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Old May 2nd, 2010, 07:55 PM
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I'm looking to buy a new hookah soon, but I have a question. What difference does the size of the hookah make? For example, is there a difference between a 22" hookah and a 42" one? I have heard that anything over 18" doesn't make a difference either way, is this true? Thanks guys
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Old May 2nd, 2010, 08:03 PM
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Default Re: Size of the Hookah?

IMO nothing over 28" or so makes that huge of a difference, smaller hookahs in my experience produce harsher smoke, I mean it'll work but you'll have to pay extra attention to heat management, unlike with a tall hookah that gives you a better leeway.
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Old May 2nd, 2010, 08:44 PM
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Agree with the statement above ^. I would have to say I love my 22" hookah though. Its nice and portable. As long as you know what your doing, it does not matter how big your hookah is.
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Old May 2nd, 2010, 08:51 PM
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Default Re: Size of the Hookah?

My rule is.....

Anything shorter than a 28" is small
28"-34" is a medium
anything taller then a 34" is a large

Alot of Kms are between 30-34.

This is just my rule and your milage my very.
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Old May 2nd, 2010, 09:55 PM
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Default Re: Size of the Hookah?

A 28" hookah is the smallest I smoke on a regular basis. The occasional QT or Bambino at a friend's house can be enjoyable but there is a noticeable difference in the warmth of the smoke.

There are also very few small hookahs that are of high quality in my eyes.

The tallest hookah I have smoked is my 40" colossus. I notice no difference between it and my 32" KM regarding temperature. The draw can change with the height but not by much in the 28"-40" range. The most important factor there is the inner diameter of the stem.
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Old May 2nd, 2010, 10:30 PM
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I think smaller hookahs produce more heat.
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I'm looking to buy a new hookah soon, but I have a question. What difference does the size of the hookah make? For example, is there a difference between a 22" hookah and a 42" one? I have heard that anything over 18" doesn't make a difference either way, is this true? Thanks guys
The size of the hookah can make the smoke more hot and therefore seem harsh. If you realize that the stem essentially acts as a heat sink for the smoke and bowl, the more metal exposed to the air helps the heat to disperse more.
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I think the happy middle is around 22-28 inches. Sure, tall is nice, but its tough to manage. I have smoked hookahs from 40+ inches down to 8 inches.
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Default Re: Size of the Hookah?

In my opinion, 32 inches is perfect. The coals are right at arm level when seated, it's tall enough to provide a nice cool smoke, still short enough to clean in my tiny apartment sink. And large enough to still look stately and impressive.

Really, out of every hookah I've smoked (Which is a lot) I've come to my conclusion that the KM Pharonie is the perfect pipe. Form and function, it just does everything right. Then again, I am biased.
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