What is a Hookah?
Hookahs are water pipes used to smoke specially made tobacco that comes in different flavors, such as apple, mint, cherry, chocolate, coconut, licorice, cappuccino, and watermelon.
How-To Buy A Hookah
At our Weedipedia, you’ll only find the best of the best when it comes to hookah gear, and our customer service team is on standby to help you make a decision.
All of our hookah packages arrive with the necessary equipment for your first sessions, such as cleaning tools, shisha, charcoal, etc.
We offer brands from all around the world with several size options to fit in any area, small to spacious.
When deciding on what hookah to purchase, space and budget are two important aspects to keep in mind.
If you plan to bring out your pipe daily and have no space constraints, your selection of options is endless.
You can then move onto staying within your budget and choosing the design that most catches your eye.
If this hookah pipe is going to be used for special occasions only, you may want to look into something easy to break down and store away safely.
Unless you’re like us and don’t mind having a beautiful pipe out as home room decor.
We understand that hookah is very popular around the world but creating amazing sessions in the comfort of your own home is not a common skill set.
What Is A hookah?
A hookah is a type of water pipe that was crafted to be used for smoking shisha tobacco. Its existence dates back to sometime between the years 1501-1722 in Persia and India.
Hot charcoal is used to heat the tobacco in the bowl to create flavored smoke vapors.
They are commonly built with a single hose option, but multiple hose variations have become extremely popular.
How Do I Setup A Hookah?
We sell mostly traditional hookah models with very similar parts and construction that are very easy to assemble.
There are also some glass and unique modern hookah designs, but they’re usually pretty self-explanatory.
We’re always right here for you if you have any questions about any of the hookahs we carry.
How Do I Make Bigger Hookah Clouds?
No matter the size of your hookah, your cloud output will always depend on the preparation of your bowl.
We recommend filling your bowl loosely with shisha to the top and gently pat down any leaves that may be sticking out above the rim.
This will allow heat to evenly distribute throughout the shisha instead of getting blocked and creating a harsh session when packed too tightly.
You’ll always want to make sure you have adequate heat on top of your bowl. Otherwise, you could end up with thin clouds and little flavor.
We recommend lighting at least 2-3 pieces of natural charcoal or 2 pieces of quick lighting charcoal for each session.
How Do I Clean A Hookah?
You should always clean your hookah before use and rinse afterward.
It’s hygienic for starters, but it also allows you to make sure that you will get the full flavor from your smoke session.
Our hookah packages include a shaft and base brush, but they can be purchased separately here.
These tools should be used in the cleaning process to scrub away any water buildup and lingering aromas.
Our go-to deep cleaning tool is called Bling; it can clean both glass and metal materials.
How Do I Make A Custom Hookah?
We sell hookahs as complete packages that include the base and shaft, but you can easily piece together your very own custom hookah with us.
First, find the hookah shaft you want to use here and pair it with one of our glass hookah base options. At that point, you’re almost done.
Our hose and bowl selection will give you endless options to choose from before you can call it complete. We’re right here if you have any sizing or pairing questions.
What is the point of hookah?
A hookah is a water pipe that allows a person to smoke tobacco, often combining it with sweet flavors, such as apple, chocolate, coconut, licorice, or watermelon.
People have used hookahs for centuries in ancient Persia and India. Today, people often smoke a hookah as a group, at home or in cafes or lounges.
Is hookah a vapor or smoke?
Hookah produces smoke that cannot simply be water vapors but aerosols filled with toxins.
What are the Hookah Components?
Excluding grommets, a hookah consists of several components, four of which are essential for its operation.
Also known as the head of the hookah, the bowl is a container, usually made out of clay, marble, or glass, that holds the coal and tobacco during the smoking session.
The bowl is loaded with tobacco then covered by a screen or perforated aluminum foil.
Lit coals are then placed on top, which allows the tobacco to heat to the proper temperature.￼
Hookah bowls can often be made out of various fruits, such as cutting a pineapple in half.
The fruit is hollowed out and perforated to achieve the same shape and system a clay bowl has; then, it is loaded and used in the same manner.
Bowls have evolved in recent years to incorporate new designs that keep juices in the tobacco from running down the stem.
The Tangiers Phunnel Bowl and Sahara Smoke Vortex Bowl are two examples of such bowls.
A Hookah Wind Cover is a cover that sits over the bowl area with some form of air holes.
This prevents wind from increasing the burn rate and temperature of the coal and prevents ash and burning embers from being blown onto the surrounding environment.
This may also offer limited protection from fire as it may prevent the coal from being ejected if the hookah is bumped.
The hose (one or more) is a slender flexible tube that allows the smoke to be drawn for a distance, cooling down before inhalation.
The end is typically fitted with a metal, wooden, or plastic mouthpiece of different shapes, sizes, colors, or material types. Today, the house proper is typically made from vinyl which allows it to be easily cleaned.
Many hookahs are equipped with a purge valve connected to the airspace in the water jar to purge stale smoke that has been sitting unused in the jar for too long.
This one-way valve is typically a simple ball bearing sitting over a port that seals the port by gravity alone and will open if positive pressure is created by blowing into the hose.
The bearing is held captive with a screw-on cover.
The cover should be opened and the bearing and seat cleaned of residue and corrosion regularly to ensure proper sealing.
The body of the hookah sits on top of the water base or sometimes referred to as a vase. The downstem hangs down below the level of the water in the jar.
The smoke passes through the body and out the downstem, where it bubbles through the water. This cools and humidifies the smoke.
Liquids such as fruit juice may be added to the water or used in substitution.
Pieces of fruit, mint leaves, and crushed ice may be added.
A plate or ashtray sits just below the bowl to catch ashes falling off the coals.
Grommets in a hookah are usually placed between the bowl and the body, between the body's gasket and the water jar, and between the body and the hose.
Although not essential, the grommets (the use of paper or tape has become common) will help seal the joints between the parts, decreasing the amount of air coming in and maximizing the smoke breathed in.
A piece is attached to the bottom of the stem, usually made of plastic and in a grid pattern, to make a smoother smoke and a subdued noise.
By breaking the naturally larger bubbles coming up the water from the pipe into smaller bubbles, it lowers the amount of suction or "pull" needed to continue bringing smoke to the chamber.
This also cools the smoke down more efficiently. It is a luxury item used for a better smoking experience and is not a required component.
An HMD (known as a Heat Management Device) is generally a metal contraption placed on the foil or directly onto the shisha/tobacco, used to contain coals and heat the tobacco evenly.
HMDs can be used with or instead of foil and make the smoking process less variable on the heat distribution.
Hookah Consumable items
Tobacco or Mu‘assel
Tobacco or Mu‘assel (Arabic: معسل, which means "honeyed"), also sometimes called Shisha in places where it does not refer to the Hookah itself, is a syrupy tobacco mix with molasses and vegetable glycerol as a moisturizer and specific flavors added to it.
Typical flavors of mussels include apple, grape, guava, lemon, mint, and many other fruit-based mixes. Non-tobacco-based mussel is also available in certain areas where tobacco smoking is not allowed.
Charcoal is the energy source to produce heat that will be transferred to the tobacco inside the bowl.
Since the glycerol is used to moisturize the tobacco, then to produce smoke, the charcoal should generate heat above the boiling point of glycerol that is 290 °C.
Therefore, charcoal for hookah smoking must be hard, high density, easy to ignite, and burn longer with persistent heat.
How to use a hookah?
The jar at the bottom of the hookah is filled with water sufficient to submerge a few centimeters of the body tube, which is sealed tightly to it.
Deeper water will only increase the inhalation force needed to use it.
Tobacco or tobacco-free molasses are placed inside the bowl at the top of the hookah.
Often the bowl is covered with perforated tin foil or a metal screen and coal placed on top.
The foil or screen separates the coal and the tobacco, with the foil and the tobacco reaching maximum temperatures of 450 and 130 degrees Celsius, respectively.
These temperatures are too low to sustain combustion and considerably lower than the 900 degrees Celsius found in cigarettes.
A larger fraction of the smoke condensates of the hookah is produced by simple distillation rather than by pyrolysis and combustion.
As a result of suction through the hose, a vacuum is created in the headspace of the water bowl sufficient to overcome the small static head of the water above the inlet pipe, causing the smoke to bubble into the bowl.
At the same time, the air is drawn over and heated by the coals. It then passes through the tobacco mixture, where the mainstream aerosol is produced due to hot air convection and thermal conduction from the coal.
The vapor is passed down through the body tube that extends into the water in the jar. It bubbles up through the water, losing heat, and fills the top part of the jar, to which the hose is attached.
When a user inhales from the hose, smoke passes into the lungs, and the change in pressure in the jar pulls more air through the charcoal, continuing the process.
The vapor collected in the bowl above the waterline may be exhausted through a purge valve if present.
This one-way valve is opened by the positive pressure created from gently blowing into the hose.