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Old March 3rd, 2010, 07:39 PM
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Default What makes a good quality hookah ?

ok, my name is Shane, im new to the site and to hookah as well. I've smoked for a couple of months from my friends hookah when we would hang out. So i decided to get my own and my brother in law actually, while deployed over seas sent me a small 2 hose hookah. However I dont know the brand or type of hookah it is. It's about 10 inch tall. But after 4 uses it now wont produce any smoke. I set it up correctly and everything and no dice. (good thing i didnt buy it :P)
So with my craving for hookah, I ordered a new 40" XL Blue Egyptian Hookah

and hoping I wont have the same problem. It was a 120$ hookah that i got discounted from HookahCompany.com and im wondering what makes a quality hookah ?
The pricier the better ? The Brand ? Handmade or not ? I just want a reliable hookah that produces nice smoke clouds without having to really spend to much money.

I've read reviews about the mini mya hookahs (18,19") and did not see one bad review on hookah-shisha.com and that is gonna be my back up in case my new one sucks lol.

Any tips or information would be greatly appreciated.
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Old March 3rd, 2010, 07:47 PM
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Default Re: What makes a good quality hookah ?

Try here:

http://www.hookahpro.com/forum/showthread.php?t=11029
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Default Re: What makes a good quality hookah ?

Also, for a shorter version of the above, heres a list I made for someone who was looking to hand-select a hookah. Good things to watch for or ask about.

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Find out what the hookah is made of, most are commonly made of Stainless Steel or Brass.

Are the welds clean ? You might notice some welding spots, but do you notice any bubbling, holes, or extremely unclean welding ?

How large is the diameter of the downstem ? (3/8 - 7/8 of an inch)

Does the stem sit well and seal with the base ? Make sure the grommet is snug and the stem doesnt flop around.

Is the glass a decent size ? Will the hookah stand up comfortably without wobbling.

Can the vase hold a sizeable amount of water ?

Does the vase have a large number of Bubbling or one or two LARGE bubbles? Hand blown glass frequently has imperfections, make sure they arn't at critical spots that bear the weight of the hookah, such as the bottom rim or close to the top opening. Those are the major pressure points on the vase.

How far down the vase does the stem sit ? You want about an inch of space between the bottom of the stem and the bottom of the vase.

Traditional Chamber or Common Chamber ? (Traditional is better, one port for purge, one port per hose)

Those should help you find something that's decent without having to smoke it.
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Default Re: What makes a good quality hookah ?

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Perfect guide for newbies.. +1

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Default Re: What makes a good quality hookah ?

thanks for info guys !
my hookah arrives tomorrow, i'll let u know how it smokes
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Default Re: What makes a good quality hookah ?

to make everything simply get a KM
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Default Re: What makes a good quality hookah ?

The op was asking about the differences, he already bought the 40" caramana (which I believe is made by temsah, correct me if I'm wrong), and from what I've heard it should treat you well.
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The op was asking about the differences, he already bought the 40" caramana (which I believe is made by temsah, correct me if I'm wrong), and from what I've heard it should treat you well.
yes you are correct... I just didnt find any reviews on it, which made me a lil nervous but im glad to hear that.
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