How often do you get a deliciously flavorful and large cloud of smoke from your hookah? Do you usually feel that the smoke is somewhat wispy? Innumerable people struggle to draw dense and voluminous smoke from hookahs, so you aren’t alone. A common problem is wind interference.
Also, you may find the charcoal burning out too soon for a session, and you might need an extra piece or two even though the hookah bowl is lightly packed. This problem is also partially due to ambient air or wind interference unless you are using tiny charcoal pieces of a poor quality.
The solution is a heat management device, but you don’t need to buy one if all you need is just some wind cover. You can make an inexpensive aluminum foil wind cover for your hookah, and you may even reuse it unless the material is extremely crinkled or crumpled and sooty.
How To Make an Aluminum Wind Cover for Your Hookah
You need a sheet of aluminum foil. Ideally, you should get heavy-duty aluminum foil. Heavy-duty aluminum foil is specifically made for hookahs, so it is better for both wrapping a bowl to hold the charcoal pieces and around as a wind cover.
You cannot use the typical square or round aluminum foil that is already cut into shape to wrap atop a hookah bowl to hold the charcoal. You need a longer and larger sheet of aluminum foil. The exact size depends on the type of bowl you have and how tall the wind cover should be.
Suppose you have heavy-duty aluminum foil that is 12 inches wide. This width is sufficient for most hookah bowls. But you will use this wide side as the length for the wind cover. So, you can cut around 6 to 8 inches of the 12 inches wide aluminum foil roll or sheet.
Fold the aluminum foil into half along the 8 inches side. So you will have a thicker sheet with 4 inches or so width and 12 inches in length. Now, make a small triangle at one end of the folded foil. This triangle’s pointy end will serve as the locking mechanism after you wrap the foil around the hookah bowl. Once the triangle is ready, press the folded part to ensure the shape will hold.
Take the flat edge of the folded foil, hold it vertically, and wrap it vertically around the bowl. Make sure the bowl is already wrapped with heavy-duty foil atop it to hold the charcoal. Wrap the wind cover around the bowl like a chalice or goblet. Also, wrap the foil as snugly as you can.
Once you have wrapped the foil around the bowl, take the pointed end of the triangle you made earlier, and twist it over the straight or flat edge. Press this pointed end against the flat edge to seal the two pieces. Now, press the portion of this folded foil below the bowl, exactly how you do it with the foil you use for the charcoal. In the end, you will have a circular wall around the bowl.
The Aluminum Foil Wind Cover Is Your DIY Heat Management Device
You are probably familiar with heat management devices for hookahs. These tools have lids and vents to regulate the heat that flows into your hookah bowl. Also, a heat management device is meant to protect the charcoal it holds from wind interference and limit the airflow into the bowl.
As a result, there is more heat retained inside the bowl, the charcoal pieces don’t burn out any sooner than they should, and you get to draw dense, flavorful, and voluminous smoke from a hookah. An aluminum wind cover serves the same purpose as a DIY heat management device.
Your hookah bowl will have plenty of air flowing in through the holes you make in the foil. The air flowing into the bowl is irrespective of how many hookah charcoal pieces you have at a time. The extra airflow is not as hot as you need it to be. And the charcoal pieces may burn out quickly due to ambient air. The aluminum wind cover prevents both these natural problems for hookahs.
For the first time or so, you may struggle to put the charcoal pieces in or take them out with an aluminum foil wind cover. But a few attempts should get you accustomed to the practice. Having an inexpensive heat management device is as simple as using a foil as a wall around a hookah.