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Hookah tips for beginners

 So you have just been introduced to the wonderful world of hookahs. There are several reasons why hookahs are awesome. It is great for social get-togethers with friends or just to unwind by yourself after an exhausting day. As fun as they are, we know that using a hookah can seem quite complicated at first glance. There are many parts, accessories and important guidelines to follow in order to properly enjoy your session.

That is why we decided to help you out by listing some important tips based on the most frequent questions beginners ask us when getting started. 

Tip #1. An easy way to make your shisha session much smoother is by adding ice-cold water or simply ice itself at the bottom of your base. You will see a noticeable difference in the smoke when applying this trick.

Tip #2. We strongly recommend mixing different types of flavours together during your sessions. The key when doing this is to place the stronger flavours first, near the bottom of your bowl. This will cause the stronger flavours to intensify the taste of the other flavours in your mix. 

Tip #3. One of the most common mistakes we see beginners do when setting up their hookah for a session, is they over pack the bowl. When filling the bowl, you want to break up the shisha with your fingers and sprinkle it. Simply let it fall into place. 

If you start compacting it in order to stuff even more, you will suffocate the bowl. Without proper aeration, the bowl will not heat properly and it will be difficult to draw out through your hookah.

Tip #4. After you have packed your bowl like a champ, it is time to install the aluminum foil and there are a few important guidelines to follow when doing so. 

First off, the foil should always be placed with the shiny side facing down. If you put the foil upside down, it will prevent the bowl from receiving proper heat from the charcoals. Once your foil is wrapped neatly on top of your bowl, the next step is to puncture tiny holes. 

When poking your holes in the foil, you want to start in the middle and work you way to the outer edge. You want to spread out the holes more and more as you stray from the middle. 

Tip #5. Another common misstep among beginners is how they place the charcoals. It is very important to place them around the edges on your aluminum foil. Avoid putting them in the middle. In addition, it is worth mentioning that you should never move your hookah around while the charcoal is sitting on top of it, bad things happen to good people when doing so. 

As a final quick tip, you should get in the habit of cleaning your hookah and all its parts regularly. Sometimes things can get clogged up so it’s never a bad idea to dismantle everything and give it a quick scrub.

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How to Set Up Your Hookah

So you have just received your first ever hookah! You are eager to try it out and show it off to your friends but before you go ahead and do that, let’s go over some of the essentials in order to properly set up your hookah.

Much like anything else in life, preparation is key. Therefore, if you want your hookah running smoothly and your flavours to taste great, it is critical to not overlook the initial set up.

The first thing you want to do is make sure you are not missing any parts. If you do notice something missing, please contact us here and we will send you the missing equipment. Once you have all your parts sorted out, it is very important to wash everything. This is especially important when using your hookah for the first time. 

You want to wash your base, your hookah and your bowl. In addition, if your hose is washable (look up the product page specifications on the website), it is always wise to give that a rinse as well.

When filling your base with water, you want to fill it to approximately an inch and a half above your down stem. Not having enough water will disrupt the quality of the smoke and if you put too much, it will be very difficult to get smoke out. After a few sessions, you will find your sweet spot. 

Next thing you want to do is properly install your base grommet. It is important to set up your grommet on the shaft first, not on the base. Once your grommet is installed on the shaft and is leveled, you can simply slide the shaft into the base until it’s neatly sealed. It’s also worth noting that you should never carry a hookah by the shaft, always grab it by the base. 

Next step is to insert your hose grommet in your hose port. This will prevent any air from leaking out when pulling smoke during your sessions. Once your hose grommet is in place, you may plug in your hose in the hose port.

As we move up the next part to install is the coal tray. Simply stack it on the top part of the hookah and it should sit nicely.

Once your coal tray is installed, grab your bowl grommet and slide it onto your bowl port. Finally, we have the last piece of the puzzle, the bowl that will sit atop the grommet you have just plugged in. 

So there you have it, you have successfully set up your very first hookah and you are ready to roll. It is never a bad idea to double-check everything before doing your first pulls. Make sure everything is sealed properly, that your water level is good and that all your grommets are well installed.