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Old July 19th, 2008, 02:42 PM
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Hi guys. I just got my KM in the mail today and I couldn't have been more excited! Anyways, I made my first bowl (on the KM at least, I've made a couple before) and it was not a very good experience.

I followed sambooka's instructions (youtube video- how to setup a hookah) or at least I like to think I did. Maybe I did something wrong.

After about three hits, it got really bad where I couldn't inhale without coughing. So I opened the valve, cleared out the smoke and moved the coals around. Still the same. So I had to call it quits after just 20 minutes.

I looked in the bowl afterward and the tobacco was burned. This is not supposed to happen right?

So I'm just asking, what is the likely problem? Is it how I packed the tobacco? Maybe I should put less? Thanks in advance.
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Old July 19th, 2008, 02:47 PM
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Default Re: What am I doing wrong?

loosley sprinkle your shisha in the bowl, also, you may need to put less heat on, and finally make sure your coals are lit all the way, hope that helps a bit
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Old July 19th, 2008, 02:54 PM
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Do not pack the tobacco too high. If it's touching the foil it will be a similar result. And if there is still a harsh issue try using two layers of foil.
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Old July 19th, 2008, 02:55 PM
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Default Re: What am I doing wrong?

sounds like you over did it w/the heat, and/or packed your bowl too high!what kind of coals are you using?
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Old July 19th, 2008, 03:45 PM
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Default Re: What am I doing wrong?

It's got to be the heat.

Make sure the shisha has about 1/4th of an inch seperation between the foil,

next heat up the coals. Make sure the coals are completely red hot and no black/silver/whatever left on them.

Now place the coals on the edges of the bowl, let the bowl heat up (let it sit for 5-10 mins) that way you can use to heat to your advantage and have the bowl heat up the shisha thus causing the coals to not burn the shisha instantly.

Then regularly rotate the coals every 15 minutes. Happy smoking!
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Old July 19th, 2008, 03:58 PM
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Thanks guys. I'm using the exotica square finger coals. I just made another bowl and it was much better this time. I used two small pieces instead of three and I put less holes in the foil.
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Old July 19th, 2008, 04:01 PM
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good for you!! Don't be afraid to experiment to see what works for you. It may cost you afew bowls, but finding a method that fits your needs is important. And of course, we're always glad to help!
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Old July 19th, 2008, 05:04 PM
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Default Re: What am I doing wrong?

Yeah I usually use half a stick if I have a windcover on and 3/4 without one if I'm outside instead of my room.
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Old July 19th, 2008, 09:56 PM
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I usually put two layers of tin foil when that happens. so it "heats" the shisha instead of burning it. :]
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Old July 20th, 2008, 01:01 AM
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Might I suggest this post?
http://www.hookahpro.com/forum/showt...ht=ring+method
Until you get the feeling for your new Hookah and bowl combination, the ring method does help
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Old July 20th, 2008, 01:56 AM
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Might I suggest this post?
http://www.hookahpro.com/forum/showt...ht=ring+method
Until you get the feeling for your new Hookah and bowl combination, the ring method does help
Good call I completely forgot about the foil ring method haha.
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Old July 20th, 2008, 05:31 PM
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Default Re: What am I doing wrong?

less coal, reynold's wrap, and a windcover will help you.
try one less coal, a windcover to start to help. packing the bowl a little more loosely will help too.
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Old July 20th, 2008, 06:04 PM
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Nice to see you fix da prob

BTW imo, that foil ring method sucks! haha. I can never get it to smoke right unless I use a messload of coals. But, I'd rather smoke the regular method
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Old July 20th, 2008, 11:28 PM
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Thanks to all of you. I didn't completely fix the problem because while it was much better than the first time, the shisha was still burned a little. It's a learning process and I can't wait to try something different in my next bowl!
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Old July 21st, 2008, 12:19 AM
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Default Re: What am I doing wrong?

Should of gotten a Syrian! haha nah but yeah less heat and dont pack your tobacco down but also dont over pack your bowl.
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Old July 21st, 2008, 12:36 AM
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Default Re: What am I doing wrong?

yeah do what they said but if you're packing tangiers shisha you have to set it up differently too. congrats on the KM hope it works better.
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