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Old January 11th, 2010, 07:54 PM
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Here is a question i can find the answer too, how do they light there coals in public in the middle east? You can find pictures everywhere of them sitting in the streets, sitting in the park etc, they have natural wood coals on there hookahs, i have studied picture after picture, goggled the subject etc. None of the pictures show a stove, or a fire, etc. I thought about taking a natural coal and soaking it in denatured alcohol, since once its burned off there should be no order or taste, and it burns very hot, and a little goes along way but haven't tried yet. So i am wondering? How do they light there coals?
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Old January 11th, 2010, 08:07 PM
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Default Re: How do the middle east light there coals on the street?

thats a very good question, maybe a small torch lighter? i havent lived in iran since i was 6 so i really wouldnt know :\
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Old January 11th, 2010, 08:15 PM
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Here is a question i can find the answer too, how do they light there coals in public in the middle east? You can find pictures everywhere of them sitting in the streets, sitting in the park etc, they have natural wood coals on there hookahs, i have studied picture after picture, goggled the subject etc. None of the pictures show a stove, or a fire, etc. I thought about taking a natural coal and soaking it in denatured alcohol, since once its burned off there should be no order or taste, and it burns very hot, and a little goes along way but haven't tried yet. So i am wondering? How do they light there coals?
well if you know already why don't you tell us lol

my guess will also be a small torch.. or maybe.. shit idk lol
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Old January 11th, 2010, 08:23 PM
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Here is a question i can find the answer too, how do they light there coals in public in the middle east? You can find pictures everywhere of them sitting in the streets, sitting in the park etc, they have natural wood coals on there hookahs, i have studied picture after picture, goggled the subject etc. None of the pictures show a stove, or a fire, etc. I thought about taking a natural coal and soaking it in denatured alcohol, since once its burned off there should be no order or taste, and it burns very hot, and a little goes along way but haven't tried yet. So i am wondering? How do they light there coals?
you really shouldnt have given me that idea since i had denatured alcohol back up at my apartment... hmmm


this is honestly probably one of the best questions ive seen here in a while

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I can just see two gentlemen sitting on the street smoking, one turns to the other and says "Hey man, can I borrow your torch lighter and a chunk of lemonwood?"

This thread made me think and smile.
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Old January 11th, 2010, 11:31 PM
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The same way you light BBQ coals.
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Old January 11th, 2010, 11:38 PM
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When I was deployed to Iraq the Truckers(the majority were Turkish) that smoked often had a propane range ( they often made tea and smoked) a good way to calm down after convoying. In the city they used their stoves atleast that's what I was told
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Old January 11th, 2010, 11:38 PM
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Here is a question i can find the answer too, how do they light there coals in public in the middle east? You can find pictures everywhere of them sitting in the streets, sitting in the park etc, they have natural wood coals on there hookahs, i have studied picture after picture, goggled the subject etc. None of the pictures show a stove, or a fire, etc. I thought about taking a natural coal and soaking it in denatured alcohol, since once its burned off there should be no order or taste, and it burns very hot, and a little goes along way but haven't tried yet. So i am wondering? How do they light there coals?
maybe in pictures, nate. i rarely ever saw shisha smoked at public places where there wasn't a restaurant. it's usually at cafe's with open fire / outdoor kitchens. you'd see glowing coals where the kabobs, chicken, and shawarmas are grilling. i have seen portable coal stoves on occasion though.. something like this.

it was ~$3 for one shisha, and the coals would come all night at many places.

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Old January 11th, 2010, 11:50 PM
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I'd say with a small charcoal chimney or fire vessel most likely. Same way we would lite coals outside.
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Old January 12th, 2010, 12:07 AM
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Here is a question i can find the answer too, how do they light there coals in public in the middle east? You can find pictures everywhere of them sitting in the streets, sitting in the park etc, they have natural wood coals on there hookahs, i have studied picture after picture, goggled the subject etc. None of the pictures show a stove, or a fire, etc. I thought about taking a natural coal and soaking it in denatured alcohol, since once its burned off there should be no order or taste, and it burns very hot, and a little goes along way but haven't tried yet. So i am wondering? How do they light there coals?
I spend a fair chunk of time in the Middle East and I rarely see anyone smoking a narghile in the street unless they have a home just a few feet away. For the most part people smoke in or very near a home or in a cafe and they light coals with propane stoves or sometimes people use small stoves fired with wood are charcoal but that is more of rural thing. I think the pictures you speak of are mostly staged.
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just remember the alcohol will burn off and might just heat the coal but not to such an extent to make it glow just look at the wicks of a methylated spirits burner the wick after flame is extinguished is still ok not burned to a cinder. and the coal will absorb the alcohol so that method would be major trial and error. Best would be propane stove or heat the coals over a wood fire
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Default Re: How do the middle east light there coals on the street?

Well I can say it is not a torch lighter if the coal are natural. I have THIS butane solder/torch and all I can say is that it is awesome for quicklights. Tried it once on a natural and ran out of butane before the thing was even close to being done.
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This was me a few years ago in dubai, there was about 20 hookahs dotted about this place, me and my dad had this one, the guys that were doing the coal was doing it with some liquid and a torch lighter, unknown to what the liquid was...
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Torch lighters plus ******* Hookah quicklites are a great time lol.
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Old January 12th, 2010, 01:32 PM
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as a middle eastern i use Qls only
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Old January 12th, 2010, 05:00 PM
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have to keep this on top since no one has a positive answer and all just assumptions, come on people! and no offense but a lighter would take like a hour to light a lemon wood coal, they transport there hookahs to the parks by the river, i watched this on pbs! never did it show how they light there coals, and in part of the film they showed a guy sitting with his family and you could clearly see wood coals on his hookah, there was no cafe or house anywhere, no on to the next subject we here in the us light or grill charcoal using a naphtha (zippo fluid) like fluid. but that as you all know leaves a smell, and taste at least for a very long time, so i will give alittle denatured alcohol a try, as i know you only need alittle in a homemade backpackers can stove to boil 2 cups of water, the flame the it produces when burning is white(clear) and blue which is as hot as a substance will burn, it should leave the coal tasteless and orderless. its just cold in wisco and honestly i dont feel like getting a turtle head today. im just doing my best to think of new post ideas for sam, keep them rolling.
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Old January 12th, 2010, 05:05 PM
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i saw this post and i asked a friend who's father grew up in Iran. He said that mostly the people in the streets are at cafes and stuff, even if they move away from the tables. but the coals he used to use were natural coals and he said mostly there were small chimney stoves that were used to light the coals that were located somewhere near wherever he would smoke.
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When I was deployed to Iraq the Truckers(the majority were Turkish) that smoked often had a propane range ( they often made tea and smoked) a good way to calm down after convoying. In the city they used their stoves atleast that's what I was told
sounds like typical Turks tea and nargile go hand in hand and i have partaken in that combination many a time.

never had nargile at someones house in Turkey, always in cafes. some places use normal charcoal and some use specific nargile coals
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when i first started smoking shisha i used to light natuarals with a match and heat it for about 15 seconds and then smoke and after about 15 minutes the coals would be pure red.
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when i first started smoking shisha i used to light natuarals with a match and heat it for about 15 seconds and then smoke and after about 15 minutes the coals would be pure red.
you did this to natrual coals? not quick light?
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you did this to natrual coals? not quick light?
yeah nats cs my mum used to get angry with me messin up the cooker so i used matches. i think i used to use abo abed coal for this method i would use a lighter aswell somtimes but only for 15 seconds.
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Old January 12th, 2010, 06:07 PM
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http://www.hookah-shisha.com/p-451-a...kah-coals.html

those were the coals i used but at my local shop they're called something like abo abed
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Old January 12th, 2010, 07:29 PM
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lol.. is it that baffling? how many ways can you come up with, people normally light natural wood coals. how many feasible ways can they possibly be lit, esp at places with no continuous heat source? not really rocket science.

when you go to saudi, the emirates, egypt, lebanon, syria, etc you don't see people smoking hookah at random places, despite what your most valued source (PBS) shows. swaflyer, rossrox, hajo flettner, atwol aren't assuming.. they're speaking from experience.

on a diff note..
we've had some very silly questions come on here. it's terrible.. lol.. favorite songs to smoke to? most indispensable hookah item? : o / really? come on...

how about:
color of your lighter?
have you ever burned yourself?
drinking used hookah water?
who likes the smell of a used old leather hose?
smoking w/ no underwear

kidding aside.. what does this do for sam?
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Old January 14th, 2010, 12:24 AM
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blacklit? what does this do for sam which post that sam wrote recently? i will give you a clue it hasn't left the front page in days and it has to do with a contest. read the post. nice attitude dude. smoke a hookah and relax or something, a negative action gets a negative result...
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I have seen in the UAE's abudabi and dubai they have these coal baskets in which the coal stays lit and glow above a flame till they walk around with there tongs and place them on patrons hookahs.. so I guess one fire all day long
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