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Old June 8th, 2010, 03:52 PM
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What do you guys think the best way to poke holes in the foil is? ive heard people poking 3 sets of rings on the outer brim inward. ive heard poking holes in the center is stupid, idk. but i heard doing a spiral is good also?
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Old June 8th, 2010, 04:01 PM
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I do a spiral....... works for me
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Default Re: Best way to poke holes in the foil?

depends on the bowl. egyptians probably best to spiral or make several rings inward.
phunnell, you wanna make a rings just around the outside. I poke enough holes to get good airflow which you can check by sucking the bottom of the bowl
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Old June 8th, 2010, 04:03 PM
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Default Re: Best way to poke holes in the foil?

I use a safety pin of thumbtack...even an ear ring if required in a spiral. Unless im using coco nara coals then I do three small spirals where the coals will sit and just a few between the three.
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Default Re: Best way to poke holes in the foil?

i use a pin, just poke holes at random everywhere. unless its a phunnel or vortex, then ill do somewhat uniform rings around the center.
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Old June 8th, 2010, 04:27 PM
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...I do three small spirals where the coals will sit and just a few between the three.
Hmm sounds like an interesting pattern to try! How does it smoke?
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Old June 8th, 2010, 05:22 PM
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Default Re: Best way to poke holes in the foil?

I use a safety pin and do 3 rings and then poke 4 holes in the middle like a square.
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Old June 8th, 2010, 05:24 PM
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Default Re: Best way to poke holes in the foil?

i just use the stock poker on my tongs and do three rings around the spire of the vortex bowl.
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Old June 8th, 2010, 06:28 PM
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For a loose pack i do 3 concentric rings with 3 or 4 in the center. If I've overpacked then I punch 4 or 5 holes right through the holes in the bottom of the bowl and use the tool on the tongs to open them up for good airflow. Then I usually punch about 8 more smaller holes around the perimeter. Works very well for me. Since I almost always overpace these days I use this method most often. Smoke happy.

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Default Re: Best way to poke holes in the foil?

I use a toothpick in a spiral pattern making about 3 rings. Works well for me.
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three rings ftw
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Old June 8th, 2010, 06:58 PM
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Default Re: Best way to poke holes in the foil?

but how come i heard poking in the holes is dumb. i forget where but some guy said it on youtube when he was reviewin somethign :s
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Default Re: Best way to poke holes in the foil?

i usually do a big spiral, then fill in the gaps to make it even. I saw a dude do like almost a X shape and the put small groups of holes on the outside near the ends of the X. strange patterns, but he swore it worked best for vortex and phunnel.
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Default Re: Best way to poke holes in the foil?

i use the three rings about 12 per ring, works good on a vortex for me.
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Old June 9th, 2010, 09:04 AM
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spiral always good beast tool to do it is, get a paperclip and open it up and make a shape with a hoop and a long spike, also very easy to attach to your charcoal tongues, so you always have it. Makes the perfect hole size (ie slightly smaller than a toothpick) = minimal charcoal slipping through
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Old June 9th, 2010, 09:17 AM
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toothpick and 3 sets for me
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Default Re: Best way to poke holes in the foil?

depends on the bowl, "what bowl are you using?" should have been the first thing asked
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What do you guys think the best way to poke holes in the foil is? ive heard people poking 3 sets of rings on the outer brim inward. ive heard poking holes in the center is stupid, idk. but i heard doing a spiral is good also?
umm just poke random holes all over the foil or try no foil...
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Default Re: Best way to poke holes in the foil?

It obviosly depends on the bowl for me but, for a vortex ill do 3 sets of rings and then fill in any where that has about a 3/4" space with no holes. for a phunnel i do 2 rings + a hole dead center in the spire. for a mod/egy ill do the spiral filling in patches where it needs more airflow.

Do a quick check by blowing through the bottom of the bowl once its all packed poked and ready to go. if the airflow you hear sounds like it should, chances are your all set
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i use a safety pin, it gets the job done, just really tedious.
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Default Re: Best way to poke holes in the foil?

i use the poker that came on my tongs. and it depends on my bowl selection. if its a funnel bowl about 3 rings maybe four but no hole in the center. on the regular ceramic bowls i usually fill that thing with holes.
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spiral to the center with a thumbtack coming to about 3-4 rings (depending on the size of the bowel) has worked for me since i started
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Default Re: Best way to poke holes in the foil?

normal to and piercing the plane created by foil stretched across the top of the bowl. guaranteed to work for any bowl. attempts at poking holes though planes either normal to or non-intersecting with the target planar area may result in physical or mental injury.
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Default Re: Best way to poke holes in the foil?

I use a sewing needle and do about 3 to 4 rings around the outside of the bowl with a few holes in the center.
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Default Re: Best way to poke holes in the foil?

sometimes i get to into poking holes and i accidentally make pictures out of it XD and surprisingly it works well majority of the time.
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