Re: in the market for a new bowl
What do you mean "with the phunnel it seems you cant really use ql's"?
A funnel is just like any other bowl. Any charcoal you can use normally should work fine on a funnel.
More on topic:
Tangiers funnels are large and well built. They have great properties regarding heat and have a very clear draw. They use a good amount of tobacco but it's not ludicrous. Only bother with the smalls if you can find them.
Vortex bowls are a bit restrictive in regards to draw, take a little less tobacco than a small funnel and take a little longer to heat up for me. They usually take less coal as well.
I have no experience with the crown hookah bowls.