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Old September 29th, 2009, 09:08 AM
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Default How many Exotica coals for Nakhla?

Well I've been having some Nakhla DA that I brought from Germany. And I just received some Nakhla Mizo Grape & AF Guava.
I also got a box of Exotica. I love the coals, yet I can't seem to get my smoke to be perfectly enjoyable.

Here is what I do:

I pack my small egyptian bowl, sprinkle the Tobacco in lightly, make sure it's not above the rim, put 2 sheets of Aluminum foil on it shiny side down, poke a lot of holes in it, put the coals on it.

When I used to put 1 QL on there, it would almost always burn because the Bowl is so small that it's was impossible to keep the coal away from the middle.

But now that I use Exotica, I put 2 1/4 Sticks size Coals on there and I either get harsh smoke & a lot of smoke, or little smoke but not harsh.

So I was just wondering if anybody sees anything wrong with the above or if anybody knows how many coals or how much heat the 2 Nakhlas & the AF Guava (haven't tried this one) needs.

Also, should I get a bigger bowl?? I do have some tobacco sticking to the foil afterward because the bowl is just so small and I don't only want it to be like a 30 minute session...

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Old September 29th, 2009, 09:11 AM
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I have figured out the greatest setup with a small Egyptian bowl, Nakhla and Exoticas! .. but I am still perfecting it so want to run some more tests before I post.

I find that one 1/4 piece works well if you rotate it and manage the heat. Just put it on the outside edge. If you need more heat, place a windcover over your bowl.

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you need to pack nakhla firmly not sprinkled.
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Default Re: How many Exotica coals for Nakhla?

I'd say cut 2 small portions instead of medium for your small egyptian.
When I use a small phunnel, generally I use 2 mediums and a small, but take off the small once it gets going.
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I have figured out the greatest setup with a small Egyptian bowl, Nakhla and Exoticas! .. but I am still perfecting it so want to run some more tests before I post.

I find that one 1/4 piece works well if you rotate it and manage the heat. Just put it on the outside edge. If you need more heat, place a windcover over your bowl.

Cheers!
Well definitely keep me updated please!


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you need to pack nakhla firmly not sprinkled.
Really? I always thought you need to sprinkle it in there... I'll try packing it! Thanx!


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I'd say cut 2 small portions instead of medium for your small egyptian.
When I use a small phunnel, generally I use 2 mediums and a small, but take off the small once it gets going.
You mean smaller than 1/4 of the stick?
Alright so I'll try 2 small pieces and then just leave them on and rotate them?
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Nakhla works best in shallow wide egyptian bowls use whats known as the over pack method;break up the nakhla and sprinkle it on the bowl so that ruffly theres as much tobacco over the rim as in the bowl than squish it down with 1 layer of foil and poke holes big and deep with either a bamboo skewer or the poker that comes with mya tongs.Also make the center hole clear threw the center hole of the bowl itself and sort of reem it out so to say so that you can see through it.Put coals on and enjoy
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I disagree about packing it in .. I use a small egyptian bowl and just use a little for a good 45min to an hour (life of the coals)

I'll PM you my technique so you can test it out and let me know what you think ..
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Yes. Try 1/5 sizes and be sure to manage your heat well if you start to pick up any sign of harsh smoke.
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I PM'd you my technique DaSebsch ... hopefully you have the "secret" ingredient to try it out .. let me know what you think.

Should be able to just use 2 pieces of coal and a small amount of tobacco (like 7 gms or less)

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I PM'd you my technique DaSebsch ... hopefully you have the "secret" ingredient to try it out .. let me know what you think.
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Alright thanks guys! I'll definitely try all of the above out!

Thanks Sambooka! I'll definitely let you know soon!
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give ya an idea just how much too pack in a shallow wide egyptian.
I did mangle the foil pretty bad but no wories still smoke like a champ.Nakhla is a very forgiving god
I'm not the best smoke ring maker but I do alright
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give ya an idea just how much too pack in a shallow wide egyptian.
I did mangle the foil pretty bad but no wories still smoke like a champ.Nakhla is a very forgiving god
I'm not the best smoke ring maker but I do alright
That's not an egyptian bowl, that's a modern bowl.
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Nakhla works best in shallow wide egyptian bowls use whats known as the over pack method;break up the nakhla and sprinkle it on the bowl so that ruffly theres as much tobacco over the rim as in the bowl than squish it down with 1 layer of foil and poke holes big and deep with either a bamboo skewer or the poker that comes with mya tongs.Also make the center hole clear threw the center hole of the bowl itself and sort of reem it out so to say so that you can see through it.Put coals on and enjoy
I use this method often with Nakhla and have had no issues with harsh smoke or burning. The flavor is great and the clouds very nice.
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that there is a egyptian conservation bowl or shallow wide egyptian its just over 3 inces across almost 3.5 inches ,I just have large hands
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that there is a egyptian conservation bowl or shallow wide egyptian its just over 3 inces across almost 3.5 inches ,I just have large hands
oh. my mistake. looked dead onto a modern bowl
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its easy . . .LISTEN 2 ME you need 2 have 3 pieces on there. . .that you must not move. . .I reccommend poking the foil 2 look like a mercedes sign. put the coal on the parts that have no holes. if you have a shallow bowl . .USE A SPACER . .pack it to the rim. put ONE layer of foil . .make a ring the same size of the bowl . .put it on the bowl and place another layer of foil . that way your tobacco won't burn . . .Remember 2 poke thru both holes. . .. If you used a Mercedes hole pattern . .no need 2 move the coals around or ash them. HAVE A NICE SMOKE!
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give ya an idea just how much too pack in a shallow wide egyptian.
I did mangle the foil pretty bad but no wories still smoke like a champ.Nakhla is a very forgiving god
I'm not the best smoke ring maker but I do alright
Damn that's a lotta Tobacco in there... and there's no burning or anything? How many coals did you throw on there and what size?


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I use this method often with Nakhla and have had no issues with harsh smoke or burning. The flavor is great and the clouds very nice.
I'll try that one tonight! Thanks guys!

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its easy . . .LISTEN 2 ME you need 2 have 3 pieces on there. . .that you must not move. . .I reccommend poking the foil 2 look like a mercedes sign. put the coal on the parts that have no holes. if you have a shallow bowl . .USE A SPACER . .pack it to the rim. put ONE layer of foil . .make a ring the same size of the bowl . .put it on the bowl and place another layer of foil . that way your tobacco won't burn . . .Remember 2 poke thru both holes. . .. If you used a Mercedes hole pattern . .no need 2 move the coals around or ash them. HAVE A NICE SMOKE!
I'll try this one tonight also. Thanks!
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I'm not to familiar with exoticas but I use a 40mm golden and a windcover for this bowl and it smokes thick and smooth perfectly finished in about 45-55 min.
And make sure you poke that center hole so you can see threw it.Look agin close at pic and you'll know what I mean

I'm thinking a 2 inch piece of exotica coal will do nicely.

I use coconara's for larger bowl's its just 1 40mm coal smokes this bowl perfectly
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So i've tried Sambooka's method and the ring method.

Sambooka, I've gotta say that your definitely works the best. It was perfect. Good amount of smoke and perfect taste.

The ring method was kind of a pain to set up because it took me a while to get the ring perfectly.
But once I got it, it was very nice also.

I haven't tried to overpacking method because I wouldn't have had time to smoke a long session like that. I'll keep ya updated on that too.

So thanks guys! Improved my smoking experience immensely!
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I am glad that my method worked for you I will do a video on it soon ... good to know it is so easy to do and provides the perfect smoke

Cheers! Thanks for being my tester!
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any chance on that metod smabooka, im gonna smoke a bowl of mizo watermelon later, could try something new
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Have to subscribe to my vids I'll post it soon ... Your going to be amazed how simplistic it is!
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remember German tobacco is more "dry" by law
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I am glad that my method worked for you I will do a video on it soon ... good to know it is so easy to do and provides the perfect smoke

Cheers! Thanks for being my tester!

No problem! Glad I finally found the perfect way to smoke! I've been trying to get it to smoke right but I just couldn't seem to find the balance!
Thanks again! Good thinking!
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