Since you've finally purchased your first hookah, it's time to set off on an exciting journey into this timeless ritual. The experience of acquiring your first hookah can feel very thrilling and a bit unsettling. But nothing to worry about; Amy Deluxe is here to help! In this blog, we'll begin from scratch, building your hookah expertise and knowledge from the basics.
Filling up the Hookah Base
The base of a hookah serves as a vital element because it helps with both the filtration and cooling processes of the smoke. However, what amount of water should you pour into the base? The standard norm is to fill the water up to half an inch from the bottom of the downstem, which is a tube that goes into the water in the hookah base. The water level is important for establishing an exceptional smoking experience, impacting smoke quality and overall satisfaction. Consider these essential details while you put together your hookah for an enjoyable session.
Assembling the Hookah Stem
If your hookah comprises multiple components for its stem, the next step is to assemble them. Some modern hookahs, for example, have an unscrewable downstem that you need to fasten to your stem. Also, depending on the hookah design, connect the base grommet to the hookah stem or into the base's lip. Following that, gently slide the stem right into the hookah base. Now, mount the tray onto the head of the stem and attach the hose or hoses into the specified hose port(s). At this point, it's a good idea to quickly conduct a test draw from the hose to validate the draw, considering that it may get a little stiffer when the bowl is attached to the hookah setup. This part gets you ready for a relaxed and refreshing hookah experience.
Preparing Your Hookah Bowl
It is important to keep hookah bowl preparation simple. Although you can find a full guide available for those curious, the basic idea is to carefully break up the hookah tobacco using your fingers and gently scatter it into the bowl, keeping it just beneath the edge of the bowl. Tap it down lightly, so you can put some shisha if necessary. Be sure to pack it slightly looser than how it was originally packed. However, that doesn't apply for the dark leaf shisha, as it needs to be packed densely.
Then, carefully cover the hookah bowl with foil. It is better if you are using pre-punched hookah foil; otherwise, you need to punch holes in the foil at regular gaps. Check the packing of traditional-style bowls featuring pores at the bottom by blowing air through the bottom and covering the top using your palm. If you don't feel a flow of cold air at the top of the bowl, it is stuffed too tightly; therefore, you must reduce the shisha quantity. A successful hookah session begins by preparing your bowl properly in the manner discussed.
Preparing Your Hookah Charcoals
Preparing your charcoal is an essential step in hookah prep. If you've got quick-lighting charcoal, like the circular, roll-up ones, you'll only need a regular lighter to light them. Hold off till the coal stops crackling and is entirely covered in a layer of ash. A slight blow of air may help expedite the whole thing. When the coal is ready, put it gently above your prepared hookah bowl.
As for the natural coconut charcoal, the heating procedure will differ slightly. Simply place 2-4 pieces of charcoal on an electric charcoal burner for about six minutes, then turn them. As soon as they are glowing red and coated in ash, they can go on top of your bowl. Thoroughly heated coals make sure that your shisha is evenly heated, resulting in a pleasurable hookah session.
Savoring the Flavors While Blowing Some Dense Smoke Clouds
It's now time to relish those satisfying flavors and enjoy blowing dense smoke clouds! Take a few gentle pulls and let the heat circulate uniformly across the shisha bowl. Give it a minute or two for the bowl to warm up before beginning your smoking session. Kindly note that as your session continues, the cloud density and flavor will gradually increase, so be patient and enjoy.
If you're using a tiny bowl and some classic Egyptian hookahs, you might not need another helping of hookah coals, based on the duration your initial set of coals lasted. Nevertheless, larger bowls may require two batches of coal, but that depends on one's personal choice.
Bravo! Your first hookah has been successfully configured, and you have enjoyed smoking. If you still need help with your hookah or simply want to upgrade it in the future, come to our Amy Deluxe hookah store, where we have premium hookahs and hookah accessories to make your session exciting. We wish you a pleasant, happy time with your new hookah until we meet again.