How to Setup a Hookah
Shishas which are also known as hookahs are traditional Middle Eastern devices that were used by people to inhale smoke. The hookahs are now famous across the world in many countries. Enjoying hookah when you are at a lounge or a café is one thing but what if you are looking into buying and setting up your own? If you are looking for a guide to setting up your hookah, then this guide that Shisha Heart provided is your best option!
Step 1: Clean the hookah
Before using the hookah, you should use water and a soft brush to clean the hookah (if it is the first time using it). Do this for every part of it. Once you finish washing it leave it for 3-5 minutes to settle.
Step 2: Pour cold water and some ice cubes into the vase.
Pour enough cold water and add ice cubes until one inch of the metal stem Is covered (slightly more does not hurt).
Step 3: Place the hookah shaft into the glass base.
Slowly press the shaft into the base, so the metal stem is in the water (1 inch or more). If the rubber does not fit, you can add a bit of water and dish soap to ease it in.
Step 4: Connect the hoses
Insert the hoses in the holes on the side of the metal shaft. Precisely as the base those holes should fit tight. Failing to install them correctly, will result in air leakage and the hookah will lack performance.
Step 5: Check the air flow.
Place your hand on the top of the shisha stem and try to block the entrance of the air in the hookah. Then you should inhale through the hose. If you manage to inhale any air, it means that a connection does not fit correctly and you should check them all and try again. If you still manage to inhale air, then it means that probably one of your seals is broken and you should probably need a replacement.
Step 6: Place the metal tray on top of the Shisha shaft.
This metal tray is responsible for catching the ashes or coals when they fell off the hookah.
Step 7: Stir and mix the shisha.
Shisha flavor is tobacco that is marinated in liquids which contain specific flavors. The fluids often settle to the bottom of the package. Therefore, you should try to stir them before adding the flavor to your hookah.
Step 8: Break up the shisha and place it in the bowl.
Plump up chunks of the shisha flavor (to allow airflow) and add them to the bowl. Fill the container nearly to the top. Overfilling the pan will result in burned taste. Press the chunks a bit to make them flat.
Step 9: Cover the bowl with foil.
Place a stretched piece of foil on the top of the container bowl. Compress it around the edges of the pan. You can also use a coal screen for this purpose. However, most hookah lovers prefer the foil. After this pole several holes with a toothpick. The optimal number of holes is 12. When you finish with the bowl, place it on the top of the shaft.
Step 10: Light some coals.
If you use quick burn coals, you should hold them with tongs over a nonflammable are and light them with a lighter.
If you are using natural coals, you should place them directly on a stove or electric burner for 10-12 minutes.
Step 11: Transfer the coals to the foil
Place two or three coals on the foil. Allow 3-5 minutes before starting to inhale. A common mistake that many hookah lovers are doing is placing the coals in the center. Putting coals in the middle burns the shisha flavor and results to a short session.
Step 12: Enjoy your session
The procedure of setting up your hookah will get quicker over time. Now it is time to relax and enjoy smoking your hookah.
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