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Old January 5th, 2010, 01:10 AM
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Ok guys so recently I got a hookah as a present from my cousin. It's a 10'' Single hose hookah like this one:

Today I followed instructions on how to set it up, tried with the ceramic bowl filled to the top with mango flavored shisha and then wrapped with aluminum foil, poked a few holes with a toothpick and installed the bowl in the stem. Then I proceeded and lighted up the charcoal (The type that lights up quick). and waited until it completely turned red (glowing), placed it over the bowl and inhaled.

The smoke that comes out itches very badly on my troat, and its not very pleasant at all as past experiences with other hookahs where I was able to enjoy the flavor of the smoke and also the smoke was thicker. I Tried with less Shisha since i thought it was burning out but still no luck. The Shisha is burned to ashes when I remove the tinfoil after 20 minutes tops when using less shisha of course.

Here is the type of coal i'm using, later I will post the brand:

Any suggestions on how to set it right?

Also was wondering if I'm missing anything from the bigger hookahs using this small one?

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Old January 5th, 2010, 01:16 AM
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One suggestion would be to start the session and smoke most of the session with the coal on one side rather than the center of the bowl. Not sure if thats how you were doing it, but I noticed in smaller hookahs, it gets harsh much quicker if you don't have the coal to one side.
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Old January 5th, 2010, 01:22 AM
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you should try breaking the coal in half and only using half of it at first. on a smaller hookah you require less heat and those are fairly good sized coals. also the difference in hookah size is mostly personal preference. I feel like with a bigger hookah then smoke has farther to travel and therefore cools more but its really in what you prefer. A small hookah can be a great smoke it just takes time to learn how to set it up differently
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Old January 5th, 2010, 01:27 AM
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what brand of flavor are you using.
try double layering the foil and breaking up the coal.
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1. water in the base 1" above downstem.
2. sprinkel the tobacco in the bowl
3. 1 or 2 layers foil poke holes with a toothpick to the base of the bowl
4. half a coal light coal wait till it is ashed over (grey) place on edge of bowl
5. wait about 2-3 minutes for bowl to warm up (can help by lightly puffing)
6. take slow pulls on the hose for these are common chambered and if the water level is a bit high it will kick water into the hose if you hoover
7. move coal around the bowl as the smoke decreases
8. Purge the base when smoke gets harsh
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Old January 5th, 2010, 07:44 AM
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also make shure the tobacco isn't touching the aluminium foil...
because that will make the tobacco burn fast.
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