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Old June 11th, 2010, 12:37 PM
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Question Is there any trick to smoking starbuzz?

Hey everyone, Im new here and this is my first post. Sorry if this is in the wrong forum but i just have a quick question. Ive heard many good things about Starbuzz's Blue Mist , so i decided to order some. Does anyone else have any issues with it hitting kind of hard? Its almost harsh. It almost hurts after inhaling for 2 seconds, unlike most of the other shishas I've smoked.


Here's my setup

-30" Egyptian
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-2 Coco Naras
-Reynolds Foil with 3 circles of small holes from a toothpick and one large hole in the center

I made sure i broke up the shisha good so there is good air circulation, water levels are fine, tried rotating the coals as well, and the bowl isnt over or under packed. Im getting decent clouds,but nothing in comparison to video reviews I've seen. I tried 3 Coco Naras and it was harsher. Any tips or suggestions? I smoked Hookah Hookah Hazelnut last night and it hit like a champ,maybe because it was a finer cut?

Any info would be great

The sell by date is also good. Not sure if i got a bad batch
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Old June 11th, 2010, 03:25 PM
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Default Re: Is there any trick to smoking starbuzz?

It may be a bad batch, thats always a possibility also try ice in the base... ice tends to cool the lungs, only downside is that the flavor weakens a little when there is ice in the base. it also might be pack improperly different tobaccos require different packing methods also doubling up the foil may help... you also said you poke small holes, when you do that make sure there is allot of holes close together.
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Old June 11th, 2010, 03:41 PM
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Default Re: Is there any trick to smoking starbuzz?

Starbuzz seems to be giving out bad batches alot lately.

-Make sure your water is at an adequate level.
-Make sure you didnt pack the tobacco too high. This sounds like the issue, theres no reason at all it should be burning with a large phunnel and 2 cocos.
-Try 2 layers of foil and see how that helps.
-Using a phunnel I wouldnt put a hole in the middle, but use the trick to keep the hole from clogging, and keep the coals on the far rim.

But in the end, It could just be a bad batch, who knows. This is why I dont smoke sb anymore.
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Old June 11th, 2010, 03:58 PM
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Thanks alot for the info guys. Much appreciated. Ill try another layer of foil and some ice and see how it goes.

Nick, what brand of shisha would you recommend?
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Old June 11th, 2010, 04:35 PM
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It sucks so much,especially since its one of the more pricey shishas. You'd think they'd be on top of that
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Nakhla's always a good bet. It likes the heat!
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Old June 11th, 2010, 04:38 PM
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perhaps you should give the charcoal a longer time to burn before smoking
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Old June 11th, 2010, 04:42 PM
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I gave it about 15 minutes. I never had this problem before, only with the starbuzz. That was my first time trying Starbuzz
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Old June 11th, 2010, 05:08 PM
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i found that its one of the more softer flavours on the throat so its either a bad batch or the holes maybe too big because i always use a pin rather than a toothpick.
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Old June 11th, 2010, 06:50 PM
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Every time I've smoked blue mist its treated me the same way regardless of my setup. Which is why I no longer smoke Starbuzz
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Default Re: Is there any trick to smoking starbuzz?

Nick said it best, but you could also try managing the heat better, packing less, and checking some how-to's on how to pack it.
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Old June 11th, 2010, 09:15 PM
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I would suggest saving your money and getting Nakhla. Starbuzz used to be one of my favorites but it gets to be to much money for the quality of tobacco. If you got 250gr I would just mess around until you figure it out, (every tobacco has its tricks). Or try and sell it in the for sale section.
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i found that its one of the more softer flavours on the throat so its either a bad batch or the holes maybe too big because i always use a pin rather than a toothpick.

i fits harsh you want the bigger holes. smaller holes mean more heat.
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Thanks alot for the info guys. Much appreciated. Ill try another layer of foil and some ice and see how it goes.

Nick, what brand of shisha would you recommend?
Social Smoke, or Nakhla if you are a man.
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i fits harsh you want the bigger holes. smaller holes mean more heat.
larger holes also means fewer holes.
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Social Smoke, or Nakhla if you are a little girly man.
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Only thing about the OP is the tobacco must of become victim to the phunnels notorious foil sag.


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i fits harsh you want the bigger holes. smaller holes mean more heat.
Wut.
Bigger holes means more airflow, meaning more air on coal, makes them burn hotter. Smaller holes will produce the opposite.
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Old June 12th, 2010, 01:01 AM
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I agree
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Old June 12th, 2010, 01:02 AM
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Wut.
Bigger holes means more airflow, meaning more air on coal, makes them burn hotter. Smaller holes will produce the opposite.
Smaller holes also mean less area for heated air in the bowl to rise up and out of the bowl. Ergo, more heat.
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Old June 12th, 2010, 01:10 AM
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Smaller holes also mean less area for heated air in the bowl to rise up and out of the bowl. Ergo, more heat.
I think it could go either way depending on how often you draw. If you pull often and have huge holes I think it would be heated much more thoroughly than if you have small holes and draw the same amount.
also sorry I haven't sent you your sample yet
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Ive never had starbuzz smoke harsh when using mu small vortex bowl. I think its due to heat distribution being better in vortex bowls.
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Ive never had starbuzz smoke harsh when using mu small vortex bowl. I think its due to heat distribution being better in vortex bowls.
I know you're new, so I'm not gonna rag on you too much, but this thread was either solved a long time ago or the member peaced out a long time ago.
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How to get starbuzz blue mist to smoke good? Wait 2-1/2 years and hopefully they are not still smoking blue mist! LOL
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i didnt read all the posts, but ill give you a legitimate answer since you already have it and you might as well enjoy it as much as possible, your best bet would be to get a vortex, its the only way i can smoke starbuzz and itll make it taste a lot better, i do like blue mist, but you definitely have to be careful with it.
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A thread from 2010........LOL I would assume the OP has found a solution by now.
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