Originally Posted by kalutika
Just so I know I am reading that right... you are using three 1/2 pieces of coconara on a medium funnel? That is way too little heat. If I am using my small funnel I use either three or four whole coconut coals depending on the tobacco.
Al Fakher would be a three coal tobacco in a small for me.
Could you please tell us what flavors you are using? Some flavors are just weak.
I had to reread the OP and admit I am now confused. I don't have a lot of experience with AF but I can't see 1 1/2 coals producing "incredible smoke" from any tobacco in a small phunnel. Not saying it isn't possible but I find it hard to imagine. With most tobaccos I use 3 whole natural coals on my small phunnel, maybe dropping to two, windcover on/off as needed.