Re: balance of coals.
if you have a really shallow egyptian bowl, and if your shisha is a dryer one, try overpacking it. sprinkle the shisha in the bowl to the rim, and add an equal amount on top of that. take your foil and wrap the bowl tightly, as usual. poke a lot of holes. the shisha will be touching, and you will see a slight bubble, but it will smoke fine. you do not need as much heat as a normal packing, so try one coal, leave it on about ten minutes, and gauge your smoke and shisha state and see if you need more heat. i know it seems crazy, but i do it for nakhla in my shallow mod and it works fine. dont know how it works for wetter tobacco though, or in deep bowls.... ill try that tonight