The box seems smaller than most boxes of coals i’ve tried of the same amount. I think that’s because coals like coco Jamras, Social Smoke, coco Mazaya and others pack their coals vertically. The Never Xhale coals are packed horizontally.
When you first take them out of the box, right away you will notice a huge difference in density compared to other coals. Never Xhale is way lighter than any other coals i’ve tried. I associate the density with how good the smoke will be and how long the session will last, and I was proven correct.
I wish I had some other coals to compare them to, but I really ran out of coals and was just down to my emergency stash of quick lights.
One thing I noticed is that the top layers of the coals were in “fingers” of 3 cubes that was scored almost all the way through for easy separation. Upon checking the majority of the box, I found that not all of them were like that and most were already separated.
Another thing I noticed and found weird is that the bottom of those “fingers” of coals, there was a silver coating kind of of like scratch off paint. (Check the pics). My first thought was that maybe these were coals used in Japanese styled coal with the silver coating on it.
The box of 108 pcs of coal came to a little over $10 with the shipping included. Great price for when you are in need of coals and you don’t have extra money to buy the good stuff.
For testing purposes I decided to load my Social Smoke Hemi bowl with Nahklah Strawberry because that brand of tobacco is a bit more heat resilient than a lot of other tobacco. This was going to be my first bowl of two. I wanted to test the coals with a wet shisha as well to see how well it handle both types of tobacco.
So I loaded my rig, I loaded the coals, and I loaded a movie on my iMac.
Then things started to go horribly wrong:
When you light these coals there’s hardly any smell at all which is a great thing, and that’s where all the great things end with these coals.
First thing I noticed is that the coals are not strong at all, and just two cubes were not enough to enjoy a session where I normally would with any other coal.
Second thing I noticed is that the coals didn’t get very hot until about 20 minutes into the session which is very strange.
The flavor of the smoke did not get affected by the coals at all, and it was very enjoyable for all of the 25 minutes before the coals started to die down.
I figured no big deal, I would just start on round two with three cubes instead of the normal two I use.
Same thing happened. Now there was a bit more heat, but it didn’t last as long as I wanted it.
At the end of the second round I checked the bowl to find that most of the shisha was still untouched and could be reused, so I loaded another 3 cubes into the burner to finish off that bowl.
A couple of things started happening by now, First I noticed the unbelievable amount of ash on the tray, and I started to get a terrible pounding headache.
So on round three it was the same thing as the first two rounds. Took a while for the coals to get super hot and it didn’t last as long.
I found myself puffing more than normal just to get a decent smoke.
by the end of the third round I was out for the count. My headache was pounding so hard that I decided to take a break and let the hookah rest.
Now for the best part. Around two in the morning I was in front of the computer now watching a new movie when one of my alarms started going off. My girlfriend half-groggily came out of the bedroom asking what was going on. It was my carbon monoxide alarm going off.
At first I thought that maybe it needed to the batteries changed since it had been a while. So I changed the batteries and it was still going off. Then it hit me; there was CO2 rampantly causing havoc in the apartment. Even worse, I realized that the one and only reason the alarm would be going off is because of the new coals I was trying.
So my girlfriend and I opened all the windows in the apartment, all six of them, cranked up both air conditioners and stepped outside for 30 minutes and left the door wide open to make sure the apartment was aired out.
Just to make sure that it was CO2, I had my super inspect the stove to make sure gas wasn’t leaking. It wasn’t.
Stay the hell away from this coal. If you are that broke that you can’t get good coals, then you shouldn’t smoke Hookah that night. Seriously, do yourself a favor and wait until you have enough money to get better coals that are not going to try to kill you. You’ll be safer smoking with quick lights than with a coal that’s going to set off your CO2 alarm.
This box of coals went the way all my starbuzz shisha, into the trash.