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Old July 5th, 2008, 10:04 PM
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Default Just bought my first hookah

Its a small one, just for me..Since I have never owned one before and just smoked with my friends all the time, I got a couple of questions.

I got everything setup, put in the Nakhla(just like in the video Sambooka made) I put a quicklite coal on, and their isn't alot of smoke coming out, so I put 2, then it gets to harsh..Am I doing something wrong??

also any advice/tips you guys wanna give.

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Old July 5th, 2008, 10:54 PM
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Are you giving the coal time to fully heat up and then heat the bowl up? Are you making sure not to pack the tobacco tight, make sure it's loose enough to allow an even flow of air and heat.
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Old July 5th, 2008, 10:56 PM
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Are you giving the coal time to fully heat up and then heat the bowl up? Are you making sure not to pack the tobacco tight, make sure it's loose enough to allow an even flow of air and heat.
Well what im doing with the coal is, light it, let the bottom get hot, and ash a little then put it on. and im not packing it tight at all.
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Old July 5th, 2008, 10:58 PM
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Well what im doing with the coal is, light it, let the bottom get hot, and ash a little then put it on. and im not packing it tight at all.
Let the entire coal ash, not just the bottom. Also let the coals sit on the bowl a few minutes after placing them to heat up the tobacco and bowl a bit. Before smoking.
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Old July 5th, 2008, 11:00 PM
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Let the entire coal ash, not just the bottom. Also let the coals sit on the bowl a few minutes after placing them to heat up the tobacco and bowl a bit. Before smoking.
I knew I was doing something wrong, lol, Ill try this tomrrow, Thanks alot!!
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Old July 5th, 2008, 11:33 PM
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dont over pack the bowl.. take 1-2 quicklights and break them in half put either 2 or 3 halfs around the bowl on the edges. and also make sure the coals are fully lit..
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Old July 6th, 2008, 12:12 AM
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Default Re: Just bought my first hookah

nakhla needs a little more heat. Add another 1/2 coal. Pack the normally if you want, but i've heard that people get good flavorful clouds by packing it a little more tighter. If you do, make sure to blow on the bottom of your bowl to generate good airflow.
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Old July 6th, 2008, 07:42 PM
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nakhla needs a little more heat. Add another 1/2 coal. Pack the normally if you want, but i've heard that people get good flavorful clouds by packing it a little more tighter. If you do, make sure to blow on the bottom of your bowl to generate good airflow.
I added another half of coal..same results I guess, still a little harsh..Ill try and pack it more tighter, you mean once its all packed, blow on the bottom?

Im using those round disc quick lights, if I confused anyone..
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Old July 6th, 2008, 07:45 PM
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Nakhla is a very dry tobacco and it needs a good enough amount of heat to start smoking (not too much or else the tobacco will burn)

Make sure you ALWAYS let the coals become FULLY lit and red hit before putting them on the bowl or else the smoke will have a charcoal taste to it and you will get a horrible headache. :P

BTW are you using of layer of foil or 2?
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Old July 6th, 2008, 08:43 PM
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Nakhla is a very dry tobacco and it needs a good enough amount of heat to start smoking (not too much or else the tobacco will burn)

Make sure you ALWAYS let the coals become FULLY lit and red hit before putting them on the bowl or else the smoke will have a charcoal taste to it and you will get a horrible headache. :P

BTW are you using of layer of foil or 2?
Ok, since im using the discs, I light the edge with a lighter, it sparks, and I blow on it untill the bottom is ashed over and put it on. I am only using 1 layer of foil..Maybe im not doing the holes right?
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Old July 6th, 2008, 11:43 PM
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what is ur hole pattern..?
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Old July 6th, 2008, 11:50 PM
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Ok, since im using the discs, I light the edge with a lighter, it sparks, and I blow on it untill the bottom is ashed over and put it on. I am only using 1 layer of foil..Maybe im not doing the holes right?
holes shouldn't be a problem with harsh smoke, unless they're really big holes. just use a toothpick to make them.
and make sure your coal is ashed over on all sides. Basically, until there's no black showing.
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Old July 7th, 2008, 07:19 AM
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Actually, as silly as this sounds there are a few new smokers I've had to explain this to the passed week.

Only use coals meant for hookah. Don't use BBQ coals or wood coals meant for BBQ and or smoking food. You can really hurt yourself.

As far as your Naklha goes, if you have a large egyptian bowl and Exotica, use 3/4 exotica around the rim as close to the edge as posible without them falling off.

However, what size are your QLs?
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Old July 7th, 2008, 07:58 AM
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Depending on how small the bowl is, break a quicklight in half and set them on opposite sides, if thats not hot enough, break anoter one and adjust them into a triangle shape.

hope that helps. and if you are having a difficulty drawing, once you poke the holes in the foil, gently bowl in the bottom of your bowl, it clears the little holes.
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Old July 7th, 2008, 08:35 AM
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Default Re: Just bought my first hookah

I'm using quick lights, as well. The bottoms of mine don't seem to light along with the rest of the coal. If you aren't doing so already, make sure you blow on them for a bit until the entire thing is glowing. Try blowing on the black spots until they shrink and go away, too.

If that doesn't help then I don't know what else to tell you. Just make sure you are getting good air flow/heat and that your coals aren't acting up when you look away

I know the quick lights im using aren't exactly of the best quality. >_>

EDIT: Also note what Jilly said. I watched her video when I got my hookah the other day and since I've been doing two layers of foil it's helped a great deal.
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Old July 7th, 2008, 06:10 PM
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Default Re: Just bought my first hookah

u guys are all amazing, its no longer harsh, and its great now..

one more quick question, 2 of the holes inside the bowl are filled in with hardened clay, Is this normal?

I know, to many questions..lol

Thx all
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Old July 7th, 2008, 06:25 PM
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Default Re: Just bought my first hookah

It's probably from the glaze used to coat the bowl. All my bowls had at least one hole covered with glaze. It's just inevitable I guess. It doesn't make much of a difference anyway.
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Old July 7th, 2008, 06:31 PM
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You can use a file to open up the hole from the glaze.
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Old July 7th, 2008, 06:52 PM
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I know, to many questions..lol
Bro the question you don't ak is the dumb one. We're all about answers!
I knew about as much as you did when i first got here and now I know tons. Not exactly everything lol sometimes I feel like iknow jack when people like Abu Ronin open their mouths haha.

Yeah man have a good time - stop by the chat
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