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Old June 7th, 2010, 12:38 AM
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Im a coconara fan, and a quicklight fan when i want to just get things done. but me and my friend were wondering about coal alternatives. obviously coals burn the most effective and dont interfere with the taste too much, but I was just wondering if you guys ever experimented with anything else. Like we were smoking near a fire pit and just for shits and gigs we used wood embers to smoke. it would be terrible for any fruit like shisha, but we were smoking an irish creme blend and it was honestly not bad.

The wood ember just added an almost hickory like undertone and was kind of enjoyable. only bad part was it'd only last for 30 seconds until you had to grab another ember lol
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Old June 7th, 2010, 12:42 AM
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there is an electric coal that some ppl use and like.
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Old June 7th, 2010, 12:44 AM
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I wonder if you could use something with a little better flavor. I'm thinking if you could get dried fruit or something to burn slowly...Hmm...pyro time!
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Old June 7th, 2010, 12:45 AM
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hunh ive always been to scared to try using wood. romman does make hookah coals from lemon trees i think? they are burned down like other coals though. and if youre looking for other heat options you can try the electric coal. ive never tried one so i cant tell you how they work but i know theres at least one review on one in the videos section on this site. hope this helps.
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Old June 7th, 2010, 12:46 AM
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haha pyro times the only way to find out XD

and electric coal you say :O
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Old June 7th, 2010, 02:18 AM
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You could always venture into making your own coals out of woods like you like. Just NEVER use a lighter!!! Worst. Idea. Ever.
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Old June 7th, 2010, 08:49 AM
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Its too bad you couldn't use something like a hot stone and keep it hot enough for a the entirety of the bowl
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Old June 7th, 2010, 09:43 AM
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take apart your toaster oven, make a coil with it, kinda like your car cig lighter and plug it in. theoretically as long as you have a good heat source you should be fine. only thin I worry about with using anything burning besides hookah coals is that you dont know how say it is to smoke. you have no idea what is coming off in smoke/gas form and into your lungs.
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Old June 7th, 2010, 05:19 PM
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Default Re: coal alternatives?

[QUOTE=End3r;315667I'm thinking if you could get dried fruit or something to burn slowly...Hmm...pyro time![/QUOTE]

Ha, that would be awesome if it actually got a little flavor in there, it would open a whole new world as far as mixing flavors.
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Old June 7th, 2010, 05:44 PM
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The only thing I know of is the electric coal but I don't have any experience with it, so I can not speak for it.
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Old June 7th, 2010, 06:21 PM
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from what ive read about electric coals there hit and miss... somepeople say you need like 2 of them for it to work properly... what someone needs to make is an electric coal inside a wind cover, the main things would be you would need a variable temp dial for heat management and good air flow then i couldnt see why it wouldnt be better than coals nats or quick lights.

I would make one but dont currently have the time
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Old June 7th, 2010, 06:50 PM
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not really a coal alternatice but ive used bbq coals before and for those of you who love clouds these coals will give you cloads around twice the size your used to without added harshness
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Old June 7th, 2010, 07:08 PM
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The firewood should work as long as the wood that was in your fire was nice and dry when you started it and the wood isn't processed. I think there was a thread not too long ago about this same topic...
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Default Re: coal alternatives?

Make your own coals out of dried fruits (coconuts, apples, strawberries, etc.) I've been doing it lately and it's working out awesome. Check out YouTube for some how-to's.
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Old June 9th, 2010, 10:58 AM
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I'm interested in hearing how the electric coals do. Years ago I purchased a thing that looks like a wind cover with a heating element in it. It was sold as a coal replacement, and it did work...but it was heavy and not well balanced and I've lately seen the same device sold only as a coal heater, used upside down.
I've used wood coals with no problems. They just don't last quite as long as the processed stuff. Steer clear of briquettes though. Burning embers or natural charcoal (lump charcoal from the hardware store even) work fine.
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many people who do hand forge work make thier own coals for their forge. Someday i plan to be one of those people, but for now it could be a good source for making your own coals.
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Old June 9th, 2010, 12:35 PM
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dried fruit coals.. im going to give it a try... il going to throw some strawberries into a dehydrator for a day or so.. see if i can get it lit like a coal.
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Default Re: coal alternatives?

ive used wood embers from a campfire. it worked pretty good, they just go out fast. cinnamon was bomb with them
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Old June 9th, 2010, 10:06 PM
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if u at a campfire, u might as well put in some lemon wood or mesquite charcoal
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Old June 10th, 2010, 02:25 AM
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not really a coal alternatice but ive used bbq coals before and for those of you who love clouds these coals will give you cloads around twice the size your used to without added harshness
That sounds like a great idea for the cookout I'm planning. It's in Central Minnesota btw. Anyone around?
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Old June 10th, 2010, 02:39 AM
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Sounds nasty
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Old June 10th, 2010, 05:23 AM
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has any one tried one of them electric bowl heaters? any good?
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Old June 10th, 2010, 10:22 AM
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I've seen threads of people saying they have tried wood embers as coals. I would never try anything but coals. I can't imagine that the smoke given off by wood is too good for you to inhale... But hey, if it works and you like it then go for it.
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??Just as long as the coals/embers youare using are all natural i am sure it should be ok, but i think for my health i will stick with stuff designed for hookah. Just make sense.
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Old June 10th, 2010, 11:29 AM
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That sounds like a great idea for the cookout I'm planning. It's in Central Minnesota btw. Anyone around?
Unless you know EXACTLY what charcoal you are using, that could be a very bad idea. Most bbq charcoal is NOT fully natural, you don't want to be smoking with it.
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