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Old December 6th, 2008, 03:57 PM
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Default Re: New to Hookah...few questions

[FONT=Verdana]Hey Sobedragon,[/FONT]
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[FONT=Verdana]The "stale" smoke you were inhaling could be caused by a lot of things most notably:[/FONT]
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[FONT=Verdana]1. You placed the charcoal on the bowl before it was fully light, and inhaled some of the chemical fuels that it was coated with, a common rookie mistake.[/FONT]
[FONT=Verdana]2. You over packed the bowl, making the foil directly touch the tobacco, causing it to burn way too quickly. Rule of thumb, always allow a 1/8 of an inch between the tobacco and the foil to allow for sag when the coal is placed on top.[/FONT]
[FONT=Verdana]3. You packed the bowl too tightly, instead of fluffing the tobacco around to allow for better airflow, causing it to burn on top and releasing stale smoke into the chamber.[/FONT]
[FONT=Verdana]4. You let the smoke settle in the base for too long between smokes. This can be easily fixed by blowing into the hose and using the release valve to purge the hookah of the stale smoke. [/FONT]
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[FONT=Verdana]Regarding the nausea...if you're new to smoking or hookah smoking than this will happen due to the lack of oxygen your body is inhaling, making you feel lightheaded. Additionally if you were dehydrated/hungry the smoke would cause discomfort in your system. My recommendation is don't smoke on an empty stomach and keep yourself hydrated during the session with liquids (hookah and tea/coffee go hand-in-hand like peanut butter and jelly!)[/FONT]
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[FONT=Verdana]Your storage method for shisha is just fine. I personally don't recommend storing it in a fridge/freezer as this will dry it out.[/FONT]
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[FONT=Verdana]Hope this helps! Good luck on your future sessions and welcome to the community!!![/FONT]
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[FONT=Verdana]Eugene [/FONT]
[FONT=Verdana]Hookah Life[/FONT]
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