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  1. [quote name='littlec' timestamp='1324172950' post='533286'] I've been told those electric coals produce crappy heat and have heard more than one case where it caught on fire because of faulty wiring, buyer beware. [/quote] o.O really? I actually participated in a hookah study at my college where we went through 4 sessions, changing one factor each time (think it was 1. longer hose 2. electric coal (as opposed to a ql) 3. different type of foil? 4. control). So the independent variables seemed pretty silly to me as a hookah smoker, but the study directly tested CO blood levels before and after the smoke, and I typically tested around 3-6 ppm before smoking and around 18-25 ppm after smoking by myself in each session with a quick lite coal for ~30 minutes. The session with the electric coal was actually comparable to the other sessions smoke-wise (This was a legit, NIH-funded study, so everything but the independent variables had to be kept as constant as possible, and the easiest way for them to do that was just to sit a quicklight in the middle of the bowl for the entire session. Needless to say, the smoke and flavor weren't optimal, but the point is, there seemed to be a minimal difference between the quicklights and electric coal.), but my CO levels after the smoke stayed very low, around 6-8 ppm. At home, I rarely use quick lights, but I'm wondering if it's still possible to get the quality-of-smoke and heat-manageability of natural coals from an electric coal. Benefits, as mentioned earlier in the thread, would include long-term cost, and it wouldn't necessarily be inconvenient since generally a hookah is stationary during a smoke. So if anyone else has had any experience with these, I'd love to hear about it. (should this thread be moved to general discussion??)
  2. did this ever go through?? curious to find out more about electric coals...
  3. Awesome work, man. I like the bubble deflector in the 2nd one
  4. [quote name='Jaffi' date='14 May 2010 - 06:45 PM' timestamp='1273877117' post='468121'] [quote name='elsemyano' date='14 May 2010 - 03:01 PM' timestamp='1273874494' post='468113'] ok, so interesting thing happened today. i got my package from ss (!) and my roomies and i lit up a bowl of baja blue. we had our water level up about an inch over the stem (35" km pear), and maybe 10 minutes in, the smoke hadn't gotten very thick, and one of my buddies got impatient and decided to add ~1/2 cup (1-1.5") of water to the base. the very next pull, we started getting huge, thick clouds that continued throughout the rest of the session maybe there's less room in the base, so the smoke is more dense? or it could've been that the smoke cooled off more due to the extra water but yea, i've tried altering water levels before and have never seen such a drastic change [/quote] I don't see how that would make any sense Just don't see any logic behind that! [/quote] me neither! i told him it wouldn't work. he did it anyway and rubbed it in my face when we started getting huge clouds, haha.
  5. ok, so interesting thing happened today. i got my package from ss (!) and my roomies and i lit up a bowl of baja blue. we had our water level up about an inch over the stem (35" km pear), and maybe 10 minutes in, the smoke hadn't gotten very thick, and one of my buddies got impatient and decided to add ~1/2 cup (1-1.5") of water to the base. the very next pull, we started getting huge, thick clouds that continued throughout the rest of the session maybe there's less room in the base, so the smoke is more dense? or it could've been that the smoke cooled off more due to the extra water but yea, i've tried altering water levels before and have never seen such a drastic change
  6. looks great! i'd be down for one if it's <= $15 with shipping
  7. the more water in the base, the more pressure you'd need to create in the hose/in the base for the smoke to get pulled through, so it seems like less water = easier pull, bigger volume of smoke coming through faster, but there's less contact between smoke and water. whether or not that makes a significant difference in filtering out substances is beyond me [img]http://www.hookahforum.com/public/style_emoticons/default/unknown.gif[/img]
  8. they're having a sale to promote it though"sstobacco" = 25% off until the 28th
  9. apparently social smoke came out with their own brand of shisha recently [url="http://www.socialsmoke.com/cat--Social-Smoke-Tobacco-100-Gram-Can--socialsmoke100.html"]http://www.socialsmoke.com/cat--Social-Smoke-Tobacco-100-Gram-Can--socialsmoke100.html[/url] just wondering if anyone's tried it yet/ opinions. on paper, seems like a carbon copy of sb
  10. when you 'harass' and ask personal favors from hookah-product vendors... through a forum dedicated to hookah just sayin
  11. nice! clean assembly. also looks a lot like del sol's hoses (thread: [url="http://www.hookahforum.com/?showtopic=32655)"]http://www.hookahfor...howtopic=32655[/url] )which i believe he based on bulldog's guide. haha, so this is a giant hybrid of all of them. you could also get extra fittings to connect the pvc to the barb hose fittings (see above thread), so you don't have to sand down the threads & hexagon. also, how the eff did you get the hole in the rubber stoppers so perfectly circular?! i know they're not really necessary, but unless you bought them like that, that's impressive...
  12. cool, thanks. found that thehookah has them for the same price, but they also have a nine-pack with all the flavors for cheaper. http://www.thehookah.com/saalaam-herbal-eg...-50g-8pack.html if it's that good, i might give that a try one of these days
  13. where do you guys usually get saalaam?? i've had hydro, i think it was the berry, and it was definitely an enjoyable smoke. exceeded my expectations...
  14. the coloring on these is pretty messy, but it could be what you're looking for: http://hookahcompany.com/colored_saudi_hoo...d_2637_prd1.htm
  15. thanks guys, i had 3 or 4 successful bowls (out of maybe 5 tries) this weekend with the watermelon! i ran out of the swift-lite coals i had been using previously (thankfully), and found a local vendor that sold 3kings, so i got that to last me until i got some naturals. like arcane said, i took it easy on the heat, placed the coals more toward the outside to start, with a foil 'windcover' and got excellent smoke and flavor for extended periods of time (40-50 minutes) with both mattarios' and sweetnut's method! splitting the coal apparently wasn't enough heat, though, 'cause the smoke wouldn't start at all. smoked most of these bowls at a party we were throwing, and everyone enjoyed the smoke&flavor
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