Re: Noob advice
1. Read the reviews of the brand/flavor before you buy. Just the right amount of heat to get the bowl hot but not too much so that it burns.
2. I usually smoke Layalina, Fumari, or Romman and I get pretty good clouds.
3. I'm a foil guy, I just think it allows better heat management and you don't have to watch your coals as closely.
4. Fill your vase with ice and water, makes for a smoother smoke
Buy a phunnel bowl and either buy/make a scalli mod, makes for super thick smoke.
Stay away fro unwashed tobacco(tangiers, nakla) until your a bit more seasoned. Nicotine sickness is not fun.