Re: tangiers phunnel bowl question
I tend to use holes all over. I honestly see no benefit in leaving one off of it. The more airflow the better I always say. Also, try adding a bit more tobacco, or in terms of starbuzz or al fakher (washed tobaccos mainly) fluff it up a little. It's alright if it's over the hole, as long as it's not a big gob hanging in the hole blocking airflow.
All in all with the good amount of feedback in this thread I think you'll find a remedy.