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Learning how to smoke a hookah

Hookah device

The pleasure of smoking a hookah directly depends on its correct choice, on the proper preparation and, of course, on the technology of smoking. How to choose a hookah? Just make a reservation that you do not smoke hookahs from Turkey and Egypt - these are only souvenirs, so the question “how to smoke a hookah” has nothing to do with them. Buy only those made in Syrian factories. Hookahs from the Emirates and Saudi Arabia are slightly worse in quality.

In general, there is such a rule that a quality hookah should be heavy. The base of the hookah should be beautiful, with decoration. How 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, apple, anise, melon. Proper smoking of a hookah includes the quality of coal, it must also be chosen correctly. It is generally accepted that tablet coal for a hookah from Egypt is one of the worst. We recommend coal packaged in small blocks. Despite the fact that bar coal is difficult to ignite, it is less harmful to your health and gives a good, pleasant taste. Try to make the tobacco in your hookah seem to melt, then white puffs of smoke do not cut your throat, but have a pleasant fruity aftertaste. This is not difficult to achieve, 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 you get from smoking a hookah depends on what you pour into the flask. As a rule, this is a diverse mixture: juices, fruits, milk, spices. Also, some add alcoholic beverages. In eastern countries, it is customary to smoke a hookah through water, and this is due solely to the high cost of fruit and milk mixtures. Now a few words about how to make a hookah. Rinse a little hookah base, pipe and flask. All parts of the hookah must be checked - all parts must be tightly interconnected. Pour water or liquid as described above into the flask.

The liquid 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 at the same time, since hot air will pass through it. Take a little foil and stick it around the head, on the foil itself make a few holes in the shape of a circle, as well as one in the center. Then light the charcoal and put it on the foil. Now you can properly smoke a hookah.

General description of the hookah

Hookah ( shisha, bori, hook, hugg, nargil, argil, nargil, waterpipe, hubble-bubble, hubbly-bubbly, obli-bobli, dzhadzhir, bowrie, goza ) is designed for smoking special tobacco with filtering and cooling the smoke with water. When filtering smoke through water, most of the harmful impurities, including microparticles of ash settles in water. Also, passing through water, the smoke cools and moistens.

Shisha design

Hookah construction
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Structurally, the hookah consists of two parts (Fig. 1), hermetically connected to each other (sometimes with threading) - from the upper part (1) and the lower part (2), a hose (flexible chubuk) (3) with a 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). Coal tweezers (9) are also usually included in the scope of supply. 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 a hookah is tightness. Most importantly, the tightness of the connection of the upper and lower parts of the hookah, and the hookah with the hose (as well as with the mouthpiece, if it is replaceable). When buying a hookah with a metal bottom, it is advisable to check its tightness by pouring water into it.

Assembly and use

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

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

The order of assembly and use of a hookah
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After this, it is advisable to check the correct assembly of the hookah - to draw in air several times from the mouthpiece. The air should be breathed in easily, without much effort, with a characteristic gurgling of water. Then try to draw in air by closing the smoke hole in the upper part of the hookah with your finger (Fig. 3). If air cannot be inhaled even with effort - everything is fine, if air is gradually drawn in - it is necessary to check the tightness of the connection of the two parts of the hookah and the connection of the hose. If there is an exhaust valve, it is necessary to check its operation - if you try to exhale air into the hookah, the valve should open and air must exit through it.

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

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

The order of assembly and use of a hookah
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When smoking flavored tobacco varieties, the cup is tightly covered with foil on top, in which holes are made over the entire area for the intake of hot air from coal (Fig. 6). The foil does not have to touch tobacco. Hot coals or a quick-burning pressed coal tablet are placed on the foil with tweezers (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. At the same time, quite acrid smoke is emitted.

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

The order of assembly and use of a hookah
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When burning, sparks can bounce (Fig. 8), so if you have a protective cap in the kit, put the cap on the hookah immediately after setting fire to coal. After burning charcoal completely and stopping the emission of harsh smoke, wait 10-15 seconds before making the first puff.

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

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

For hookah special tobacco is produced. It looks more like jam, wet and sticky. The main types of tobacco for hookah: Regular flavor - has the taste of natural tobacco with prune flavor, it can be of various degrees of strength; Apple, Strawberry, Grape, Peach, Multifruit, Mint and others - tobacco with the aroma of fresh fruits, mint, nuts. Of the fruit varieties, apple is considered the main one. Also, for ease of operation, extruded quick-burning coal is produced.

Hookah Care

Hookah does not require particularly complicated care. After smoking, it is advisable to pour the used water and discard the used tobacco from the cup. It is also advisable to rinse the hookah. To do this, thoroughly rinse the lower part - the flask. Then, with the help of a special ruff, it is necessary to thoroughly clean the "main highway" - the pipe going through the entire top of the hookah. The ruffs mentioned 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 yourself to flushing the top.

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

It is recommended to store the hookah in disassembled form, but since many prefer to store the hookah in assembled form, it is recommended to at least remove the hose from it. Almost all hoses are made on the basis of a metal spring frame. This spring has the property of rusting, and therefore it is advisable to remove the hose from the hookah.

Smoking etiquette

  • Never put 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 the hookah with another, put the hookah on the floor, and put the mouthpiece next to it or on a plate.
  • Do not use any other tobacco in a hookah, except specifically for the hookah intended - black and thick.
  • Never light a cigarette from coal in a hookah.
  • Everyone smokes a hookah, as he likes - in a puff, not a puff, with full breasts ... 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 alcoholic drinks into the hookah, and even more so to consume them after smoking. Water in a hookah is used primarily as a filter and flavoring base (for example, hibiscus tea or weak wine).
  • Hookah should be smoked on a full stomach. Better reclining. Games like backgammon are welcome.