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Old December 5th, 2008, 11:09 AM
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Default Tongs for loading bowl?

I watched a bunch of set up videos and I have seen quite a few where someone uses the tongs to pack the bowl. Does anyone here do that? Are there any problems with the tongs getting sticky or burning or anything weird. Seems like a good way to just get to smoking without having to wash your hands after you load a bowl. Just wondering if there were any issues with doing it that way.
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Old December 5th, 2008, 11:12 AM
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Default Re: Tongs for loading bowl?

I think i do a better job with my hands, but i've used the tongs before quite a few times.

I just wipe them off after....the tongs will be dirty just like your hands. When you touch the coals the liquid/tobacco will burn unless you wipe them off.
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Old December 5th, 2008, 11:13 AM
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Default Re: Tongs for loading bowl?

i have a pair of tongs i use only for packing the bowl it has a pokey on the end for poking holes in the foil and then a pair of tongs used for coals it does get goo on it and somtimes when i accidently forget to grab the other pair the tobacco will burn onto the tongs and it smells like butt so yeah they get all gummed up and will smell bad and leave a residue on your coals if you use the same pair.
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Old December 5th, 2008, 11:15 AM
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Default Re: Tongs for loading bowl?

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i have a pair of tongs i use only for packing the bowl it has a pokey on the end for poking holes in the foil and then a pair of tongs used for coals it does get goo on it and somtimes when i accidently forget to grab the other pair the tobacco will burn onto the tongs and it smells like butt so yeah they get all gummed up and will smell bad and leave a residue on your coals if you use the same pair.
Do you ever have problems with flavors mixing because of that or do you wash them after each flavor?
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Old December 5th, 2008, 11:20 AM
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Default Re: Tongs for loading bowl?

i have tongs like that but i only used them when i first started smoking now they kind of are a pain in the ass and the "pokey thing" on the end was to blunt to poke the holes
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Old December 5th, 2008, 11:23 AM
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Default Re: Tongs for loading bowl?

Is it that big of deal to use a tissue or paper towel to wipe the tongs?

I dont see what the big concern is....
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Default Re: Tongs for loading bowl?

who's concerned??
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Old December 5th, 2008, 11:33 AM
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Default Re: Tongs for loading bowl?

As far as I am concerned I like John's keep a thing of handy wipes close by when loading a bowl idea, but when I saw that in videos I just wondered how many people did it and does it get messy or do you just add it to the clean up. Seems if you add it to the clean up then you might as well wash your hands.
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Default Re: Tongs for loading bowl?

Just stick your fingers in and get em dirty, you'll be happy you did.

(thats what she said)

but really, i never saw the point, just use a hand and wipe your fingers, for travel use, keep a papertowel in your case
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Default Re: Tongs for loading bowl?

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who's concerned??

The point of the post was to figure out what happens to your tongs when its pretty self explanatory.

There's nothing you can use that just doesnt need to be cleaned up. A 2 sec. wipe of the tongs is easier than your fingers...but fingers can pack it better IMO.
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The point of the post was to figure out what happens to your tongs when its pretty self explanatory.

There's nothing you can use that just doesnt need to be cleaned up. A 2 sec. wipe of the tongs is easier than your fingers...but fingers can pack it better IMO.
Groovy. Yeah not a concern just a curiosity. I have seen a few people do that and immediately questions popped in my head.
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Old December 5th, 2008, 11:58 AM
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Default Re: Tongs for loading bowl?

I always use my hands for two reasons.

1. Its easier to break up clumps of tobacco with your hands.

2. Its easier to mix with your hands.
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Default Re: Tongs for loading bowl?

I just use my fingers! It is easier that way and you can get a much better feel for what you are doing!

(haha, that's what she said!)
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Default Re: Tongs for loading bowl?

I have two pairs of tongs.. One for coals! And the MYA ones I got with my Bambino. I only use that little rod thing to stir the tobacco up, for packing its HANDS ONLY!

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Default Re: Tongs for loading bowl?

I never use tongs to load the bowl, not even to stir the tobacco.
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Do you ever have problems with flavors mixing because of that or do you wash them after each flavor?
not really i usually clean em off once a day when i clean my hookah and stuff like that
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Default Re: Tongs for loading bowl?

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not really i usually clean em off once a day when i clean my hookah and stuff like that
Makes sense
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i have tongs like that but i only used them when i first started smoking now they kind of are a pain in the ass and the "pokey thing" on the end was to blunt to poke the holes
this is why my dremmel tool is my best friend
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this is why my dremmel tool is my best friend
Kind of funny but I think I am getting one of those for christmas as well.
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Default Re: Tongs for loading bowl?

IamScott and I are on the same page. I use my Mya tongs to stir the tobacco, but I have gotten used to packing the bowl with them too. I use a standard pair of Egyptian Tongs to light the charcoal and move them around.

I don't know, I get a great smoke by using the tongs, so I have no reason to use my hands.

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Default Re: Tongs for loading bowl?

I use the cheap tongs that have v patterned outter edges, they grip well! I only use the for charcoal, and I never wash them, they don't even touch the water!

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Default Re: Tongs for loading bowl?

I tried using tongs once, i found it's much easier to use your hands. I usually do it by the sink so i can wash my hands right after
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Default Re: Tongs for loading bowl?

I always pack with my hands... I guess it dosen't really matter, i just feel like a can do a better job packing with my hands.
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In my opinion, hands work the best, its more exact.

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Default Re: Tongs for loading bowl?

when i load the bowl i pull apart the tobacco and sprinkle it in, that kind of dexterity would be impossible with tongs. My friend who was under the impression that the molasses will have your hands smelling funny for days if you don't use tongs..... yeah he loaded the bowl a few days back and you can notice a subtle difference in draw.
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