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Whitetusk

Weird coal issue, also hello!

I'm brand new to the forums and have an interesting issue I would like to discuss. I know there is a separate  place for introductions but I figured since I have a question I might as well make my introduction part of my question. Iv'e been smoking hookah for about 3 years now, only recently getting really into the hobby, everything prior to the last year was casual lounge visits. My problem is in my coals or maybe its my heat management but thats what I'm here to find out!

I just got a new box of coco-nara coals from a local place and everything seems to be fine except for midway through a bowl. I'm using an alien mini and I primarily smoke AF. I'm pretty adamant about rotating coals and moving them around the bowl so im not sure why this is happening but my foil seems to be burning. The holes themselves poked into the foil turn black and then it leaves black spot patterns on the outer ash layer of the coals and I've never seen this before. Also about halfway through the bowl flavor is lost. It doesn't get harsh or anything but just much less flavor than I expect for only 45 minutes into the bowl. My hole pattern is 3 rings of small holes, I use 3 coals and edge them, and I pack my AF to a medium tightness, over fluffy packs leave the tobacco touching foil and too dense burns to quickly. Any advice is much appreciated!

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Get heavy duty foil, pack a little less tight and put the coals further out on the edge.You're getting too much heat! That's why you lose flavor, you burn up all the tobacco and foil.

Go fluffy as fuck with AF and it can touch the foil without causing any problems.

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I must agree. Also keep in mind that if you are doing everything the way you always have and suddenly your coals are acting strangely it could be your coals. Counterfeit CoCo's are a big business. Just throwing that out there as well but I would definitely say your heat is too high.

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