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Old December 17th, 2009, 07:18 AM
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Default Lighting my coals on a gas hob



I'm expecting my first hookah set-up by Christmas and want to know how to light my coals on my cooker, pictured above.
Everyone else seems to have one of those ring hobs that are easy to just place the coals on.

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Old December 17th, 2009, 07:24 AM
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Default Re: Lighting my coals on a gas hob

I have one of them and my coconaras take about 20 minutes on them not sure if I'm doing anything wrong or of my coal isn't positioned correctly (will post pics later tonight of them mid-burn)

Abo alabed coals however, light really quickly in about 8 mins, but ash over so quickly that you have to ash them very regularly and put new ones on.

I'm going to get a wind cover and put that over the coals whilst they are light to try and speed things up.
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Default Re: Lighting my coals on a gas hob

I use the same thing, i have this little square pan with holes init, forgot whats it called and its so much easier to burn on that.
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I have faced similar issues. Best solution aside from buying a single coil burner would be to go to a camping store or the camping section of say a walmart and buy a small grill grate this will solve all your issues combined with either a wind cover or a foil tent and you will be rollin below is a link to walmart so you can see what im taking about

http://www.walmart.com/catalog/produ...ct_id=10909685

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Default Re: Lighting my coals on a gas hob

No problem! Just put the coals all the way on the edge so the flame is touching them. You may have to use something to hold it in place there.

Then once that side is all nice and glowing red, turn them over. It takes me about 5-10 minutes to get them lit and then I just blow on them a little to get them glowing all the way around!
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I have faced similar issues. Best solution aside from buying a single coil burner would be to go to a camping store or the camping section of say a walmart and buy a small grill grate this will solve all your issues combined with either a wind cover or a foil tent and you will be rollin below is a link to walmart so you can see what im taking about

http://www.walmart.com/catalog/produ...ct_id=10909685

Thats exactly what i ment
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i have this little square pan with holes init, forgot whats it called and its so much easier to burn on that.
okay thanks, anybody have any ideas how to make a homemade one of these?
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Damn, I need one of those small grill plate things. Do you know where you got your one from Jay?
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Default Re: Lighting my coals on a gas hob

Old saucepan should also work light the coals in that just drill small holes in the coal heating area
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Damn, I need one of those small grill plate things. Do you know where you got your one from Jay?
Asian shops should have it,my mum using them for cooking so we have like 3 but i use 1 for coals
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Old saucepan should also work light the coals in that just drill small holes in the coal heating area
I used to get them lit halfway, throw them in a pan, and attack them with a blowdryer on low. Worked really well, but coil burner > all
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I use a hob like that, its not a problem, turn the flame dow nfairly low (flames hottest at the tip) and put the coals on the edges of the black bits, works fine =]

Having said that - i like the idea of using one of those grills...im gonna have to try that when my coconaras come through =]
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ok, i got one of these from a kitchen shop type place on way home from work today. I will let you know how I get on once I've used it.



Any tips on how I should position the coals on this bad boy?
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That will work! directly over the flames. It will spread the heat evenly but it will still be hottest at contact point
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Best solution aside from buying a single coil burner would be to go to a camping store or the camping section of say a walmart and buy a small grill grate
I just swiped the stainless grate out of an old toaster oven.
When I place the coals on the grate over the flame, I have an old coffee can with the bottom that I put over the coals to act as a chimney.
This concentrates the heat around the coals and makes them light up quicker.
My Exoticas are ready in 4 minutes.
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Old December 17th, 2009, 04:26 PM
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I sometimes use my kitchen stove like yours to light exoticas but would be irritating to do coconaras or other smaller coals unless you put a little screen to hold them up, but if you do use it they light pretty quick. Cocos are done in less than 3-4 min. If you want something simple just but the mini coil stoves that are like $10.
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A small screen would work. You could use something like this from a lab supply place (or 'borrowed' from your local chemistry lab.)
http://www.medixcorp.com/images/item...G166_large.jpg
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I just swiped the stainless grate out of an old toaster oven.
When I place the coals on the grate over the flame, I have an old coffee can with the bottom that I put over the coals to act as a chimney.
This concentrates the heat around the coals and makes them light up quicker.
My Exoticas are ready in 4 minutes.
That's exactly what I use, except my grate is from an old indoor grill
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I use the same hob, there is no point using natural coal on this flame because your patience will be tested! I use quick lights.. they take 3 - 5 mins. I glance them over the flame then sit them up next to the flame .. give them a blow and the heat will spread across the coal and be ready.
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With the method mentioned by uglybiker above it takes literally around 5 mins to light the naturals, set them on the stove, go pack your bowl, by the time you're done packing and poking they're ready.
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They still need turning...
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It seems like for the price of whatever contraption you have to put together to use a gas stove, you could just pick up one of the burners.
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They still need turning...
Most of the time the heat is so concentrated that turning isn't necessary, but hey, if you're happy with ql's then by all means, personally I'd never use them.
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It seems like for the price of whatever contraption you have to put together to use a gas stove, you could just pick up one of the burners.
Since my stuff was scavenged from bits that were going to be thrown out (iow FREE!), I'd say I've got you beat.
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Since my stuff was scavenged from bits that were going to be thrown out (iow FREE!), I'd say I've got you beat.
Lol, I confess, I didn't read the whole thread.
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