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Old July 14th, 2007, 05:21 PM
Hajo Flettner
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Default Seven Tips


1.) When using the scalli-mod cover it lightly with cooking oil before packing your funnel. It makes clean up much easier.

2) When puncturing foil with a pin push it all the way down to the bottom to help with air distribution.

3) Always pick out all stems and unroll and tear up any wads of tobacco you find before loosely packing the bowl.

4) When cleaning washable hoses use a hose brush which you can get from any decent homebrew store.

5) When cleaning stems always use a hose brush (see above) or a rifle bore brush as these are much better then the brushes you can get from shisha shops.

6) While using a combo of baking soda, Epson salts and lemon juice is good for normal clean up removing serious deposits/smells requires the sort of heavy duty cleaning chemicals (not sanitizers) any good homebrew would carry. I’d recommend I.D. Carlson’s PBW or Five Star Cleanser (not the sanitizer).

7) Getting burned on tobacco out of your bowl can often be done with a small bowl filled half a cup of dish detergent and some boiling water if left submerged for an hour or so.
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Old July 14th, 2007, 05:53 PM
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Default Re: Seven Tips


1) Turn the bowl upside down (after placing on foil w/ holes or a screen) and blow thru it before placing on the stem. Loosens up the shisha and makes sure of a good airflow, as well as pushes the foil back off the shisha.

2) Repack/store shisha in airtight containers (ziplock bags, tupperware, ect). Store it away from heat, sunlight, and excess moisture. You do not have to store shisha in the fridge, but if you do make sure the container is 100% airtight as the fridge will remove as much moisture as it can, ruining the tobacco.

3) Ice in the base is good, but fill up the base with water first. Dropping cold ice into a glass container can cause it to break. In the same vein, don't put hot bowls in cold water, they can crack. Also try chilling the stem and/or base for an extra kick.

4) Remember - NEVER wash a hose unless your sure it's washable.

5) Always wash your hookah, either between different flavors of shisha or atleast every 3-4 smokes. It can make the world of difference between a good smoke and a GREAT smoke. (Or a nasty smoke). Plus, when washing it - try NOT to use any items that you can not drink or eat - Lemon juice, vinegar, salt, beer = GOOD. Bleach, CLR, Ammonia = NOT GOOD. If you use them - rinse, rinse, and rinse again.

6) Open your shisha atleast 10-30 mins before packing the bowl, or atleast let the bowl rest (packed) for the same amount of time to acclimate the shisha to the surrounding temps & humidity. This can make or break a smoking session.

7) If you feel lightheaded, sick to your stomach, or start getting a headache: stop chaining the hookah . But really, put down the hose, go get something to drink (water, tea, juice, soda) and maybe something to munch (chips, sandwich, fruit, cookies). Get some O2 into your body. Hookah is meant to be taken nice and slow, enjoyed and savored. It's not a speed contest, you're not meant to puff on the hose the entire 1-2 hours, slow down, taste the smoke and relax.
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