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Old July 30th, 2008, 04:02 PM
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So I recently bought my first hookah after smoking it with some friends at a party. I've smoked four or five times now and each time I've burnt the shisha. It tastes awful and the shisha is really burned when I'm done, it's completely black. The coals i'm using are Golden Coal, freebie with the hookah. got a 22" Nile from Hookah-Shisha, so the bowl is really shallow. The shisha is Nakhla lemon.

What am I doing wrong? I don't fill the bowl over the edge. Is it the QL's? Or is Nakhla just dryer than other shishas? Need help!
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Old July 30th, 2008, 04:11 PM
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Try using two layers of foil.
Pack a little lower than you usually do.
Break the coal in half and put one half on each side of the bowl.
Make sure you clean the hookah.
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Old July 30th, 2008, 04:19 PM
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where are u putting ure coals? u should sorta spread them out so u dont burn ure tobacco
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Old July 30th, 2008, 04:45 PM
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I'm using one and I put it in the center. It's pretty big so I guess I could break it in half. Thanks a lot guys.
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Old July 30th, 2008, 04:59 PM
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Are you rotating the coal around the bowl every 10-15 minutes?

Normally i put the coal in the middle when i start the bowl and then move it to an edge after 5 minutes. I don't put the coal directly in the middle until the tobacco is starting to die out.
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Old July 30th, 2008, 05:06 PM
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i never put coal in the center as i poke a hole all the way thru the bowl there. that may be your problem. keep the coals on the outer edge of the bowl.
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Old July 30th, 2008, 07:19 PM
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Nakhla is fairly dry compared to a lot of modern tobacco. I agree that you should try to break it in half and keep the pieces to the outside of the bowl. Also do not start to draw for a minute or two to let the shisha heat up without smoking. Make sure you are not taking monster pulls also. If you pull too fast and too hard for too long you can really easily burn dry shisha.
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Old July 30th, 2008, 09:08 PM
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Default Re: Newbie needs help

My friend, I have had that same problem. Try doing this...pack the bowl much lighter, only sprinkle the shisha around in there, and leave a little bit of space between the rim of the bowl and the start of the shisha. Next, I understand you are using Golden Coals and they are pretty big. Try breaking one in half and put each half on each side of the bowl. NEVER put your coal in the center, that should be the last place on your mind to put the coal. This should solve your problem, and also try using two layers of foil as suggested above. I think the main problem is your shisha is touching the foil and you are generating too much heat with your coal at dead center of the bowl, thus burning the shisha. I hope this helps
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Old July 30th, 2008, 09:23 PM
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Thank you very much guys! Much appreciated indeed. I'll give it another go tomorrow and hopefully I will have a better hookah experience with your tips
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Thank you very much guys! Much appreciated indeed. I'll give it another go tomorrow and hopefully I will have a better hookah experience with your tips
No problem, that's what were here for. Report back to us your results, if it's still going bad, we'll help correct it.
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Old July 30th, 2008, 10:30 PM
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Also - you can try using a windscreen with one coal. It will concentrate the heat without more fire. I use one even indoors.

A lot of people will disagree with me on this one - but I also prefer a screen rather than foil. The surface is more ridged keeps the coals off the tobacco.
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Ok. dont place the coal in the center, under pack it slightly if the coal thing does not work, also it depends on the hookah bowl or tobbaco on where and how many coals to use
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Old July 31st, 2008, 12:52 PM
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Underpack Nahkla? I always pack it a little lighter than Tangier's Tobacco and get fantastic results.

Try both.
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