Hookah How-To

Glass Base - Smoke chamber that is partially filled with water. Water in the base is used to filter smoke drawn from the bowl.

Bowl – The bowl contains the tobacco. It is then wrapped with foil, or other heat managing device, and coals are placed on top to heat the tobacco.

Stem & Downstem – The stem connects the bowl to the base by a pipe and the downstem descends into the water.

Hose – The hose connects to a second tube in the stem (through a hose port) which draws smoke out of the base when inhaling.

Hookah Tray – Used for catching coals that may fall off the bowl. Also used to hold coals while not in use.

Grommets - Keeps connecting parts air-tight. Typically consists of a base grommet, hose grommet and bowl grommet.

Release Valve – An outlet for stale smoke to escape the base when blowing into the hose.

How The Hookah Works: Heated charcoal is placed on a piece of aluminum foil, or other heat managing device, covering the tobacco in the bowl. When one inhales through the hose, a pressure difference forces air past the coal, heating the tobacco, which gives off smoke. The smoke is pulled down from the tobacco, and bubbles up through the water into the air of the base. From there, it is drawn through the hose and inhaled. Passing through the water partially filters tar and particulates from the tobacco smoke in addition to cooling it.

How To Use a Hookah:

Hookah Set Up Step 1
Separate the glass base from the stem. While some Hookahs have stems that screw into the base, others attach using a rubber sleeve which you will need to twist and pull to separate. Sometimes adding water around the rubber sleeve helps get it apart.
Hookah Set Up Step 2
Fill the glass base with cold water. If available, mix in ice for a cooler smoke. When reattaching your stem, the bottom should submerge only 1 to 1.5 inches in the water.Reattach the stem to the glass base. Make sure the fit is snug and air-tight with a rubber grommet. Then attach your Hookah hose (using a grommet to make sure it is air-tight).

Place the Hookah tray on top of the stem.

Hookah Set Up Step 3
Fluff pack some Fumari tobacco in your bowl (don't let the tobacco amount reach over the top of the bowl). Create a pencil-width hole in the center of the tobacco to help get the air flowing.
Hookah Set Up Step 4
Wrap foil over the top of the bowl and make small holes in a cylindrical fashion using your poker. When done, place the bowl on top of the stem and make sure it is air-tight with a grommet.
Hookah Set Up Step 5
Double check all attaching parts of your Hookah - hose, bowl and stem - ensuring they are firmly connected and air-tight using rubber grommets
Hookah Set Up Step 6
Light up a 3 to 4 coals until they're red-hot and place them around the edge of the bowl using some tongs (burn the coals over the center of the bowl after the tobacco around the edges has been burned). Inhale. Exhale. Repeat. Add new hot coals later, as needed, to keep the Hookah going.