SouthSmoke.com Presents: Hookah Tips & Tricks
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2) Shred your Hookah Tobacco as much as possible to allow for more air flow and an overall better smoking experience.
3) Make sure that the Quick lighting coals have completely started up before placing the Coals on the top of the bowl.
4) Add Rose Syrup. Adding chilled Rose Syrup mixed with water in the hookah gives it a cooler and more pleasant smelling smoke.
5) For folks having trouble with blowing smoke rings, just pretend that you are coughing with your mouth open. The motion of coughing gives out a perfect smoke ring! You can also use the round cardboard cylinder in toilet paper rolls to blow smoke for smoke rings.
6) After putting in the sisha and covering it with aluminum foil, pierce holes in the inner part of the foil instead of all over the foil. Also don’t pierce too many holes. One charcoal is enough to give a long smoke and its better tasting too.
7) To achieve better flavor, after you have packed your bowl, cover it with aluminum foil (without holes), flip it backwards and let it sit for a few minutes. This will make sure the tobacco at the top layer is wetter before you burn. You can now take off the aluminum foil; start by flicking it to drop any shisha pieces which might cling to it and slide the foil across the bowl in a clockwise motion spreading the juice stuck to the foil evenly around the shisha. You may now use a new foil (Or wipe the previous one clean of ANY shisha juice), poke holes on the aluminum, and start smoking. This provides the juice of the shisha to slowly seep through the bottom thanks to gravity as the shisha is burning which constantly slows the tobacco burn providing you with the maximum fruit flavor.
8) Try placing one glow stick in the vase of the Hookah if you are interested in experiencing a cool lighting effect. Please make sure that the glow stick is not damaged in any way before placing it in the vase of the Hookah.
9) To allow the Flavored Tobacco to taste fresher and last longer, place the Flavored Tobacco in an air tight container. Do not place the container in the refrigerator, as it will ruin the Flavored Tobacco. Instead, store the container in a cupboard at room temperature.
10) To enhance your smoking experience, try mixing different flavors of tobacco in the Bowl. Try your own mix or use one of the mixes we have created: Strawberry/Banana, Peach/Melon, Apple/Strawberry, Mint/Any Flavor. If you have a good recipe, share it with the world by contacting our customer service center, and letting them know.
11) For a fruitier smoke, mix berries with the water in the Glass Base.
12) If you are looking for a cooler, more enjoyable smoking experience, place some ice cubes in the Glass Base.
13) To enhance your smoking experience, try mixing Lemon Juice, Cranberry Juice, or Wine with the water in the Glass Base.
14) Using Tin Foil over the Metal Bowl Screen will allow for the Flavored Tobacco to evaporate more efficiently.
15) Before and after every smoke, blow into the Hose to clear the Hookah chamber of stale smoke.
16) If you are looking for an extra cool smoke, place your Glass Base into the freezer for a couple of minutes, until a small layer of ice forms on top of the water. Do not leave your Glass Base in the freezer for too long, as the Glass may crack.
17) Clean your Hookah using the Cleaning Brushes after every smoke. This will allow for your Hookah to last much longer.
18) Use lukewarm water to ease the removal of smoke residue that builds up on the inside of the Hookah Hose and Shaft.
19) Placing the Hookah on the ground will prevent the Hookah from being tipped over.
20) If you have a dark colored Glass Base and your Hookah sits on top of a low glass table, try using a small lamp or a couple of candles to create a relaxing view of the bubbles and smoke inside the Base.
21) Use a small carrying case, such as a kids lunch box to store all necessary items to smoke with the Hookah. This makes your Hookah smoking experience much more convenient.
22) If the Quicklighting Charcoal is almost completely used up, place a new Quicklighting Charcoal on top of the old one to keep your smoking session going.
23) A rotating platform can be placed underneath the Hookah to make it easier to maneuver when smoking with large groups. This will prevent Hookah users from being severely burnt.
24) If you have a special spot that you normally smoke in, it is possible to make a Hookah holder using a old, low end table. Cut a hole in the table, and elevate the Hookah so that the Glass Base fits perfectly inside the table. Make sure that the Shaft is right above the hole when making the hole. This will prevent the Hookah from being tipped over.
25) When smoking Al-Waha’s Orange Flavored Tobacco, pour a small amount of Orange Juice into the Glass Base, diluting it with water. This will allow for a more Orange flavored smoke.
26) Never try to light a Charcoal on top of the Hookah with a candle. The liquid wax will drip into the bowl and garnish the entire bowl with a wax taste and it becomes really hard to wash the wax off.
27) If you think that the Hookah Charcoal is burning too hot, it is recommended that you use two pieces of Hookah Foil. However, the pieces of foil have to be really well sealed at the edges.
28) If you have Egyptian Charcoal and you don’t have a powerful heat source to light it, we recommend that you use a Quick Lighting Charcoal. Just burn one of the coals and place it directly on top of the natural charcoal finger. Make sure to start smoking the Hookah right away to assist in getting the natural charcoal going.
Reminds me of my watermelon hookah I created this past summer…
Awesome group! Been a part of it for about a month or so now. Seen some interesting conversations.
Nargile : A Puff on History
Nargile : A Puff on History
(reprinted from the Turkish Daily News 3/3/97)
One of the oldest and deep rooted traditions in Turkey is the Nargile (Hookah), with both men and women finding great pleasure in smoking the waterpipe. The nargile started a whole new culture which endured for many, many years. Even today the nargile gives enjoyment to a special breed of smokers. The original nargile came from India, but it was rather primitive as it was made out of coconut shell. Its popularity spread to Iran and then to the rest of the Arab world.
But it was in Turkey that the nargile completed its revolution, and did not change its style for the last few hundred years. The nargile became a very important part of the coffee shop culture, finding its popularity in Turkey around the time of Murat the IV’th, 1623-40.The joy that the smokers received from this very simple yet beautiful smoking apparatus was unbelievable. Rules were created even for lighting the pipe, and if a professional smoker saw anyone lighting it the incorrect way, the culprit would be told in no uncertain term ” Do yourself and the sacred nargile a favor and put out the coals by blowing into it.
"The nargile itself consists of 4 pieces which are as follows: Agizlik (mouthpiece), Lüle (the top of the nargile), Marpuç (the tube) and the Gövde (the body of the pipe which is filled with water). All pieces of the pipe were produced by special craftsmen, who were named after the pece they produced. Even today, the areas where these craftsmen used to concentrate are called by these names, such as "Marpuççular."Lüles were generally produced in Tophane by Lule makers and the govde’s (bottles) were manufactured in Beykoz. These govde’s were a unique exaple of Turkish handcraft and were decorated with floral motifs. Some were made out of silver or crystal. The agizlik’s (mouthpieces) were generally carved out of the top of quality amber, because people in those days believed that amber was not the because people in those days believed that amber was not the carrier of germs.
Not all tobaccos qualified for usage in the nargile, and only the dark tobacco imported from Iran found favor with the nargile user. This toabcco was washed several times before use as it was extremely strong. Only oak charcoal was used to be placed on the top of the tobacco. Some professional nargile smokers used certain fruit, like sour cherries or grapes in their govde just to enjoy the motion it created in the water. Other people enjoyed adding pomegranate juice or rose oil to their water for added flavor. The nargile smoker hated anyone lighting their cigarettes on their nargile fire because they felt it disturbed the rhythm of the burning charcoal.
The nargile was so popular and fashionable with the elite ladies of the 19th and the beginning of the 20th century, that it became the in thing to be photographed with a nargile. If you wanted to be the hostess with the mostest the nargile was a must for popular afternoon tea and intellectual gatherings. Unfortunately like most wonderful things from the past, the nargile suffered a decline with the availability of the cigarettes. But still today, one is able to find a special type of smoker that would only find their enjoyment from smoking the nargile.
Q:i am a co-admin of a group on Facebook, HHX. its a group where people of all hookah experiences can go and chat about anything but mainly hookah. go check it out if you'd like, we'd love more members.
Sure, send me a link and I’ll see what I can do to help you guys. :)
Sweet looking hookah-table!