Anatomy of the Hookah:
How to setup your hookah:
1. Fill the vase with water so that the downstem is submerged around an inch or so.
2. Stir the tobacco to evenly distribute all the juices. Place it in the bowl lightly, so that air can pass through it. Fill it to the rim of the bowl. Don't worry about the tobacco touching the foil – this is perfectly normal. Place a small cut out sheet of aluminum foil (or use precut squares if you have them) on the bowl, and wrap it tightly, so that it's like a drum. Now take a poking instrument (toothpicks work great) and poke holes like this, making sure to poke all the way to the bottom of the bowl:
After you poke your holes, blow through the bottom of the bowl. This ensures that the holes are not clogged.
3. Now for the coal. If using quicklights, split the disc coal into two halves using a knife, striking it with a hammer. This should result in a clean cut, making two halves. If using naturals, you'll need to use two coals. For lighting quicklights, use a standard lighter and wait until the coal is fully lit (you know it is fully lit when you can no longer see any black on the coal). For lighting naturals, use a coil burner stove or purchase a small electric coil burner for $10-20 from Walgreens or Wal-Mart. Make sure the coals are fully lit (they will be glowing red throughout).
4. Coal placement. Once coals are fully lit, this is how you will want to place them on your bowl.
Make sure to avoid placing coals in the middle of your bowl. Keeping them on the sides will make sure you get a better smoke. Using grommets, attach the bowl to the top of the hookah, and attach the hose to the hose port. Move the hookah to where you want to smoke. Apply the coals.