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Empty tin ideas?


Jimmyyuma
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As a new pipe smoker and lifelong nicotine junkie, I find myself with a rather large collection of empty tobacco tins. They're too groovy to just throw away but I don't know what to do with them besides holding the odd paper clip and rubber band.

I know someone has a creative use for these things! Help a brother out! 😂👍

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Ted
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A question that has been vexing pipe smokers for many years. I have boxes full of empty tins. Every few years I throw them out if I can’t find anyone to give them to. But I save them up again hoping the answer to their repurposing will present itself. 

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Juan José Pascual Lobo
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I keep all the empty tins and when someone is interested in them for collecting or other purposes like keeping fishing stuff, buttons, or nuts and bolts, I give them away. I keep the ones that are important for any reason. My first tin of Dunhill Standard Mixture Medium, the blend that made me fall in love with Latakia blends, my first tin of Balkan Sobranie Smoking Mixture, that supposed a true revelation for me, a the tin of Estate Express Roundels that caused my periquephobia... All in all a nice collection. Keeping them and give them a second life is an act of respect towards a beautiful object that contained something that has given me wonderful moments. The oldest ones with no warnings are beautiful objects that does not deserve an unworthy ending.

One of these days I´ll photograph the most interesting ones and start a topic with them sharing with you what is behind each one.

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Ted
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I would enjoy seeing that. 

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nach0
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por favor, please!

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Joseph
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I’m a pack-rat. Never throw away anything that might come in handy later. So, interested in ideas, too. 👀

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Lager
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If you have a man cave here's an idea.

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nach0
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OMG .... i like that!!

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Juan José Pascual Lobo
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Good idea!. I like it.

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Lee
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So cool! 😎 

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Ted
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From an old article about Tolkien writing the Lord of the Rings:

"J.R.R. Tolkien wrote without an outline using only the thoughts gathered in his head over long hours of smoking his pipe and staring into a fireplace. Sitting at his typewriter, head wreathed in smoke, he pounded out a first draft of the Lord of the Rings mythos, and then discarded it, beginning again from scratch. As the story took form, it left behind a litter of empty blue-painted cans of tobacco.

The tobacco was Capstan Original Navy Cut. Members of his family remember the tins proliferating around the house and being used to store household items.”

I guess he didn’t figure out anything particular to do with them either. 

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Jimmyyuma
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That's a great story! Someone here should write a novel and call it "Lord of the Smoke Rings" or "Prince of the Pipes", Titan of tobacco tins... 😂👍

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Nick R
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They hold larger Pike streamers that don't fit into a normal fly box pretty well. They also hold lighters and pipe tools. That said, I am still left with a bit of a surplus.

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Sir Otter
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I regret throwing a bunch away that didn't have tobacco warnings on them. 

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Lager
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That see.s to be the issue with most tins today is the warning label...

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Juan José Pascual Lobo
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Manufacturers could offer an online service to download labels without warnings to print at home.

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nach0
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👍 👍 

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Ithian
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I got the RINNIG plate holder from IKEA to hold tin lids. They hold 9 lids of all common sizes (as you can see on the photo).

I use it to display my top 9 blends. If I find a blend I like more, I add its lid and remove another one from the rack. I got 2 racks so I don't have to be too picky, especially if still undecided. Sets a limit for my collecting, and doesn't look chaotic or cluttered.

After taking notes of the production date of a blend for the cellar, I usually don't keep the bottom part of a tin. However, I do use a few for small odds and ends, or as ashtrays.

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I saw a guy on YouTube with the 100g rattray tins that turned them into candles.

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nach0
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Those are good for hold pen and pencils. I gave one of black mallory to my mom. Actually my wife and my mom are the one who end up with most of my empty tins.

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