Helpful Tips For Cigarette Rolling Machines
There are many different cigarette machines/injectors these tips will apply to. These helpful tips are a general guideline that will apply to all machines whether it's electric or manually operated. All machines use cigarette tubes and operate in a similar way, which is to inject the tobacco into the tube. The end goal is to have a nicely packed cigarette ready for you to enjoy.
Every cigarette rolling machine will be slightly different even though they operate in the same manner. If this is your first time owning a cigarette rolling machine, it will become very easy to make your own cigarettes after you've gotten used to your machine and have rolled a few. You will soon learn how to roll the perfect cigarette to your own liking every time.
Some of the common problems when starting out are:
If you have a gap/empty space in front of the filter or it's loosely packed in that area, you should make sure you put enough tobacco into the corners of the tobacco chamber. This is more important in the corner where you attach the cigarette tube to the tip on the machine. If you have to, you can also push a little bit of tobacco up into the tip as well. At this point, you will fill your chamber with tobacco, make sure it's evenly distributed and lightly pack it down with your tool or fingers. Then inject the cigarette tube with tobacco. Check to see if there is still a gap after the filter. If so, add a little more tobacco into the chamber until you get the desired density for your cigarette and have eliminated the gap. You will quickly get a feel for this process and know exactly how much tobacco to put into the tube and into the chamber.
If the cigarette is packed too tight, you have put too much tobacco into the chamber. Try adding a little less tobacco and making sure it is evenly distributed in the chamber until you are making a nicely packed cigarette. Keep removing just a little tobacco at a time until you have acheived the desired density for your cigarette. It is just the opposite if you have a cigarette that is packed too loose. Keep adding tobacco a little at a time until you get a nicely packed cigarette. Be sure to lightly pack your tobacco down into the chamber with your fingers or a tool before you inject the tobacco into the cigarette tube. You will quickly get a feel for how much tobacco to use and how hard to pack it down.
If your cigarette is ripping or tearing during the injection process, you are either adding too much tobacco or you don't have it evenly spread out enough in the chamber. Simply try adding less tobacco a litte at a time and making sure it is spread evenly across the chamber before you lightly pack it down. Keep up this process until you acheive the desired density for your cigarette. Once again, you will quickly get a feel for how much tobacco to use and how hard to pack it down.
If your cigarette tube is not staying on or is being pushed off the machine during the injection process, there is a couple of reasons why this might be happening. You want to make sure that the area around the cigarette machine tip where you place your cigarette tube is clear of tobacco and debris. As the machine is injecting the cigarette tube, it clamps the end of the cigarette tube onto the tip of the machine to hold it in place during the injection process. If there is excess tobacco or debris in this area, the machine might not get a clean "grip" on the end of the cigarette tube. If you have a machine that has a snap shut lid like the E2 Matic or E3 Matic, you also want to make sure the area around the cigarette machine tip is clean and clear of debris. Once you close the lid with the cigarette tube in place, try pressing down on the end of the lid closest to the cigarette tube while you inject the cigarette. This applies extra downward pressure onto the cigarette tube tip and helps to hold it in place during the injection process.
Sometimes people use pipe tobacco instead of cigarette rolling tobacco to make cigarettes with. This is no problem, but pipe tobacco is usually longer in length and moister than cigarette rolling tobacco. You’ll want to make sure that it is cut finer and dried out before injecting your cigarette tubes with it. This will help prevent any problems during the injecting process. Use cigarette rolling tobacco as a guideline for dryness and size when preparing pipe tobacco.
It's important to note that you will quickly get a feeling for how this process works and how much tobacco to use every time. It's very easy and once you find your groove, you will be making nice, evenly packed cigarettes very quickly.