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Old October 21st, 2009, 11:17 PM
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Default Tangiers Phunnel vs Generic Chinese Phunnel?

I'd like to buy a small phunnel bowl (I have a large one which is just too big unless we're planning on smoking for four hours).

The generic Chinese phunnel bowl is about half as much as the Tangiers brand. Not to mention the colors are more basic. Nothing needlessly flashy. As far as I can tell, they look the same. Is there any particularly good reason not to just go with the generic version?

Also, it never seems like the online retailers carry everything in the same place. It's like they have the bowls in the colors and sizes I want, but not the shisha flavors. Or, they've got the flavors, but the bowls aren't in the sizes or colors I want. If I spread the order out over all these different companies, I'm going to spend as much on shipping as I am on the actual stuff. Is there some secret here that I'm missing?
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Old October 21st, 2009, 11:22 PM
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Default Re: Tangiers Phunnel vs Generic Chinese Phunnel?

from what ive read, the chinese made funels have a spire that sits higher than the tangiers model. this causes the foil to get stuck when you take a puff. they can be modded to fix this problem...but AFAIK tangiers are good to go as soon as you get them.

if im wrong on any of this, maybe a more knowledgeable member will set us both straight.
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Old October 21st, 2009, 11:32 PM
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chinese is garbage
Agree. I tend to avoid Chinese products (hookah & non-hookah related)
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Old October 21st, 2009, 11:39 PM
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Default Re: Tangiers Phunnel vs Generic Chinese Phunnel?

I bought a small generic phunnel from john when i started smoking a couple of years ago. The spire seems fine on it and heat retention is much better than my vortex..I'm thinking of getting a small tangiers to compare it to since the colors don't match my new KM.

Basically, if you want to take a gamble to save a few bucks go generic. Spire problems are easily fixed with some sandpaper or a file.
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Old October 21st, 2009, 11:40 PM
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if it's from china and it's not food... leave it.
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if it's from china and it's not food... leave it.
my attitude towards chinese products exactly lol
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Old October 22nd, 2009, 01:33 AM
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I had a chinese phunnel awhile back and found it to require MANY more coals to hold its heat compared to my small tangiers phunnel I've had for quite some time now. Just go with the OG, it won't do you wrong.
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i believe the material is not as good for conducting heat. i was all for saving money when the chinese phunnels hit the market but i have gotten rid of mine a long time ago. there is a difference.
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if it's from china and it's not food or girls... leave it.
Fixed it.

I love Chinese gurls
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if it's from china and it's not food... leave it.

Quoted for truth.

I love my small tang. phunnel.
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Default Re: Tangiers Phunnel vs Generic Chinese Phunnel?

The main differnces i have notice between my chinese phunnel bowl, and my buddys tangiers. Are the heat retention, Bowl size, and the thickness of the ceramics.

Chinnes phunnel= thinner, more likely to crack or break, not as deep or tight of a pack and takes more heat.

Tangiers phunnel bowl = thicker ceramic so it wont crack as easily, deeper bowl, tighter pack, reatins the heat longer and better heat disperssion. On top of this you can also take the bowl directly from the hookah hot and put it under running water and it wont break due to the thicker ceramics.

They both server the same purpose. I use my chinese and like it alot. Although i dont use it very often cause i usually smoke by myself.


As for the web sites not having everything. I am running into the same problem. I want to get a vortex bowl, hoses and shisha. The problem is i cant find everything i want to buy all at the same place. So it either pay a lot in shipping due to orders spread out. Or be stuck and pay more for certain items and make due with other flavor choices. which i think is what i am going to do.
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Default Re: Tangiers Phunnel vs Generic Chinese Phunnel?

I just got a Tangiers Phunnel and noticed the material is much better however, I still have to mod it for it to smoke properly.
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Fixed it.

I love Chinese gurls
Especially when they are serving me chow mein and teryaki chicken in styrofoam plates
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LOL wow
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Default Re: Tangiers Phunnel vs Generic Chinese Phunnel?

Different construction materials. Chinese is mass produced shit, tangiers is hand made perfection.
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