I usually use a vortex also, but do use an egyptian/mod bowl from time to time. I also did a how to pack DM in the egyptian/mod bowl. If you get a vortex, watch my how to pack AF, thats what I do for DM.
As fas as letting it breath, do you mean acclimate? If so no. This isn't Tangiers, this is Desi Murli, a lot better tobacco. When you get ready to smoke it put 3 coals on it and let it heat up for 10-15 minutes before you take a pull.
Husky can tell you how to use a phunnel with DM. I have never done it before.
Desi Murli, Salloum, Cleopatra, Nakhla, Afzal
Syrian Glyph, KM Silk Butterfly, KM Carnival, KM Kafe, SS Czar, Mini MYA
2 Large Nammor, Caravan, KM Rainbow, Ba Barkir