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Old July 9th, 2008, 07:30 PM
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I have been smoking hookah for about 2 months, but latly i have been having problems, the smoke has a harsh taste after only 20 minutes, and the cloud is not thick at all, any advice
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Old July 9th, 2008, 07:32 PM
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Okay dude... what's your setup - BE DETAILED!!!
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Old July 9th, 2008, 07:32 PM
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it sounds like you overpacked your bowl too much.it could also be that ash is falling into the bowl...make sure your holes are small so that doesnt happen. it works for me
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Old July 9th, 2008, 07:36 PM
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need to know all the details and will be glad to help out
what flavor and coals mainly
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Old July 9th, 2008, 07:39 PM
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As the others have said, we need to know more details before we can help.

Hookah size/type, how you pack your bowl, what type of coals & tobacco you are using. How many coals and where they sit? Stuff like this... The more info, the more we can help
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Old July 9th, 2008, 07:53 PM
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ok, sorry i wasnt detailed, its a 32 inch chinese hookah with a "regular" bowl, the one it came with, the base is very large, bottom bout a foot in diameter,and i put ice in it; to pack the bowl i sprinkle the shisha in, and use the ring methd, and blow thru the bottom; im not jamming it in or anything. and the coals im using is 3 quicklites, the circular ones; and i place them around the rim. can i give anymore detail?
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Old July 9th, 2008, 07:53 PM
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....oh and im using fantasia gingerbread
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Old July 9th, 2008, 07:54 PM
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less coal.
get the bowl started with two quicklites in the center, you'll start getting pretty good smoke, then slide them to the outer edges before it gets harsh
also make sure the shisha isn't expired.
it could just be the flavor.
I know fantasia is known for being crap and inconsistent.
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Old July 9th, 2008, 07:58 PM
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^ is there any to tell if the shisha is about to get harsh?
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Old July 9th, 2008, 08:03 PM
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EpsilonX is right, Fantasia isn't the most constant on the flavor side. It smokes, but the flavors can be off and tend to disappear fast.

If your using 3 coals, thats WAY too many. I would suggest either dropping to 2 like EpsilonX said, or even 1 broken in half (placed on the edges) with a windcover. Also, you are cooking the coal fulling before using, right?

Ice in the base helps cool down the smoke, which can also lead to less smoke (but easier to draw), but maybe try using room temp water w/ no ice.

If the smoke is thin, check to make sure the rig is air-tight before putting the coals on. Set-up everything and place you hand on the bowl and draw - you should feel a pull against your hand. If your not, you have a leak somewhere you have to find. Not saying your rig isn't ok, but chinese rigs aren't known for being the best - mine leaks and is hard to get a good seal on the hose port.
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Old July 9th, 2008, 08:03 PM
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^ is there any to tell if the shisha is about to get harsh?
You'll taste it fast if it is. Your throat won't be happy.
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Old July 9th, 2008, 08:05 PM
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^ if i dont put ice in it, its always too harsh, even if i try one coal
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Old July 9th, 2008, 08:10 PM
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should i try diffrent coals? i have these "romman charcoal fingers", should i try those? anyone know if they r any good?
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Old July 9th, 2008, 08:21 PM
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first thing you should do is try some tobacco other than fantasia. try something more reputable like Al Fakher or Starbuzz. that will make a lot of difference. good luck!
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Old July 9th, 2008, 08:27 PM
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thanks everyone
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Old July 9th, 2008, 08:34 PM
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3 qls is way more heat than you need! and yeah, as was stated earlier, Fantasia is a soso brand regarding consistency (not to mention quality).
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