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Old April 14th, 2010, 04:10 PM
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Default Quick light coals question

I picked up some qls to use when I'm lazy to light nats and when there's still flavor in my bowl after using nats but don't want to wait to finish it. I use my coil burner to light them. I see them start to sizzle and start up (and occasionally catch on fire), but when I turn off the burner they look ashed up but they aren't bright red even when I blow on them. Is that normal?
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Old April 14th, 2010, 04:31 PM
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If they aren't black anymore I assume they are giving heat..

Does any heat come off the coals when 'they look ashed up but they aren't bright red even when I blow on them.'?
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Old April 14th, 2010, 04:33 PM
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just stick with natural coals man and you can put them out and save them for later.
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Old April 14th, 2010, 04:42 PM
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It could be fine but in general you want your coals to glow red when you blow on them or draw from the hookah. What brand were they?
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Old April 14th, 2010, 05:33 PM
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Do they light the same way when you use a lighter or open flame?
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Old April 14th, 2010, 06:14 PM
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Default Re: Quick light coals question

@Blaat Yeah they give out heat but they're still a dark black color.

@kalutika They still stay black with white ash when I draw in from the hookah. CH ql's.

@anis14 Haven't tried it yet. I'll give it a try though.
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Old April 14th, 2010, 06:16 PM
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@Blaat Yeah they give out heat but they're still a dark black color.

@kalutika They still stay black with white ash when I draw in from the hookah. CH ql's.

@anis14 Haven't tried it yet. I'll give it a try though.
Do they smoke well? When I use those coals they will turn red when blown on or when i draw from the hookah. If they are having problems like low heat, bad taste or going out then you are dealing with a bad batch. I've had the CH coals do all of that occasionally.
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Old April 14th, 2010, 06:21 PM
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Default Re: Quick light coals question

I use Sinbad QL's for those occasions (like now) when I've run out of nat's and haven't been able to place an order. They light very quicklly, glow a nice, pretty red, and give off lots of heat. Only real drawback is that they burn out so quickly and leave a ton of ash. Still a total fan of nats, though. Smoke happy.

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Old April 14th, 2010, 06:26 PM
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just give up on quick lights they are expensive and natural coals taste better and last longer. they just take a few more minutes to light. if you light them on the stove they dont take long at all. i re-light my hookah when the heat is going down with fresh new coals and the flavor is still good. just take a few minutes to re-light new coals. its worth it.
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when you light your QL, first they are going to start by being red and then going to be grey(ash), you want the coal to be fully red/grey to smoke it
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Old April 14th, 2010, 10:13 PM
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ya i would say that should be fine i know that i only use QL mostly cuz i have a gas stove and the only naturals i have tried is viva nasty i must say
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Old April 15th, 2010, 12:40 AM
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I used three kings for about a year. Then I purchased the natural coals. I found the natural coals far superior. No going back to the quick lights.
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Old April 15th, 2010, 04:57 AM
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Yes you should stick to natural coals anyway.

You have to lit QL's for a like a few secs with fire and they will turn gray after some time.. just put them on the ash tray till they are fully gray.

When I lit my QL's and they are red-gray and I put them on the foil, the downside of the coals will get black again so the coals won't give much heat anymore.. just let them get fully lit before putting them on foil.
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they light in half a second with a lighter, let them sit for 2 minutes then blow on them until they are completely red.
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Old April 15th, 2010, 10:44 AM
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To be honest I don't see much differnce between the "Nats" and the QL except the QLs have some starting agent so they light up faster. I asume you guys are talking about the cubes like coconara and such which are also proceesed wood. To me natural coals are the bulk type made from lemon or olive wood and those are the best except they need a little bit more work to get them started.
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Old April 15th, 2010, 10:53 AM
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QL's have chemicals in them that can effect the taste
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3 kings are my preferred coal, i dont usually have problems with them. ******* hookah instant light are good but i find they crack when i light them and they ash really weird, its almost like a solid ash. starlight by far are the quickest quick light coal out there however i find they dont burn hot enough
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Default Re: Quick light coals question

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QL's have chemicals in them that can effect the taste
I concur! We were using Coco-nara coals, and we had one QL (don't know the brand) left so we decided to use it because it was the last one. Needless to say, when we added the QL it tasted HORRIBLE. Not two minutes later we called it a night and threw the bowl out.
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