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Old April 25th, 2008, 08:58 AM
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I just anted to let everyone know that lighting natural coals on their stove can be dangerous. Last night I setup two of my hookahs because we had some friends over. I put some natural coals on the stove like normal while I was getting everything together. I had a windows cracked and I wasn't using more coal than usual.
Everything was fine for about an hour and then the carbon monoxide alarm started screaming. I hit the hush button a couple of times thinking it was a false alarm but it was 2 am and it was going off every 5-10 minutes. After 45 minutes or so I finally called the fire department. At around 5, they finally finished checking the things than needed to be checked and we believe the carbon monoxide was from the hookah coals.
The alarm is set to sound when carbon monoxide levels are at 32 ppm (35 being is known to be extremely harmful to people and pets). That means we were in the danger zone or close for about an hour.
I just wanted to let everyone know since most people do know own a carbon monoxide detector and it is completely odorless. Without the alarm, you may never know there is a problem. This definately won't keep me from smoking the hookah but I will light my coals outside on a portable burner from now on.
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Old April 25th, 2008, 09:21 AM
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wow crazy... i use a gas torch to light my and takes about 2-3 mins
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Old April 25th, 2008, 10:14 AM
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what coals were you using?
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Old April 25th, 2008, 10:29 AM
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I just anted to let everyone know that lighting natural coals on their stove can be dangerous. Last night I setup two of my hookahs because we had some friends over. I put some natural coals on the stove like normal while I was getting everything together. I had a windows cracked and I wasn't using more coal than usual.
Everything was fine for about an hour and then the carbon monoxide alarm started screaming. I hit the hush button a couple of times thinking it was a false alarm but it was 2 am and it was going off every 5-10 minutes. After 45 minutes or so I finally called the fire department. At around 5, they finally finished checking the things than needed to be checked and we believe the carbon monoxide was from the hookah coals.
The alarm is set to sound when carbon monoxide levels are at 32 ppm (35 being is known to be extremely harmful to people and pets). That means we were in the danger zone or close for about an hour.
I just wanted to let everyone know since most people do know own a carbon monoxide detector and it is completely odorless. Without the alarm, you may never know there is a problem. This definately won't keep me from smoking the hookah but I will light my coals outside on a portable burner from now on.
with all that info, what part of the house is the alarm in? secondly, where di you smoke your hookahs and where did you start to fire up your coals?, thirdly at 2 am were yous till smoking?
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Old April 25th, 2008, 10:34 AM
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this cant be true. the coals dont produce that much carbon monoxide. carbon monoxide arises, if the coals are smoking (not the tobacco) or sth. like this. quicklites are more dangerous
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Old April 25th, 2008, 10:42 AM
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maybe he thought he bought hookah coals but they cheated him and sold bbq coals lol
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Old April 25th, 2008, 11:15 AM
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They were Al Ajdad coals and we were smoking downstairs till 1. The monoxide alarm is upstairs by my bed and I live in a loft. I lit the coals like I always do on the stove and this is the first time we have had a problem. Not sure why but the guys from the fire dept. say that they have had this issue before. Quicklights may be more dangerous but I just don't want this to happen to anyone else so I thought I would post it for people to be aware of it. Believe it or not it happened.
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You would prolly be sick or dying If there was enough CO to set off the alarm. You would have inhaled a ton. That is why I do not believe you. Come to think of it, we would prolly all be dead since we use naturals all the time. But since we are still alive I would have to dispute your claim.
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You would prolly be sick or dying If there was enough CO to set off the alarm. You would have inhaled a ton. That is why I do not believe you. Come to think of it, we would prolly all be dead since we use naturals all the time. But since we are still alive I would have to dispute your claim.
i agree with this guy.... maybe your alarm is broken??
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thats crazy. always smoke outside and i have one of those portable single burner stove tops so i never have to light my coals inside.
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Old April 25th, 2008, 10:40 PM
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Dudes this is legit...I was there....
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Old April 25th, 2008, 10:49 PM
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no need to worry guys. let this take your mind off of it.

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the amount of smoke could have affected the detector.If your detector is upstairs and you had 2 shishas going, it coud be a smoke issue.
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OMG daedra's comic...LOLOLOLOL
that cracked me up SO BAD
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Old April 26th, 2008, 12:11 AM
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Default Re: warning for natural coals

I've read that this has happened to a few other people at another forum.

Like his alarm just kept going off and the fire department told him that it was the coals.

To tell the truth, it can happen.

I even have the fan on while lighting up the coals and I can smell them cooking from another room...So obviously CO can travel off so far like dat.
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OMG daedra's comic...LOLOLOLOL
that cracked me up SO BAD
it's mahir's. he did it in reply to the one i made about me and him:



as for the thread, i do think that lighting natural coals has an effect. i light exoticas in my room on my little stove and the smell from them heating up makes me feel a little dizzy and makes my chest hurt. meaning that im probably going to die but i feel that ive lived long enough and at the pace ive chosen so im fine with that.
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Default Re: warning for natural coals

I think the coals have the ability to set off co2 sensors. I don't doubt it one bit.
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Last night at my buddy's house we smoked 2 hookahs and the CO2 alarm went off... scary. I read up about it and learned that it's a good idea to light your coals outside and also make sure that they are fully lit b4 using them (this means fully cherry, no black in sight). I can't stress how important it is to watch out for CO2 its in coals (especially the quick lites) and its in smoke too. Just make sure you lite them outside and its always a good idea to have some form of ventilation going when your smoking it up.
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