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Old December 20th, 2007, 06:19 PM
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Default how long are you supposed to wait after you put the charcoals on?

i noticed that at the beginning of a sesh the smoke is harsh. is this because the shisha is still cooking and i have to wait longer? won't it take longer to heat the bowl if i don't circulate air through it and just let the coals sit there? also, is it normal for the tobacco to look burnt after a sesh? should i always break my charcoal into a couple pieces? im afraid of scorching the tobacco when starting it up, i have 40mm golden coals btw. thanks
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Old December 20th, 2007, 06:32 PM
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Default Re: how long are you supposed to wait after you put the charcoals on?

at the beginning it would be harsh either due to burning tobacco or the coals not being fully lit. if your using a QL give it 1-2 minutes after you lit it up for it to get rid of any taste it will have before you put it on your bowl. if its burning by the tobacco sticking to the foil then pack a little bit less ofcourse. the tobacco at the end well all depends on the look. it can be all black and burned or it can be covered in ash or it can be both. breaking your coals into pieces is not always needed but it helps because if there is a little too much heat you can take som off.
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Old December 20th, 2007, 07:01 PM
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Default Re: how long are you supposed to wait after you put the charcoals on?

Well put boom, but I would like to add that the best way to tell if any coal is ready to be placed on top of your bowl, is if is is covered in white ash.
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Old December 20th, 2007, 07:55 PM
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at the beginning it would be harsh either due to burning tobacco or the coals not being fully lit. if your using a QL give it 1-2 minutes after you lit it up for it to get rid of any taste it will have before you put it on your bowl. if its burning by the tobacco sticking to the foil then pack a little bit less ofcourse. the tobacco at the end well all depends on the look. it can be all black and burned or it can be covered in ash or it can be both. breaking your coals into pieces is not always needed but it helps because if there is a little too much heat you can take som off.
Follow Boomhauer's suggestion.. Also, an easy way to know if the coal is ready is that it must be glowing orange all over with a thin layer of ash... Once it's in this condition, you can place it on the bowl and start smoking. If you don't wait until the coals is completely lit, then it will cause a chemical taste at the beginning of the session. Also, it is normal for the shisha to look black after a session, just make sure you don't over pack it like boomhauer said. Another helpful thing to prevent harshness is to use two sheets of foil instead of one. This helps a little bit in keeping the bowl from overheating, but like said earlier, overpacking will cause harshness regardless so be especially careful with that part...

EDIT: Also, you might want to check out the following videos from Sambooka. They are really informative and helpful when it comes to proper set up and fixing harshness.
http://youtube.com/watch?v=k_BCJ1xOQTE
http://youtube.com/watch?v=2zvN1cL1uik

let us know how it turns out...
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Old December 20th, 2007, 08:19 PM
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Default Re: how long are you supposed to wait after you put the charcoals on?

+1 to what Boom said ...

... and Hey HookahMaster, Thanks for mentioning the VIDs! Yeah, I really tried to show "How To Setup" and made sure to include the information about coals.

You'll get it GreenBoarder! Just follow the advice here and in the VIDs ... and being that you are using 40mm coals, I would suggest trying to break one in half and see how that goes? Half on one side/edge of the bowl, and the other half on the other side ...

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Old December 20th, 2007, 09:59 PM
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Default Re: how long are you supposed to wait after you put the charcoals on?

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Yeah, I really tried to show "How To Setup" and made sure to include the information about coals.
coals? ive been using my lighter the entire time
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Yeah, I really tried to show "How To Setup" and made sure to include the information about coals.
coals? ive been using my lighter the entire time
LMFAO!!!! like the video on the myspace page where the guy is actually using a lighter to try and smoke his hookah with
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