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Old November 6th, 2008, 06:45 PM
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Well, in a bit UPS should be delivering my latest shipment from H-S.com and for the first time I decided to get natural coals. I avoided them generally because I'm too damn lazy to take the time to light them and I'm usually on the go with my hookahs but I'd figure I'd go ahead because I had some extra cash on discount to blow.

Anyway, it occurs to me that I really don't have a clue how folks light these. All I pretty much have to myself here right now is a gas stove and a few butane lighters heatwise. Do you generally hold a coal over a stove flame for a few minutes or what?
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Old November 6th, 2008, 06:50 PM
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Natural coals I tend to just drop on my stove-top and come back after a few minutes and grab 'em. Blow on them a little bit if you'd like to speed the process up. (they're done once you've seen all the black change color)
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Old November 6th, 2008, 06:56 PM
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I usually use cooking tongs (the kind you rotate hot dogs) and hold it over the gas fire for a few minutes and then blow on it to keep it red. A MUCH cheaper method is getting a propane tourch with a self lighter (About $20, refill tanks are cheaper than that) This way I don't have to get off the couch to light my next coal. Personally speaking, after smoking with the natural coal for about 20 min (guessing) I like to break them (In half and then the half into halfs, or four small coals) with a pair of pliers and put them on the edge of the bowl. That last me a good long while, even with 3-8 friends smoking off of it.
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Old November 6th, 2008, 06:57 PM
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ALSO, PVC cutting pliers work EXCELLENT for cutting down the finger coals. I know it sounds weird, but one day after making a hookah I decided to use it to cut up some finger coals and they came out beautifully!
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Old November 6th, 2008, 06:59 PM
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I use a single coil electric burner. If you have a few extra dollars to drop head over to walgreens/walmart/kmart and pick one up. I got mine at kmart for under $20. I put the coals on before I start setting up. By the time my bowls packed and ready to smoke there ready to go.
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Old November 6th, 2008, 07:18 PM
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I'm a big fan of the single coil electric burner.. just roast and flip.
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Old November 6th, 2008, 07:58 PM
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Walgreens frequently has a single coil burner for 10$ -5$ rebate = 5$~!

I need to get a new one soon tho...i leave mine outside and its rusted to hell now...it holds water like a bucket ^_^ Still works though, but for how long is the question.
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Old November 6th, 2008, 08:17 PM
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ALSO, PVC cutting pliers work EXCELLENT for cutting down the finger coals. I know it sounds weird, but one day after making a hookah I decided to use it to cut up some finger coals and they came out beautifully!
Hey.. Im not a american so I have alittle hard time understanding this. could you please tell me what PVC thing is.. Im intrested in being able to cutting exotica finger coals easy.-. if its a product please if possible link to it.. thx
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Hey.. Im not a american so I have alittle hard time understanding this. could you please tell me what PVC thing is.. Im intrested in being able to cutting exotica finger coals easy.-. if its a product please if possible link to it.. thx
PVC is a type of plastic pipe commonly used in plumbing
as for a pipe cutter here ya go http://yhst-13185147461285.stores.ya...ipecutter.html
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Old November 6th, 2008, 10:28 PM
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Default Re: Heating natural coals

i too have a gas stove, i usually place them in the flame come back and rotate and then hold them in tongs to get the bottom lit
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Hack saw for the win with exoticas!!!!!!
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Old November 7th, 2008, 03:42 AM
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Default Re: Heating natural coals

what kind of coal did you get exactly?

as for how to light them, as long as the balance will work, just set the coal on the edge of the head for the gas burner, let it sit there on the flame, rotate itonce or twice to make sure the whole thing is lit, then throw them on like you would your QL.
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Yep as every one said a single coil stove or a blow torch.
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