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Old December 19th, 2008, 08:28 PM
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Default Smoking from a clay bowl?

So I'm really used to using my funnel bowl, but I dug up my old standard clay bowl because I don't always want such a huge smoking session, and I was just wondering...

Can anyone smoke effectively out of these? I've messed with it so many times, and every time my shisha burns, I've tried less shisha to have a nice gap, more shisha because perhaps that was too little of an amount and would burn, I've tried less coals, better placement....the list goes on.

Does anyone have a successful process for smoking from a standard clay bowl? I get nothing but burnt shisha.

Any insight on this matter would be greatly appreciated.
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Old December 19th, 2008, 08:35 PM
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Default Re: Smoking from a clay bowl?

i only smoke out of standard bowls (well its a mod bowl but same difference IMHO). i leave a 1/8-1/4 gap below the foil (HD foil) and use 2-3 cocos of CH coals on my mod bowl (used the same about when i used my thicker egyptian)

are you moving your coals?

also try more holes (i put about 37 holes on my mod, a ring of 16 on the out side, then 12, then 8, then 1 in the center, no bigger than the full thickness of a toothpick)

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I smoke from a standard Egyptian clay bowl 99% of the time and never have any trouble.
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Default Re: Smoking from a clay bowl?

That seems like it's a really small amount of shisha if i leave 1/8-1/4 space between the shisha and foil...maybe I'm just used to the funnel bowl o.O
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Default Re: Smoking from a clay bowl?

I leave way less than 1/8" . I make sure the tobacco is just under the rim of the bowl.
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Old December 19th, 2008, 09:51 PM
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Default Re: Smoking from a clay bowl?

Yes. They are the most commonly used style of bowl and one of the oldest styles of bowl. They have worked for generations and will continue to do so.

Frankly I have no idea what you are doing wrong. Seems like you are trying every combination. What kind of foil/tobacco/coals are you using and how many do you start with? How deep is the bowl?
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Default Re: Smoking from a clay bowl?

Most people still use the standard bowl for one main reason, it does the same job, just as well.

I only use the tangiers bowl when the tobacco is soaking wet, other than that i like to use a standard bowl.

just keep barely any space, make sure you pull the foil down TIGHT and you'll be good. you can get 15g of shisha to last a long time if you have one of those smaller bowls.
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Default Re: Smoking from a clay bowl?

just so long as the shisha isn't touching the foil, and there's not too much heat, it shouldn't burn at all... i started with an egyptian, and moved to the vortex, and from there went to the phunnel. Of course i like the phunnel, but when it's going to be a smaller session, i just load up my egyptian. Just punch a uniform mesh pattern in the foil, nothing too special, and don't hold back with the holes, the more holes the cooler the shisha. Then try just putting one coal on, usually i use one ******* Hookah QL and move it around the edge of the rim, and after about an hour or so of smoking you can put a fresh coal in the center... this should provide you with at least 1.5 hours of decent smoke
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Default Re: Smoking from a clay bowl?

i pretty much only smoke out of my Egyptian bowl now, i use my phunnel every now then just make sure u don't pack to much in there
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and keep it fluffed... tightly packed never works out too well
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i bet if you add more holes you will have better results

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Default Re: Smoking from a clay bowl?

i really like my standard egyptian clay bowls too, however the km and mz guys really seem to cheap out on these as well. they do sell large egytian clay bowls that aren't too large imo that are great little upgrades when you don't want a phunnel, in fact i use mine 80% of the time now and just use the phunnel for tangiers these days
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I use the standard clay bowl almost 90%, the other 10% is when I want to experiment with my phunnel (still haven't gotten this right)...I used to have the burned shisha issues even with a 1/4" gap, but I've pretty much solved with HD foil and CH natural coals. The solution for me was to use 2 layers of HD foil and move the coals around for the first 10-15 minutes...Seems to work every time with wet or dry shisha, try it out...

Sometimes when I look at it, it does seem like the shisha is too less to get a good session, but it's deceiving. I still get nearly an hour session and I feel like the flavor is a lot better...
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Default Re: Smoking from a clay bowl?

I dont know now that i boutght a phunnel i use it for every thing i dont why i find my sesions last longer and get a fuller use of my shisha
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Default Re: Smoking from a clay bowl?

Thanks everyone for all of your input, it is greatly appreciated, I'll try a bunch of these ideas and hopefully it will work out
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Default Re: Smoking from a clay bowl?

ive smoked outa nothin but a clay bowl for about a year and wat i found to really help is if you divet it in towards the middle so the sides and shisha are even then the middle should be about 1/8 inch down, i personally like al fahker coals if you have a torch but place one on the outside then take either a premade cove or ghetto rig one with tin foil which i like way better and when it gets started wait a few more mins and take the cove off and place the coal closer to the center or you can keep the cove on and it can help the hits but it can make it harsher later on then use a toothpick and put about twenty holes
it works for me, and i can get some great clouds
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Default Re: Smoking from a clay bowl?

I have never had problems with standard clay bowls unless you don't leave enough space between the foil and the shisha.. 1/8 to 1/4 inch should do it and don't use too much heat and it shouldn't burn.

funnel bowls are great for extremely wet shisha but somewhat wasteful because of their size.
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Default Re: Smoking from a clay bowl?

i only have access to standard bowls and they work just fine
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Default Re: Smoking from a clay bowl?

o something i forgot to mention and it has only been kind of touched on is that you need to have the coals on the outer rim of the bowl. if you can see any of the rim from above the bowl where the coal is they are to far in (at least when starting up and for a while in the sessions) some times i even hang the coals off the edge at least part of the way, give that a try and it should prevent burnt shisha

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Default Re: Smoking from a clay bowl?

Yes, make sure to put it at the rim.

Also, it may be good to start out with 2 or even 3 on it, but after those are done, you 2 or 3 more maybe to much, you may be just good with one.
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I smoke from a standard Egyptian clay bowl 99% of the time and never have any trouble.
same here. what kind of shisha are you smoking?
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