Originally Posted by photolinger
foil getting stuck is usually an issue held by people who have a non tangiers funnel bowl. i know that my first funnel was a knockoff, and i hated it because of this issue. when i invested in a real tangiers bowl, things actually got better. I can now say they do actually work with wetter tobaccos.
i have a vortex, and my main issue w/ a vortex is that it is significantly harder to clean than a funnel, its annoying. I dont want to have to boil the bowl often, the beauty of hookah is in the setup more than the teardown. I dont like black gunk on my bowls, although sometimes you cant help it, its easier to get stuff clogging your vortex holes than a giant tangiers funnel bowl hole.
thinking that my vortex was a bad batch vortex, i am considering another bowl to give them a chance...not certain yet.
also about a scallimod...if its glass, its a pain to clean as well...and having a peice of glass with black and brown stains in my bowl isnt appealing to me, so i just avoid it.
that being said, egyptian clay really works just fine, don't knock a classic.
i would argue its a knock off issue, my friend bout a tangiers phunnel before there were knock offs and had the issue and a lot of people have had the issues with tangiers ones (yes there are a large number of issues with the knock offs though). its just a manufacturing flaw.
as to the cleaning i dont think the vortex is very hard to clean, a scotch brite pad works perfectly fine to get mine nice but i know some people get more tobacco to stick than others so it might just be individual situations