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Old April 5th, 2010, 11:18 PM
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Default Which bowl do I buy?

Hey everyone I just have a quick question. I am new to the forum, but not hookah. In fact this is my first post, so bear with me. I am looking at buying a bowl and correct me if I am wrong but, found vortex and tangiers phunnel make the nicest bowls. I am just wondering which is better and what the difference is?

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Old April 5th, 2010, 11:25 PM
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Go with vortex it's failproof
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Old April 5th, 2010, 11:27 PM
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You will get all different kinds of answers! Its really different strokes for different folks. I personally own/use/love the Vortex. I just recently used the Alien Mini Phunnel and it was pretty awesome. Its whatever floats your boat dude.
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Old April 5th, 2010, 11:27 PM
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From my research... Tangiers phunnel and vortex are the same thing EXCEPT... the phunnel has one big hole on the top of the spire, and the vortex has little ones on the side of it.

this basically makes it so you can't really underpack a phunnel without a scalli mod. A scalli mod is more or less something that you can put in it to redirect the airflow through the tobacco, even if the level of the tobacco is relatively low compared to the top of the bowl.

Also, i found more people swear by the vortex than the phunnel. I just received an e-mail about my vortex that was just shipped. I'm geeked to use it.
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Old April 5th, 2010, 11:28 PM
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Default Re: Which bowl do I buy?

in a thread i posted recently asking about the same question u did, the overwhelming vote was for the vortex, and if you go to urbanhookah.com and use discount code hp15off you can get a discount on your order for being a hookahpro member, thats what i did any way, btw welcome to hookahpro, i hope you like it here
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Old April 6th, 2010, 02:38 AM
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You also have to remember that depending on what size phunnel you buy. A medium tangiers with hold around 40g of tobacco and can last for a long time well over 2 hours with proper heat management. A vortex is great for a single session that isn't going to take up a lot of your time and possibly waste a lot of shisha, phunnels don't do well when they are under packed. It really depends on what kind of sessions you are looking for.
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Old April 6th, 2010, 02:46 AM
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Yeppers... all preference. My pref is Vortex cause its easy to clean and fairly idiot proof (I should know)
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Old April 6th, 2010, 05:54 AM
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Default Re: Which bowl do I buy?

I have the phunnel bowl, the vortex, the genie vortex, and the Egyptian bowl and for me the Vortex bowl is the winner for its ease of use/setup and smoke quality. I can make each bowl smoke like heaven but its just a matter of which one you want to work with, in my case its been the vortex.
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Old April 6th, 2010, 07:30 AM
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Vortex is one of the best and easiest out there. Besides the vortex, I like to use Egyptian and Mod bowls. I say if you have these 3 bowls you're set.
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Old April 6th, 2010, 07:33 AM
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I got a vortex and a normal one, I don't see any difference between them.. But it's a small vortex, and I only got Nakhla.
Maybe vortex is better for more wet brands
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Old April 6th, 2010, 07:52 AM
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I gota vortex first and loved it for a few weeks till i decided to get a funnel to try. After i tried a funnel bowl i gave my vortex bowl away to a friend lol. I like the funnel bowls a bit more than the vortex bowl.
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Old April 6th, 2010, 08:02 AM
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Default Re: Which bowl do I buy?

The phunnel and vortex are both excellent bowls.(so you cant make a wrong decision as long as you get one of them)

they both out perform everything else. here is what you should consider between the two.

the vortex is simple to use, most people figure it out quickly and there is no real trick to getting it to smoke right. also if you put less tobacco in it, it still works well.

the phunnel will work with less tobacco, but not as well, it requires a certain pack depending on the tobacco. so your better off not using less tobacco. if you heat manage a phunnel and pack it correctly it will out perform the vortex, but the learning curve is not as good as the vortex. However once you master the phunnel you will love it.

Now if your really a hookah enthusiast, go ahead and get both. Then when this thread pops up (phunnel vs. vortex threads pop up about once a week), you'll be able to talk about your experience with both bowls.
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Default Re: Which bowl do I buy?

I love both of them! All great info... Try them both!
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Old April 6th, 2010, 09:45 AM
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i just got a vortex (to use mainly with DM) and with experience with both bowls, i can say that they're both awesome, i think they're both good for different things, i like the phunnel for tangiers tobacco, and the vortex for most everything else honestly
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Old April 6th, 2010, 09:54 AM
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my only complaint with the vortex is cleaning the holes without breaking the spire off.
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Old April 6th, 2010, 09:58 AM
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my only complaint with the vortex is cleaning the holes without breaking the spire off.
Cleaning the holes? How do you get tobacco stuck in there? I always flip it upside down and let the water run through.
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Old April 6th, 2010, 10:02 AM
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I don't know but my friend has the same problem. Black charred stuff will clog up the holes and you have to use a tooth pick to break it up.
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Old April 6th, 2010, 10:13 AM
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Default Re: Which bowl do I buy?

They both work the same, considering small funnels aren't easy to find right now I'd go with the vortex, at the moment. I've used both and like both. The Vortex makes for a more restrictive pull given it's hole design. I still think the funnel is easier to clean despite what others say, its a more simplistic design. I guess if I had to pick a side I still prefer the funnel, I like the one big hole versus four small ones, I feel I can clean it better. Whatever one you decide to get now, buy the other one later compare for yourself and see which you like best, form your own opinion of each. Thats the best way to do things and if you do buy a funnel, get a Tangiers and not a generic knockoff, there is a difference.
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For ur first bowl go with vortex, master it and then het funnel
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Old April 6th, 2010, 10:25 AM
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well, as you can see, phunnel seems to perform better for long sessions, vortex too but it looses for a little bit when you want a long session. Now if you want to smoke a short session, than the vortex is the best one, because you don't need to fill it up with shisha.

But personally, I love my mya's bowls, I always prefer to them instead of my phunnel, which is useful just when there's a lot of people in my house

Once I smoked alone with a full phunnel... I had the worst day after... with a mega-headache and even my lungs did ache, but it was al waha.. maybe that was one of the reason haha
But, it lasted for 2h40, so if you want to smoke with your friends its a nice option, but alone... I don't think so haha
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Old April 6th, 2010, 10:39 AM
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well all the "how to pack" videos i've seen said not to pack past the holes on the vortex, so i never do?
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Old April 6th, 2010, 12:43 PM
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i'd suggest you to make a test, then you cant go wrong
after all... everyone has a particular opinion, so maybe what works for one, won't be a good deal for you!
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Old April 6th, 2010, 12:45 PM
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I like the Vortex Bowl. I ordered the Phunnel and when i used it the juice from the shisha still drips down into the stem but with the vortex it doesn't. I have never had a problem with the holes being clogged i just run hot water through it after every session and it is really big so it is perfect for long sessions
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I like the Vortex Bowl. I ordered the Phunnel and when i used it the juice from the shisha still drips down into the stem but with the vortex it doesn't. I have never had a problem with the holes being clogged i just run hot water through it after every session and it is really big so it is perfect for long sessions
now how do you get that to happen? (the juice dripping on a funnel)
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Old April 6th, 2010, 01:17 PM
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Vortex is one of the best and easiest out there. Besides the vortex, I like to use Egyptian and Mod bowls. I say if you have these 3 bowls you're set.
These are the three bowls i use as well. i would recommend that if you order online, pick up a couple extra Egyptian and Mod bowls (or if you can afford it, extra vortex) because no matter how well you take care of your bowls, something may come up and break them.
Side note, Capt have you by chance tried the unglazed mod? i am tempted to get a couple to put my favorite flavors in.
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