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  2. Could you take it apart and post a pic of the top of the base? Most of them are interchangeable and a basic base is inexpensive and easy to find online. Measure the hole in the top, and just order one with the same size neck. It doesn't have to be the same brand or same model, usually. And yeah, people break them a lot. Often when they pick up the hookah to move it, and they pick it up by the stem and not by the base, which then falls off and shatters on the floor. Or pavement.
  3. First of all, make sure that there are no leaks. To do this, seal the palm of your hand onto the bowl, and try to draw through the hose. You should not get any air at all, even a little. If air is getting in, then you need to find the leak. Take off the hose and try blocking the far end of the hose with a finger and draw on the mouthpiece. If you get any air, you have a leak. See if the mouthpiece or handpiece are removable. If so, maybe the seal is bad. Anyway, keep your antique hose for display, but get a modern hose for smoking. If the old hose checks out good, then try sucking in on the ferrule, the part where the hose fits into, with your hand sealing the top of the bowl. Does it still leak? Remove the bowl and seal the top end of the tube and try again. Still leaks? Maybe the tube doesn't seal well to be base. Or the tube is in more than one part, screwed together, and they are not properly sealed. Okay, so let's say you have no leaks or you have fixed all leaks, and you get good air flow through the hookah. Oh wait... DO YOU get good air flow? Maybe you should use a bowl with bigger holes in the bottom. Maybe the tube is clogged up with years of built up crud. Maybe you are filling the base too full with water. Maybe the hose is crimped or coming apart inside. Anyway do what you must to get good flow through the hookah. One common mistake is to pack the bowl too tightly. The mu'assel or shisha or whatever you call the smoking mixture where you are from, should be filled loosely into the bowl and tamped down lightly. Air must pass freely through it. Poke plenty of holes in your foil. Try without the screen and without the cap. Make sure that the foil is sealed well to the bowl. What kind of coals are you using? The top of the shisha should be about 1/4 inch below the foil. The foil may sag down slightly from the weight of the coals but that is okay as long as the foil is not actually touching the shisha. That bowl looks like maybe it was not meant for smoking shisha? I am looking at how small the holes are and how close together they are. I think you ought to try a different bowl. You can get them online for around $6. And are you sure that this is an actual hookah meant for smoking, and not just a display item of some sort? I notice your hookah is standing on a nice carpet. Sooner or later you will knock a coal off and burn a mark in that nice carpet. If it is truly an antique then very likely it was not made to use silicone rubber grommets. You will need to wind white adhesive/bandage cloth tape until the thickness is right, then seat the part tightly so it makes a good seal. In the old days they used wet cloth or leather. Or you can try adding modern silicone grommets. Your coals should preferably be out at the edge of the bowl and not in the center. Most smokers do not like the quick lighting round tablets. Natural lemon wood charcoal is considered the best but the compressed coconut charcoal cubes are good, too. Let them burn long enough to have a coating of ash before you begin smoking. They will be difficult to light. Usually we use a gas or electric cooking burner or a fire can or a propane torch such as what plumbers use, to light them. So to recap, 1. make sure that there are no leaks. If there are, isolate and fix them. 2. Make sure you have good airflow through the hookah and if not, fix that. 3. make sure tht your bowl is packed loosely and to the correct level. 4. use decent coals, lined up around the edge of the bowl top 5. replace any part that does not seem to be doing what it is supposed to do.
  4. Welcome, Ali! Coincidentally, it was in Turkey (Istanbul to be precise) that I first started smoking the hookah. If you are in Ankara or some other modern city you might wish to spend some time in an older city where old traditions are still practiced. Istanbul has lots of cafes where hookah is available. There are lots of shops that sell and even make hookahs, in both shops and cafes you can usually find someone to talk nargile with you. The Bazaars are a lot of fun but beware... you will likely end up paying too much for your hookah and smoking supplies. Currently my setup is a Kahlil Mamoun 4 hose hookah with homemade non return valves so the tips do not have to be blocked for someone to take a puff. I prefer the traditional unglazed bowl with the holes in the bottom and I fill the base with ice and water up to about one inch above the bottom of the down tube. We use large after market hoses because they draw more easily and deliver a bigger cloud of smoke. We prefer Coco Nara or some other pressed coconut charcoal because they burn for a very long time. My favorite smoke is Al Fakher Double Apple, and sometimes we add a little mint flavor to it. We only smoke about once a week due to time constraints and health concerns. What would you like to know about the hookah? Hookah smoking has a very long history in Turkey and seems to still be very popular there, especially in Istanbul. You should be able to find a lot of information locally.
  5. Box Spring vs. Platform Bed: Which is the Best One? Box spring or platform bed! Which is the best one for comfortable sleep? This is a common question with those planning to buy a bed frame? Do you prefer a bed that you just place a mattress on it or you will need more support for the mattress? This is what will determine whether you will use the platform bed as designed or you will need a box spring. Basically, a platform bed can be used without a box spring but a box spring cannot be used without a bed frame unless you are sleeping on the floor. Before you can buy any of them, it’s imperative to understand the advantages and disadvantages of each type. Read more Ultimate Guide to the Best Cheap Low Solid Wood Twin Platform Bed Frame with Headboard and Drawers A Box Spring Before memory foam mattresses were introduced, box spring had been popular and widely used with the traditional beds. They are not only used for the comfort they guarantee, but also for mattress protection and the fact that they raise the bed. Advantages of a Box Spring · One of the advantages is that they raise the bed to offer an extra height. This is good for those that need to climb or get out of bed easily. · A mattress placed directly on a bed frame is subjected to premature wear and tear or sagging. Since a box spring will absorb the weight, it prevents this problem. · A box spring makes it easy for the mattress to absorb the weight of the users better. Disadvantages of Box Springs · Over the time of use, it's highly likely that a box spring will lose its support · Once a box spring is placed on a bed, the underneath bed storage will reduce · You will have to spend more money on top of the mattress and the bed frame to buy a box spring A Platform Bed Platform beds are low profile beds that can be used with or without a box spring. These modern beds have become quite popular and unlike the traditional beds, they don’t require a box spring. There are different styles to choose from and you are guaranteed air circulation for your mattress. Advantages of Platform Beds · There are different styles that you can choose from depending on your preferences. This simply means that you are not limited to a specific style. · There are different materials to choose from. You can opt for wood, metal or upholstered platform beds · Platform beds have slats, and the solid surface has holes to ensure there is airflow for the mattress. This will reduce the chances of mold · You can have one that gives you storage space underneath which will save on space in your bedroom · With this type of bed, you will not require a box spring to secure and protect your mattress. They are designed to secure the mattress without a chance of sliding off Disadvantages of Platform Beds · They are low profile which can be a challenge for some people to get in and out of bed · You will need to spend money on a high-quality mattress that will offer the ideal comfort Due to the fact that a box spring will need a bed frame to be used, they are the added cost to your budget. On the other hand, a platform bed only requires a good mattress. Once you understand the advantages and disadvantages of each, you will be making an informed decision for your bedroom and comfort. Visit our link https://platformbedexpert.com to learn more. How to Pick Right Platform Bed for My Bedroom Platform beds are modern beds that you can use comfortably without a box spring. Although they are low profile beds, one can use risers or add wheels to add height. Once they are higher, you can get some underneath storage space. They are versatile as they are available in different sizes and styles. This simply that you can always get one that matches your requirements, but how do you pick the right platform bed for your room? · Consider the Style of the Bedroom The style of the bedroom should help you pick the right platform bed. Remember that this furniture is a focal point in this particular space. Probably, the style of your bedroom is modern and sleek. In this case, a metal platform bed turns out to be a great option but if it’s a welcoming and warm style, you may get a wooden bed. · Consider the Structure As you pick your platform bed, remember that you need a strong structure. An a structure that will support your mattress and weight for a long time to come. People are of different weights and although metal and wood that commonly make platform beds are sturdy, always consider how strong that structure is. Types of woods are different with varying strengths. · Consider the Size of Your Mattress Perhaps you already have a mattress that you want to continue using and all you need is a new platform bed. You must first take the size and the weight of the existing mattress into account. The dimensions are vital as without them, the two might not be compatible with each other. For example, if you have a queen size mattress, you must shop for a queen size platform bed. · The health of the Materials Used Platform beds are made from different materials with the most commonly used ones being metal and solid wood. On metal, only a finish is used thus you should make sure it’s not toxic. The problem comes when you opt for other types of materials such as particle and plywood beds rather than solid wood ones. Wood types such as particleboards are put together with glue. When temperatures rise, it is highly likely that your platform bed will release chemicals and odor from the glue holding the particles together. As you pick your platform bed, consider ones made from solid wood and metal. · Don’t Forget the Size of the Bedroom The size of the bedroom where the platform bed will be placed determines the size of the bed gets. If you already have a bed that you want to replace or a mattress, consider whether it seems too large or small for the room. This will guide you on the size of the bed to pick. You do not want a bed that is too small or one that will make the space feel cramped. The size of the room, the health of the materials used to make the bed, the style of the room and the strength of the entire structure will help you pick the right platform bed. Visit our link https://www.scoop.it/u/twin-platform-bed to learn more.
  6. Hi guys and gals! I got the AoT as a christmas present and after watching several videos instructing me to dense pack it, and as of yet not being able to get a good session out of it, I was wondering if I could get some constructive criticism on the pack I've been using. Fumari Orange Cream I tried it with 4 Fumari quicksilvers and 2 Cocobrico flats. The clouds are okay and the flavor is nonexistent. Thank you in advance for any assistance!
  7. Hey! Can you please update me about your experience with mainsons.co.uk? Have you found any other cheaper tobacco shop? Thank you!
  8. Ok so I have been using Arguile (Shisha) for years ! I have tried many many different types all have different air flow depending on set up but some regardless of bowl , foil placement, HMU , hole size in foil or even whip (hose) , water in the bowl, are made to have massive amounts of air flow . I am looking for recommendations for the airiest Shisha you know of ! Down stem has to be wide gauge as well as hose stem .. pretty much looking for wide gauge everything ! Assume I am already using a wide bore hose ! Also using Ferris bowls and samsaris vitrias with either Ignis or lotus 2 . My water in the bowl is never more then 1.5 inches above down stem .. looking for brand names and links ! Thanks hookah fam!!
  9. Hey. Which type of flavor did you use ? It’s the flavor that use for e-cigarets?
  10. Hey greetings from Greece. I’m interesting to try make tobacco flavor. Can I use e -liquid for flavor ?some ideas for this ? I want to make something like watermelon with mentha.
  11. So I clean my hookah pipe with lemon and water the next time I smoke my hookah it just taste like lemon I can’t taste my flavour at all I smoke gum with mint flavour alfakher. Is there something I’m doing wrong? I usually use lemon juice to clean my hookah pipe
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  13. Hello everyone, I have a problem with my hookah pipes. My hookah is Avion Stick and the immersion tube and the mast are stuck ( and it not rusty) I don’t know what to do? I tried and I tried to remove it with hands, but it’s impossible. Does anyone has a solution ? Did i screw it up
  14. Definitely the best hookah I've smoked from. No buyers remorse here.
  15. I'm currently reading Why Am I so Clever by Friedrich Nietzsche.
  16. Hello there. Still active here. How about everyone else?
  17. I haven't tried using pipe yet but I'll try to canvass for one.
  18. I haven't tried it. How's the mouthfeel?
  19. I do feel your frustration but you have to clean and maintain it regularly.
  20. Nice insights though. I would definitely use some of these as reference.
  21. Hello there. I'm a new member here as well. 😁
  22. 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.
  23. 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.
  24. 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!
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