Re: If i dont pack my bowl all the way...
I routinely do this for short sessions of about 45 min, and to save shisha and it works great. There is no loss of flavor, no added heat is needed, and it works for me. My setup is an egyptian bowl, 1/4 full of shisha, one layer of heavy duty foil, spiral hole pattern, and usually it takes about 8-10 draws to get it going. I use two ******* hookah coals and a windcover. Smoke is thick as normal. Might want to give it a try.