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Old February 26th, 2009, 07:48 PM
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Question Help w/ new vortex bowl?

Hey guys,

Pretty new to the hookah world, so excuse the question

What's the best way to setup/smoke a vortex bowl? Do I need to use more than 1 40mm quick light (they're all I have until next week)?

Any tips/advice on coal placement, how to pack the bowl and where to poke holes would be much appreciated!

Thanks
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Old February 26th, 2009, 07:51 PM
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I would probably go with two coals. Im not sure about the packing and the coal placement. Try going to the videos and go under how tos.
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Old February 26th, 2009, 08:03 PM
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Default Re: Help w/ new vortex bowl?

Egh...I think ur best bet would be to break two 40 mm s up into halves. So you have four halves...and then use three halves 120 degrees apart.


u might be able to do it with only two halves...
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Old February 26th, 2009, 08:12 PM
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Egh...I think ur best bet would be to break two 40 mm s up into halves. So you have four halves...and then use three halves 120 degrees apart.


u might be able to do it with only two halves...
Thanks, gonna try that right now- I also got the Taj Mahal wind cover for the bowl, I've seen some people's vids indoors with wind covers on, does this do anything for the hookah?
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Old February 26th, 2009, 08:19 PM
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Hey guys,

Pretty new to the hookah world, so excuse the question

What's the best way to setup/smoke a vortex bowl? Do I need to use more than 1 40mm quick light (they're all I have until next week)?

Any tips/advice on coal placement, how to pack the bowl and where to poke holes would be much appreciated!

Thanks
Shisha: If it's sticky or in clumps, undo it by rolling it between your thumb and index+middle fingers. Remove stems if any. Then sprinkle the shisha around the bowl, don't push it down if you mustn't or the top layer will burn. Make sure it's even all around that it doesn't rise too high (about the height of the cone in the middle).

Foil: It's really important that the foil doesn't touch the shisha, so use any means necessary (double, triple layers). Reynolds Heavy Duty is recommended because it won't bend as easily under the weight of the coals. Poke many small holes starting around the rim of the bowl, with a pin or a needle, doing a spiral motion until you reach the center. Don't poke holes above the cone.

Coals: If you want to use just one, break one (unlit) quicklight into halves and use them at opposite ends of the bowl. You can use three in a triangular pattern or four, depending on your heat management strategy. Just be sure to put the coals at the very edges of the bowl. Too much heat, the shisha burns, too little, you get thin smoke.

I wish you good luck with your hookah experimentations and welcome to HP!
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Old February 26th, 2009, 08:39 PM
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Thanks, gonna try that right now- I also got the Taj Mahal wind cover for the bowl, I've seen some people's vids indoors with wind covers on, does this do anything for the hookah?

windcover insulates the bowl so u can use less coal....two halves plus the taj would probably do it.
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Old February 26th, 2009, 09:20 PM
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Nice! I broke the 40mm in half and am using the wind cover, much better!

The smoke isn't quite as thick as I've seen, but I think that's because of the shisha I'm using (Hookah Freak Xpresso); it seems much less "gooey" than the other stuff I bought at the local hookah place.

Thanks for the tips guys, looking forward to trying the rest of the flavors I bought.
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Old February 26th, 2009, 09:41 PM
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Default Re: Help w/ new vortex bowl?

Hookah Hookah and Hookah Freak are not meant to get good smoke, and they burn easily, try getting some nice shisha like starbuzz, then you can really put that vortex to some good use.
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Old February 26th, 2009, 09:45 PM
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Hookah Hookah and Hookah Freak are not meant to get good smoke, and they burn easily, try getting some nice shisha like starbuzz, then you can really put that vortex to some good use.

i disagree....i get as good of clouds out of HH/HF as almost any other....
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Old February 26th, 2009, 09:56 PM
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try getting some nice shisha like starbuzz, then you can really put that vortex to some good use.
Agreed. The Vortex's goal is to keep the juices in the bowl to maintain full flavor. For that reason, it's not super useful for shisha like Nakhla and HH which are the moist type. Starbuzz though, really shines with the Vortex.
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I always use three half-coals in a triangle pattern around the bowl, with concentric circle hole patterns in the foil. Don't be afraid to add or subtract coals - finding the right balance is key to good smoke and flavor
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Old February 26th, 2009, 10:35 PM
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i wouldnt mind trying a vortex
open up to new things,

ive only used my small TPB
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I use a med. tangires, and it smoke just as well (no scallie). Only problem is size, but sometimes you just pack light.
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