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Old November 16th, 2007, 02:20 PM
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Default I killed two coals!!!

This is weird as hell, but last night I lit up two 30mm discs of Golden coals to begin our session. Since it was windy, I decided to place them in between my two hookah charcoal trays, so as to protect them from the strong wind. Basically I placed them on one tray, then I covered the bottom tray with another tray on top (like how you would cover a cooking ***). So I lit them with a torch lighter, they started sparking all over and I could see the smoke coming out of the hole in the center of the tray that was on top. Anyway, I continued prepping the hookah and everything else.

When I go to uncover the tray (so that I can place the coals on top of the bowl) I notice that the coals are not lit! So I wave my hand over them to see if they're producing any heat, and nothing. I then pick them up with my fingers, and they obviously weren't lit because they didn't even feel warm. So I apply the torch lighter for several seconds on each, and nothing. They were done sparking over, and it seems like they couldn't light up to produce heat. Nothing worked. It seems to me that the gunpowder or chemical that's used to light it got used up, and because of a lack of oxygen I suppose, they might have died! I had to throw them away, regardless I'm never sandwiching coals in between two trays ever again. Has this ever happened to anyone else I thought this was weird as hell.
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Old November 16th, 2007, 07:37 PM
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Default Re: I killed two coals!!!

well, if you place any burning thing under something like say a pan or try you will smolder it. without oxygen to help fuel the fire, the fire will die.

I've never tried it and i'm sorry you had to find out the hard way.

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Old November 17th, 2007, 02:56 AM
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i have never done that but i have re-used quick lights before that werent far into the session. weird that they wouldnt light again for you especially with a torch
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Old November 18th, 2007, 05:57 PM
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Default Re: I killed two coals!!!

Yeap, basically KK is right - the coals, with lack of O2, went out. But since you has already started them, most of the starter chemicals where burned away/off, so they really didn't have anything to "lite" with. I bet if you tried using them like naturals, (IE: sustained heat), they may heat and work. But, I think your right - you killed them Jim!
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Old November 19th, 2007, 02:19 PM
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I think the CO/CO2 that gets emitted from the chemicals on the coals sometimes 'suffocate' the fires oxygen intake causing it not to light?
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