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Old January 17th, 2008, 09:02 PM
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Default How do you use your Exoticas?

I just got some Exotica coals and I just have a little question. Even though it probably doesnt matter much, do you guys break your coals into 3 or 4's? I already scored all of mine into thirds, but they're starting to look like they may be too big. Too late to do anything about it now.. Does it really matter much? I've heard they may split in the middle if too big.
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Old January 17th, 2008, 09:04 PM
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Mine split if I did 3rds so I stick to 1/4's I think its personal preference though as I know a few who do 1/3s and have great luck that way.
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Old January 17th, 2008, 09:08 PM
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Default Re: How do you use your Exoticas?

Some cook the whole stick, then break them... many (like myself and Husky) break them into 3rd (or 4ths) before.

As to cracking, mine do but only if I leave them out in the open. The moisture in the seems to affect them a good bit.

They need sustainable heat, so you'll need a gas flame, stove top, ect... just prop them on the heat source and let them cook. After 2 min, rotate them. After 2 more min, rotate them if needed. They're ready when they glow red-hot and are ashed completely over.

Good luck.
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Old January 17th, 2008, 09:28 PM
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Default Re: How do you use your Exoticas?

I just cut mine into 1/4's. They don't crack that way, and are the perfect size.
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Old January 17th, 2008, 10:12 PM
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Default Re: How do you use your Exoticas?

I break them in 1/4 before firing them up. I use an old serrated butcher knife to score 3 sides and break it. You get 4 - 11/4" pieces out of 1 stick.
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Old January 17th, 2008, 11:36 PM
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I break them into 1/4's by cutting a notch in them with a serrated saw and breaking them apart with my fingers. I usually smoke SB, so i place 3 pieces on one side of the bowl at once, but now i am beginning to use only 2 on one side.
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Old January 18th, 2008, 12:33 AM
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i take my stick and place it on top of the bowl, and break off a piece that is the diameter of my bowl, then break that in half. one piece on either side of the bowl and heat management is a cinch. depending on the size of bowl i usually get 4-5 pieces out of one stick.

for my small phunnel i use 4 7/8" or so pieces and it works like a dream
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Old January 18th, 2008, 12:37 AM
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Default Re: How do you use your Exoticas?

When I first started using them, I would split them into 1/4 pieces. But, I ended up noticing that these small pieces were not providing enough heat for a small Tangier's phunnel bowl. So then I tried breaking them into 1/3 pieces, and it was much better. I use two pieces at a time, and it gives me the perfect amount of heat...
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Old January 18th, 2008, 02:37 AM
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Default Re: How do you use your Exoticas?

i split my coals into 1/6th pieces by scoring them with a knife then breaking them. works perfectly and heats just fine, use 3 pieces at a time so i get a nice long session out of one stick.
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Old January 18th, 2008, 07:18 PM
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I use 1/4 pieces and sadly I do measure them before scoring, I think its an habitual engineer thing.
Anyways, I use about 3 1/4 pieces for each funnel, generally rotating one on and off.
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Old January 18th, 2008, 08:53 PM
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I cut mine into fifths (one inch pieces) and use two or three
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Old January 19th, 2008, 05:40 AM
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Default Re: How do you use your Exoticas?

I use 1/3 or 1/4 pieces. I use two at a time. I always break before lighting and i use the corner of my bookcase to break them lol. I'm lazy!
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Don't feel bad Fur, I measure them too. i also weigh my shisha on a digital scal before de-steming to pack a bowl. I know that sounds OCD but I know how much works for each bowl. it saves me inthe long run, no need to overpack! LOL

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I use 1/4 pieces and sadly I do measure them before scoring, I think its an habitual engineer thing.
Anyways, I use about 3 1/4 pieces for each funnel, generally rotating one on and off.
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Old January 20th, 2008, 07:49 AM
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I cut them in 1/3 one cooked.
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Old January 20th, 2008, 04:07 PM
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Default Re: How do you use your Exoticas?

I pre-cut my exoticas into 4 even pieces using a knife and I start scoring them. When the cuts are deep even, I just break them.
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Old January 21st, 2008, 05:22 AM
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Don't feel bad Fur, I measure them too. i also weigh my shisha on a digital scal before de-steming to pack a bowl. I know that sounds OCD but I know how much works for each bowl. it saves me inthe long run, no need to overpack! LOL

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I use 1/4 pieces and sadly I do measure them before scoring, I think its an habitual engineer thing.
Anyways, I use about 3 1/4 pieces for each funnel, generally rotating one on and off.
Good to know I'm not the only odd one!
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