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Old April 30th, 2010, 10:22 AM
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Hey Guys

Is it just me, or does a Phunnel lower the intensity of flavour while smoking? Perhaps thats the result of how the tobacco gets heated up and how the air flows through the bowl? I mean in a standard bowl, the air flows through the whole tobacco, whereas in a Phunnel bowl it doesn't. Could that be a possible reason?
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Old April 30th, 2010, 10:42 AM
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Default Re: More intense flavour with standard bowl?

I tend to agree with you. I've never been impressed by my phunnel. Even for wet stuff.
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Default Re: More intense flavour with standard bowl?

i tried an overpack of nak in the phunnel, and surprisingly it worked and the flavor was great, i was just experimenting, id normally smoke nak in an Egyptian, but it was a success
might be something to consider
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Default Re: More intense flavour with standard bowl?

I've never liked phunnels, but I love my Vortex bowls..
Does that make any sense?
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Yeah, pretty sure it's all aerodynamics. The negative pressure is pulling straight past the coals down the stem.
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Default Re: More intense flavour with standard bowl?

I don't have a phunnel bowl. But I love my vortex bowl. I moved to it from an Egyptian and never looked back. I would only use an Egyptian bowl now for smoking alone. I havent notice any loss of flavor with my new bowl, it has only improved. I dont like the idea of the phunnel bowl having one huge hole at the top. I am almost 100% sure a scali mod would help with that by making the air flow through the tobacco more. But thats not an issue with my vortex.

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Default Re: More intense flavour with standard bowl?

Well with a vortex bowl, the air flows through some tobacco only if you pack it above the holes, which means packing it full.
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Default Re: More intense flavour with standard bowl?

I haven't tried a phunnel, but I used to have an egyptian bowl.

Now that my rig is set with a vortex bowl, I can tell a <i>major</i> difference. Try putting a scali mod, or something else to cover the hole from the top and yet allow the smoke to pass through the tobacco more.
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Old April 30th, 2010, 07:05 PM
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Default Re: More intense flavour with standard bowl?

Yea I got a couple of phunnel bowls with the scali mods and I think that is the best option.
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Default Re: More intense flavour with standard bowl?

Haven't noticed any difference with my phunnels. 'Cept for the cleanup.
I only use my Egyptians for the really dry stuff.
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Default Re: More intense flavour with standard bowl?

I only use my phunnel for tangiers and it seems to work really well for that. Other than that the vortex is my go to bowl
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Default Re: More intense flavour with standard bowl?

my phunnel seems to have intense flavours, though i use it for tangiers, so that may be why.
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Default Re: More intense flavour with standard bowl?

I prefer my standard bowls to my phunnel as well. So far the only real advantage the phunnel has shown me over a standard is the liquid running all over the place. In the phunnel it stays in the bowl. Smoke happy.

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Default Re: More intense flavour with standard bowl?

don't poke holes over the center hole and don't poke holes right next to the spire. I get better flavor this way.
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Default Re: More intense flavour with standard bowl?

I think I will try out a scallis mod, see if that makes any difference at all! It forces the air to float thorugh at least a part of the tobacco. But the question is: Is that really essential?
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Default Re: More intense flavour with standard bowl?

Its funny... My first hookah came with a vortex. So, that was my "starter bowl" my new MYA came with the standard bowl, and I use it wayyy more now.
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Default Re: More intense flavour with standard bowl?

really vortex is the way to go when it comes to flavor i think. But when i smoke out of a phunnel or vortex I always get way more intense flavor then an Egyptian. Just my opinion though.
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