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What's the best material a bowl can be made of?

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View Poll Results: What' the best material?
Clay 60 55.56%
Pumice 4 3.70%
Glass 19 17.59%
Ceramic 30 27.78%
Metal 3 2.78%
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Default What's the best material a bowl can be made of?

I saw this poll in our german shisha-forum, and thought this is interesting.

My favorite bowl is the Tangiers Tower Bowl (material: pumice). its a constant heat and on the bottom it stays cold, so you can take it without burning your fingers

what do you prefer?
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you can vote yourself also!
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pumice? i really dont see how you can make a bowl out of pumice. the phunells im pretty sure are just a different clay than other bowls since they are thrown on a wheel and ive never seen pumice clay.

for heat retention i would say ceramic/clay but for heat distribution glass/metal (glass and aluminum have about the same thermal transfer IIRC) and glass should cool off faster than ceramic/clay
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I voted clay. Glass is awful and so is ceramic.
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clay and ceramic are the same thing
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I voted clay. Glass is awful and so is ceramic.
How can you say glass is aweful? what type of glass bowls have u used?
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Diamond.
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How can you say glass is aweful? what type of glass bowls have u used?
right. a friend of mine uses the following glass-funnel:


its just great!
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yes that's excellent. and it got some kind of scalli mod also..
it its in glass, and a bit bigger(not necessarly that big as the picture) , and with that mod. It beats every egyptian clay crap my miles
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clay and ceramic are the same thing
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technically they are but the components in them and the heat at which they're fired gives them different properties. It's kinda like grapes and raisins
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right. a friend of mine uses the following glass-funnel:


its just great!
that funnel looks awesome! do you know if there are any like it in the states?
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How can you say glass is aweful? what type of glass bowls have u used?
I've used a Smiley's glass bowl and a Double Blown Cyclone Pyrex bowl. They both get very hot, very fast and scorch the shisha tobacco.

As for ceramic and clay being the same, nope! A bowl like a mod bowl or combo bowl is a much thinner material than a traditional Egyptian clay bowl. The thicker clay bowl regulates the heat much better than a thin cearmic bowl.
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thickness doesnt mean its clay verse ceramic. its like the argument between soft glass and hard glass. it is more important the thickness of the material when it comes to this clay debate. ceramics is a catch all phrase for porcelain and pottery

as to the glass bowls getting hot its because they are very very thin hard glass that is lamp worked and the glass comes very thin to start with.

dont blame the material when its the design at fault, if the bowl gets too hot its the design more than likely or the way its being used

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that funnel looks awesome! do you know if there are any like it in the states?
sorry, i dont know, if there are similar funnels in the US ... check out www.mnhookah.com - i heard they have good funnelbowls, too.
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I voted for the clay, but I have never tried a glass phunnel.
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why do you all vote for clay? lol
for me clay is the worst material for a bowl. every clay bowl i had broke after some weeks ^^
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yweah I agre.. I would never ever smoke in a regular egyptian clay bowl for example..
I would never ever smoke in a MYA either, or any other normal bowl that comes with a hookah.. Its my special deep clay bowl ( its very very very deep ) or it is a phunnel.. the normal bowls that I see people smoke is worthless to me.
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i like my vortex, is that ceramic?
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I think vortex is ceramic but Im not sure..
I dont understand why so few have voted for glass.. Must be since most of you haven't tried it.. especially with some form of glass screen? I heard that it is really the best way to go, for example mnhookahs jet glass funnel with mod and screen.. I cannot understand that someone would prefer like a egyptian bowl before that..
Maybe sometimes a tangiers funnel with mod is betetr with some shishas but I think in general that when a glass funnel with screen works the best, it must give the best taste.. No coal in tobacco, no coal taste, evenly burned tobacco...
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No foil taste!! No foil hassle.. like "ohh to thin foil for this tobacco, oh no need thicker foil, oh no dubble layer this time!" ...
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why do you all vote for clay? lol
for me clay is the worst material for a bowl. every clay bowl i had broke after some weeks ^^
Not our fault you're a ham handed clutz! LOL
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i said clay never really had anything else but that glass phunnel is soo sick i wanna get one..
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I chose Clay because its the only thing I have ever used, besides Ceramic. I could never get the Ceramic bowls to smoke as well as a normal Egyptian Clay does.
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clay and ceramic are the same thing
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I for one am also a blacksmith. That's why I chose clay beucause I don;t care if it's too hot as I made a pair of specialised tongs to carry the hot bowl.
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