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Old June 14th, 2009, 06:51 PM
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Default Coal Maintenence?

So, I need some tips with coal maintenance.

Usually with my coals, after around 5 mins, I take it off my bowl, BLOW on the coal so all the ash comes off, than i blow on the bowl so the ash gets off that, than i do that to all 3. . . than i Flip it to the red side

i feel like i have Coal OCD or something. everytime i see someone smoking and i see ash on the bowl, i see some ash go in there and well, idk its wierd lol so thats why i blow all the ash off.

how do you guys deal with your ash?
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Old June 14th, 2009, 06:55 PM
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Default Re: Coal Maintenence?

I leave my on...I rarely move my coals or ash them. Maybe once or twice a session.
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Old June 14th, 2009, 07:04 PM
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I leave my on...I rarely move my coals or ash them. Maybe once or twice a session.
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OP id reccomend some COCOs.. they ash the best IMO and u can just blow from the side cuz the ash is like dust
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i guess, how would you pack SB? like tangiers? lol
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Old June 14th, 2009, 07:07 PM
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i guess, how would you pack SB? like tangiers? lol
No? >.> I loosely pack everything, well under the rim of the bowl. Sprinkle shisha in, and cover up, BAM, done.

The only thing I semi-tight pack is the occasional nakhla funnel pack, but that is very occasional. Normally I pack that lightly as well.
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i guess, how would you pack SB? like tangiers? lol
I usually do a sprinkle method with SB
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Default Re: Coal Maintenence?

yeah me too, and i do use cocos. So i guess ill keep..blowing..
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Old June 14th, 2009, 07:27 PM
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yeah me too, and i do use cocos. So i guess ill keep..blowing..
that's what she said

but anyway, i use coconut coals too and i blow the ash off too, and flip to the red side, and blow the remainder of the ash off the coal. so, i do the same as you do pretty much...
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Old June 14th, 2009, 07:29 PM
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So, I need some tips with coal maintenance.

Usually with my coals, after around 5 mins, I take it off my bowl, BLOW on the coal so all the ash comes off, than i blow on the bowl so the ash gets off that, than i do that to all 3. . . than i Flip it to the red side

i feel like i have Coal OCD or something. everytime i see someone smoking and i see ash on the bowl, i see some ash go in there and well, idk its wierd lol so thats why i blow all the ash off.

how do you guys deal with your ash?
I am exactly the same way. My friend always makes fun of me for it but I don't care! The coals have to be PERFECT!
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Old June 14th, 2009, 07:31 PM
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Default Re: Coal Maintenence?

I notice that with cocos...if u don't blow the ash off of them, you don't get the "downside turning black" issue. If there is a buffer of ash on the bottom, they don't turn black, but stay redhot under the ash cause they can get oxygen when they aren't in direct contact with the foil.
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Old June 14th, 2009, 07:39 PM
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I do not ash the coals at all, unless I'm adding new coals. At that time I'll blow the ash off the foil and start over. I found leaving the ash on the coal as much as possible helps to increase coal life. I move coals depending on tobacco. Seldom with Tangiers to every few minuets with some of the stuff I have from Hajo. Again, I will avoid knocking the ash off the coals when moving them if possible.
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I do not ash the coals at all, unless I'm adding new coals. At that time I'll blow the ash off the foil and start over. I found leaving the ash on the coal as much as possible helps to increase coal life. I move coals depending on tobacco. Seldom with Tangiers to every few minuets with some of the stuff I have from Hajo. Again, I will avoid knocking the ash off the coals when moving them if possible.
I also agree with these statements.
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Default Re: Coal Maintenence?

Yeap, it entirely depends on what im smoking. Like with Nakhla, it is a little more heat resistant so i generally dont move them much, maybe rotate them once or twice a session. But if im smoking like HH, i will rotate and ash every 15min. Idk, it depends too, right now im out of coconaras, so i actually have to ash them, not just burp in that direction.
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i blow the ash off when i move the coals but other than that i dont worry about it ash shouldnt mess with your flavor, if your getting pieces of burning coal down the foil thats a different story though

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Default Re: Coal Maintenence?

im bout 2 smoke right now so, ill be on probably...im gonna just experiment and see what happens, Thanks guys
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Default Re: Coal Maintenence?

What works best for me is just to leave it and only ash it when I'm putting a new coal on. Seems to retain the most heat that way imo. It bugs me to see people constantly knocking the ashes off and blowing them off every few minutes.
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Default Re: Coal Maintenence?

Yh with coco's they seem to last longer if you dont ash them

But i ash them propbable twice on a phunnel and never on a vortex
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Default Re: Coal Maintenence?

I am just the opposite. I tend to think that blowing the ash is more likely to push ash through the holes in the foil. Idk if that's true or not
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Default Re: Coal Maintenence?

Me and my buddies who I normally smoke with all have coal OCD too haha. We're always changing them or moving ect.

We always go through 2 sticks of Exotica coals per head.
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Default Re: Coal Maintenence?

I never really ash mine or move them unless im burnning or not enough heat i just find there happy place and leave them some of my best sesons have come from never moving them but half way through just to get the ash off the bottem even then i dont do any thing with the ash on top. Ive never had ash come up my hose and a draw issue cause it plugs any thing up just my 2 cents.
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im bout 2 smoke right now so, ill be on probably...im gonna just experiment and see what happens, Thanks guys
so wut were the results
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they were good =] not ashing is better than ashing.
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