Re: Not the usual Phunnel Bowl Problem
I've had this same issue, minus the carpet burns. Upon receiving my Chinese Phunnel, I noticed the bowl grommet that comes with it doesn't fit it well. In fact, mine slid right up inside the Phunnel, and I had to pry it out with a pair of needle-nose pliers, ultimately destroying the cheap stock grommet.
I've found I have to use TWO bowl grommets in order to make this bowl fit my MYA QT. I use the grommet that came with my hookah, as well as one of those aftermarket bowl grommets sold by most vendors.