FlatCaps were designed with one thing in mind : using tips or filters.
The flat end of FlatCap style mold allows for you to put the wooden tip (like Organitips) into the mold, then then pack down into it. The flat end keeps the tip straight because the tip has a flat surface to back up to. If you try this method with a RoundCap or Torpedo mold, the curvature of the endcap will sometimes allow the tip to sit crookedly. That can still work, but it is not ideal. Thus, FlatCap molds were made to be tailored for that process.
I show an example of this method in one of my YouTube videos here, but I am using my standard 1X1 mold, not a FlatCap. I include the video here just so you can get a good idea of the method itself.
There are three primary methods for using tips.
The first method is what I just mentioned and show in the above video. Packing the mold with the tip pre-inserted. This creates a flower core body that is perfectly even with the tip, and then you wrap your cigar with the wrapper material overlapping the tip slightly. Another example of this can be seen in the example on the far right of the image I have used for this blog post. You can see that the leaf wrapping overlaps the tip.
The second method is where you created a finished / wrapped cannagar, usually a RoundCap or Torpedo mold, and then slide the finished cannagar into the tip. Most tips have a curved interior, so this is the use-case where RoundCap molds are totally compatible with tips. In this method, you pack your flower core, take it out of the mold, wrap it, and then slide the tip over the finished and wrapped gar. I call this the “black and mild” method, because just like Black and Milds, the tip covers the end of the body and holds it.
The third method involves making a wrapper shell using a wrapper mold, then sliding that empty wrapper shell into a tip, OR by overlapping the tip when making your empty shell.
The main image for this blog post is actually taken from a photo by Hamilton Cannagar (https://cannagarshells.com) – who uses the third method and makes their own empty shells to be filled as desired. They make one of the first premium shell wrappers on the market that ship to their customers empty, ready to be filled. Check them out! I’ve personally tried their product and it’s pretty awesome.
Another maker of shells is Jean Carlos Magar. https://www.facebook.com/JeanCarlosMagars2.0/
Jean also creates premium empty hemp leaf shells and ships them nationwide.
You can fill their empty shells with ground flower easily using a custom Cannagar Tools Pre-Roll Loader made to fit their shells, or use Cannagar Tools Cannagar Press to make a solid core – and slide the solid core into their pre-made shells. You can also make your own wrapper shells in house if you desire by using Cannagar Tools Wrapper Molds.
Each method creates a different smoking experience, and what you desire is a matter of preference.
Empty shells filled with ground flower will smoke more like a blunt and do not have as long of a burn time as a solid core cannagar, but some prefer the taste with that method because it is more like a standard pre-roll, only fatter.
The solid core cannagar method burns longer and requires a smoke channel to be created in the center of the flower core by using a skewer or my steel rods. The solid core cannagar can smoke out an entire bus and only be half way consumed after a couple hours of passing it around. I know, we did that in Denver with Made in Xiaolin’s founder Christopher Wallance Louise and it was fucking amazing.
Personally speaking, there is a time and place for each kind of smoking experience. Sometimes I want a shorter duration smoke that burns more like a pre-roll or a blunt, sometimes I want my gar to last all day. When I go fishing, I take a 40 gauge solid-core cannagar. I light it in the morning, and it’s still burning when I pack up in the afternoon, usually less than halfway consumed.
So many options! I hope this blog helps some of you who are getting your start in the cannagar world.
If you would like more information or a tutorial, schedule a consulting call with me and ill be happy to help you out! Just click on the Consulting link in the main menu and schedule a session. Enjoy making cannagars!
– Chris Morton (Cannagar Aficionado / Shop owner)