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Old May 3rd, 2010, 06:47 AM
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Default Questions about Vortex holes

Hey Folks

When packing a Vortex, should the tobacco cover the holes of the bowl? Would it be better to have the holes placed higher or lower in the bowl? Ive got 2 Vortex bowls, one with the holes pretty low, the other one has them very high.
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Old May 3rd, 2010, 06:51 AM
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Default Re: Questions about Vortex holes

The holes should be pretty high, if they're low: contact the vendor and let them know. And the tabacco shouldn't cover the holes. I like to densely pack my vortex at an angle so that the tabacco is even with the rim, but slopes down to be just under the holes on the spire.

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Old May 3rd, 2010, 07:09 AM
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Default Re: Questions about Vortex holes

I think the holes are actually designed so that two of the holes are lower and two are higher. I've had about 6 vortex bowls (two of which remain unbroken now) and all of them have had the same hole arrangement. I usually pack my tobacco just up to the holes, so if they're covered, it's just barely. I probably wouldn't worry about it.
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Default Re: Questions about Vortex holes

Oh, I've got 2 vortex bowls and all of the holes on both of them are at the top of the spire..
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Old May 3rd, 2010, 07:45 AM
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there seems to be an inconsistency on where the holes are located on the spire. i hear both opinions on lower or higher is better
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Default Re: Questions about Vortex holes

if you cover the holes a little you should still be ok, just dont pack the tobacco in too tight
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Default Re: Questions about Vortex holes

Hmm, I don't know. I just figured that if they were lower you might as well use an egyptian bowl.
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Default Re: Questions about Vortex holes

You can cover the holes on a Vortex and be just fine. 90% of my videos I use a vortex. In all of those my tobacco comes over the holes. No problem with my smoke at all.
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Default Re: Questions about Vortex holes

Yeah, I tend to cover the holes at least somewhat, usually pack to just under the top of the spire. Haven't had too many problems with heat, and no problems with restricted draw.
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If you are packing starbuzz or a tobacco that you sprinkle in the bowl then I think it's fine to cover the holes, but something like tangiers that you have to pack down should be below them.
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Default Re: Questions about Vortex holes

Alright guys, I'll have to try that later.
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Default Re: Questions about Vortex holes

Yeah my pack always goes above the holes a bit. I sprinkle tobacco in to the top of the bowl and just lightly pack it down. One vortex might be screwed up though? Since theyre all made by SS all the holes should be in the same spot
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Default Re: Questions about Vortex holes

Well ok then, my vortex bowl has its holes at the very top of the spire. I mean they couldnt be any higher. I covered them, and it worked well!
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Default Re: Questions about Vortex holes

This is not entirely on topic, but how do you pack HH in a vortex?
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http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=S0tkTYwQVlk
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This is not entirely on topic, but how do you pack HH in a vortex?
Sprinkle some in and lightly press it down.
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Default Re: Questions about Vortex holes

I pack mine super tight up to the holes, then loosely from the holes to the rim and it always works perfectly. Here's my how-to video if anyone is interested in seeing it:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=318ROB72vQY
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This is not entirely on topic, but how do you pack HH in a vortex?
I just pack it like you would in a normal bowl.
I tend to "overpack" everything but HH in my vortex, but that's just me.
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