US 10,888,114 B2
Storage tube and saver for smoking material
Lloyd D. Chipman, Manchester, NH (US)
Filed by Lloyd D. Chipman, Manchester, NH (US)
Filed on Oct. 13, 2016, as Appl. No. 15/292,240.
Prior Publication US 2019/0183172 A1, Jun. 20, 2019
Int. Cl. A24F 15/12 (2006.01); A24F 13/18 (2006.01)
CPC A24F 15/12 (2013.01) [A24F 13/18 (2013.01)] 20 Claims
OG exemplary drawing
 
1. In combination, a storage tube and a cigar, the combination comprising:
the cigar having a lit end; and
the storage tube containing the cigar, the storage tube comprising:
a hollow tube extending along a central longitudinal axis from a first tube end portion to a second tube end portion, wherein the hollow tube has an inside surface and a predefined cross-sectional dimension sized to accommodate the cigar of a predefined ring gauge so that the lit end of the cigar contacts and is on a protrusion tip when the cigar is at a lowermost position within the storage tube;
an upper end cap removably attachable to the first tube end portion while forming an air-tight seal;
a lower end cap removably attachable to the second tube end portion while forming a second air-tight seal, the lower end cap having a lower inside end surface extending transversely to the central longitudinal axis; and
a rigid protrusion contacts the lit end of the cigar, the rigid protrusion has a protrusion body and the protrusion tip, wherein the protrusion body is constructed to extend axially into the hollow tube from the lower inside end surface and defines a gap between the protrusion body and the inside surface of the hollow tube when the lower end cap is installed on the second tube end portion.
 
11. A storage tube for a cigar comprising:
a hollow tube extending along a central longitudinal axis from an open first tube end to a closed second tube end, wherein the hollow tube has a sidewall with an inside surface and a cross-sectional dimension sized to receive a cigar, wherein the closed second tube end has a lower inside end surface extending transversely to the central longitudinal axis;
an upper end cap removably attachable to the first tube end while forming an air-tight seal;
a rigid protrusion is configured to contact a lit end of the cigar when the cigar is in a lowermost position within the storage tube, the rigid protrusion has a protrusion body and the a protrusion tip, wherein the protrusion body is constructed to extend axially into the hollow tube from the lower inside end surface of the closed second tube end and defines a gap between the protrusion body and the inside surface of the sidewall, and
wherein the rigid protrusion is a distinct structure from the lower end cap and is sized to be received on the lower inside end surface and wherein the rigid protrusion includes a lower protrusion flange extending at least partially around a bottom protrusion end of the protrusion and wherein the hollow tube defines a lip constructed to trap the lower protrusion flange between the hollow tube and a lower end cap, thereby retaining the protrusion in a lower end portion of the hollow tube.