Hookah FAQ – How to Load a Hookah Bowl

February 23, 2011 by  
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Learning how to set up your hookah properly is essential in order to experience the best flavor, smoking session length and amount of smoke.

First, make sure that your hookah is airtight. Then add clean water to the base of the hookah. About one inch from the bottom of the downstem (the pipe inside of the glass base) is perfect.  Once these two provisions are made, you can move on to loading the hookah bowl. Start by taking your shisha, or flavored tobacco, and breaking it into small clumps. Place these clumps loosely in the bowl, and make sure the clumps stay slightly below the rim; otherwise it will overflow when you try to put the foil on top of the bowl. Make sure that the shisha isn’t packed down too much inside the bowl, because you want breathing room for all of the air in the bowl to go to the shisha for the best flavor.

The next step is to put foil over the bowl filled with shisha. Take time to make sure the foil is pulled taught over the bowl, and fold it down well over the rim to make the setup as airtight as it can possibly be. Next, for ventilation, you will need to poke many small holes in the foil covering the bowl. The best tools to use for this would be a safety pin or a toothpick. Poke many holes in the foil, but make sure that the holes aren’t too big, otherwise ash could fall down through these holes as your coal burns above.

Now you are ready to put the bowl on your hookah and place the coals on top of the foil.

From my personal experience, lighting the coals properly is often the trickiest part of setting up a hookah for smoking. Be sure that you’ve bought the right sized coals for your hookah, and read the instructions on the package. Make sure that each coal is entirely lit, and place them on top of the foil.

At this point, you can test your hookah.

If the flavor gets too strong, remove the coals for a little while and let it cool down. During a hookah session, also make sure to move the coals around with a pair of tongs. Every ten or fifteen minutes should be enough. Always following these steps will provide for a great hookah smoking experience.

Hookah FAQ – How Does a Hookah Work

February 23, 2011 by  
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Hookah, which is actually the name of the device used to smoke tobacco out of works like this:

Hookah or water pipes start with a bowl on top which is then filled with flavored tobacco or shisha.  A layer of foil is then placed on top of the bowl containing the tobacco.  Hot coals are then placed on top of the bowl and in turn the coals will heat up the tobacco.  This causes the tobacco in the bowl to begin to smoke.

The process of smoking hookah is similar but different than smoking cigarettes.

The difference is that instead of burning the tobacco you are merely heating it up.  To smoke the hookah you take the hose which is connected to the vase and suck on it.  The act of sucking on the hose lowers the air pressure from the hookahs vase and draws the smoke down from the smoldering tobacco.

The smoke is able to reach the hookah smoker because of the metal stem running through the hookah itself.

The bottom of the stem in the vase is submerged in water so that when you’re sucking the smoke from the bowl it emerges from the stem underwater.  The smoke is then able to emerge from the water rising up to the vases air space.  At the top of the vase there is an opening for the hose which takes the smoke in the air space in the vase and carries it through to the mouth space to the smoker.

Al Tawareg Citrus Mint

January 14, 2011 by  
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Al Tawareg Citrus Mint offers a flavorful taste of lemon mixed with a mild mint flavor.

Al Tawareg Citrus Mint offers a realistic lemon flavor that is tart but not candied flavored like other popular lemon shishas.

Smell & Flavor: Right out of the box you pick up the strong lemon scent with a mild mint flavor. The flavor describes it as a citrus mint but we only picked up a lemon flavor instead of the typical citrus medley.

Smoke: The smoke quality was better than some of the other Al Tawareg flavors we have tired, the smoke was sufficient but not very impressive.

Buzz: The buzz was moderate, but very relaxing.

Duration: Just over an hour in a standard Egyptian bowl. The flavor was quickly lost after the first hour.

Overall the Al Tawareg Citrus Mint shisha offered a unique take on citrus flavored shisha by providing a realistic tasting and tart lemon flavor with mild mint undertones.

Rating: ★★★★☆

You can buy Al Tawareg Wild Mango from Hookah-Shisha for $2.45 [50g]

How To Setup A Hookah Bowl Head With A Pear [Video]

January 9, 2011 by  
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Here’s a great guide to setting up a hookah bowl head using a pear to add a rich fruit aftertaste to your hits.

This works great with other fruit flavored shisha.

Nammor Azizi

November 28, 2010 by  
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Nammor Azizi Hookah

The hand-crafted Nammor Azizi is easily the best bang-for-your-buck egyptian hookah on the market!

Nammor hookahs are made by Hookah-Shisha, they are hand-crafted in the overseas factory and are well-known in the hookah world for being inexpensive and providing great smoke quality and ease of use.

You have a variety of options for the base of this hookah, the standard Nammor Azizi base is hand-painted with traditional egpytian designs and comes in multiple colors.  The other options for the base are the popular Cleopatra and Luxor bases, which give you the option for a different style than the standard base.

Azizi Hookah Base Options

The stem of the Nammor Azizi is made from stainless-steel and has a style very similar to Khalil Mamoon stems. The stem is very durable and will last for years. The bowl is a standard egyptian clay bowl.

The hose included with the Nammor Azizi is the famous Nammor hookah hose, which is 100% washable and will provide excellent smoke quality paired with the Nammor Azizi hookah.

Overall the Nammor Azizi hookah is perfect for someone who wants a great hookah at a low price that will last them for years. The Nammor hose included with this hookah pairs perfectly with the hookah to offer superior smoke quality for half the price of a Khalil Mamoon or Magdy Zidan.

You can purchase the Nammor Azizi Hookah from Hookah-Shisha for only $68.95

Free with Order:

Two 50g Boxes of Romman Shisha, 2 rolls of quick-light coals, pack of foil, wind cover, bowl screen, tongs, cleaning brush, mouthtips & filters.

What are you waiting for?  Get your own Nammor Azizi!

Social Smoke Mobster

November 27, 2010 by  
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Social Smoke MobsterSocial Smoke Mobster captures the flavor of the popular energy drink that shares a similar name with their new flavored shisha.

Smell & Flavor: The smell out of the tin is very fruity and has citrus and herbal undertones, it smells almost exactly like the drink the flavor is based off of. The flavor of the smoke was very tasty, it had the same flavor of the drink without those chemical undertones you get in the energy drink.

Smoke: Large fluffy clouds, very smooth and clean smoke.

Buzz: Light buzz, very relaxing.

Duration: About 1.5 hours in a vortex bowl.

Overall the Social Smoke Mobster shisha flavor was a very accurate representation of the popular energy drink flavor, the only downfall was that we wish the flavor was a bit stronger at times.

Rating: ★★★★½

You can buy Social Smoke Mobster from Hookah-Shisha for $10.95 for 100g.

Tangiers Mimon

November 14, 2010 by  
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Tangiers Mimon

Tangiers Mimon has got the mint and lemon flavor down perfectly with their shisha.

Smell & Flavor: The smell out of the bag is very minty, you can pick up hints of the lemon scent but the mint is overpowering, after acclimation the mint smell was not as strong. The flavor of the smoke was a perfect mix of mint and lemon and stayed consistent throughout the entire smoking session.

Smoke: The smoke was very smooth and allowed for huge clouds, typical with most tangiers flavors.

Buzz: Moderate buzz, heavier than typical tangiers flavors in our experience.

Duration: Just over an hour in a small phunnel.

Overall the Tanigers Mimon was easily the best mint and lemon shisha flavor we have ever tried, it blows the Al Fakher Lemon Mint out of the water! We are looking forward to trying this flavor again soon.

You can purchase Tangiers Mimon from Hookah-Shisha for $14.95 (250g)

Mya Saray QT

November 13, 2010 by  
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Mya Saray QT HookahThe Mya Saray QT is a powerful hookah in a small size.

Many hookah smokers are looking for something portable and reliable, and the QT provides just that. The hookah is built like a tank, and pulls smoke better than many of the larger more expensive hookahs, so this is perfect for beginners or regular users looking for a quality hookah at low cost.

The base of the QT is crown shaped, coming in a variety of colors such as green, blue, red, orange, gray, and even pink. The shape of the base allows for easy cleaning and access, and supports the hookah very well. Unlike most hookahs, the base grommet is on the base instead of the stem. The seal around the base is ribbed and allows for a very strong connection between the base and the stem.

The stem on the QT is very durable and feels very solid. The stem can be tough to clean without cleaning brushes due to it’s shape and size, but many have no issues properly cleaning the stem between uses.

The ash catcher tray on the QT is quite small, and is held in place by the bowl grommet, and does not snap on, which is the main complaint of many owners. Due to the size of the tray you must be careful not to knock the coal off the top of the bowl since typically it will not catch the coal, but it does work well for catching ash.

The hose that is included with the QT is 72″ in length. The hose is very durable and very flexible, allowing for ease of use during your smoking session and should easily last the life of your hookah. Unfortunately these hoses are not washable so we recommend using the Nammor hose.

The bowl included with the QT is a standard ceramic bowl. Depending on the retailer you purchase it from, it will either come with a matching colored bowl, or a standard black or brown bowl, it varies from store to store.

Overall the Mya Saray QT hookah is one of the most portable and durable hookahs around, and it’s low cost and ease of use makes it perfect for anyone looking to purchase a new hookah.

Rating: ★★★★★

You can purchase the Mya Saray QT hookah for $49.95 from Hookah-Shisha.

Free with Order:

Two 50g Boxes of Romman Shisha, 2 rolls of quick-light coals, pack of foil, wind cover, bowl screen, tongs, cleaning brush, mouthtips & filters.

Mya Saray Bambino

November 5, 2010 by  
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Buy Mya Bambino Hookah

Mya is known for their superior quality hookahs, and the Mya Bambino is no exception! Standing at 12″ tall it’s one of the shortest hookahs on the market, but provides surprisingly good smoke quality.

Don’t let the size of this hookah fool you! The Bambino is made by Mya Saray who is well known in the hookah world for their long lasting high quality hookahs. The Bambino is great for someone looking for a table-top or portable hookah.

The base of the Bambino is very unique, almost a work of art. The base comes in a variety of colors, such as blue, sky blue, green, pink, and black. You also have a choice of shaft color, coming in either gold or silver.  (See Below)

Mya Bambino Base Colors

The hose that is included with the Mya Bambino is a standard Mya hose that is 72″ in length. The hose is very durable and very flexible, allowing for ease of use during your smoking session and should easily last the life of your hookah. Unfortunately these hoses are not washable so we recommend using the Nammor hose.

The bowl included with the Mya Bambino is a standard clay Mya bowl. Depending on the retailer you purchase it from, it will either come with a matching colored bowl, or a standard black or brown bowl, it varies from store to store.

Overall the Mya Bambino is one of the best small-sized hookahs on the market, next to the Mya QT of course. The Bambino offers superior smoke quality for it’s size and has a great style and unqiue design that will make this hookah stand out in your collection.

Rating: ★★★★½

You can purchase the Mya Bambino from Hookah-Shisha for only $54.95.

Free with Order:

Two 50g Boxes of Romman Shisha, 2 rolls of quick-light coals, pack of foil, wind cover, bowl screen, tongs, cleaning brush, mouth tips & filters.