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Old March 23rd, 2008, 01:46 PM
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Hi i'm new to this forum but not to hookah as i've been around it for a while. But have never gotten the permission to buy one but now I can I've been looking all over and reading and watching video's and what not. The two friends that i smoke hookah with both purchased theirs out of the country while either in Amsterdam or Turkey so i can't just head over their and buy one I found a Hookah that i liked on hookah-shisha.com , i by far like the looks of the syrian models. The chiller stands out to me and seem like it would work well for me. But as reading one of the forum members review the 3 hose one (which i was planning on getting) seemed to have some issues. Does anyone else know if the auto seal doesnt work to well and i should maybe jut get a 2 hose?

link to hookah : http://www.hookah-shisha.com/store/p...&idproduct=114

any feedback would be greatly apprieciated, also got a few more questions

Both of my friends use quick light coals but i see their is a a lot of people here that like natural coals and was wondering if i should get them also?

Also i was wondering if the hoses that come with usually are good/bad?
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Old March 23rd, 2008, 01:54 PM
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Default Re: Looking to buy first time

i would advise you a mya hookah -> http://www.hookah-shisha.com/store/p...idCategory=241
they are quite good and high quality!
but this one you linked and chosen looks also robust, unfortunately i never tried it
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Old March 23rd, 2008, 02:00 PM
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Default Re: Looking to buy first time

That hookah is nice, but I'm not a huge fan of multiple hoses since they tend to leak. Not a huge fan of chillers either because it doesn't really cool the smoke a whole lot. The water in the base is what cools the smoke the most. I have a KM Tri-Metal and absolutely love it. http://www.hookahcompany.com/tri_met..._2248_prd1.htm

I use Exotica coals. I hope to get other naturals (Coco Nara's to be exact) soon since my Exoticas are finally starting to run low. I used to use quick lites but I like Naturals the best. In your case you can try different ones (brands and such)

As far as hoses. Stock hoses are nice usually, upgrades are completely optional. With hose upgrades you can get an easier draw, more smoke, ect. Another thing with stock hoses is there usually leather so there not washable. Getting something like a Razan like I use can be washed.
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Old March 23rd, 2008, 02:06 PM
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Default Re: Looking to buy first time

if you like syrians, go to jandrhookahs.com ...

QL's are a lot easier, but if you want better quality at the sacrifice of time, go for Japanese coals (like canary) or Exoticas.

Razan/Nammor hoses are pretty much accepted as the best hoses bc of airflow and washability.
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Old March 23rd, 2008, 02:54 PM
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The hookah is pretty sweet...But H-s's prices are ridiculous when it comes to hookahs. You can get a better hookah at a better price from other vendors for egyptians and MYA hookahs (which are pretty good)

hookahcompany.com is good example
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Old March 23rd, 2008, 03:20 PM
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So typically single hose are the best even with multiple people?
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Old March 23rd, 2008, 03:27 PM
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Default Re: Looking to buy first time

or even better, pimp your hookah when hes back lol. hopefully soon i came into a nice sum of cash that must go to him lol
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Old March 23rd, 2008, 03:28 PM
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yeah single hoses have a smaller chance of producing leaks (because of the multiple hose ports) only disadvantage is youve gotta pass the hose, but if it means a better smoke in the end who cares right?
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Old March 23rd, 2008, 03:35 PM
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Also hookah-shisha.com seemed to have a nice amount of stuff that went with their hookahs.
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Old March 23rd, 2008, 03:42 PM
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generally they all give the same things, youve gotta look carefully. most will give you everything you need. there are some sites that dont give anything even.
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Old March 23rd, 2008, 03:46 PM
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More questions, what bowl would you reccomend, This one http://www.hookah-shisha.com/store/p...&idproduct=980
seemed to look pretty useful
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Old March 23rd, 2008, 04:00 PM
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Default Re: Looking to buy first time

no, the windscreen is nice but it gets way too freaking hot and screens are just utterly useless. the best thing you can do is stick with the original bowl that comes with your hookah, of if your the kinda that smokes with a handful of people go for one more like these

http://www.hookah-shisha.com/store/p...&idproduct=493

http://www.hookah-shisha.com/store/p...idproduct=2299

http://www.hookahcompany.com/saudi_a...d_616_prd1.htm

http://www.hookahcompany.com/khalil_..._2405_prd1.htm

those are large and hold big amounts of tobacco and make it last a lot longer.

and then get a large windcover and you are set all for about the price of that same bown
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Old March 23rd, 2008, 04:15 PM
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Would just a normal size bowl work for 4 peopleish? and are there any shisha sample packs you suggest?

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Default Re: Looking to buy first time

Best to get a 1 hose hookah. Better to get an Egyptian (like a KM or MZ) or Syrian unless you want a cookie cutter made in China hookah. That combo bowl sucks, trust me on this one. There are all types of bowls. I wouldn't think a standard Egyptian clay bowl would be big enough for 4 people. Hookah Shishas prices are BS man really! Here's some bigger, better, cheaper bowls...

http://www.hookahcompany.com/saudi_a...d_616_prd1.htm
http://www.hookahcompany.com/colored..._2637_prd1.htm
http://www.hookahcompany.com/tangier..._2070_prd1.htm

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Old March 23rd, 2008, 05:44 PM
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I really like the look of that syrian one but you say its made in china?
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Old March 23rd, 2008, 06:10 PM
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Default Re: Looking to buy first time

no hes talking about generic and mya (presumably) hookahs syrians are well, syrians lol. and a simple egyptian bowl can accommodate 4 people but it wouldnt last as long as the ones dunkel or i said
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Old March 23rd, 2008, 06:28 PM
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So i've narrowed down my hookah but it only comes with 2 50g flavors. I'm wondering if theres any good sampler packs that anyone might recommend oh and if coals come with it that would be awesome.
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Old March 23rd, 2008, 06:34 PM
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which hookah did you pick?
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Old March 23rd, 2008, 06:43 PM
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I'm going to go with the 2 hose Chiller even though everyone said that 1 would be better, I have access to getting the ball bearings and such if it starts to leak . I really really like the looks of it and the price isn't really a issue for me.

But still looking for some good shisha sampler's and coals!

Also any other accessories that i should have/are good to have
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Default Re: Looking to buy first time

if your looking for 50 gram sampler boxes try out layalina, good juicy and flavorful stuff right there and people here like Al Fukher a lot as well. Check out the review section to get an idea of whats great and what sucks ass. thats all really up to you though, your tastes are gonna be different from others. coals go for either 3 Kings or Golden Kings if you want QL and natural go for Exoticas all the way.

as for accessories go for a nammor hose or two for sure, they are THE best washable hoses you can buy. also go for a windcover if they dont give you one. maybe an extra bowl, chipped to save you some cash. and really it just kinda depends on what you think sounds interesting, and of course check reviews for that too
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Old March 23rd, 2008, 07:05 PM
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Default Re: Looking to buy first time

Just get yourself a mya or a KM, either exotica's or 3 kings if you don't have a burner, and some nice al fakher. You can't go wrong with any of that stuff.
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Old March 23rd, 2008, 07:41 PM
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I'd agree with some of the lads above, Khalil mamoon haven't let me down so far, and from what Magdy zidans i've seen theyre pretty good, bowl wise, i'd go for the funnel bowl or saudi. If you can afford it get yourself a nice KM pipe while your at it, from what ive read the namoor hoses are pretty ledgendary but i didnt bother as i dont really smoke too often and only really use grape and apple (the ones without anise mind you, that'd kill any flavor in the pipe)

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Old March 23rd, 2008, 08:28 PM
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I was trying to find one site where I could get coals and a bowl but that doesn't seem like its gonna happen..
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Old March 23rd, 2008, 10:08 PM
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Default Re: Looking to buy first time

I have the Saudi Arabian bowl Dunkel linked from HC and it lasts a long time even with 3-5 people. Its also great for solo smoking since you can easily change the level of the shisha to not waste it. KM's are great hookahs, but they can't be changed to a mulitple hose rig. I still don't think chillers are really worth the money.
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Old March 23rd, 2008, 10:13 PM
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I was thinking of getting the medium funnel bowl
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