The proper way to smoke Tangiers tobacco has been a hot topic of debate since it was first introduced. Some smokers handle it like unstable uranium and smoke this tobacco with a degree of ritual and mysticism often reserved for voodoo rights. Today we focus on just one method for poking holes in the foil. It’s time to throw out the cleansing salts and get straight to the source with the hole pattern advocated and used by the creator of Tangiers, Eric.

A while ago I published my own favorite phunnel foil patterns too.

Lots and lots of big holes for lots and lots of airflow and very direct heat. The way that Eric pokes his holes leaves a surprisingly small amount of foil between the tobacco and coals but it sure does work.

We start with a well packed phunnel bowl of Tangiers tobacco, which you can achieve by following our guide on packing Tangiers in a small funnel bowl. Eric uses a single layer of regular foil as opposed to the heavy duty foil that many of us love so much and seals it over the bowl nice and tight. Up to this point everything is pretty normal but then we grab an oyster fork (sometimes call a seafood fork) and proceeds to poke a large number of very large holes. Starting at one end in working in straight lines he covers every inch of the foil leaving only the space directly over the spire intact.

Packed Phunnel Hookah Bowl
Aluminum Around Hookah Bowl
Phunnel Bowl Packing
Poking holes in a hookah bowl using a fork

After this process he goes back and pokes a small circle of holes over the spire and one right in the center. This prevents the foil from being sucked down onto the spire. Usually I would say that foil drawn tight enough shouldn’t have this problem but poking this many holes creates a lot of slack and may allow the foil to drop a bit.

Poking holes in a hookah bowl using a fork

And that’s it. Try it out the next time you smoke Tangiers in a Tangiers bowl and let us know what you think.

Tangiers Phunnel  Bowl Hole Pattern
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9 years ago

In my opinion, this method of packing only works “well” if you are using the very low heat output silver tabs, which wasn’t mentioned in your review, otherwise the cocos will scorch the tangiers with the heat practically making direct contact with the tobacco. Also the type of hookah you are using can affect this pack. For instance, if I’m using a regal hookah (wide airflow) and poking the holes in my foil the size of craters, that is too much airflow and it won’t do much for helping me get a solid smoke.

If you are using a mid-heat output, like coconut coals, Tangiers has to be treated a bit differently for an optimum smoke.

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