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  1.   Actually, when you refer to "they", to be 100% accurate, that's changes Kris is making at his retailers. Every other retailer outside California and a few in Nevada already are doing the exact same thing. All my retailers that I rep for have always done that and nothing has changed.    Kris should keep you stocked with stuff until your order kicks in. Why Kris ever started trying to guess what 50+ retailers and lounges needed and ordering blindly in the first place, I can't say.    Some retailers were using Kris' system to order a few flavors and then if someone
  2. I talked to Pat Conley about this item, I'd like to donate $500.   Chris, if you or Adam could let me know the specifics, I'd appreciate it. Phone is best. 619-265-2225
  3. Copper/brass will buildup an oxide layer simply from washing. Don't brush it for a few weeks when you first get it. The green material you're getting off when you wash and brush it is a mixture of CuCO3 and Cu(OH)2. CO2 reacts with water to form carbonic acid H2CO3, which reacts with copper to form the CuCO3. Water will also react directly with the copper to form Cu(OH)2. Both will decompose to form CuO. The CuCO3 will evolve CO2 leaving the CuO and the Cu(OH)2 will evolve water to form CuO.    Aluminum will unlikely contribute any oxygen as Aluminum (or Aluminium to our non-Americ
  4. You can be underpacking and overpacking at  the same time.    Try mashing the tobacco up against the outer edges of the bowl and pack the tobacco without worrying about the weight of the tobacco going into the bowl. A poor heat conduction from the side will affect how it smokes.    You can, quite possibly, have too much or too little coal since coconut coals are too large to begin with. Try moving them around towards the center and towards the outer edge.    It sounds like underpacking. A little juice running down the sides might be normal, especially w
  5. Perhaps you should be using many, good sized holes and not small pin-sized holes. If its taking 10 minutes to get a bowl smoking right, one of three things may be true:   1. You're using too small/too few holes.  2. You're using a crummy bowl that has a poor heat conduction 3. You're underpacking the bowl.   I took Tangiers with me on a road trip in 2003 and I noticed no substantial changes in smoking condition based on altitude. Denver was fine. San Diego's altitude is similar to Florida's, or perhaps a smidge lower, I'd imagine.    I didn't smoke in Holbrook,
  6. The CO detector isn't sensitive enough I should think.    Lets say the difference is between .001 and .002. Substantial, but enough to register or affect the draw necessarily. The draw isn't the the real issue however, the issue is the somewhat enclosed central area. Are there pockets that don't have enough oxygen? 
  7. Its a real KM.    Its about a 2010 model with a 2011-2012 tray on it. The jar is not KM, the hose is not KM. The jar is a typical Cairo quality, but likely made in Egypt. Without picking it up and holding it, I would guess, based on its style, it's about a 2008 model jar. Its somewhat old.   Some of the more important details to determine its authenticity were omitted from your photographs, like the knob on the bottom of the downstem, the detail inside the ice chamber, the hose port close-up, etc. 
  8. Um, that electroplating isn't done by KM, importers do that subsequently upon importing them.    I hate the electroplated ones, too.    That damage could have happened from the KM factory, in transport on the cargo ship, in the importer's warehouse, when the plating occurred, in the hands of the retailer, or in transport to the customer. Now, I'd be the first to blame KM, if it were appropriate, but I would guess that damage happened after the KM factory. It could have happened in the KM factory, but due to the nature of the electroplating, deficient or defective units
  9. I have no idea what brand the two I have are. One has a Syrian type head port and the other one has a metal base (no glass). I've looked at Elmas Hookahs on-line and didn't like the cast lines and lack of vent. 
  10. Like I said, I wanted to get more information out of him, but he wouldn't discuss specifics unless I signed a Non-Disclosure Agreement, which would have then prevented me from telling what information (usually bad stuff) that I was able to glean from them. If you did ask him, they would probably say it didn't and if you asked for more information they would say its proprietary information. 
  11. I had a few more thoughts I wanted to share:   The chemical reactions governing the burning of charcoal are as follows:   C + 1/2O2 -> CO + Heat CO + 1/2O2 -> CO2 + Heat   These types of reactions are called exothermic in that they evolve heat. This is problematic for chemical kinetics because higher temperatures for a reaction IN GENERAL increase reaction rate. Lavoisier's Principle tells us if we increase the amount of a product, it slows the reaction. So, heating up an exothermic reaction may increase the rate of the reaction or slow it down. Since the charcoal t
  12. True that. Grommets are "pass-through" protectors. Grommets are found on shoes and corsets, or things that have laces. The metal eyelets on shoes that the laces go through? Those are grommets. 
  13. The boiling point of peach flavors is often close to the boiling point of nicotine as is blueberry. Blueberry is generally lower, however, but its in that area of 250C Depending on acclimation, it can "mix" the boiling point of nicotine and the fruit flavor to make the sucker hit like a freight train.    Fruity flavors often get "harsh" because their flavor's boiling point lie entirely or almost entirely below the boiling point of nicotine. As the flavor is depleted, and the bowl's temperature rises, the nicotine starts boiling off with no flavor to "cushion" the nicotine. Hence, h
  14. I tried one that the inventor gave me (with a red rubber piece :) ) . Now, I never use coconut coals. Everybody that seems to get something out of the Lotus uses coconut coals. I use Japanese Fumaris/Golden Canaries and they don't do much in there. The smoke is kind of anemic and flavorless. I would surmise that they trap and collect the heat that was previously being lost due to the inefficiency of the design of coconut cubes. In short, I think that they make coconut coals smoke more like Japanese coals. Now in this heat-trapping process, they slow down the rate of oxidation of charcoal, but
  15. Turkish pipes? Heh. We'll see. They tend towards being ridiculous in price or low in quality. I'd stick with a KM or an MZ given what I've seen on Turkish pipes. Certainly Syrian pipes, although not in plenitude right now are a better value.    Send me a link of something reasonable and I'll poke around. I don't know anybody who's importing Turkish Pipes in masse, which suggests that the value isn't there. Too expensive for what you get.    Besides, what's up with some of the bigger brands not having vents?! Lots of the Turkish pipes I've seen remind me of Northern Syri
  16. An importer offered the opinion that the taller four Nakhlas were made of components from China. They are certainly hollow, no central core and whether they were assembled in China or Cairo makes little difference. Pure junk.   The smaller four I reviewed, the Hawonki Bell Ice Chiller was pretty good and the Shamshamadans (single, double and triple) are very good. Their cheap-ish too. Wholesale they're $28, $32, $36 including shipping, complete with all the accessories. Retail they should be $70-$90, $80-$100, $90-$110 respectively. The Halonki Ice Chiller is, wholesale, like $1 cheaper
  17. If you were having heart palpitations, a racing pulse, and/or a cold sweat, in addition to the nausea...it might be solvent chemicals that aren't rated for human consumption.    It could be some sort of contamination, it could be a newer, stronger nicotine base tobacco. It could be acclimation. Over that long a period a time, acclimation is a lot less likely. I take it the White Summer Mixed Fruit affected you similarly? Thats interesting. It eliminates a lot of possible scenarios. 
  18. Well, obviously, as a biased manufacturer, I strongly endorse this unsolicited testimonial.    :nana:   I have toyed around with the idea of manufacturing E-Cig juice, but I keep coming back to the point...it lacks dignity. I'm a hookah tobacco manufacturer. E cig juice? I might as well make ink for ink pens. Its lacks cache I think. I haven't decided for sure, I'm 60% against it, and I keep seeing people come in with E-Cigs and smoking them while they're waiting for their hookah? Huh? I pull out a pen, put it in my mouth and say "I've got an E-Cig too!" I permit cigar
  19. Hope everything is going real well over here. Been terrifically busy. Lots of R&D switching the Lucid Flavors (that will remain) over to the Birquq line. Still some testing to do. I've lightened my work load somewhat by hiring an accountant to do all the time-sucking, worrisome things I hate doing. Gives me more time to do fun stuff.    We have four new flavors in the pipeline and then several more in development.    I completed a monumental work reviewing hookahs. My question is: is anything worth buying other than a KM? As many of you know, the quality of KM shank
  20. 418 - Lucid Regal Flower Discontinued  424 - Lucid Mint - Discontinued 427 - Lucid Cocoa - Discontinued 435 - Lucid Green Tea - Discontinued 448 - Lucid Tropical Punch - Probably Discontinued  461 - Lucid Indian Summer - Testing required still
  21. Hello, my friends. Sorry to be so busy for sooo long. In a typical fashion, I shall address a number of points, not necessarily directed at any one person or directed specifically at one person, depending on the nature of the comments.    1. About eleven months ago, in secret and without any forewarning, we switched Lucid from washed tobacco to low-nicotine tobacco. Nobody noticed. The nicotine content residue from the washing process is more significant than I had thought, and the lower nicotine base tobacco mimicked this well. The tobacco also retains the natural tobacco sugars w
  22. Smoke a flavor that has an oil soluble component. I used to use Nahkla Double Apple. A good citrusy flavor like Lemon, Lime or Orange should work good too. Specifically Tangiers citrus flavors I refer to, since they are oil-based. Other brands often used water-soluble based citrus flavors. 
  23. Some sources have exploded the rumors way out of proportion. Apparently, there was some state agencies that normally would be found at a company like Starbuzz on 3/21/13 who came for some business information and Starbuzz was open for business like normal on 3/22/13. The only variation was that they were issuing paper invoices rather than computer-printed ones. That doesn't mean anything however.    Sounds like listening to rumors is a bad idea. Remember that. 
  24. Rumor is something big happened at Starbuzz on 3/22/13. I'll try to get some independent confirmation as to this. 
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