Re: Getting the best flavor?
I pack my vortex a bit differently. I put in some, and pack it down on on the bottom and up the sides of the bowl. Then I sprinkle the rest in. The bowl gets really hot so you want to cook as much of the shisha as possible.
Use three coals or two coals and a wind cover. I use room temperature water or a cooler water. Ice water does nothing for me and the ice just melts after a while anyway because of the heat of the smoke.