[quote name='porksandwich9113' date='30 July 2010 - 04:05 PM' timestamp='1280523943' post='477094']
[quote name='nickkk' date='30 July 2010 - 03:48 PM' timestamp='1280522926' post='477092']
[quote name='Caila' date='30 July 2010 - 03:43 PM' timestamp='1280522590' post='477090']
[quote name='nickkk' date='30 July 2010 - 02:56 PM' timestamp='1280519760' post='477084']
looking down the stem i cannot see through it. (ball bearing and hose are good).
When you look down your stem you should be able to see through it. I would take a coat hanger or something thin like that maybe if you have a stem cleaning brush and try to get whatever is blocking the way out.
well i took a shishkabob and put it in there, it was metal like they had accidently welded it but i broke most of it out, now its bubbling and seems to be working right, now just for the shisha, i feel like it could be because im burning it? but i leave a gap between the shisha and the foil and i only use one charcoal and it still seems to over heat it
If you bought it at a store - return it. There should not be anything blocking the stem whatsoever. It's most likely a manufacturers flaw and if I was on the receiving end of that purchase - I'd demand my money back.
Also - the hole in the stem should be the entire diameter of the stem, otherwise you are not going to get the airflow you want. More airflow = better.
To help you out on the burning situation I need some more information.
What kind/brand of coals are you using? Quick Lights? Naturals?
What size of coal? Are you using whole 40mm? Are you cutting them in half?
How long are you lighting them?
How are you packing your bowl? How are you poking your holes in the foil?
As a hookah fanatic I feel obligated to inform you that Hookah-Hookah tobacco is crap. It's the bottom end on the shisha quality chart.
A good brand(s) for beginners is Al-Fakher or Al-Waha. Inexpensive, low/slight buzz, and it's really hard to mess up.
If you have a tolerance for buzz get Tangiers Lucid or Nakhla. It's nice stuff and also not expensive.
Also - social smoke and starbuzz make some interesting flavors, but it is a tad more expensive.
well i also have a hookah freak 100g which is what i was using.
but i have 40 mm coals i believe, when i had this smoke problem i was using one of those and its a quick light.
however i did buy cocos and some other non quick lights but i havent tried them yet.
i am sprinkling in the bowl leaving a space below the rim, i am poking 3 sets of circle holes in the foil.
would cutting my coal in half and having it on opposite sides be better since its a small hookah?