Re: new bowl
Sounds nice. I have never had a problem with the foil on my funnel blocking the spire, though I've heard many a story about it. Just pull the foil nice and snug after you have punhced the holes as the pressing from the poker, or whatever you use, will cause it to sag a bit toward the spire. Retightening it after punching the holes virtually eliminates the problem. Smoke happy.
Al Fakher Large Solid and a bowl of DM . . . life is good!