Tobacco curing has long been considered an art. Turning ripe, harvested tobacco into high quality cured leaves with the aroma and flavor cigarette manufacturers desire can be a challenge. Almost all tobacco curing barns have been equipped with propane since the early 1970s, and for good reason. Here’s what makes propane a valuable component of tobacco curing operations:
Consistent & adjustable
- The consistent heat that propane offers is essential for creating a controlled environment for curing tobacco. Airflow, temperature, and humidity must all be at the right levels, and the reliability of propane is beneficial for this.
- Propane heat can easily be monitored and adjusted, which makes it an efficient, cost effective choice for tobacco farmers.
Efficient & reliable
- Propane gas and air mix better during combustion than oil and air, which makes use of propane for tobacco curing much more efficient than traditional methods.
- Propane has become the primary fuel used to cure tobacco, replacing wood and accounting for more than 70 percent of production.
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