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Learn to smoke hookah

Hookah device

The pleasure of smoking hookah directly depends on the correct choice of it, on the correct preparation and, of course, on the technology of smoking. How to choose a hookah? Immediately make a reservation so that you do not smoke hookahs from Turkey and Egypt - these are only souvenirs, so the question “how to smoke a hookah” is not common with them. Buy only those made in Syrian factories. The quality of hookahs from the Emirates and Saudi Arabia is a little worse.

In general, there is such a rule that high-quality hookah should be heavy. The basis of the hookah should be beautiful, with decoration. What to take tobacco? In principle, there are no restrictions on this issue, you can take any, for example, Egyptian. There are many types of tobacco with different tastes, for example, with apple, anise, and melon. Proper smoking of a hookah includes the quality of coal, it must also be chosen correctly. It is believed that the tablet coal for hookah from Egypt is one of the worst. We recommend you coal, packaged in bars. Despite the fact that bar coal is hard to ignite, it is less harmful to your health, and gives a good, pleasant taste. Try to make the tobacco in your hookah melt, then white clouds of smoke do not cut your throat, but have a pleasant fruity flavor. It is easy to achieve this, for this it is necessary to lay a piece of foil between coal and tobacco. The temperature of the coal must be kept strictly constant.

The pleasure gained from smoking a hookah depends on what you pour into the flask. As a rule, it is a diverse mix: juices, fruits, milk, spices. Also here some add alcoholic beverages. In eastern countries, hookah is accepted to smoke through water, and this is due exclusively to the high cost of fruit and dairy mixes. Now a few words on how to make a hookah. Rinse a little hookah base, tube and flask. All parts of the hookah must be checked - all parts must be tightly interconnected. Pour water or liquid above into the flask.

The fluid level should be such that only the tip of the base goes under water. Then put tobacco in the ceramic head - it is impossible to tamp it in, since hot air will pass through it. Take a little foil and stick it around the head, on the foil itself make several holes in the shape of a circle, as well as one in the center. Then ignite the coal and put it on the foil. Now you can properly smoke hookah.

General description of the hookah

Hookah ( shisha, bori, hooka, hugga, nargil, argil, nargile, waterpipe, hubble-bubble, hubbly-bubbly, dubboobli, jajir, bowri, goza ) is intended for smoking special tobacco with filtration and cooling of smoke by water. When filtering smoke through the water, most of the harmful impurities, including microparticles of ash, settles in water. Also, passing through the water, the smoke is cooled and moistened.

Shisha design

Hookah design
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Structurally, a hookah consists of two parts (Fig. 1), hermetically interconnected (sometimes using threads) - from the upper part (1) and the lower part (2), the hose (flexible pipe) (3) with the mouthpiece (4), ceramic cups for tobacco (5). Some models of hookahs can also be equipped with a protective saucer (6), a protective cap (7) and an exhaust ball valve to remove excess smoke (8). The tweezers for coal are also usually supplied (9). Some models of hookahs are designed for group smoking and have two, three or more hoses with mouthpieces. Often there are hoses with interchangeable mouthpieces.

The main requirement for hookah is tightness. The most important thing is the tightness of the connection of the upper and lower parts of the hookah, and the hookah with the hose (and also with the mouthpiece, if it is interchangeable). When buying a hookah with a metal bottom, it is advisable to check its tightness by pouring water into it.

Assembly procedure and application

The order of assembly and use of hookah
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In the lower part of the hookah (water bowl), water is poured so that the tube protruding from the upper part after connecting the two parts is submerged in water by 2-5 cm (Fig. 2). Then the upper part joins. If the lower part of the hookah is glass, the upper part is tightly inserted into the lower part using a rubber sealing ring. In case the lower part of the hookah is metal - the upper part is screwed along the thread. After assembling the two main parts, the hose is inserted with the mouthpiece.

The order of assembly and use of hookah
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To seal it, you can use a small strip of paper, tissue paper or toilet paper, wrapping it around the tube fitting. Sometimes there are sealing rings for hoses. Their use is preferably only for aesthetic reasons.

The order of assembly and use of hookah
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After that, it is advisable to check the correctness of the assembly of the hookah - several times to draw air from the mouthpiece. The air should be inhaled easily, without much effort, with a characteristic gurgle of water. Then try to draw in air, closing the hole for smoke in the upper part of the hookah with your finger (Fig. 3). If the air cannot be inhaled even with effort - everything is normal, if the air is gradually drawn in - it is necessary to check the tightness of the connection between the two parts of the hookah and the connection of the hose. If there is an exhaust valve, it is necessary to check its work - when trying to exhale air into the hookah, the valve should open and air should go out through it.

The order of assembly and use of hookah
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After checking the tightness of the expansion in the upper part of the hookah put a protective metal saucer. Next, put on a cup for tobacco. To seal it, you can also use a small strip of soft paper wrapped around the cup seat. There are also sealing rings for cups.

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After inserting the cup into it, a small amount of tobacco is put in with special tweezers - approximately one teaspoon (Fig.4). The level of tobacco should be no higher than the edge of the cup. Tobacco is not laid tightly. If in the ceramic cup there is only one large hole in the middle - it is recommended to put a small, non-rounded pebble (or crumpled foil) into it, to prevent tobacco from falling inside the hookah (Fig. 5). If there are several small holes in the cup - a pebble is not required.

The order of assembly and use of hookah
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When smoking flavored tobacco varieties, the cup on top is covered tightly with foil, in which holes are made over the whole area for the entry of hot air from coal (Fig. 6). Foil does not have to touch tobacco. On the foil tweezers put hot coals or a quick-burning tablet of pressed coal (Fig.7).

When smoking black varieties of tobacco, coal is placed directly on the tobacco. When using coal in tablets, it is necessary to set fire to the tablet and wait until it burns from all sides. This produces a rather acrid smoke.

In no case do not try to drag out of the mouthpiece at this time!

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Sparks can bounce off when burned (Fig. 8), therefore, if there is a protective cap in the delivery set, immediately after igniting the coal, put the cap on the hookah. After burning coal completely and stopping the release of sharp smoke, wait 10-15 seconds before taking the first puff.

After 5-10 intense puffs, the soft taste of tobacco will begin to appear. Hookah is ready to eat!

One tobacco refill is enough, usually for 30–60 minutes of smoking or more (up to two hours).

For hookah produced a special tobacco. It looks more like jam, wet and sticky. The main varieties of tobacco for hookah: Regular flavor - has the taste of natural tobacco with the aroma of prunes, there are various degrees of strength; Apple, Strawberry, Grape, Peach, Multifruit, Mint and others are tobacco with the scent of fresh fruit, mint, nuts. From fruit varieties, apple is considered the main. Also for the convenience of operation produced pressed ignited coal.

Shisha care

Hookah does not require particularly complex care. After smoking, it is advisable to pour out the used water and throw the used tobacco out of the cup. It is also desirable to wash the hookah. To do this, thoroughly rinse the bottom part - the flask. Then it is necessary with a special ruff to thoroughly clean the "main highway" - a tube running across the top of the hookah. These rugs are usually quite long (up to 1 meter) and have a short bristle (0.5 - 1.5 cm.). If you do not have such a ruff, you can limit washing the top.

After washing the hookah, wipe it dry outside so that it does not oxidize!

It is recommended to keep the hookah in a disassembled form, but since many people prefer to keep the hookah in the assembled form, we can recommend at least removing the hose from it. Almost all hoses are made on the basis of the frame of a metal spring. This spring has the ability to rust, and therefore it is desirable to remove the hose from the hookah.

Smoking etiquette

  • Never place the hookah high - it should stand on the floor or a special table.
  • Never pass a hookah or mouthpiece from hand to hand. If you want to share a hookah with another, put the hookah on the floor, and put the mouthpiece next to or on the plate.
  • Do not use in the hookah any other tobacco, except specifically for the hookah intended - black and thick.
  • Never light a cigarette from the coals in the hookah.
  • Hookah everyone smokes, as he likes - in a puff, not a puff, with a full breast ... Never teach others how to smoke a hookah. And do not try to criticize the different ways of smoking.
  • It is not recommended to pour into the hookah alcoholic beverages, and even more so to use them after smoking. The water in the hookah is used primarily as a filter and flavoring base (for example, tea-carcade or weak wine).
  • Hookah need to smoke on a full stomach. It is desirable reclining. Games like backgammon are welcome.