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Old June 5th, 2010, 10:04 AM
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Default Nakhla+Vortex+Coconaras

No, I'm not about to describe a wet dream, although it does look like one at first.

This is a question thread. I've had some rather good sessions with the above combination. Usually I pack the vortex below the rim, sometimes loose, sometimes tighter, then single foil and 3 coals, switching their position once or twice per session and using an aluminum foil "wind-cover" for heat management. The coal lasts around 45min or something.

Is this optimal? Sometimes it just feels like I can get more out of it than what I'm getting atm. I've tried overpacking it once and that was good times, but there are probably ways to improve my experience when smoking the "normal way" too?

I've heard some stories about coconaras lasting 2 hours or something. Is this for real? Two hours on the same 3 coals? Even the gigantic (in comparison) cocobricos don't last nearly as long.

So, how do you guys pack yours?

ps: I'm mostly concerned about optimal clouds and duration here, flavor's fine and a good buzz is guaranteed with nakhla anyway.
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Old June 5th, 2010, 10:33 AM
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I usually get an hour out of a set of cocos, longer if I windcover towards the end. I do the same setup, except 2 layers of regular foil. You also might wanna try (if your not smoking in a windy area) is wait on using the windcover till it's needed. The designs of most windcovers tends to create a channeling effect which draws air over the coals actively, which could cause them to burn longer.
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Old June 6th, 2010, 09:47 AM
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i dont think you need to use 3 coals ever, ive found with the vortex the log coals work well as 2 large logs will cover most of the *** anyway, i hope this helps
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Old June 6th, 2010, 09:57 AM
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Default Re: Nakhla+Vortex+Coconaras

well nakhla has good clouds, but not spectacular.
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Old June 6th, 2010, 01:42 PM
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im not a huge fan of coco's i normally do nak in a vortex bowl slightly below the rim of the bowl kinda tight in there. and i use 2 exotica coals and rotate every half hour. i havent had any bad sessions yet. but never heard of any sessions lasting 2 hours on the same coals.
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Old June 6th, 2010, 01:45 PM
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i get the most time out of coco's
however in order to get like an hour and half (the longest i have ever gotten)
i have to use a wind-cover and an extra coal added from when i cooked the tobacco in the first place
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Old June 6th, 2010, 03:53 PM
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i use 2 cocos, vortex, hd foil get an hour.
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