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Old October 17th, 2009, 01:51 PM
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Hey all!

I've been using Al-waha shisha since it's available to me locally and when I smoke, it's harsh in the beginning and then it gets smoother after a while. Any idea what's causing this?

My set-up so far:

20" king of hookah jamila onyx
1-2 small golden coals
and double foiled reynolds aluminum with about 17 holes poked
and of course ice and water
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Old October 17th, 2009, 02:08 PM
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Default Re: Harsh smoke in the beginning

first thing that came to mind for me is ur coals. make sure u let them light all the way (no black on them AT ALL!) also maybe try poking more and smaller holes. like thumb tack small. hope this helps.
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Old October 17th, 2009, 02:10 PM
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Default Re: Harsh smoke in the beginning

Let the coals rest on the bowl for 3-5 minn before smoking.
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Old October 17th, 2009, 03:48 PM
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If its harsh I would say poke bigger holes for more airflow
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Old October 17th, 2009, 04:58 PM
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Default Re: Harsh smoke in the beginning

Make sure your not packing your bowl to high cause sometimes when i do that it seems to be harsh at first then gets better once the burnt smoke gets out of the vase.

Make sure your coals are on the outer edges of the bowl opposite of each other. I always start out with 2 coals then if i need a third i add it. (thats for natural coals though)

if you are using quick lights then break them in half and then start off with 2 halves opposite of each other on the bowl then add another half if you need more =)

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Old October 17th, 2009, 05:17 PM
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Default Re: Harsh smoke in the beginning

I think it's a matter of too much coal at first, but then the tobacco warms up.
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Old October 18th, 2009, 11:23 PM
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Default Re: Harsh smoke in the beginning

thanks for the replies!!

Well I do use a thumb tack to poke the hose, and this time (smoking it right now =D) and no harsh smoke. I poked less holes and it seemed to fix the harshness. And I fill the bowl about halfway (waiting to get my vortex bowl :banana

and Yes I usually wait until the coal completely ashes over.

btw, how long does it take a natural coal to light?
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Old October 19th, 2009, 12:27 AM
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Default Re: Harsh smoke in the beginning

Natural coals take around 8-10 minutes for me to light. The wind outside also speeds it up a bit more.
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