Cigars 101

Canoeing, Burn Insulation, and Rolling the Ash

Reading Time: < 1 minute

Cigar Q&A: Why a cigar begins canoeing (and a few tips to fix it)

Q. I have recently noticed that “canoeing” seems to start after the first ash falls. Does the ash insulate the burn, keeping it even, and would it be beneficial to keep the ash trimmed by rolling it the cigar in the ashtray?
– Tom in Pittsfield, MA

A. Canoeing is caused by several factors. From drawing too heavily on the cigar, to a vein in the wrapper leaf which causes the cigar to burn unevenly, to Ligero filler tobacco being rolled off-center, to improper storage of your cigars, and even to wind conditions when you smoke outdoors.

The ash doesn’t necessarily “insulate” the burn; it acts more like a “filter.” Though I agree that rolling the cigar along the inside of the ashtray to keep the “cone” in shape is a good practice, doing so may not help the cigar from burning unevenly, although rotating the cigar with your fingers between puffs does help a little.

A well-made cigar will often right itself after burning a bit off-track. But cigars that consistently burn unevenly for an inch or more, will most likely not straighten out. Sometimes, by letting the cigar go out, then clipping it behind the ash and relighting will do it, but there are no guarantees.

0 Comments
Inline Feedbacks
View all comments
Gary Korb

Gary Korb

Executive Editor

Gary Korb has been writing and editing content for CigarAdvisor.com since its debut in 2008. An avid cigar smoker for over 30 years, during the past 12 years he has worked on the marketing side of the premium cigar business as a Sr. Copywriter, blogger, and cigar reviewer. A graduate of the Newhouse School of Public Communications at Syracuse University, prior to his career in the cigar business, Gary worked in the music and video industry as a marketer and a publicist.

Show all Gary Korb's Articles
cigar advisor #nowsmoking cigar review h. upmann nicaragua aj fernandez heritage cigar review - cover

#NowSmoking: H. Upmann Nicaragua AJ Fernandez Heritage

Reading Time: 4 minutes In this latest H. Upmann collaboration between AJ Fernandez & Rafael Nodal, Gary gives the H. Upmann Nicaragua AJ Fernandez Heritage Robusto a spin. Rolled with a triple fermented Brazilian Mata Fina wrapper over rare, AJ-grown Nicaraguan fillers, see how well this cigar performed now.

Read More
cigar advisor fan mail questions part 46 cover

FAN MAIL: YOUR BURNING CIGAR QUESTIONS ANSWERED (PART 46)

Reading Time: 2 minutes If all tobacco is grown in the sun, why is only some called Sun Grown? What does it mean when a cigar is ‘frontloaded’? The Advisors answer these questions and more in Part 46 of our Fan Mail series. Check out their quick video answers now!

Read More
cao mx2 robusto #nowsmoking cigar review cover

#NowSmoking: CAO CX2 Robusto

Reading Time: 5 minutes “Leather is the front man in this band,” writes Gary in his review of the CAO CX2 Robusto, now back on Famous Smoke Shop shelves – yes, it’s exclusive. And how about that African Cameroon wrapper and binder tag team? Watch now for the whole shebang.

Read More
Top New Cigars April 13 2020 Cigar Advisor Cover

CA Report: Top New Cigars (Apr 13 2020)

Reading Time: 3 minutes Ah, there’s nothing like the smell of new cigars, and since you can’t enjoy their aroma via the web, might as well come on in and check out the latest in the Famous humidor!

Read More