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Old March 5th, 2010, 11:17 PM
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So I got my hookah on Tuesday but had to wait til today for the coals to come in. Last night I couldn't wait any longer. I went out to a local hookah shop and picked up some AF Natural coals. I got home and started to assemble everything. MYA QT, Vortex Bowl, Nakhla DA, Narbish hose, and these AF Coals... well... I think they were coals, some of them looked like tree bark and twigs. I put them on my burner to light, kept them on there til they ashed over and placed them on my bowl. 15mins later I'm barely getting any smoke. I realized that my coals had burned out. so I made more. about 30mins later the coals were out... I decided to start over and this time I put 3 of the biggest pieces of coals I could find in the bag. started smoking and this session was WAY better though the coals went out about 30mins later... I learned my lesson that patience is a virtue lol. My CH Nat coals came in today so I'll try those out. Thinking of smoking Lemon Mint or Cherry tonight, gotta wait for the gf to come home. I'll let you know how it goes!
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Old March 5th, 2010, 11:25 PM
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when using natural coals, it's important to be sure they are fully lit on both sides and ashed over the entire coal. I've used AF nats a bunch and honestly like them.
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Old March 5th, 2010, 11:29 PM
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What the guy above said! CH Coal are good too!
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Old March 5th, 2010, 11:30 PM
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When using natural coals it will often take 7-10 minutes to light them on a electric coil stove. Try using a windcover or a empty metal coffee can to trap the heat in when lighting them
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Old March 5th, 2010, 11:32 PM
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really? I had them on there for awhile, about 8-10mins. should I turn them over while they are on the burner to get both sides?
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Old March 5th, 2010, 11:38 PM
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really? I had them on there for awhile, about 8-10mins. should I turn them over while they are on the burner to get both sides?
you most certainly should! Not only will they not stay lit otherwise, but you are exposing yourself to carbon monoxide by not lighting them throughout. PLEASE be sure ALL coals are fully lit before smoking!!!
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Old March 5th, 2010, 11:40 PM
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really? I had them on there for awhile, about 8-10mins. should I turn them over while they are on the burner to get both sides?
Thats what i normally do. But you dont have to its just how long you want to wait.
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Old March 5th, 2010, 11:53 PM
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Dude when in doubt just keep flipping them over, leave the on the stove as long as they need. If you then that after 15-20 mins they are finally lit then go for it. What you don't want to do is get carbon monoxide poisoning.
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Old March 6th, 2010, 05:36 PM
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right on, I'll do that for my next session. Last night I lit 3 CH Nat coals and smoked AF Grape-mint. It was good at first but then got way too strong. got light headed then needed to stop... I made sure my coals were lit on both sides. left them on the burner for about 8mins per side. I ate before I smoked it but maybe it wasn't enough water... the hits were crazy though, I hardly needed to pull anything and I had pretty big clouds.
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Try smoking a bit more casually, take a breath or two between pulls, and focus more on just chilling then trying to cash the bowl. Usually ends up being a better experience.
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Old March 6th, 2010, 07:14 PM
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yeah I agree with britjk22 take it easy when you are smoking don't force it. If you run a train on it you will get a buzz/light headed but then you will get a headache. Just relax and socialize with your friends drink a pop and have fun.
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