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  1. So - have ya smoked it yet?  Let us know how it works, how many days it took to finish, # of coals you burned, etc  That thing if freakin' massive.
  2. If you decide to go the separate hose route, try the washable hoses direct from [url="http://www.myasaray.com/store/item.asp?ITEM_ID=602&DEPARTMENT_ID=36"]myasaray[/url].  If memory serves I paid about $7 US each - great price considering most resellers charge double that for the metal-tipped hoses.  They are very flexible and a snap to clean.
  3. I break up my massell, picking out all the timber. once I have about a tablespoon or so, I sprinkle it into the bowl, lightly tapping down any high spots.  Then I take a 33mm coal and break it in half, light each half, and place them on the far opposite sides of the screen, then place the wind cover over the bowl.  When I had the 40mm coals I only used half a coal at a time.
  4. Ya Mon, Screens have been great, at least for me.  I've gotten hookahs for a couple of friends, and always order screens with 'em.  The fewer variables the better.  One other tidbit I picked up was to use a wind cover to contain heat.  Fewer coals, same results.  in addition, if you're using a wind cover with a screen, bend the 5th tab UP so it doesn't ctach on the wind cover when you remove it to move or replace coals.  I failed to do this and had I been inside I would have had another hookah scar on the carpet.
  5. I haven't ordered from BNN, but always got good service from socialsmoke.  If my any chance you do run into problems, call them and ask for Ali - He'll hook you up.  Very nice guy and very good about customer service and quality control. BTW, the wife and I came up with a couple good flavor combos - 25% mint + 75% cappucino - tastes like an andes mint.  The other is equal parts af orange + vanilla - like a creamsicle!
  6. AF Orange rocks - one of my personal favs...
  7. Mushrat, I've foun the AF cappucino has a somewhat chocolatey (sp?) flavor.  Very rich and creamy.  Gonna try to mix with a veerry little amount of mint...  we'll see how that goes.  Had good luck with AF orange + al waha vanilla.  Orange 50/50 bar!
  8. Should not need to restart.  BTW, friends don't let friends use IE.  "It's Evil".
  9. Anyone ever order from [url="http://www.syriangate.com/nargile.htm"]Syriangate.com[/url]? They have some interesting looking stuff, but the images a really tiny and/or poor quality.  Prices look good (shipping not withstanding).
  10. Hookahbros is apparently out of biz or restructuring... Socialsmoke is apparently going to be getting similar rotators shortly.  I have a 4 hose hookahbros cyclone,the big one, and it's been great.  Easy to clean, solid construction.  The only thing missing is autoseal, but since I usually smoke it myself or with my wife, we usually only use the one hose.  But, it's great to have multiple hoses when you have company. I have considered getting one of their bohemian hookahs with a case. I don't like transporting the cyclone - makes me nervous that it's going to have an unpleasant accident. I did replace the hoses - got 4 mya pleather hoses.  Very nice, and inexpensive when purchased direct from mya ($7 US each). 
  11. One point that might be worth making: If you're using a wind cover reduce the amount of coal by 25%-50%.  Otherwise, harsh and burnt. No bueno. OT, finally tried the AF Mint while playing backgammon with my wife dangling our legs in the pool.  Kinda like suckin' on a slightly sweet air conditioner .  Very fresh and smooth.  BTW, I got my ass kicked 3 games to zip.
  12. Sorry - shoulve said flip the cake and replace the foil and coal(s). 
  13. I also remember someone here saying that they would pull off the foil & coals, flip the cake, and replace for a fresh blast of flavor 
  14. I'd probably read it as well.  Hell, a lot of good articles could be gleaned by distilling the more popular threads in this format into a digest form, assuming its OK from a (I can't believe I'm saying this) copyright perspective.  The somewhat disjointed nature of forums in general can be a double edged sword when it comes to finding information, and it may make information easier to find for those uncomfortable with forums in general. Another thought to finance hosting or other expenses would be to solicit sponsorship from vendors.
  15. Thanks Cypress, great resource. Here's another source if any of the above are busy: [url="http://loudpipes.homeip.net/Hookah/Hookah.html"]How Cypress Loads A Hookah[/url] If you come up with any more gems like that I'd be glad to host them.
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