Re: vortex bowl users....
I like to pack mine a bit tighter than that, but thats just my personal preference. I start out by placing tobacco all around the bowl until I get it up to the holes. Then I use my hand to smush/pack it down rather tight. Then I sprinkle more tobacco up till just below the rim. I pack less around the spire and more around the edge of the bowl. I found that this lets the bowl breath better. This method works really well for tobacco that is more dry like Nak.
Km Silk Butterfly, v3 Narb, Vortex bowl, Nak Mizo Mint + Af Orange