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Old February 17th, 2008, 04:27 AM
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what do you feel is the best type of coals to use, both QL and natural.

I use 3 kings all the time and they are really nice, but it seems to me like there could be something better. and as for natural i havent tried any yet, i will probably start using them after i have a coal lighter or downgrade and dont get an oven that isnt a glass top lol.

also the best single hose rig thats around say 75 to 150... i want to go for a good one that will last a good chunk of time that will hit better than my current one
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Old February 17th, 2008, 04:30 AM
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IMO, I think 3 Kings are probably one of the best QL

As for naturals, hehe Exotica Square Coals!

But, I've been trying to look into other natural coals that live up to Exoticas too.
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Old February 17th, 2008, 09:12 AM
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I use 3K now as far as naturals, it was exoticas until they split on me. Now I stick to QL. As far as hookah in that price range, look at www.pimpyourhookah.com and get a KM Large.
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Old February 17th, 2008, 10:54 AM
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For QL's Pharaoh's Elite http://www.southsmoke.com/pd_pharaohs_elite.cfm
They are on sale now too. I have never tried 3 Kings, but I have tried Golden Coals 33mm and Pharaoh's Elite are superior and less expensive.

For naturals I love Exotica. They will not roll off the bowl, last a long time, and add no taste to the shisha at all.
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Old February 17th, 2008, 11:04 AM
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I keep hearing great things about Coco-Nara's naturals. I personally have never tried one but I am planning to. Why not give them a shot?
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Old February 17th, 2008, 01:17 PM
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it seems to me looking at that link those pharaohs dont last all that long really. but that could be just me. has anyone else tried those? because its kinda starting to become a big inconvenience buying packs lol im going for boxes now
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Old February 17th, 2008, 01:58 PM
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In my opinion and experience, Golden Coals are a better choice than Three Kings. I used to swear by Three Kings, but once I tried Golden Coals, that immedialey changed my preference. I wrote a detailed review comparing the two in the review section. Check it out...

I've also tried Exotica Coals. These are natural, and from what everyone says, supposedly the best natural out there. I decided to run back to back tests on smoking with Golden Coals and Exotica's. I used the same hookah, same bowl, and same shisha for the test. I could not tell a single difference in taste between the two. Neither was better than the other in terms of flavor. They both tasted the same throughout the session to both me and my girl.

For the hassle that's involved in lighting/preparing naturals, I'd say just stick to Golden Coals. They're much easier and quicker to light, and will taste the same. About the only thing I can say about Exoticas is that they do last a little longer than the Golden Coals. But that also depends mostly on how big or small you cut them. And that's another thing. Exotica's come in long sticks. Meaning you'll have to get a serrated knife and cut them yourself each time you go to smoke.

This can become a pain in the *ss after a while. It also makes a wonderful mess of black charcoal residue all over your kitchen. Because of all this, I prefer sticking to Golden Coals, which are much easier to deal with and don't require a mess everytime you use them. But of course, this is my personal opinion. If you don't mind going through that hassle, then go ahead and get the Exotica coals. They are good and don't smell when lighting.
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Old February 17th, 2008, 03:29 PM
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Default Re: in your opinion...

ive noticed with 3 kings when lighting them as it sparks black residue flies everywhere as well. my ash tray is always covered in coal, not to mention they crumble fairly easily. i always have a chunk missing when pulling them out lol.

ive wanted to try using naturals but my problem is my stove is a glass top and i dont want to risk busting it, so ive considered buying a charcoal lighter even http://www.hookah-shisha.com/store/p...&idproduct=447

i doubt they are all that good but still, its a consideration
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3 kings for quicklites, exoticas for naturals
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Default Re: in your opinion...

Quote:
Originally Posted by larrypzlast
I keep hearing great things about Coco-Nara's naturals. I personally have never tried one but I am planning to. Why not give them a shot?
samiamii gave me 2 to try, they work wonders if you fully light them. they don't ash much, and give a good amount of heat
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I keep hearing great things about Coco-Nara's naturals. I personally have never tried one but I am planning to. Why not give them a shot?
They last longer than advertised.
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