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Old November 30th, 2008, 02:11 PM
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I usually use quicklights when smoking but im going to switch to natural coals i usually just have an isue with my heat management with quicklights and can never really seem to get a good smoke with natural coals so does anyone have some advice or a place i can reference with help to this?
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Old November 30th, 2008, 02:17 PM
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Default Re: help with heat management

use fewer coals? use more coals? if two is not enough and three is too many, then just keep them all off to the edge of the bowl.
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Old November 30th, 2008, 02:25 PM
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Usually when smoking with quicklights, I'll use two of them evenly spaced on opposite sides of the bowl, hanging about 1/3 off the edge. Then for the second set Ill put the next two QLs in the open spaces and knock the first set off.

Using naturals I use 3 for the first hour, and two for the second.

Seems to do just fine on a standard egyptian bowl with foil.
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Old November 30th, 2008, 02:51 PM
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my breakthrough with heat management came when I started breaking of larger coals into smaller pieces and spreading them around the bowl.. I can have 3 pieces or 4 depending on foil, bowl and shisha.. on coal of course..--
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Old November 30th, 2008, 03:04 PM
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Yes, reality is right! Heat management is easier if u brake up your coals into smaller pieces. For a long time i have used 2 cocobrico coconut coals, but after a while i started to break them up and use three half pieces on my vortex. It works waaaay better, than the 2 full pieces. So i can suggest to everyone, who have problem with their heat managemet, to try breaking up coals and use them that way.
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Old November 30th, 2008, 03:12 PM
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Get a windcover, fill your base with ice, and if you don't have an electric stove, get a single coil burner from walgreens for 9.99.

Depending on the size of your bowl, 1-2 natural coals with a windcover should do it. I use coals from CH, and I've been able to have great smoke on everything from 2 QL's to 4 QL's and a windcover (lots of ice was involved lol).

Just play with it a bit until you learn what works best for you.
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Old November 30th, 2008, 05:05 PM
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I dont know how much the ice would change the harshness.. If your smoke is harsch then something is wrong with the bowl and cannot be changed by cooling the base..
it doesnt taste good with burnt tobacco even if the smoke is cold or not, in my opinion. So get the heat management right on the bowl first and when you have found the good recepie then u could enjoy icecold and not burnt smoke
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Old November 30th, 2008, 06:11 PM
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if you're tending to get too much heat with say, 3 coals, and not enough heat with 2 coals for instance, you can also try using a double layer of foil. i use 2 layers of HD foil with 40mm quick lights and the heat is just perfect with that setup. one layer of foil with the 40mm coal and it gets harsh about 15 minutes into the session.
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Old November 30th, 2008, 07:44 PM
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Depends on what I want to do.

Usually to start, I use 3 coals the size of the ******* hookah coals, after about 10 minutes, i blow it out and put 3 back on. 5-10 minutes later i start to switch between 2 to 3 coals. 3 can get harsh after a while but it also gives you more smoke which is what I like.

So usually, I blow out the hookah after removing the coals, wait about 1 minute, then put 3 coals back on and take about 10 draws, then I remove 1 of them so it doesnt get harsh. Rinse and repeat my friend...
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just play with it.. it also depends on what your smoking..
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If you use too much heat and the tobacco gets burnt, it is all over for that bowl as far as I am concerned. Once the tobacco gets burnt, it tastes burnt even if you do back of on the heat.

I am referring to the kind of heat where you can remove all charcoal and the tobacco smokes by itself.. once that happens, it is all over. Time to dump the bowl and reload.
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