Originally Posted by photolinger
If it starts out nice, and ends up being harsh, not lasting long, the biggest reason behind this, I've found, is that you are burning and not steaming the tobacco.
If you undo the foil, and see under the foil, and there is charred tobacco stuck to the foil. Then you are burning the tobacco.
All you need to do is pack the bowl w/ less tobacco, it shouldnt touch the foil, it should have space.
try this out before getting another bowl...
lets just go ahead and say, the only time you want to use a vortex or a phunnel is w/ really wet tobacco, when you dont want to let the juices drip down the stem. Those bowls arent special at all.
Do what photo said, sprinkle the tobacco in and dont pack it in hard, use less coals, cut the quicklights in haf and put them on either side.
And Al Fakher is fine theys just too many haters out they, its still one of the best and in london that and nakhla probably the only decent shisha you can get.
Order some shisha from U.S websites, P.M me if you want a few good sites that post to U.K and minimise the chance of customs