Re: tasting like coals
I only notice hints of the charcoal when I used the quick lite coals.. and only if I didn't make sure there were no black spots before I started using them.. I blow on the coals and make sure every part is red before putting them on.. and then I let them sit on top for a couple min before actually getting the tobacco lit.. seems to work good for keeping coal flavor out..
I'm using a small egyptian with a custom homemade thick foil top.. average hole pattern.. 18" egyptian hookah.. generic.. I pack the bowl medium tight.. all the way to the top..