Re: what mistakes you made has a hookah noob?
Thinking raising the water level would cool the smoke more, then wondering why it was such a hard pull. Buying a chinese cheap hookah for $70 and thinking it was decent with its 5/16in inner stem diameter.
As an aside on ql's, i smoke hookah because it's more natural, to try and avoid all the wonderful cancer causing additives they put in cigarettes. As far as I can tell using quick lighting chemicals to get coals hot brings those chemical additives right back into the picture. and I don't care if people say getting it red hot burns off all those chemicals. I will never believe they aren't still there in some residual form, and subsequently in your body.
Plus ql's taste like CRAP.