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Old November 29th, 2007, 04:48 PM
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Default Common Chamber vs 2-port vs 4-port

So I want everyones opinion on Common Chambers like on the Mya's and also 2 and 4 port chambers. \
What does everyone think?

whats the good things and bad things of each design that you know of? what would you rather have..a common chamber like the Mya's or a 2 port like KM's?
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Old November 29th, 2007, 05:23 PM
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Read my post on HF. I rocked it.
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Old November 29th, 2007, 10:52 PM
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Old November 30th, 2007, 12:52 AM
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I have experience with both. I own a Traditional Egyptian with a 2 port chamber, and two Mya's which have
common chambers.

2 port chamber: (Traditional Egyptians, and the majority of other types of hookahs)
Pros- Two port chambers are MUCH more effective at clearing the chamber's smoke out when the session gets harsh.

Cons- I noticed that on my Egyptian, as I was cleaning it out one day, I heard a light splash of water. As if it was being contained somewhere inside of the hookah itself. Upon further inspection, I realized that the water noise was coming from the port neck itself. It seems that from cleaning, water had made it's way through the bottom port holes and into the neck of the hookah. I haven't been able to take the water out from there, so it stayed. Kind of nasty to think that there has been a small amount of old water stuck in there for over a year. But so far, it hasn't affected a session in a negative way so I guess it doesn't matter.

Common Chamber: (Mya)
Pros- since it's not "sealed", there's no way water could get stuck in it. And also you can stick a brush in the actual port chamber to clean an area where you usually can't get to with any other type of hookah. This means less chance of lingering taste/smell and better cleaning.

Cons- On Mya's, the angle at which the port holes are drilled into the chamber are not all that great. They don't allow the chamber to be 100% cleared of all it's smoke when you blow into the hose. Only a little smoke will come out from the purge valve, but not all of it in the chamber. This kind of sucks, because when the session get's harsh, you can't really fix it by using the purge valve and clearing the chamber. Instead you just have to take off a coal, or wait it out. This will happen to a hookah newbie, but for someone with experience, you should know how to prevent your session from ever getting harsh. Specially if you've owned your Mya for a while and know how to work it.
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Old November 30th, 2007, 02:10 PM
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I'ved owned 2 port Syrians, 4 port Syrian, 2 port Egyptians and a common heart chinese knock-off. The easiest to pull from was the 2-port hearts, but only becasue the 4-port had a autoseal system. Now that it's removed, it's just as nice or slightly better - the draw and clear out is efortless. The hardest is the common, it was easy to clean, but I can not clear it of smoke. The only way to purge that one is to remove the purge vavle and then blow.
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Old December 1st, 2007, 12:48 PM
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Here is the differences.

Common Chambers

Mya - The Mya common chamber is a large hollow heart. The downstem connects directly to the center stem right through the middle of this heart, and the downstems found in some Myas are wider than average. This allows a larger amount of smoke to come down through the stem, into the water, and into the Heart. The draw seems very effortless because there is practically no air friction. The smoke is just pulled straight into the hose from a large open Heart, and large amounts of smoke continue to accumulate. You draw faster with this style of chamber than with any other style, so your pulls are shorter in order for you to be filled with smoke, and this leads to a lck of the taste of the smoke. The smoke runs across your tongue much faster than with another heart-style, so your taste buds don't absorb as many taste molecules.

JandR Syrian (4 hole) - JandR Syrians are common chamber hookahs. They are different from Myas because there is a plate at the mouth of the heart. This plate is where the downstem screws on. There are four holes drilled into this plate in order for the smoker to receive the maximum amount of smoke. With this plate in place, your draw will be noticeably harder than with a Mya or Egyptian. This tighter draw, however, causes the smoke to be pulled slower, therefore leading to a much better taste, because the taste-buds have more time to absorb more flavor molecules. You get the same amount of smoke as a Mya or Egyptian, only at a slower speed.

Knockoff Common Chamber (2-3 Holes) - This chamber, found mostly in knock-off hookahs and cheap hookahs, is basically the same design as the JandR Chamber, but has a lesser number of holes, a smaller heart, and the holes are smaller. This actually affects your smoke, because you pull in a large amount of air with your smoke and you also don't get very much smoke.

Traditional 2 tube/hole Style

Traditional 2 tubed/hole Heart - These are commonly found in most Egyptians. The heart contains 2 tubes, each with openings in the bottom (in the vase) part of the heart, and on the outside of the heart. The tubes are for 2 things; the hose port, and the purge valve. One tube has an opening in heart that draws the smoke from the Vase and leads to the Hose Port. The other has an opening in the heart, but leads to the purge valve. The tube hole leading to the hose port has a noticeably larger hole than the purge valve. Drawing smoke is Effortless; purging is as well. This style of Heart is different from a common chamber because the smoke does not enter the large open space of the heart.

Basically, Traditional Hearts are easy to clean by just using pipe cleaners. Mya Chambers are more difficult, but by using a bendable brush they can be scrubbed. JandR Syrian Hearts are very hard to clean, and it's pretty impossible to get a brush in every nook and cranny. By Soaking the heart, though, you can eat away all the grime without much effort on your part.

Smoke Quality is mainly based on Heat Control. Taste, is what is based on the hookah itself.
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