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  4. Hello there. I'm a new member here as well. 😁
  5. Hello everyone. I just joined the forum in hopes of learning more about Hookah and how to set one myself. I started smoking when vape started to be a thing and I just happen to try hookah when a friend of mine introduced it to me.
  6. Hi guys, I'm a new member of this forum. Four months ago, I got to know shisha and tried a tobacco-free fruit shisha flavor for the first time. Since then I become a shisha lover.
  7. You are not going to make a gigantic cumulonimbus looking cloud on every puff. Concentrate on enjoying the taste and feel. Especially that thick syrupy feeling of the exhale. If you are burning shisha, try a bigger and deeper bowl. 5mm, that is about 3/16" or so, I am guessing. Should be enough gap but you could try a bit more. I go about 1/4". Me, I don't pack. I just put it in and spread it out so it has a fairly flat surface and consistent distance from the top of the shisha to the foil. It is not really packed at all. Also, if there are any stems, such as are often found in cheaper brands like Nakhla, I remove them. If you don't want a fire in the bowl, don't let there be any wood in the bowl. What are you smoking? That could make a difference. I prefer Al Fakher Double Apple and I always get a very nice smoke. Reasonable clouds, and pleasant smoke that never irritates the throat as long as I don't burn it. I usually use pre-punched foil but if I use unpunched aluminum foil from the kitchen, I apply the foil and seal it good around the bowl, then I just make about 12 to 15 holes with a safety pin in a loose circle 2/3 of the way out toward the rim of the bowl. Then just 3 or 4 closer in toward the center. I use a safety pin or large sewing needle, never one of those big pokers that are often connected by a ring to the tongs. They make a huge hole and tear the foil. I don't use quick light. I usually use Coco Nara or similar coconut cubes. Light those coals on the kitchen stove or with a butane torch or an electric coal lighter. Or light a couple of quick light disks in a fire can and pile the cubes on top. Give them a half hour to catch and develop a good ash layer before use. You can also use a few hot coals from the hibachi or barbecue grill to start the hookah coals, in the same manner. Never use any sort of charcoal lighting fuel to start them. Coconut charcoal works really well. It puts out consistent heat and burns for a long time. Natural lemon wood charcoal is great but TBH I prefer the cubes. I start out with three coals, distributed around the edge of the bowl, and add one or remove one as needed. Move them around occasionally. If you use the quick light tablets, I suggest you don't put any holes in the center of the foil, just a dozen very near the edge of the tablet. Use just one tablet at a time. Light the next one before the first one is done so you get a good ash layer before putting it on the foil. I light the coals FIRST, then fill the base, load the bowl, attach the hoses, and do all the other setup chores. Then the coals already have a head start when the hookah is ready and you don't have to wait so long. Many beginners allow too much heat to pass through the center of the bowl. You want to spread that heat out. Let the superheated gas from the coal enter the shisha near the outer edge of it and travel toward the center as it passes through to the holes in the bowl. I am not a fan of the vortex, phunnel, etc bowls but you could try one.. I like the regular 5 hole bowl, not too shallow. Make sure your foil is sealed good, and all joints seal well so you are not sucking a bunch of air into the system. Don't be greedy. When it is done, it is done. You want the used shisha load to still have some moisture at the bottom when you quit smoking. Unless there is a breeze that is causing them to burn quickly, I usually call it quits when the first set of coals is done. I seldom light additional coals. Remember though, that the coconut cube charcoal burns a lot longer than the quicklight tablets. Lastly, you can put ice cubes in the base along with the water. Try adding a diffuser to the bottom of the riser tube. You might also try higher or lower water levels. I like mine on the high side but low enough to never get any water splashing up into the hose ferrule. At the first sign of the shisha burning, stop smoking for at least 10 minutes. Have a snack or a beer or juice or soda. Start a conversation. It should go out if it is not dry and you are not still smoking it.
  8. Hello! I have been working as a hookah master in Russia for a long time. Recently I moved to Moscow and, accordingly, many English-speaking guests appeared in the bar where I work. My English is still low and I do not always understand the guests. Could you tell me the patterns of receiving an order and identifying the needs of guests. I did not find literature on this topic, and the translator does not always translate correctly. I certainly know the names of the tastes. But I don’t know how to find out about the strength of a hookah, how to correctly accept an order. Thanks!
  9. OK - I have been doing MOD's for people for some time now (since 1998). I have done things different, some things for people to enjoy or do. i.e. put an Nintendo/NES/ PlayStation/Sega/Dream-cast/Xbox into a car/truck's dashboard. A few in other things like a fish tank and so on. I like a challenge. So I always wanted a keg hookah: Heavy - so it would be harder to be stolen or moved solid - The keg is two types aluminum or stainless steel (stainless is best as we all know) I lucked out on a 15 or 15 gallon keg that some tech was so kind to deliver and place inside a freezer to end up exploding the air lock valve popped out and they were useless. So i did what i found best - make a hookah. my photo file was to big in MB. going to have to find someway to compress enough to get through. I used top hat grommets for the hose and air check valve for clearing smoke and keeping an air tight seal. I found a rubber plug just the right size to squeeze it in. I have video of smoking it worked great nice cool smoke and great clean clouds.
  10. Can anyone tell me about this hookah and I got a candle holder with it I think it's pretty old, all brass and about 4ft tall
  11. I am very partial to Al Fakher Double Apple. It is my personal favorite. Not having a lot of tobacco taste doesn't bother me. But you could maybe mix the Double Apple with some straight Burley pipe tobacco or even a little Prince Albert which is mostly Burley I believe. You could also try a straight Cavendish in there instead of Burley or in combination. Now that I think of it, a Cavendish would probably go well in such a mixture. See your local tobacconist. A real one, not a head shop. If you see bongs, leave LOL! You want the shop that has a big walkin humidor full of cigars, and racks and racks of briar pipes. Ask for an ounce of straight Burley and an ounce of Cavendish. No flavoring added. It won't cost all that much. Start out mixing in about 25% pipe tobacco, and increase until you find your sweet spot. Be sure and let the mixture stand a few days to saturate the pipe tobacco with the shisha juice, before trying it in the hookah. Try both tobacco varieties, and try a little of both, in the shisha. Want tobacco taste? Add tobacco. Another interesting adjunct to try mixed in your shisha would be Bull Durham. Yeah, the cowboy cigarette stuff in the little cloth sack. Worth a try. Cheap as dirt. Bugler bills itself as a mixture of "Turkish and Blended" cigarette tobacco whatever that means. Cheap enough to try. Might be just the thing for added tobacco taste. I do not like all those popular blue and purple and bubblegum flavors that remind me of a urinal cake. I like the aforementioned Double Apple, Double Apple with Mint, Grape, Green Apple, and a few others, and I prefer the Al Fakher brand. You could try Egyptian or Syrian brands, too. Nakhla is one of those to try. I don't care for it all that much but it might be just what you are looking for. Oh, and I forgot about Tangiers. They have a Noir lineup that has a lot of tobacco flavor, and their Burley lineup, too. Give them a try. These are more tobacco-y than most commonly available mixtures.
  12. Try just going cold turkey for a week and see if it clears up? Actually I do think a Dr. visit is indicated here. Of course he will tell you stop smoking hookah. You: "Doctor! Doctor! It hurts when I do THIS!" Doc: "Well, then don't do THAT!" You: "Stop hookah??? NEVAHRRRRRRR!!!" Doc: "Okay. We're done here." Life with hookah is more enjoyable than life without hookah. Life without bronchitis is a LOT more enjoyable than life WITH bronchitis. Or throat cancer or whatever. If it seems to be causing problems, then solve the problem at its root. At least cut back to once a day. Maybe switch to beer. For that zen aspect that you don't get from popping the top of a big brand brew, try making your own. I do. It turned a mindless activity (drinking beer) into a fascinating hobby. (brewing beer and then drinking it.) A little of almost anything is harmless. Too much of almost anything is harmful.
  13. Yeah it is very relaxing. I hope you also got some shisha (mu'assel, the smoking mixture usually used in hookahs) and charcoal. Most beginners use the quick lighting round pucks because they are very simple to use. More knowledgeable and experienced smokers usually use pressed coconut charcoal cubes like Coco Nara or similar. You will also need aluminum foil and a pin to poke holes in it. The two most common beginner mistakes are packing the bowl too tightly, and over filling. You want it pretty loose, and not touching the foil. The foil is stretched tightly across the bowl and molded tightly to the sides of the bowl. The burning charcoal is placed on top of the bowl. Usually the pieces are placed near the edge, not in the middle, especially with a large bowl. Oh, but first you check your rig for leaks. Assemble your hookah and seal the top of the bowl with the palm of your hand. Draw in through the hose. You should be able to hold a vacuum indefinitely. If not, find the leaking connection and fix it. The base should be filled with water only high enough that the bottom of the riser tube is about an inch below the water level. Let the coals develop a good coat of gray ash before placing them on the foil. Periodically, remove them. Drop them in the tray to knock off the ash, and put them back on the foil in a slightly changed position. There you go, the bare basics. I suggest searching for some youtube videos, or simply go to a cafe that has hookah smoking, and observe. I don't know about Hanoi, but I know there is or was at least one cafe in Saigon (Ho Chi Minh City) that has hookahs.I was there maybe three years ago. Don't remember the name of the cafe.
  14. Very likely it is more harmful to smoke one bowl of shisha than a cigarette. Or even a dozen cigarettes. The thing is, you don't walk around smoking hookah all day long. Me and my GF only smoke maybe once a week on average. So it depends on your usage, I think, and it is a lot easier to put the brakes on the habit and indulge only occasionally or at least only smoke once a day. You don't see many cigarette smokers smoking just once or twice a day, or once a week. It is too simple to light up and walk around, or even work with a coffin nail dangling from your lip or stuck between your fingers. The addiction is easily and cheaply satisfied, so no barrier to getting severely hooked. It is convenient to light the next one from the stub of the last one. They are cheap and available everywhere. A hookah is something you partake in when your day is done and it is time to relax. Something you do at home, or in a cafe that has hookahs. It is something that you will commit at least a half hour to. Becoming a hardcore hookah addict just can't happen for most of us. A given volume of smoke or a given number of puffs on the hose are most definitely more harmful than the same on a cigarette. Sure, you are only vaporizing the tar and nicotine in the shisha if you smoke in the usual way, with foil or a perforated plate holding the coals above the shisha, and not actually burni. But remember also that you are inhaling Carbon Monoxide from the smoldering charcoal. And as you say, you usually inhale quite deeply. Even a first time hookah smoker will inhale a tremendous volume of smoke because it does not make you cough. Only a hardcore cig smoker inhales so deeply because the smoke is more noxious and makes you cough. It's all about moderation. Almost anything is really bad for you if you do it too much. Very few things are really all that bad for you if you do them with reasonable restraint.
  15. I do clean mine regularly too
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