Re: Noob questions
It takes a little while, not too long though. I would say under a minute most times. The tobacco is cooking, and as with food if you turn the pan down to low, it's not instantly low.
For cleaning if you have a water sprayer at your kitchen sink you can your hookah up in the sink an pull the sprayer to the top an shoot it down. If not, then bathtub time!
edit: Capt.Howdy's way is pretty crafty too >.>