Tobacco farmers refer to the drying of the leaf as curing and the tobacco barn design varies accordingly.
Air-cured Tobacco Leaves
The Air-cured process, done by hanging tobacco in a well-ventilated barn. The tobacco must dry over a period of four to eight weeks. It is generally low in sugar content, which gives the tobacco smoke a light, smooth, semi- sweet flavor. These tobacco leaves usually have a high nicotine content
Flue-cured Tobacco Leaves
Flue-cured tobacco, started by stringing the tobacco into tobacco sticks, hung from tier-poles in a curing barn “kilns”. All flue-cured barns have flues which run from external fed fire boxes. Heat-cures the tobacco without exposing it to smoke, slowly raising the temperature over the course of the curing process. The procedure will generally take about a week.
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