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Old August 30th, 2009, 05:13 PM
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Default Getting good smoke out of a crappy Chinese hookah?

Any tips to get good taste/smoke out of a crappy hookah. I get paid tomorrow and ill be ordering my new hookah this week. But I was wondering if there was anything I could do with my hookah until then.
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Old August 30th, 2009, 05:25 PM
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id like to know this too. ill be stuck with mine for another 2 weeks atleast. but on the plus side i knocked the hooka off from a table 2 feet high, onto concrete and nothing happan.
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Old August 30th, 2009, 05:39 PM
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Default Re: Getting good smoke out of a crappy Chinese hookah?

About the best you can do is make sure you got the right water level and the right heat of the bowl and bear with it. It will all be over soon
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Old August 30th, 2009, 05:39 PM
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Default Re: Getting good smoke out of a crappy Chinese hookah?

i must have gotten lucky with my hookahs i bought them before i knew anything about hookah really...and they all smoke fine.

the one thing ive noticed is that many of the chinese hookahs ive seen have really narrow hoses. perhaps a hose upgrade would help a little.

as far as flavor goes i wish i could be of more help
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Old August 30th, 2009, 05:46 PM
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About the best you can do is make sure you got the right water level and the right heat of the bowl and bear with it. It will all be over soon
stem goes in about a half an inch right?
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Old August 30th, 2009, 05:57 PM
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Default Re: Getting good smoke out of a crappy Chinese hookah?

ive found that for my small cheap hooka ( cost me $16.00) it works best if i have it atleast an inch above the stem. mite just be my hooka, but it works best when i have the water as high as it can be without getting water in the hose.
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Old August 30th, 2009, 06:25 PM
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Chinese hookahs are okay to start out, sometimes taking the ball bearing out will give you more smoke in the hose, definitely you will have to inhale deeper to get smoke.People love the Chinese hookahs I sell, so it probably is because they never tried anything better. I know for a fact that China is going to produce better and better hookahs all the time, it's inevitable.
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Default Re: Getting good smoke out of a crappy Chinese hookah?

I have a MZ and had more problems with it then a aluminum chinese I have also. Name brands are just that, name brands. Don't get me wrong, there are haggard chinese hookah that suck just as much. Hookah pipes are hit and miss, all about inspecting the final product before buying. For my chinese pipe, water is anywhere from 1"-1.5" above the stem, medium funnel bowl, long wind cover, two naturals. Smokes like a champ, and full of flavor. Also, make sure to use quality shisha.
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Old August 30th, 2009, 09:07 PM
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I have a chinease hookah and it works and taste great, i lucked in
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Default Re: Getting good smoke out of a crappy Chinese hookah?

My first ever hookah was a Chinese knock off before I ever got serious about smoking and got great smoke even placing two instant lites in the middle before the black was all off. It's all about the hose, heat management, water level and how you packed the bowl when it comes to those Chinese hookahs.
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Default Re: Getting good smoke out of a crappy Chinese hookah?

i say fill the water as high as it needs to be, the exact measurements dont work on each hookah ive noticed...sometimes i feel the water is too low that way...like on my bambino, i just go ahead and fill the base halfway for instance, which is around 1" of stem underwater.
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Default Re: Getting good smoke out of a crappy Chinese hookah?

If it's a smaller hookah, a handful of ice cubes in the bottle will help smooth the smoke out some. Not so much a concern with larger pipes, but with a lot of the chinese mini's and such I've noticed they tend to hit better with nice cold water.

Get some plumber's teflon tape at the hardware store and make sure all the joints seal up tight.

Keep the stem and downstem clean, they often corrode quickly on these chinese rigs, ditto on the hose.
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just make sure everything is sealed right

good water level

idk what else to say
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Default Re: Getting good smoke out of a crappy Chinese hookah?

I got a chinese hookah and It just takes practice to make sure everything works and smoeks great.

The nammor hose helps alot for bigger draws of smoke.
ice cubes help a little
heat management is definitely the biggest part of it
phunnel bowl helps
make sure everything is tight and sealed up
water level is perfect
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Old August 31st, 2009, 08:49 PM
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Default Re: Getting good smoke out of a crappy Chinese hookah?

When you upgrade from a Chinese Hookah to a Syrian or Egyptian, you guys will all notice that the difference is that of night and day.

I'm a complete clean-freak when it comes to smoking hookah now. I can actually taste the tobacco instead of a mixture of foul tastes that are typical with Chinese Hookahs.

Switched a few years back, and I'll never look back. ; )
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My first ever hookah was a Chinese knock off before I ever got serious about smoking and got great smoke even placing two instant lites in the middle before the black was all off. It's all about the hose, heat management, water level and how you packed the bowl when it comes to those Chinese hookahs.
Hell are they making Chinese knockoffs, those copycats!Lol!
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Default Re: Getting good smoke out of a crappy Chinese hookah?

I am new to hookahs, but I have found that herbal shisha has given me the best flavor and smoke... not too expensive either.

Other than that I would say a larger diameter hose, and check all the seals... and ice, as previously mentioned.

I got my first hookah Sunday (though I have smoked with friends before). I got a middle-of-the-road hookah. A 22.5" (with upgraded bowl) MYA Double Bubble Acrylic. It came with a larger diameter hose and I upgraded the bowl to a Vortex. I have found I like the herbals better (double apple/mint and mixed fruit are both good IMO). Try those and see if that gives you a better smoke.

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