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Old January 16th, 2008, 01:35 PM
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Default How do you pack your bowl?

I was just wondering how some of you pack your bowls. I like to pack it as fluffy as possible. By that I mean no pressure at all except to level it out in the bowl so it isn't touching the foil or all monded up in the middle. Packing it fluffy (much easier with drier Egyptian types of shisha) seems to work great and produce huge clouds.
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Old January 16th, 2008, 01:42 PM
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I fluff it up pretty good in the tun, then I gently grab it and drop it in the bowl and fill to the rim. Then I gently tap the top of the shisha all the way around and it knocks it down to a smokeable level. I been doing it that way since I started and it works great for me. Now Tangiers on the other hand is a different animal. Pay attention here Dunkel cause you will need to know this. One of the secrets to Tangiers is the cut of tobacco. You need to pack a tight full compressed bowl all the way to the top, its ok to touch foil with Tangiers, then jam a BUNCH of holes in the foil and use half as much heat as normal.

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Old January 16th, 2008, 01:45 PM
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I only use a phunnel and Mod, so i put the tobacco in around the Mod, and i fluff it up with my tongs or fingers, but i'm getting really good with my tongs so usually only tongs. . i make sure the tobacco isn't above the rim, and then place the foil on top. I then proceed to poke holes, usually three rows, the most holes on the outside, the middle has the least, and the inner-most has an inbetween amount, enoughh to allow airflow form all angles to the mod. I then shake the bowl around to loosen up the shisha and blow into the bottom to create good airflow.

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Old January 16th, 2008, 02:04 PM
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Default Re: How do you pack your bowl?

I'm weird - I stir mine up, then drop it into the bowl loosely, but then I overpack my bowls (amount domes just slightly over the top). Add foil, poke holes then blow thru the bottom (makes sure I didn't pack it putting on the foil & pushes the foil off the top of the tobacco).

My new KM bowl, I underpack but that's becasue the monster uses 50g packed like I normally do and that's just a waste. One day soon I think I may have to invest in a SMALL phunnel or Super Chief... if I can ever find a true SMALL one.

PS: the reason for overpacking is length of session and heat control. I use 1 coal + windcover, plus overpack and can get 1.5-2 hours on almost anything (But freaking SB!!!!!)
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Old January 16th, 2008, 02:33 PM
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Default Re: How do you pack your bowl?

I've been underpacking my bowls lately because im paranoid of burning the shisha. maybe i should just get a bigger bowl, heh.

but yeah, i try to squish the shisha around a bit to stir up the juices, then i pich some and roll it in my fingers as it falls into the bowl. tamp it down a bit before foiling over.
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Old January 16th, 2008, 04:30 PM
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one technique i found which works awesomely is to pack the bowl however you want, mounded, above the rim, whatever, and then to poke big holes in it with a large needle. then i take some foil and fold it over and over till it is a 3/4 cm high, and about 12 cm long. then i wrap it around the edge of the coal and rip off excess to make a large O shape of foil. then i place that on the foil with the big holes. then i put another layer of foil over that, making it so there is a large O shape pushing up into the top layer of foil. then you put lots of really small holes in here, and place the coal on top. this gives the coal a 'podium as it were, and separates the shisha from the coal, making it near impossible to burn the shisha, and using a windcover helps to get really thick smoke. get it?
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Old January 16th, 2008, 05:09 PM
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Default Re: How do you pack your bowl?

i kinda just drop it in untill it's about level with the top, cover it and smoke away
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Old January 16th, 2008, 07:43 PM
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Default Re: How do you pack your bowl?

When I do it, I usually pack it fluffy too. I leave just enough room when I level it out so that the the shisha doesn't touch the foil. Then poke holes like usual. I've gotten good results with this method.

A couple of my friends tend to over-pack. Harder draw and it burns the top of the shisha too fast. Ends up tasting burnt really fast.
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Old January 16th, 2008, 08:04 PM
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I start by stirring up the tub with my fingers. Then I "sprinkle" it in and seperate any clumped or big pieces. I try to level out the whole bowl with an even amount all around. I also leave about a 1/8 inch gap between the shisha and foil. Then I put two sheets of foil on top as streched out and tight as possible. Then I poke two rings of holes around and maybe a couple in between. And then I place the coals and start smoking...
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Old January 17th, 2008, 01:35 AM
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I stir and break up my shisha in the tub with tongs first, to help loosen it up. Then I sprinkle it as I can over my bowl, just so it barely reaches the top. Foil over it, shiny side down, and make a 3x3 box of smaller holes, and then four more pokes outside the middle of each side of the box, so it ends up looking like this :
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I then cut my coals (usualy Quick-lites, tabacco shop near me doesnt carry anything else ) into thirds, and put them so it somewhat makes a triangle over the box. Works well for me, and I get good, thick and cloudy smoke from that.
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Default Re: How do you pack your bowl?

fluff it up in the plastic bag to spread around all the juices by stirring it then shaking the tobacco around and then just dropping it into my bowl but also breaking up big chunks. then double hole pattern and it smokes fine overall.
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Old January 17th, 2008, 06:49 AM
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i higher a fluffer to come fluff my heads.... ahaha get it fluffer.. heads.... lol
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Default Re: How do you pack your bowl?

I get it!

Yeah I forgot to mention that I always take the stems out and seperate clumps. I also break huge leaf pieces up to a more uniform size. I'm glad to see that packing it on the fluffy side seems to be the prefered way to pack a bowl. Glad I'm doing something right.

BTW Husky I'll pass on the Tangiers. I'd rather learn another language than go through all the rituals of getting Tangiers to smoke correctly.

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Default Re: How do you pack your bowl?

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i higher a fluffer to come fluff my heads.... ahaha get it fluffer.. heads.... lol
hahaha, pretty good joke there!
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Default Re: How do you pack your bowl?

I always shake and stir the tobacco in the plastic container, the juices tend to settle at the bottom, especially, when you leave the tobacco on the shelf for a couple of days. I prefer to use a disposable plastic spoon to retrieve the tobacco from the container, the spoons add no flavor to the tobacco, and plastic is disposable.

I prefer to pack the tobacco loosely, to give the air a chance to flow easily, and make the draw easier as well. The act of smoking and drawing air through the hot tobacco, makes it "compact" and the draw will get more difficult as you smoke.
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Old January 18th, 2008, 01:22 AM
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Default Re: How do you pack your bowl?

i fill the bowl right out of the package, then dump it into a plastc bowl and stir it around to break it up nicely and find any hiding stems, then sprinkle it in til its level with the top, then take the top of a pill bottle or something and tamp it down so theres a 1/8" gap between foil and shisha. perfect every time
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