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Old November 8th, 2009, 06:03 PM
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I assume that most HPers have heard about the electric coal replacement devices made in the PRC and I know that a few people here have bought some. While in Yemen the hospitable gentleman I mentioned in my last thread bought a few of these devices and I was trying them out on a big tombac rig he was smoking from.

Anyway, he got a call and left the porch we were on and I wondered a bit to go admire his garden. As I was walking down some steps I heard a loud pop and felt something hit my back. I turned around a noted that the electric coals had exploded and a portion of one had burned the back of my shirt and jacket. Other bits of the device was stuck in the table and and parts of the porch. If we had been sitting at the table just a minute or so earlier we both would have bits of the thing in our faces.

I will never again risk being near one of those electric coal things and I would suggest that everyone does likewise.

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Old November 8th, 2009, 06:06 PM
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Woah, that's unexpected! I wasn't planning on getting any but now I'll definately make sure to steer clear. Thanks for the heads up!
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Old November 8th, 2009, 06:07 PM
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Wow! Okay, I've been hearing all kinds of rumors that these things explode but this is the first firsthand account I've seen. Thank you!
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Old November 8th, 2009, 07:02 PM
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That is a crazy story Hajo and it sounds like it could have been a lot worse. I have had the unfortunate experience of getting suckered into buying one of these 'electric coal' devices because I was intrigued by the idea behind it. In short they suck and are a total waste of money.

They are impossible to dial in the correct temperature and they either do not heat enough to produce smoke or burn the hell out of the tobacco. The entire session is dialing in to try to get the perfect temperature which is not a good way to enjoy a sesh. I suppose it could be used to heat coals, but for $8 at a local drug store you can pickup a electric coil heater that is a far better investment imo to do the same thing.

This most likely can be chalked up to cutting corners in manufacturing which may be stereotypical but isn't unheard of for items made in China.
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Old November 8th, 2009, 07:13 PM
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wow, shrapnel attack! im glad you're ok.
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Old November 8th, 2009, 08:00 PM
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That's the good 'ol PRC for ya! I'm glad fate was kind enough to give the man a phone call and have the man's garden catch your eye, Hajo.
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Old November 8th, 2009, 11:05 PM
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yeah by chance you survived this, i wasn't fond in the beginning of the electric coal device and i am even less fond of it now that i've read this, *shivers*
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Old November 9th, 2009, 12:01 AM
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Glad to hear you are okay, thanks for the heads up!
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Old November 9th, 2009, 12:08 AM
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Wow close call man, glad you are ok. The only thing that happened with mine was the damn thing melted. just another Chinese crap that never works correctly and a waste of money.
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Old November 9th, 2009, 01:18 AM
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Never EVER trust a product that is made in China !!
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Old November 9th, 2009, 08:14 AM
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I think is chinas new IED (improvised explosive device) and are teaming up with the Al Qaida to hurt the American Infidels with it.
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