Burley Process

Tobacco machinery sales

Garbuio has extensive experience in supplying equipment for American Blended cigarette manufacture, either as individual items or complete lines. The areas of particular interest include casing kitchen, heated casing cylinder, toasting and top dressing.

The Garbuio Toaster or Cased Leaf Dryer is of modular design, and of similar construction to the Apron or Band dryers used in the GLT process, but with special features to fulfil the particular requirements of the primary Burley process.

Of particular importance to the cigarette manufacturer is to ensure that the product attains the required process temperature for a sufficient time. This time/temperature profile is very significant in terms of the chemical reactions taking place in the product, and it is the results from these reactions which strongly influence the product taste. Not all cigarette manufacturers have the same requirements in this area, so Garbuio specialists are prepared to consult with the customer to ensure that the specification and performance of the toaster completely fulfil the process expectations in the most economical and efficient way.

Tobacco distribution on the dryer apron band is critical to achieving optimum performance, so Garbuio provides a wiper-feed and elevating band feeder to ensure width-wise and time-wise product distribution. Careful attention to detail design has resulted in an optimised system of air distribution providing a high degree of product moisture uniformity across the width of the machine. Mechanical fan cone adjustment allows airflow above and below the band to be equalised, and all fans are provided with inverter drives for fine adjustment of the process airflow.

In the reordering zone, separately controlled steam injection and water sprays provide independent control of process temperature and final moisture. The Garbuio Toaster is built to a high standard of quality, and all parts in contact with the product or vapour are of stainless steel. Insulation of hot external surfaces is also high standard, with external surface temperatures typically no more than 20°C above ambient.

Card image cap


  • Full process capability
  • Individual items or complete lines
  • Toaster specification optimised for process requirements
  • High quality stainless steel construction, trial assembled
  • Multiple zones for drying, cooling and re-ordering
  • Optimised tobacco feed for process uniformity
  • Parameters fully adjustable in all process zones
  • Independent temperature and moisture control in final zone