Re: new to hookah..
I smoke strawberry 99% of the time. Al Fakher is a very good brand IMO, the tobacco is very flavorful and wet. It is cut very fine and I rarely find a stem.I also smoke Nakhla which is on the lower end quality wise. A bit dry compared to Al Fakher, more rough cut with plenty of stems mixed in. What I do is buy equal amounts of both and mix them together. After doing so, the flavor is great and the extra wetness soaks into the cheaper tobacco to create a mix that is just right. As for coals I use starlight instant light coals. They burn evenly and hot and are easy to light. Good luck!