Re: Fight of the Phunnels!
I have several Tangiers phunnels and vortex bowls but I say go with a small Tangiers. A vortex is much more difficult to keep clean and has a restricted draw. As Scoop mentioned, the holes on the vortex aren't consistent and are sometimes very poorly done. The Tangiers phunnels are made of a better, thicker ceramic so they're less likely to break on you. A vortex is more friendly towards looser packs if you are trying to save as much tobacco as you can, but IMO a properly packed Tangiers phunnel smokes better than a properly packed vortex.
edit: FWIW, I do only use vortex bowls when I smoke with friends but mostly because Tangiers noir is too strong for them and I'd rather have a vortex get broken than a phunnel.
Last edited by foibled; September 20th, 2009 at 08:05 PM.