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post #1 of 17 Old 06-03-2019, 10:05 PM Thread Starter
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Wrapper splitting - why does this happen?

This seems to happen to me frequently:


Doesn't really affect anything, though I do have to touch it up a bit to get the open portion of the wrapper to burn. The stick in the picture is ROTT but it happens from time to time on ones that have sat at 65% for weeks/months. It looks to me like the binder bulges, causing the wrapper to split....but that could be an optical illusion.

Is this due to differences between ambient humidity and the cigar's? Am I smoking too fast?
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RH issue, how long do you acclimate your cigars after purchase? Sometimes smoking them ROTT will cause this. It better to store for 2 weeks minimum with proper temp and RH before smoking. If the cigar is too humid and you put the fire to it, that can cause expansion and crack the wrapper. There are other things but this is where I would start. Are you buying at a B&M or on-line? Most B&Mís are stored at 70/70 then you got the humidor opening and closing. I smoke my cigars around 69deg and 62-65% RH, thats where I find they are most enjoyable all around. Weíve all had wrappers crack! If you have the cigar glue that comes with the modus II it works great.
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This seems to happen to me frequently:


Doesn't really affect anything, though I do have to touch it up a bit to get the open portion of the wrapper to burn. The stick in the picture is ROTT but it happens from time to time on ones that have sat at 65% for weeks/months. It looks to me like the binder bulges, causing the wrapper to split....but that could be an optical illusion.

Is this due to differences between ambient humidity and the cigar's? Am I smoking too fast?
Most likely itís the difference in the humidity, you could try setting it out for an hour or so or maybe try wetting it under the faucet.
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Wrapper splitting - why does this happen?

It happens to me occasionally when it is around 80rh outside. But I would recalibrate your hygrometers first before you change anything. I have a glass top that seals pretty well. I thought it was staying around 65, but was really about 70-72. Took the humidification out and still waiting for it to come down to 65 with 65 Boveda in there now. I probably wonít smoke much out of there for a month or two till it comes down for a while.


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Usually a sign that the cigar is too moist and heating up too quickly. Try lower RH and smoking slower 🙂
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Ambient humidity draws right into the cigar while smoking, and even more such if smoking hot and fast. That creates almost a stream of steam up through the cigar and swells the filler and binder leaves, then the thinner wrapper splits. The binder usually swells without splitting because of the wrinkles from them being squeezed down to size in the moulds before the wrapper goes on. So basically, it's sometimes the nature of the beast, and happens to us all from time to time. The perfect cadence I found over the years is a long slow draw no more than once per minute and rarely have many heat problems. The swelling is situational, but can be much worse and turn bitter quick with fresh moist sticks.

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I'll pay closer attention to how long I've had things in the humidor acclimating. it could be that the splitting I've had has been relatively new-to-me inventory, most of which came from B&Ms. Many of those seem to e to keep their humidity quite high.

Thanks for the info everyone.
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Ambient humidity draws right into the cigar while smoking, and even more such if smoking hot and fast. That creates almost a stream of steam up through the cigar and swells the filler and binder leaves, then the thinner wrapper splits. The binder usually swells without splitting because of the wrinkles from them being squeezed down to size in the moulds before the wrapper goes on. So basically, it's sometimes the nature of the beast, and happens to us all from time to time. The perfect cadence I found over the years is a long slow draw no more than once per minute and rarely have many heat problems. The swelling is situational, but can be much worse and turn bitter quick with fresh moist sticks.

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This seems to make the most sense to me, as I get splitting occasionally even with some of my CCs that have been aging for 5 - 10 years at 61-62%. I try to smoke them on days when the ambient humidity is not much higher than 60%. I seem to have less of problem with my non CCs that are at 65% and have been down only from about 6 months to 2 years.
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I get cracks in the winter after a few puffs. Iím assuming itís the temperature change of a cold cigar on fire. It doesnít bother me, just part of the game.
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Don't forget, regardless of ambient humidity you're burning moist leaves. That'll create steam in the cigar all by itself, which, as been pointed out, causes expansion of the filler leaves. And, of course, higher humidity just compounds that, whether we're talking ambient conditions or the RH of the cigar.

Also look to how tightly packed the filler is, leaving less room for expansion, as well as how delicate the wrapper may be. That right there should tell you why NC's may tend to be less susceptible to splitting than CC's (though certainly not immune). However, there also may be a mitigating factor as well, in that reduced ventilation through a more densely packed cigar could tend to produce less steam due to limiting the heat and speed of the burn.
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