefer something a little bold and sweet like Drum blue. If that doesn't float your boat for a while, you may be somewhere more middle of the road like Amber Leaf. All fine brands and I would not turn one down if offered. So if you meet me on the street someday, just offer.
They are each sold in 50 gram weights which is just shy of 2 ounces for us Americans and our silly little lack of applying the metric system. Depending if you hand roll these or use a machine to RYO, let's assume you are using a machine and coming close to a typical commercial cigarette thickness, you could probably expect to get ~60 cigarettes out of a 50g bag. So if one bag costs ~$10, the basic math would come to around $3.33 per pack just to give you an idea of how cost friendly this little hobby can be!
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More on this tomorrow!
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