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Old October 24th, 2007, 06:38 PM
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howdy everyone. I have a question regarding, if you did not already know, coals.

i'm going to have to buy some new coals soo and i'd like to know what your favorite brands are...also, i've heard alot about using multiple coals and cutting coals in half. how do you all use your coals?
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Old October 24th, 2007, 06:56 PM
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Exoticas are the best in the business, there are several people on this forum that will agree with me. Exoticas are natural, so you'll need some sort of heat source; coil stove, etc.
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Old October 24th, 2007, 07:16 PM
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all depends on what you like. i would buy atleast one box of a quicklite if you got only a lighter and smoke on the go like at a party. if you got a torch get easylites. if you smoke at home or even at a party but you have a torch get exoticas. for best results go with natural coal which is all loose and different sizes and add no flavor to your smoking experience.

exoticas are nice and thick, burn for a while and dont roll around. they are not 100% natural as they need a binder for when its pressed into the shapes but its fairly good.
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Old October 24th, 2007, 07:46 PM
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if your looking for a good QL go with Golden coals... i use em 24/7 they are great...
u can pick some up at www.nazarhookah.com
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Old October 24th, 2007, 08:12 PM
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ya what it is with people using multiple coals instead of moving just one around
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Old October 24th, 2007, 08:23 PM
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You get thicker smoke at once. More heat into the bowl and more shisha cooking, so more smoke. One coal is literally half the smoke.

And i love Exoticas for sure. They are the best. When i use QL, i use Golden Coals as stated above & Easy-Lite Japs occasionally.
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Old October 25th, 2007, 09:36 AM
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I use a couple different coals ...

For quicklights, I use Goldens
For Japanese, I use a couple different brands
I also use some Diamantes (they are round fingers)

But my primary coal of choice is Exoticas! I love them!

I tweak things as needed, but this is usually what I start out with ...
I will usually use 3/4 of a stick of Exotica, broken into quarters, spread around the outter bowl edges.
1/2 Diamante, broken into quarters, spread around the outter edge of the bowl
1.5 Goldens broken into halves spread around the outter edge of the bowl
and 3 Japanese spread around the outter edge of the bowl.
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Old October 25th, 2007, 12:14 PM
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Exoticas are the best hands down!
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Old October 25th, 2007, 12:15 PM
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Jap Easy Lights, Break it so i have 3 pieces then line them along the outside in a triangle, works everytime
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Old October 25th, 2007, 12:17 PM
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Exoticas seem to be winning hands down. when you guys say torch, do you mean a torch lighter, or something more hardcore? I dont have a torch lighter, but i don't imagine they'd be too expencive....

either way, thanks alot! I think i'll be picking up a box of golden coals pretty soon!

also- would just breaking one coal in half and putting the two halves on the edges of the bowl make better smoke than just one whole coal in the middle? or should I bite the bullet and use 1 1/2 coals each time?
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Yeah, Exoticas are niiiccceee, you need a stove, gas or electric to light them. Or some other means, a regular lighter isn't going to light them.

Depends on your bowl, but if 1.5 coals of Goldens will fit easily, then use that amount, if 1.5 is a tight fit, then you have a small bowl and just go with two halves...
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Old October 25th, 2007, 01:06 PM
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but i should definately cut 'em in half?
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You don't have to, you can try to play around with it ... the best thing is experimentation, and learning how to manage the heat. That is the biggest thing to a good smoke session, heat management. I haven't used a Golden in a long time, but when I do, I have lit two and placed one flat along the very edge of the bowl, and the other one on its side on the edge of the bowl laying against the flat coal ... if that makes sense? On my saudi bowl, which is a bigger bowl, I will use two and place them on opposite ends of the bowl using whole coals and rotating about every 10 minutes or so.
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Old October 25th, 2007, 01:31 PM
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ah, ok. thanks alot!
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Old October 25th, 2007, 02:05 PM
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exoticas are pretty good, only problem I have is they'll splint from time to time and cause devastation throughout my carpet.
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Wow, never had that happen before....thank god!
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me either, "knock on wood!"
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