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Old March 1st, 2009, 10:38 PM
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Default My new order

It was placed today at Nazar Hookah.

1 x *NEW* Vortex Bowl
1 x Razan Washable Hose
1 x Java Tobacco Double Apple 250g
1 x Starbuzz Exotic Citrus Mint 250g
1 x Starbuzz Exotic Irish Cream 250g

Can't wait to try the Vortex
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Old March 1st, 2009, 10:53 PM
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Let us know how the Java is!
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Old March 1st, 2009, 10:56 PM
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let me know on the starbuzz irish cream - i just had the HH stuff and it was pretty damn good.
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Old March 1st, 2009, 11:00 PM
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I had starbuzz irish cream yesterday, it wasn't bad, typicall smoke for starbuzz....not that much flavor though...and no buzz for me, i smoke cigs though, my friends buzzed
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Old March 2nd, 2009, 01:33 AM
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I think you will be pleased with everything you bought. i havent had the Java myself so be sure to make a review
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Old March 2nd, 2009, 01:43 AM
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Let me know how each of those starbuzz flavor's go, I've only tried blue mist and white grape so it's literally been hit or miss!
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Old March 2nd, 2009, 01:48 AM
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Sure, I'll make sure to review all of them.
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Old March 2nd, 2009, 01:52 AM
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I don't like the vortex... it's a shisha waster for me. Since it's ceramic, the heat spreading is not as good as clay bowls so the top layer's burned at the end of the session while the bottom's almost unused.

I always pack fluffily at the right height and my hole placement is good. I've toyed around with a few concepts but I eventually abandoned the vortex.

Let us know of your own experience, perhaps you can help me get the hang of it.
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Old March 2nd, 2009, 02:00 AM
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I heard that there are two types of the Vortex. The old one has holes that are close the bottom of the bowl while the new one has higher holes.

Wich one is yours?
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Old March 2nd, 2009, 02:02 AM
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The new one, with the holes very high up. Personally, I think it might be part of the problem. Then again most people don't have trouble with the phunnel, which does essentially the same thing. I am confused
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Old March 2nd, 2009, 03:02 AM
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dakins, take a pic of a bowl you packed and post it - we will evaluate your technique
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Old March 2nd, 2009, 11:31 AM
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Exactly, take a pic of your holes.
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Old March 2nd, 2009, 11:36 AM
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Exactly, take a pic of your holes.

that is going in the OOC tghread..
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Old March 2nd, 2009, 03:40 PM
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Exactly, take a pic of your holes.
Here's a super close-up of doom. I'll pack a bowl later tonight. I know there's crap on the rim, just think of it as "added flavor".

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Old March 2nd, 2009, 07:57 PM
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That is not good because I thought the Vortex would be better than Tangiers Phunnel. Anyway, I'll try it and let u know what do I think about it.
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Old March 2nd, 2009, 08:20 PM
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I packed another bowl tonight and tried different configurations of coals and hole patterns, etc. I got moderately good smoke but it was harsh even though nothing was burning inside. As per usual, since the holes are at the very top, the shisha didn't heat up uniformly. I double-checked and the shisha on the top had not overheated but the smoke was unpleasant.

I'm more and more convinced that the problem is not mine, that the new vortex bowls just suck (no pun).
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Old March 2nd, 2009, 09:13 PM
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What kind of shisha do use? Have u tried different shisha and coals?

I've seen very good reviews about the Vortex.
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Old March 2nd, 2009, 09:30 PM
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Dakins, checkout this link. It might help u in packing your bowl.
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Old March 2nd, 2009, 11:41 PM
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You forgot to post the link I'm using Nakhla sweet melon and ez lite natural coals (not QLs). With two coals, the flavor's plenty but the smoke is thin. With three, the smoke gets harsh with no flavor.

There's like an equilibrium of heat management that I haven't quite gotten correctly.

It's a shame, nakhla sweet melon rocks my socks.
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Old March 3rd, 2009, 12:55 AM
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I don't like my vortex. It feels really breakable and I don't usually get much smoke. I prefer my phunnel.
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Old March 3rd, 2009, 01:38 AM
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Here is the link

http://www.hookahpro.com/forum/showt...ghlight=vortex
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Old March 3rd, 2009, 06:42 PM
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That actually helped me quite a bit. I tried my luck again with the vortex and figured out a few things in the process.

Bowl: fluffily packed, below the rim as always.

The best hole pattern for the foil is around the rim, two circles of about 12~14 holes one inside of the other. No holes anywhere near the center. Two to three coals depending on the shisha you're using.

The vortex needs a lot of heat to start up. A windcover is almost essential if you're not using nats. Once the bowl is at the right heat, it conserves its heat rather well throughout the session. I got great smoke with Nakhla two apples and it never got harsh using QLs (I know, sue me). I can't imagine the results with CH coals or exoticas.

Once I'm done experimenting, I'll write a noob's guide for the vortex
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Old March 3rd, 2009, 09:40 PM
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I am glad it is getting better.
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