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Old March 18th, 2010, 07:25 PM
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Default What kind of coals do you use?

So im still new to smoking hookah, i bought some quick light three king coals a few months ago and have plenty left. oh and i happened to get the big ones, 40mm i think..... well i didnt know what everyone else uses or thinks is the best.

i see a lot of people using naturals and wondered also how you light them, i have a glass top electric stove so i didnt feel comfortable just putting them on there.

plz let me know what you use so i can get the best smoke, since thats what its all about.
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Old March 18th, 2010, 07:31 PM
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I use CH nats and i light them with a single coil burner I got from walgreens. You can get them anywhere though.
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Old March 18th, 2010, 07:39 PM
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Japanese Easy lights are my favorite. It combines the best of both worlds. The speed of QL's to light (not really, but a whole lot quicker than Naturals) and no chemical taste like naturals, The only downside is how long they burn. The have a rather short burn cycle, but you can just plop one on top of the dying coal and it will ignite as you smoke.
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Old March 18th, 2010, 07:48 PM
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how many coals do you guys normaly use. since im new i used to put one larger coal (QL) in the middle of my bowl but was told recently to put them around the outside edge? also i see some people using like 3 nats, i tried cutting the larger QL's i have in half and putting both halfs on the bowl around edge and seems to do better, but i could just be crazy.
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Default Re: What kind of coals do you use?

Shishaco Naturals but I'll really use almost any coconut coal(they all seem to work well enough across the board). Single coil burner to light them as well. I've only tried a few other brands of coals(Noir Finger coals, 3Kings QL, Akhla QL) and for the quicklights I used to use 3 half pieces of 40mm coals without a wind cover. I'd probably stick to 2 halves if I had had a windcover when I used QLs.
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Old March 18th, 2010, 08:08 PM
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CypherEnigma, thanks for the feedback. I just have so many 40mm 3K QL's left and was thinking about getting a windcover. I dont normally smoke outside but heard it does help with heat and summer is right around the corner. Use up my QL's first, then move on to the naturals, give them a try.
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Default Re: What kind of coals do you use?

I've been using CH QL's, they've been working well for me.
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Old March 18th, 2010, 08:32 PM
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Well it depends on the bowl and tobacco your using. We usually use a Phunnel Bowl and ******* Hookah Instant lights are what we use. But, when we have a coil burner available, we use CoCoNara Coals because they last longer and leave no chemical taste.
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3 kings are definitely good quick lights. If you ever feel like switching to naturals i strongly recommend coco-naras. I have never tried CH naturals but everyone on the site seems to love them so id give em a shot too, Happy smoking
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Old March 18th, 2010, 09:45 PM
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coconaras!! I use a single coil burner to light them. Here is a link to **********s site go check em out!! John is a very great guy to deal with!http://www.**********.com/Coconara-1...e-box-1536.htm

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I've been talking to john actually, thinking of getting a KM from him so i think he gives free coals with his hookah's so ill be trying the CH coals for sure.

Thanks everyone for the feedback, much appreciated!
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Default Re: What kind of coals do you use?

I the CH naturals (from hookah john, where i also bought my KM from) and nour natural coals. Not big into quick lights myself depends on my mood as to what natural coals i use
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I've been talking to john actually, thinking of getting a KM from him so i think he gives free coals with his hookah's so ill be trying the CH coals for sure.

Thanks everyone for the feedback, much appreciated!
dude let me know and ill send you some samples of the coals i got like 4 boxes laying around. just pm me if your interested.

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jboffill thanks man. are they QL's or naturals. only thing is i dont have a burner to lite them..... so id have to go buy one of those single ones somewhere.
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Old March 18th, 2010, 10:54 PM
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you can get the single coil burners at walgreens for 10 bucks!
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ya ik, just another something i have to get out or w/e instead of pulling out my lighter, but i would like to have the best smoke session so ill do what it takes!

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Old March 18th, 2010, 11:46 PM
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i use afire coconut charcoal cut into 1/4ths they are cheaper and burn longer than both cocnaras and johns coals and are also way cheaper
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Default Re: What kind of coals do you use?

I know the pros hate the QL and only use nats, but the QLs from John (HJ coals) work great for me, but I've never used nats, so I'm gonna order some HJ nats from him soon. I also have a glass top electric stove and still think it would heat them up OK?
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Default Re: What kind of coals do you use?

I dont think glass top stoves are good for lighting coals. My BBQ has the side burner, i use that to light my coals, if not there are inexpensive burners at walmart, Walgreens, camping supply shops etc.
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youll crack the glass if you use it
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Old March 19th, 2010, 05:00 PM
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ya i was gunna say, i wouldnt try liting them on the glass top. i dont have a grill either lol on my list of things to buy in the new house. once i purchase some ill go out and get one of those cheap single burners.
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Default Re: What kind of coals do you use?

generally i use coco-naras but recently i ordered a new km and it came with some ch ql's and they are a fantastic alternative when your not around a burner or dont have access to an outlet, they light up really quick and from what i have experienced have no taste if so the taste is quite minor. i plan to remain using coco-naras but i will always have the ch ql's on hand they are very convenient, and last pretty long.
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Default Re: What kind of coals do you use?

I use quick-light natural lemon-tree charcoals.
They're quick-lights but don't give off any flavor and barely any smell (only when they're being lit). Last quite a long time as well.
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Default Re: What kind of coals do you use?

It depends on the situation for me

If im having a quick session (usually to test flavors or by myself) i'll use quick lights.

As for sessions with friends or when i feel like really relaxing and smoking i'll use natural coco's.

brands don't really matter to me as long as they get the job done. But as far as preference so far my favorite quick lights are 3kings because they light the fastest and last pretty long. I've only had starlight naturals so far so i cant compare them.
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I use Cocobrico Naturals, they take quite long to lit, but one coal and windcover is always enough heat for me.
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