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Old June 26th, 2008, 08:43 AM
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I am in Florida, and have no problems with the Exotica coals, and I take no precaution to prevent humidity on them.

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yeah they work great even if they do crack a lil.. the still work fine.. i get great smoke and great sessons from exoticas they are my go to coal...
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Old June 26th, 2008, 01:05 PM
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I've had them for a month or so and couldn't be happier. Way better than the quick lights I was using.
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My exotica's are fine and I live about 15 minutes from samb. I have used many many many boxes, and only had an issue with one box and that was back during the weird water container issue w/ gabe. There is tons and tons and tons of humidity here in FL and my exotica's are ashing fine and smoking fine. I usually get 45- 1 hr at least out of the coals. I always use my wind covers though.

Occasionally they will chip/ or crack, but I use 2 pieces cut into 3rds and they are great for me and my bowls.

I have some coconaras on the way and i;ll give those a shot and give my comparisson of the two when i get them.

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Old June 27th, 2008, 09:39 AM
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Hi Guys and Gals,
Last night, I tried the exoticas again. I left them on the coil burner until they were red hot all over and then I pointed a heat gun on them for about half a minute. The heat gun I have outputs a pretty strong air current which is at 1000 F. In summary I ensured that the coals were evenly lit all over . I turned the coals over every 10 minutes or so while I was smoking and they still lost a whole lot of heat after 20 minutes or so.

I am not trying to knock down Exoticas here or anything, I think I might just have a bad batch. I will surely try another box when this one is gone and report back. Thank you everyone for your comments and suggestions.
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Old June 30th, 2008, 04:18 AM
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Well yeah, that's goingto happen. Are you ashing them regularly? After 20 min or so pick them up and gently tap them on your ash tray or what i do is tap the top of the coal with ta tongs. makes all the difference. I only get 45 min out of exotica but that seems long enouogh to me lol.

Also be sure to use 3/4 finger next time if you havent already

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Hello everyone,
I just bought a single coil burner from Walgreens and a kilo box of exoticas online. I have been experimenting with the coals and I agree with everything regarding how clean they burn and not alter the taste, etc. etc.

My problem is though, they seem to loose all of their heat after about 20 minutes and the smoke gets thinner and thinner unless I start using a windcover to trap the heat. I have also heard people say that they last forever but in my case they seem to last for about 45 mins max.

My setup is a 26 inch no name Egyptian, with absolutely no leaks, a small funnel bowl and usually tangiers or al fakher tobacco. I use 3 quarter pieces on the bowl once they are red hot all over and usually smoke inside so no heat is lost due to air currents etc. I was wondering whether I was doing something wrong or if you have any suggestions... Thanks in advance.
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