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  1. 12 points
    Howdy guys and gals! I've been a reader of these awesome forums for some months now, but I finally decided to make an account, as I felt a strong urge to share my latest project with the world. Short introduction about myself as this is my first post. I'm a 19 year old student, currently living in Bærum, Norway. Hookah has been a hoppy of mine for about two years I guess. As the availability of hookahs here up nort in Norway is not very great, I decided that I would not buy my third pipe, but build it myself. So I found my paper and pencil and started scetching. This hookah is mostly built out of tubes and pipes you normally use in your bathroom, but together with some other everyday objects, I've turned it into a hookah I can be proud of. I tried to take as many photographs in could during the assembly proccess, so here we go! First, the hoses. Originally I planned three hoses for the hookah, but later I had to do some design changes due to parts not fitting as I intended, so the final result does only have two hoses. The following pictures were taken before I knew any of this, so here you'll see all the three hoses being assembled. Here you see all the parts needed for one hose yet to be assembled. [img]http://img22.imageshack.us/img22/491/dsc0270il.jpg[/img] And here follows some pictures of the finished hoses. [img]http://img19.imageshack.us/img19/6418/dsc0287u.jpg[/img] [img]http://img265.imageshack.us/img265/7689/dsc0276s.jpg[/img] Next is some pictures of the hoses attached to the pipe going down to the smoke chamber. At the bottom of each pipe, you can see a ball valve working as an "on/off" switch for each hose. [img]http://img26.imageshack.us/img26/4050/dsc0282qx.jpg[/img] Next thing was to seal the top of these pipes, as I've done here. [img]http://img15.imageshack.us/img15/7484/dsc0293g.jpg[/img] Then I fixed the holes in the base lid (well, it's actually my friend in the picture, starring as an up and coming hookah model ), so the pipes could go through easily. [img]http://img62.imageshack.us/img62/990/dsc0289o.jpg[/img] Then I started cutting the pipes for the stem (Yes, that is me in the picture). [img]http://img143.imageshack.us/img143/4931/dsc0292w.jpg[/img] Then all the parts were ready for us to assemble. [img]http://img21.imageshack.us/img21/463/dsc0294a.jpg[/img] And..............(drum roll) Here is the final result (well, not final, as I made some changes to the base today and switched the tape holding the pipes together at the top with a real metal clamp, one picture down and you'll see v2.0). [img]http://img406.imageshack.us/img406/9482/dsc0302yh.jpg[/img] And here is how it looks today, after the changes I made. I am very pleased with the final result. The hookah is 100% air tight, and the ball valve system works perfectly. I was stupid enough to forget my camera when we smoked it today, so I've got no smoke pictures yet. But I will publish them after the next time I smoke. I must say thou, it was legendary. The hookah smoked way better than every hookah I've ever owned. [img]http://img232.imageshack.us/img232/8707/dsc03692k.jpg[/img] Please tell me what you think. Happy smoking, Fredrik/Hexagonmaster
  2. 10 points
    my "e-peen" is pretty satisfied right now but (in a crazy southern minister voice) "can I get a +1"
  3. 8 points
    What the hell is a reputation and how does one get one? Is this another e-peen contest? [IMG]http://i571.photobucket.com/albums/ss156/delsol_si/Picture13.png[/IMG]
  4. 7 points
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  5. 7 points
    The stars are member ratings. Not really sure how that all works. The reputation is what you see at the bottom right of everyone's posts. It used to be + and -, but we took away the - because a member was abusing it hardcore, targeting one member. The reputation system is used if you really like a member's post or find it really helpful. To see someone's reputation rating, go to their profile. Hope that clears it up for ya.
  6. 6 points
    [quote name='S3cretz' timestamp='1325624551' post='534471'] Myth : Poking holes in the middle of the foil on a phunnel makes for a better smoke. Status: Busted! Reason : Because with the hole being right above the hole in the downstem pieces of ash tend to get into the stem alot easier. Why is this bad those little pieces of ash sometimes end up in your hose or your mouth. And no one likes ash in their mouth. And yes even if holes arent directly above the hole ash will still go down the stem. But not as much. Next week : Can you light a natural coal using just 1 ql and does it affect the taste of the natural. [/quote]This would be a good idea, however your first example is already inaccurate. I'd hate to think what other myths you'd try and "bust". Eric, President/Creator/BigWig of Tangiers, recommends poking holes all over the foil (to include over the spire). I don't agree with his theory that it's better in general, however I do agree that it reduces the risk of overheating a bowl due to coal inactivity. It seems that having holes over the spire gives the heat a way to escape. Thus, if you were to leave your coals unattended for an extended period of time, there's less chance of the bowl overheating. Every time I've been to the lounge, Eric is usually multi-tasking or pre-occupied with other activites besides smoking. His pipe sits idle for quite some time. This is why I think Eric suggests using holes over the spire, but that's just speculation on my part. Also, you mentioned that having holes over the spire would cause someone to possibly inhale ash. If the ash was able to travel down the stem, through the water, float back into the chamber and through the hose - into your mouth...then it's probably possesed by some hookah demons or charcoal gnomes. Poking holes isn't going to stop it. If you do get some grit in your mouth, it's probably rust.
  7. 6 points
    [quote name='INCUBUSRATM' timestamp='1301785092' post='503942'] My girlfriend fooled me and was the only one. Know how? We were looking at classes to sign up for and she mentions this class that debates Star Wars vs. Star Trek. I totally believed it cause our school actually has classes like that in the Film Studies and Literature departments. Like there's a class for Harry Potter for crying out loud. So I believed her and told her I wouldn't mind taking it; sounded like an easy class. Then she busted me out. She then felt bad cause she could tell I was kinda excited. [/quote] Nerd.
  8. 6 points
    [size="3"][color="#0000FF"][b]Round 06 – Lighting[/b][/color][/size] This round is to compare lighting times and the lighting process. All coals where lit on my stove coil burner. The lighting test has been over several days. I wanted each set of coals to be the first lit of the day. [b]Al Fakher[/b] – Flipped when lighting at 4:30 minutes; done at 7:20 minutes. Coals sent floating sparks when flipping. [color="#800080"][b]+2 Points[/b][/color] [b]CH [/b]– Flipped when lighting at 4 minutes; done at 6:10 minutes. Coals sparked when flipping. [color="#800080"][b]+3 Points[/b][/color] [b]Coconara[/b] – Flipped when lighting at 5:10 minutes; done at 8:15 minutes. No sparking. [color="#800080"][b]+1 Point[/b][/color] [b]Shishaco[/b] – Flipped when lighting at 3:45 minutes; done at 5:50 minutes. Coals sparked when flipping. [color="#800080"][b]+4 Points[/b][/color] Shishaco is a fast lighting coal for coconut coals. CHis a close second but those new cocos take a lot longer, because of the new cube shape. [img]http://i295.photobucket.com/albums/mm126/tunes4x/Coconut%20Coalmageddon/0Min.jpg[/img] 0 Minutes [img]http://i295.photobucket.com/albums/mm126/tunes4x/Coconut%20Coalmageddon/4Min.jpg[/img] 4 Minutes [img]http://i295.photobucket.com/albums/mm126/tunes4x/Coconut%20Coalmageddon/7Min.jpg[/img] 7 Minutes [img]http://i295.photobucket.com/albums/mm126/tunes4x/Coconut%20Coalmageddon/8min.jpg[/img] 8 Minutes [color="#0000FF"][size="3"][b]Round 07 – Smell – During Lighting[/b][/size][/color] This compares the smell of the coal when lighting. Smell of lighting is important to me. Don’t want my house smelling like coal. [b]Al Fakher[/b] – Smells like quicklights when lighting. [color="#800080"][b]+2 Points[/b][/color] [b]CH[/b] – Just awful. Smells like something from my days in the oil field. [color="#800080"][b]+1 Point[/b][/color] [b]Coconara [/b]– Slight coal smell. [color="#800080"][b]+4 Points[/b][/color] [b]Shishaco[/b] – Smells like Exoticas. [color="#800080"][b]+3 Points[/b][/color] Coconara’s are the clear winner on this one. CH is the very worst. They just smell completely awful. Al Fakher isn’t much better. [size="3"][color="#0000FF"][b] Round 08 – Smell – During Smoking[/b][/color][/size] This compares the smell of the coals during the session. I like to smell the shisha not the coal. I like it when people come over and can smell what I am smoking not what I am using to cook the shisha. [b]Al Fakher [/b]– There is slight smell throughout the session. [color="#800080"][b]+1 Point[/b][/color] [b]CH [/b]– Little smell, but not much, disappeared after 10 minutes or so. [color="#800080"][b]+3 Points[/b][/color] [b]Coconara [/b]– No smell. [color="#800080"][b]+4 Points[/b][/color] [b]Shishaco [/b]– There is a slight smell but it disappears after I flipped the coals. [color="#800080"][b]+2 Points[/b][/color] Really most of the smells while smoking isn’t bad at all, but Coconara has none so they are the clear winner. [size="3"][color="#0000FF"][b] Round 09 – Taste[/b][/color][/size] This is an obvious one. One of the main reasons I switched to natural coals was to get rid of the coal taste when I smoke. [b]Al Fakher[/b] – You know for a coconut coal it has a very coal taste. [color="#800080"][b]+1 Point[/b][/color] [b]CH [/b]– There is slight taste, but less than compared to the best quicklights. [color="#800080"][b]+3 Points[/b][/color] [b]Coconara[/b] – No taste. [color="#800080"][b]+4 Points[/b][/color] [b]Shishaco [/b]– There is a slight taste like exoticas have at the end of the bowl. But it starts off there and get’s lighter through the session. [color="#800080"][b]+2 Points[/b][/color] I know my taste buds are a little more in tune to coal taste. Especially after smoking quicklights for 5 years. Some may not even notice what I taste. Coconaras is a clear winner. CH is my second best. Al Fakher was a sever disappointment for coconut coals. [color="#0000FF"][b][size="3"]Round 10 – Longevity[/size][/b][/color] One of the key elements of any coal to compare, how long will they last? This round is for full coals on a normal session of normal heat management. [b]Al Fakher [/b]– Lasted 61 minutes before the coals became too small to smoke well. [color="#800080"][b]+2 Points[/b][/color] [b]CH[/b] – Lasted 59 minutes before the coals became too small to smoke well. [color="#800080"][b]+1 Point[/b][/color] [b]Coconara [/b]– Lasted 90 minutes before the coals became too small to smoke well. [color="#800080"][b]+4 Points[/b][/color] [b]Shishaco[/b] – Lasted 62 minutes before the coals became too small to smoke well. [color="#800080"][b]+3 Points[/b][/color] Despite their new size Coconara’s is a clear front runner. The rest are very close race as you can see. [color="#0000FF"][size="3"][b] Round 11 – Ash[/b][/size][/color] This compares the ash. White ash (Lighter Ash) means less fillers, the darker the ash and color tint mean more fillers. Also how the ash acts on the bowl, falling off or staying in place and insulating the heat. [b]Al Fakher[/b] – Marble Gray with greenish tint. Ash falls all over the bowl. [color="#800080"][b]+1 Point[/b][/color] [b]CH[/b]– Stone Gray. Ash stays in place with the coals. [color="#800080"][b]+3 Points[/b][/color] [b]Coconara[/b] – Very Light Gray. Ash stays in place with the coals. [color="#800080"][b]+4 Points[/b][/color] [b]Shishaco[/b] – Concrete Gray with Dark Colors. Ash falls off sporadically. [color="#800080"][b]+2 Points[/b][/color] Coconara wins this round again, but by a narrow margin if the ash was a little lighter it would have won. Al Fakher is the worse of the lot, they ash like crazy and get all over the bowl, Shishaco are not much better in my opinion. [size="3"][color="#0000FF"][b]Round 12 – Heat Management[/b][/color][/size] This round is to determine the ease of heat management. When do you normal do the flip coals and a windcover and the overall ease of managing the coals to keep good consistent smoke going throughout the session. [b]Al Fakher[/b] – Flipped at 17 minutes. Flipped at 28 minutes. Windcover at 35 minutes. A little work. +1 Point [b]CH[/b] – Flipped at 20 minutes. Windcover at 30 minutes. Flipped at 40 minutes. All in all pretty effortless. +3 Points [b]Coconara[/b] – Flipped at 40 minutes. Added Windcover at 55 minutes. All in all a complete breeze. +4 Points [b]Shishaco –[/b] Flipped at 20 minutes. Flipped at 40 minutes and added windcover. All in all pretty effortless. +2 Points Well Coconara wins the prize, which is great for me because I forget about the coals sometime. [img]http://i295.photobucket.com/albums/mm126/tunes4x/Coconut%20Coalmageddon/Smoke0.jpg[/img] 0 Minutes [img]http://i295.photobucket.com/albums/mm126/tunes4x/Coconut%20Coalmageddon/Smoke10.jpg[/img] 10 Minutes [img]http://i295.photobucket.com/albums/mm126/tunes4x/Coconut%20Coalmageddon/Smoke30.jpg[/img] 30 Minutes [img]http://i295.photobucket.com/albums/mm126/tunes4x/Coconut%20Coalmageddon/Smoke50.jpg[/img] 50 Minutes [img]http://i295.photobucket.com/albums/mm126/tunes4x/Coconut%20Coalmageddon/Smoke65.jpg[/img] 65 Minutes [color="#0000FF"][size="3"][b]Additional Consideration[/b][/size][/color] [b]Al Fakher [/b]– Used a Mya Saray Hookah for their picture of a hookah on the package instead of their own. Even took it a step further and Photoshopped Al Fakher on the top of the base. [color="#FF0000"][b]–1 Point (should make it -2 for the double whammy) [/b][/color] [img]http://i295.photobucket.com/albums/mm126/tunes4x/Coconut%20Coalmageddon/AFCloseUp.jpg[/img] [b]CH [/b]– Got a take off a point for the name, prevents talk on some forums, and gives a negative connotation to hookah smoking. [color="#FF0000"][b]–1 Point [/b][/color]CH offers a quicklight version of their Coconut Charcoals which is an exclusive to this brand. [color="#800080"][b]+1 Point[/b][/color] [b]Coconara[/b] – First to market with coconut coals. Got to give credit to the pioneers. [color="#800080"][b]+1 Point[/b][/color] [color="#0000FF"][size="3"][b]Final Tally[/b][/size][/color] This finally tally is the comparison of all the factors I think are important in comparison. Some of these rounds may not even come into the factoring of your choice of coals. Some may look at Longevity as a deciding factor, or price, or smell may be off putting. My additional considerations may also not factor into your decision also, but I think they are worth noting. So my FINAL TALLY is the culmination. I hope this whole experiment may help you make the choice of Coconut coals for you. [b]Al Fakher[/b] – 1 + 1 + 1 + 2 + 3 +2 +2 +1 +1 +2 +1 +1 –1 = [color="#006400"][b]17[/b][/color] [b]CH[/b] – 4 + 3 + 4 + 3 + 1 +3 +1 +3 +3 +1 +3 +3 – 1 +1 = [color="#006400"][b]32[/b][/color] [b]Coconara[/b] – 2 + 4 + 3 + 1 + 4 +1 +4 +4 +4 +4 +4 +4 + 1 = [color="#006400"][b]40[/b][/color] [b]Shishaco[/b] – 3 + 2 + 2 + 2 + 2 +4 +3 +2 +2 +3 +2 +2 = [color="#006400"][b]29[/b][/color] [center][color="#2E8B57"][size="4"][b]COCONARA IS THIS YEARS WINNER![/b][/size][/color][/center] [color="#0000FF"][size="3"][b]Coal Recommendations[/b][/size][/color] [b]Budget Coals [/b]– CH [b]Support a Bud[/b] – CH [b]Don’t want my Landlord to know I Smoke[/b] – Coconaras [b]Too Drunk for Heat Management[/b] – Coconara [b]OCD or Neat Freak[/b] – Shishaco [b]Impatient[/b] – Shishaco [b]Desperate[/b] – Al Fakher
  9. 5 points
    So I saw a thread about smoking in your car, and since I frequently drive 3 hours to WCU and smoke the whole way there, I thought I'd post some tips for a fun, safe car trip. (Note: I do not claim to be an expert on state laws, all information here is provided from experience and is not intended as legal advice. Moderators are free to remove this post if it is in violation of any of the forum rules) 1. Smoking hookah in your car is, as far as I have found, not illegal. I was pulled over in Boone with a lit hookah in my car. I told the cop what it was, what was in it, and not to touch it because it was hot. He said it was not illegal. It's a tobacco pipe, and unless they have changed something, you can smoke any kind of tobacco pipe in your car. NC law states that an officer of the law cannot confiscate a hookah unless he can confirm the presence of marijuana. It cannot be considered paraphernalia unless the presence of marijuana can be detected. This has been corroborated by many police officers, security guards, and highway patrolmen that I have asked about this while smoking in public places, but may not be accurate. Now that we have that out of the way and my butt is sufficiently covered... 2. I have found that cracking the driver side window about an inch will keep the car from getting hazy. The air blows past the window, but not into it, which will create a slight vacuum and suck the smoke out the window. Also, if you must turn your heating/air conditioning on, only use the vents that blow on your feet. Otherwise, the airflow will spoil your clouds and mess up your window-vacuum. 3. If you have a hookah specifically designed for the car, like the Leila, awesome. If you are using a standard hookah, you have options. Use a small one and try to get it in the center console. I used the Mya Gelato when I didn't have my Leila. Or, if you're riding with a friend, get your tallest hookah with the widest base and set it on the floor between the passenger's feet. This will help keep it from tipping over, and the height of the stem will let your friend or relative hold it steady. 4. When you set up the bowl of a standard hookah in the car, think safety first. (That was kind of a no-brainer, but still.) I usually make a lip around the bowl out of aluminum foil, about 2 inches high. This helps keep the coals from moving about, or sliding off the bowl and on to my floor. I also frequently add a wind cover, for extra extra safety. Also, check to make sure the bowl doesn't wobble on the grommet, as this can lead to disaster. 5. There is no easy way to light coals in a moving vehicle, especially quicklights. Pull over, open your door, and hold the coal out. I have used the cigarette lighter that came with the car to light quicklights before, but I had to hold the lighter in the socket for about 3 seconds after it pops. Most cigarette lighters automatically 'pop' partially out of the socket when they are hot enough, but this is usually only hot enough to light a cigarette, not a coal. 6. Keep stocked with a flavour you don't mind smoking with warm water. I personally like Starbuzz Caramel Apple and Caramel Macchiatto, as well as other cinnamon, chocolate, coffee, and mint flavours. That's pretty much it. I've smoked in my car for about 2 years now, and I haven't really had any mishaps other than a burnt bowl of Starbuzz Black Grape, but then again that flavour ALWAYS seems to burn, no matter how I try. I hope this helped some people out!
  10. 5 points
    The issue I have with the shishavac is that it attempts to solve problems that don't exist.
  11. 5 points
    [quote name='mushrat' timestamp='1320177033' post='529786'] i am still waiting for someone to prove that milk does anything other than mess up your stuff. [/quote] it aids in building strong bones. 100000000000000000 REP PTS PLZ LOLOLOLOL
  12. 5 points
    [img]http://i232.photobucket.com/albums/ee97/tpatt90/carl.png[/img] I will get rep for this, do you understand?
  13. 5 points
    Take some jelly, take some fish. Put it on a sandwich, it's delish.
  14. 5 points
    It's been a rough week. It's been all spent at the hospital. 24 Hours of Labor, 3 hours of pushing and finally a C-Section (My Wife is a Boss!) My Little Man is finally here!!! [img]http://i295.photobucket.com/albums/mm126/tunes4x/DSC_0034.jpg[/img] Corban Matthew. Born August 22, 2011 5:55pm 22" Long and 9 lbs 13 oz. (Told you she was a Boss!) Been a long week and finally glad to be home. With a big family.
  15. 5 points
    In a past life I was an egyptian mystic telepathically sending code into the future which eventually became Hookahforum. So bout 3,400 years give or take.
  16. 5 points
    Only when the large is grape of specifically water banana. I somehow have a specification which is the outermost certain small grape. even I took once a small diligently speaker crammed into the vase of rank coal banana mouth taste when falling from the sky. Whatever cause is the grape with foul banana grommet no typewriter. If small is the banana then the smoke must be a certain level. When level is the grape then specifications of the water are huge number smoke.
  17. 5 points
    So, you're probably in one of the following situations: you're in a hookah bar and about to order some Starbuzz (SB), you've finally broken down and paid the "premium price" for a "premium tobacco," or you actually happen to like SB. Either way, there are a few things that one must know to get the amazing SB session that so many people rave about in order to justify the ~$18-$22 cost per 250g. [list][*]Starbuzz is made for an egyptian bowl. Yes, it can be annoying when juicy tobaccos leak juice into the holes and down the stem; however, this can be avoided by light dabbing the tobacco with a paper towl before packing it. Note: do not try to wipe off the juice, that will ruin the amount of smoke and flavor that SB can achieve. When you pack SB into an egyptian, do not press down on it at all, you should do what many people call "fluff packing" so that the air flow is simple without having to over-pull. Make sure when you're poking holes through the foil that you poke all the way down and THEN turn the bowl over and push the poker through the holes from the bottom up, this ensures you will have easy air flow.[/list] [list][*]Before you pack your bowl, make sure you stir the tobacco thoroughly! If your SB has been sitting for more than a few hours, the juices will have seperated and once you make a bowl out of a seperated batch, there is no chance to get the proper distribution of juices back.[/list] [list][*]Starbuzz is, ironically, not a tobacco to smoke if you're looking for a buzz. If you like the "hookah buzz" that many brands offer, I recommend mixing similar flavors of your favorite buzz brand. I have found that SB mixes best with Fusion, Romman, Al Fakher, and Mizo Nakhla. Brands I found it to not mix well with are Tangiers, Fumari, and OG Nak. Fumari and OG Nak probably will work if you find the right proportions, I was not able to.[/list] [list][*]It is possible to smoke SB out of a vortex or phunnel type bowl but know this will not yield the best results. Phunnel bowls are second to an egyptian in bowl choice but often lead to a slight loss of flavor, again, pack SB in a fluff method. Avoid using a vortex for SB in all cases.[/list] [list][*]When deciding on coals, I cannot stress this enough, that SB is a [b][u]LOW HEAT TOBACCO [/u][/b]using too much heat, while yielding bigger clouds,will burn the tobacco and give you diminishing returns as the session goes on. Personally, I use 2 CH QL coals on opposite sides of my bowl and rotate around. Do not ever put a coal in the center of the bowl. Ever. When setting up the foil, you should have roughly 50 holes on the bowl for an average sized egyptian.[/list] [list][*]There are many flavors that SB makes; however, you can find a lot of them done better in other brands. It is not worth paying the premium dollar for a flavor that can be bought for much cheaper, and taste/perform better. Just because you like a brand does not mean it has the best everything. Below I will go through the flavor list and point out better or "just as good as" flavors from other brands. Conversely, there are some flavors that you will not find made better by any other brand.[/list][b]Apple Cinnamon[/b] Best [b]Apple[/b] Good Single Apple. No Anise. [b]Apricot[/b] Fumari, Potion, Al Fakher [b]Arabian Coffee [/b]Best [b]Banana[/b] Best [b]Black Grape [/b]Fusion [b]Blackberry[/b] Best [b]Blue Mist[/b] Best [b]Blueberry[/b] Layalina [b]Bubble Gum[/b] Fusion [b]Candy[/b] Layaina, Romman, Fusion, almost anything else [b]Cantaloupe[/b] Bad flavor. [b]Cappuccino[/b] Al Fakher [b]Caramel Apple[/b] Best [b]Caramel Macchiato [/b]Best [b]Cherry[/b] Tangiers, Fusion [b]Christmas Mix [/b]Best [b]Citrus Mint[/b] Best [b]Classic Cola [/b]Horrible. Any other brand is better. [b]Classic Mojito[/b] Bad flavor. [b]Coconut[/b] Bad flavor. [b]Cosmopolitan[/b] Best [b]Cotton[/b] [b]Candy[/b] Best [b]Fruit Sensation[/b] Any other mixed fruit is better [b]Fuzzy Naval[/b] Decent flavor. [b]Grape[/b] Mizo Nak, Fusion Champagne grape, Tangier's grapes [b]Guava[/b] Tangiers [b]Irish Cream[/b] Best, might tie with Layalina [b]Jasmine[/b] Bad flavor, layalina [b]Kiwi[/b] Decent [b]Kiwi Strawberry [/b]Decent [b]Lemon[/b] Nahkla [b]Lemon Tea [/b]Best [b]Mango[/b] Layalina [b]Margarita [/b]Fumari [b]Marlett[/b] Best [b]Orange[/b] Mizo, Tangiers, Fusion [b]Passion Fruit Mojito [/b]Best [b]Passion Kiss[/b] Best [b]Peaches and Cream[/b]Weak flavor [b]Pineapple[/b] Best* [b]Plum[/b] Al Fakher [b]Pomegranate [/b]Tangiers, Fusion [b]Pumpkin Pie[/b] Best* [b]Raspberry[/b] Layalina [b]Rose[/b] Layalina [b]Royal Grape[/b]Best* [b]Sour Apple [/b]Best [b]Spearmint[/b] Any brand [b]Strawberry Margarita [/b]Best [b]Strawberry[/b] Any brand [b]Sweet Apple [/b]Any brand [b]Sweet Melon[/b] Any brand [b]Tropical Fruit [/b]Any brand [b]Watermelon[/b] Best* [b]White Grape[/b] Tangiers [b]White Peach[/b] Best [b]Wild Berry Mint [/b]Fusion [b]Wild Berry[/b] Best [b]Wild Mint[/b] Best* [b]Winter Fresh [/b]Any brand [b]X on the Beach [/b]Any brand [b]Safari Melon Dew [/b]Best* [b]Pink [/b]Best* [b]Tangerine Dream[/b]Best* [font="Calibri"][size="3"]* - A must try flavor for SB, these are the best of the best. The only competition for Tangerine Dream is Fusion's Mandarin which I like better but others might prefer SB Tangerine Dream. [list][*]For the average egyptian bowl, depending on the coals and amount of hits you take, each set of coals should last you roughly 45 min. If you properly rotate the coals around the edge of the bowl your average bowl of SB should last you slightly over 2 hours. As you become more familiar with SB you can make a bowl last up to 4 hours with better packing methods, better quality coals, and proper heat managment. Starbuzz smokes best with room temp or warm water in the base, as it is already a smooth smoke, ice and cold water are not needed to reduce harshness, the warmer the water is, the more intense the flavor will be.[/list] [list][*]Last but not least, if you have issues, ASK SOMEONE FOR HELP. [u][b][i]DISCLAIMER: [/i][/b]I know that the flavor comparisions I posted, not everyone will agree with. I simply wanted to offer an opinion from someome who has smoked every Starbuzz flavor made as well as many of the same flavors in other brands. There is likely to be better similar flavors in other brands than I have listed. [/u][/list][/size][/font]
  18. 5 points
    #1 - The first rule ofhookah forum is, you do not talk about hookah forum. #2 - The second rule of hookah forum is, you DO NOT talk about hookah forum. #3 - If someone says stop, goes limp, taps out, the session is over. #4 - Two guys to a hose. #5 - One bowl at a time. #6 - No shirts, no shoes.(pants optional) #7 - bowls will go on as long as they have to. #8 - If this is your first night at hookah forum, you have to POST!
  19. 5 points
    [quote name='Brandon`' date='15 January 2010 - 10:49 PM' timestamp='1263620990' post='445766'] [b]I just bought 400 bucks worth of hookah stuff [/b]and now I have to place another order because my phunnel broke and I only have 1 Tangiers Phunnel [b]so i'm done I can't be asked to buy a new one and pay shipping bullshit costs[/b] so i'm just gonna quit, I'm gonna post a thread in trades soon so check out in there in a hour. [/quote] See this just doesn't make sense.. You're willing to invest $400 into something, but at the thought of spending $12 for a new funnel (most vendors have discount code that would negate shipping and then some.) you just can't be bothered? That's like building out an entire $400,000 house, and forgetting to install a hallway closet, and just saying fuck it and selling it for pennies on your dollar. I'm really trying to sympathize for you man, but this is blown out of proportion.
  20. 5 points
    If it works the same way it does on this other forum I visit, then positive reputation can be given to member for helpful posts or good advice. Positive reputation given adds points to your 'rep power', negative detracts from it. The more rep power you have, the more your positive/negative reps count when hitting the +/- buttons.
  21. 4 points
    What is this reputation score all about and how is it calculated. Also when you bring up the members list there are stars or dots all the way to the right. whats that all about? Thanks
  22. 4 points
    Dont overpack or underpack the shisha, pack it just right.
  23. 4 points
    I don't believe so. Layalina is an imported. "generic" from what I understand and is branded Layalina. Al Fakher is a proprietary company that manufactures their own products for the line Al Fakher. Adding "golden" is pretty standard. Golden Layalina is directed at addressing more of the Starbuzz market, adding a product that is positioned at the price point of Al Fakher or a smidge higher...which also explains the golden connection. Al Fakher owns that price range in the U.S..Tangiers pretends they are a contender in that price range, but we know the truth. There are three types of hookah tobacco: A. Proprietary brands of tobacco that make their own tobaccos and nothing else. Some of them may manufacture additional lines like a Type B manufacturer as below. Its usually packaged in its final form at the manufacturing plant, but can be packaged under license here in the United States. B. Tobacco that is manufactured for specific lines for different companies, boutique-type packagings, where the flavors and specifications are altered to the customer's wishes. C. Generic tobaccos that are are purchased in their final form in buckets or bins, and then packaged by various companies. These brands already come over flavored, in their final form. they may be packaged here or in the Middle East. Usually the customers don't have any input as what's manufactured or in what flavors. D. Tobacco that starts out as plain, unflavored tobaccos where they are imported over here and are flavored, glycerine added, potentially, etc. Layalina is a Class C Al Fakher is Class A Romman is Class B (?) Al Amir is Class C Starbuzz is Class, A, C and D (?) Starbuzz's older stuff is all imported from the Middle East in its final form. They had some input or provided flavors to be manufactured in. As an example, Apricot or Apple were probably imported. Fuzzy Navel and Blue Mist are Class A from Starbuzz. Nakhla is Class A. Some repackaging is done in various countries, including the United States, but Nakhla is more in tune with selling it in factory-measured packages. Weights from packages that were weighed outside the factory are infamous for being off. Tangiers is Class A Hookah Hookah is probably class D. Fumari is Class B I believe. Social smoke is Class A, but there are people that claim that they are Class D. Most American "manufacturers" of Hookah Tobacco are Class C or D. Most imported brands are Class A or B. A good test is to see if they sell the brand in Great Britain or Germany. If it is sold overseas, it is likely to be Class A or Class B. If it is only sold inside North America, it is likely class D, maybe Class C. Quality generally goes down as the letter goes further away from Class A, although there are awful Class A manufacturers, some excellent class B manufacturers. Variability from batch to batch generally also goes up as you go further down towards Class D. Some Class C manufacturers are very reliable and make tons and tons of the same tobacco year after year.
  24. 4 points
    [quote name='vendetta_revived' timestamp='1314233233' post='521237'] [quote name='Giant Ninja Robot' timestamp='1314231540' post='521233'] I just shaved it off. I swear it was there. At least once a year I get it in my head that a porn stache is a great idea and it lasts about two days before I realize I look really stupid with just a stache. [b]But for those two days: I feel like a MAN.[/b] [/quote] Erm....what do you feel like the rest of the year? [/quote] A FUCKING ANIMAL!!!
  25. 4 points
    So I've been thinking lately about just how much and why I love Hookah Forum. This is a great community that I've taken part in for the past 2+ years. Adrock gave us something very simple in its day, and it has blossomed into this incredible place. Sure, it has had its ups and downs, slow times and busy times. That is the nature of forums. I have no doubts it will continue on strong. Huge thanks to Mushrat for running this place. His leadership is the best I've ever seen on all of the forums I've ever signed up on. I also appreciate him giving me the opportunity to moderate this fine forum. To me, it didn't boost my ego or put me on a powertrip. Quite the opposite, actually. It made me more humble. I feel that I am now a better person because of it. I know it's just a forum and it's just the internet and doesn't matter as much as "real life," but that's how I feel. I feel the World Wide Web has grown so extensively that it is now a part of real life- I always tell people now to think before you type something, because you might as well be yelling it out in public. And also once it's typed, it's archived forever. Anyway, thank you Mush and the other mods who had a part in giving me this opportunity to give back to the community. I greatly appreciate it. The members here are great. The knowledge is top notch and I still learn something new everyday. I'm glad I stumbled upon this forum when seeking wisdom about my new hobby. I've seen members here help each other out in so many ways. People (mainly Jay, haha) have helped me out when in tight spots. I try to do the same, now that I am more in a position to do so. I guess you could call it paying it forward. And this place is great at it. It truly makes me happy to see a forum where people who were once complete strangers become friends and help each other out in so many ways. I've gotten to know the people here so well that I can say a lot of you are my friends. Most people who I know in "real life" wouldn't understand that, but I don't care. I'm proud to call you guys my friends and I hope I have been a pretty decent friend to you guys as well. I don't know why, but I just felt the need to post this. This place is more than just an online community; it's a home. And I am proud to call Hookah Forum my home. Thank you, Hookah Forum.