Re: Tips for a new smoker
it's all mostly a matter of personal taste. At one time, I would have said yes - longer stems do increase the time the smoke has a chance to cool down, but not that much in most cases. I have a 22" Eyp than smokes as good, if not slightly better than my 30" Syrian. My 17" Modern smoked well, but it had issues w/ tipping and the bowl popping off.
So a small hookah doesn't mean a bad smoke - it's all with how it's used, set-up, ect to produces a great smoke or a lousy one.