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Old February 27th, 2009, 07:41 PM
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Default Need help lighting Coco Naras

I bought a box of Coco Nara coals and I'm having trouble getting them going. I have an electric burner that I light them with, but it seems that no matter how long I light them for, I need longer. They're excellent coals, but quite a pain in the ass to light. Any tips on a method/timing?
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Old February 27th, 2009, 07:51 PM
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Default Re: Need help lighting Coco Naras

They should be good to go after about 5-7 mins on the burner. If you take them off before that time usually they are just starting to light up and wont stay lit very long.

Just wait it out, get a drink or something.

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Old February 27th, 2009, 08:10 PM
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Yeah, mine do that too, you think they are done....they aren't let them sit longer than you think they should
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Old February 27th, 2009, 08:40 PM
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I do 6 minutes one side, then flip. After another 4 I let them sit for like 5 seconds just to get heated up again and put that side down on the foil.
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Old February 27th, 2009, 09:01 PM
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Default Re: Need help lighting Coco Naras

Also, try blowing on the coals when you are about to put them on your bowl and make sure they are glowing red with no black on them. I do this and it seems to work for me.
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Old February 27th, 2009, 09:55 PM
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Default Re: Need help lighting Coco Naras

I stand them on edge on my gas stove and let them sit for about 10 minutes.
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Old February 27th, 2009, 10:00 PM
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Default Re: Need help lighting Coco Naras

Windcover those things!

throw a windcover on top of it and they'll cook nicely. It may start to change colors near the bottom eventually but that is the best way to get coals going.
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Old February 27th, 2009, 10:06 PM
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They take about 10 minutes to light. Plenty of time to set up your hookah.
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Default Re: Need help lighting Coco Naras

put them on the burner and wait until the corners are ashed all the way up (if you leave them on a little past this the sides should all get that way too) then flip and let them sit a few more mins, they do take a long time, when i got the CH coals i was surprised how fast they lit (but they also dont stay as hot when small). i also noticed that if you dont get the coals lit all the way and try to go back and reheat them its kind of an uber fail for some reason.

do you have a coal carrier? if so once they are lit well, put them in it and swing the carrier back and forth (they will stay in if you are fluid in your movement, ive never had a coal come out and i do it every time), it helps them get hot well since the air is passing over them.

coco nars do have a learning curve a bit to them i wont lie but they are exceptional coals, my beef with them was price and the slightly inconsistent size, so CH coals are my go to coals now, if cocos were the same price or pretty close i would switch back, but like 60% more coal wins out

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