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I just got my screens in the mail, and let me tell you, I dont think I'll use foil again except to wrap leftovers. It doesnt burn the ma'asell like the foil does, and I'm getting really thick smoke too. This goes out to all foil users: try the screens!

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Yup..once you get the hang of them there is no going back...

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I put the raised part facing down, and I pack about a half bowl. It takes a little longer to get going (about 3 minutes), because its further away from the coals, but after that its smooth sailing, and the half bowl I just finished smoking, lasted almost 3 hours with 4 coals. And that was with Nakhla, so I'd say its pretty good.

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I ordered a screen to try it out. In principle I would say they would not be good, as you cannot regulate the airflow (it's already predetermined) and the holes look too big.
With foil I get literally perfect Smokes.
Will post my screen vs foil observations in this thread when they arrive

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Mo,
Instead of regulating air flow you regulate heat.
Its all in the coals.....
The nice thing about the screens is that airflow is a constant each time. No variation for foil thickness, hole sizes, number, pattern, its always the same. So once you get your heat figured out you're set for future smokes.
$.02

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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.

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yeah, The windcover probably would help, which is why I ordered one last week, except UPS has been neglecting me lately....so I should have it sometime in the next 3 months.

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I wanna try the screens... I'm pretty much a noob tho... can you give me and estimate on how much coal to use? I have diamante finger coals, fumari and AF maasell... how much of each do I use... and do I pack the bowl differently? sprinkle? a tincy pack?

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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.

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I pack the bowl same way I did with foil.
I'd say start with the same coal set up you used with foil and adjust from there.
Everythign from bowl depth to how hard to draw on the hose is going to effect your hookah's performance with the screen.
$.02

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i realize that heating is an issue with the screens, and i can fix that partly with a wind cover... but i heard that the flavor and taste is jeopordized by using one also, is that true or it it still as sweet?

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Still as sweet...without the hint of burning foil coating.
 

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My brother got a new hookah the other day and we used a screen for the
first time (have been using foil with mine) and with the windscreen
there was really no difference in smoke thickness, length the bowl
lasted, or taste. Loading (and reloading ) the bowl was so easy and effortless that I don't see us going back to foil anytime soon!

The only thing we didn't do was pay too much attention to heat
management...the 2 bowls we had seemed to start off a little on the
hot/harsh side and then progressively get smoother as time went on.

Oh, this is off-topic, but I don't know if it's worth a whole new
thread - my brother's new double-hose has a stopper to use if you only
want one hose, and also has a little rubber or plastic thing that you
can put over the tip of the hose to temporarily close it off, however,
there's only one, and it's a pain to pass back and forth. I've seen in
some pictures little "caps" that are attached to the hose yet I can't
find anything like that online. Does anyone know what I'm talking about
and where we might be able to find some?

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I am surprised the if he got it there that he didnt pay a little more for the autoseal ones. It would have been worth it. 

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 tried out the screen with my quick lite coals.

It produced a decent smoke, but it burnt and gets harsher a lot
quickly. If I am being on the pedantic side, you get less smoke with a
screent.

It's nice when you are feeling lazy and want a quick smoke, but in my
opinion the foil is significantly better. You get a richer smoke, and
you can use very thin holes rather than the gaping ones you get in the
screen, which are big holes.

I use a needle-like pin to make many holes in the foil, which does the
best job in my opinion. I've bought a nice digital camera for photos,
so I will get round to doing a pictorial guide from my perspective of
making the perfect shisha.

On a scale of 1-10 with foil being a 10, Screens would get about an 8.
Better than what I expected ,but not quite the full overall quality of
a smoke with the foil used correctly.

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ive used em both, i tihnk its a combinaiton fo the bowl and
screen/foil, ive had better result with a screen on shallow bowls and
better results with deeper bowls and foil, overall i like foil, always
get thicker and stronger smoke for me, but foil can occasionally go
very wrong, about 2 weeks ago i was smoking, eveyrtihng was going fine,
then without warning the foil melted and i got a lungful of vaporized
aluminum, i had to drink a 2 lite rof soda just to get the taste out of
my mouth, but still i prefer foil

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Hmm...I personally now use a screen for everything from AF to HH and on to Nakhla. I've just had to learn to adjust the heat accordingly and have had no problems. I do use the same style bowl everytime, those deep bowls I get, so that may have something to do with it, but I'll never use foil again.
 

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I think I'm going to have my dad cut some screens out for me on his plasma table. Im going to design them with smaller holes. Any suggestions on what metal I should use? I was thinking SS.

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Yum! Vaporized aluminum flavor! Where can we buy some? =)
Sounds like you had one good experience huh?
So screens are relatively inexpensive right? I was thinking about crossing on over...

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Okay nevermind about the "inexpensive" question...I suppose it wasn't
very difficult to google it and see they're like 2 bucks. Is there
anywhere that would ship it out without having to order a bunch of
other stuff I don't need?

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[quote name='John Deere']I think I'm going to have my dad cut some screens out
for me on his plasma table. Im going to design them with smaller holes.
Any suggestions on what metal I should use? I was thinking SS.[/quote]

I was thinking the same.  I think that is going to be your safest metal.

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