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Old October 3rd, 2009, 03:45 PM
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hi everyone i just started smoking shisha. I have a mya bambino with a stock hose and bowl, and im only using one three kings coal and my smoke is harsh. Is it because this is such a small bowl and requires less heat? what am i doing wrong?
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Old October 3rd, 2009, 03:51 PM
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hi everyone i just started smoking shisha. I have a mya bambino with a stock hose and bowl, and im only using one three kings coal and my smoke is harsh. Is it because this is such a small bowl and requires less heat? what am i doing wrong?
Break the coal into 2 or 3 pieces and spreading them to different corners of the bowl might help
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Old October 3rd, 2009, 03:51 PM
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that mya bowl is no good. try an egyptian bowl out. also try splitting the coal in half and putting it on the edges
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Old October 3rd, 2009, 03:54 PM
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First of all, welcome to both the hookah lifestyle and Hookah Pro. Are you allowing the coals to heat completely through before placing them on your bowl? You want to make sure you are letting them heat until they are no longer sparking and they are glowing red-orange all the way through - no black spots.

Are you placing the coal in the middle of the bowl? I'm wondering if it was possible to break it in half and place one half on opposite edges of the bowl, but I'm not familiar with Three Kings coals. I use the Hookah John's naturals exclusively. What are you using to poke holes in the foil with? How are you spacing the holes apart? What shisha are you smoking and how are you packing it?

There are a few causes of harsh smoke. Usually it boils down to bowl packing and heat management. I'd recommend watching the how-to videos on here for heat management and bowl packing techniques. It's either an issue with the coals you're using, the shisha may be burning in the bowl, or both.

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Old October 3rd, 2009, 04:08 PM
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I am using nakhla da packed loosly and evenly as supposed to. I think the problem may be in the bowl/coal combination. I have ordered some ******* hookah coals from john and i am ordering a phunnel bowl. In the mean time i will try cutting the coals. thanks a million guys... and gal
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Extremely small holes. Umm, yeah break the coals and put them on the edge of the bowl. shiny side down, try under packing nakhla.
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The mya bowl that comes with the bambino is super small and shallow when I first started with it I didn't break the coal up at all I was just careful on how I packed it since the bowl is so shallow.
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Old October 3rd, 2009, 07:34 PM
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well just got done smoking a bowl and here's the verdict:
broke up coal
used less shisha
used homemade windcover

results: excellent, just the way shisha should be.
just want to say thanks to everyone who helped
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Old October 3rd, 2009, 08:05 PM
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Extremely small holes. Umm, yeah break the coals and put them on the edge of the bowl. shiny side down, try under packing nakhla.
Why should he under pack it?
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Old October 3rd, 2009, 09:47 PM
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Why should he under pack it?
The more I do it, the more I like the over-pack method myself. The only time I under pack Nakhla now is when I want a shorter session.
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The more I do it, the more I like the over-pack method myself. The only time I under pack Nakhla now is when I want a shorter session.
Totally agree with you and I don't get it, why would everyone suggests underpacking shisha while this is not abouloutely correct !!
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I found the overpack on Nakhla works better for me as well, nearly as much as the Tangiers/Eric packing method. 4 half cocos on that small phunnel and I'm GTG.
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