The best way to smoke AF is to light the coals as usuall and pack the bowl with Nakhla and look at it as it sits in the container unsmoked
LOL. Sorry just had to do it but on that note af smokes ok for me i would use a phunnel in my opinion and pack it a bit harder than you would star buzz or nakhla. Ive not had much problems with throat tickel i have had it but only when im really close to burning. I only use a funnel for AF so i would be no help if your trying to use a egyptain.