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09 Dec

Hookah-Shisha Sticker Contest 2016-2017

Hookah-Shisha Sticker Contest

Since the last sticker contest in 2013 we’ve thoroughly enjoyed seeing how our customer use their stickers and the enjoyment that comes from receiving them. All of us here have a favorite sticker from the selection and they’re even slapped on our desks, doors, and head scratching locations throughout the warehouse. Over the past almost 4 years technology related to art has improved allowing for an ease in expression of artistic abilities. We’ve seen several creative art pieces that show off a love for hookah and several aspects of the hookah community. In 2017 we want to select a new batch of sticker designs for everyone to enjoy and this goal will require some participation from the community. We’re hoping to achieve a total of 6 final sticker selection that will be decided through a voting selection that will take place on our Facebook page.

How-to Enter:

*YOUR PICTURE MUST BE RELATED TO HOOKAH*

We’ve picked 5 different styles of visual categories(above banner) to help steer you in a direction when it comes time to think of a design, but don’t let this stop you from letting your creativity shine. We will accept all high resolution images/graphics, pictures of handcrafted/physical art that meet resolution requirements. Physical/handcrafted examples include paintings or sculpted crafts that are captured with a hi-res camera. Your submission can include Hookah-shisha.com branding but it’s not necessary.

PICTURE REQUIREMENTS

Pixels/Inches : 1238×1238 or 4″x4″

Resolution: 300 px/inch

Color Mode: CMYK

Acceptable File Format: .PSD – .JPEG – .PDF

Voting Process

SUBMISSION DEADLINE= January 9, 2017 11:59 pm CST

(January 10, 2017 12:oopm CST) We will post the Hookah-Shisha Sticker Contest 2017 photo album to our Facebook page featuring of all submission and allow the community to decide each winner. WINNER WILL BE DECIDED BASED ON LIKES PER PHOTO. The voting period will end  January 16, 2017 11:59pm CST, and winners will be posted on all of our social media channels at 12:oopm CST the following day (Jan. 17th).

These Are Your Prizes

Hookah-Shisha Sticker Contest

Grand prize winner will have their choice of any Khalil Mamoon Hookah!

Also an upgraded hookah hose to go along with your new your hookah and your choice of charcoal to get your session started.

Hookah-Shisha Sticker Contest Runner Up Prize

Our runner-up winners will receive the Kaloud-iest package available that works with any hookah! This package includes:

The Kaloud Samsaris Vitria Bowl (V2)

Kaloud Aura Charcoal 96 piece box

Kaloud Lotus heat management device

Hookah-Shisha Sticker Contest 3rd place

The final prize will give our 3rd place winners $50 in store credit to use on whatever their heart desires

THANK YOU!!

Thank you in advance to all that enter this awesome contest, and a huge thank you to our previous winners from 2013.

27 Oct

2016 Halloween Hookah Costume Contest

We know there are a lot of people that love the spirit of Halloween, almost as much as we love hookah. We’ve always enjoyed the combination of hookah sessions and Halloween costumes, so this year we’re hooking you up. Snap a photo of you or a group friends smoking in your costume, and post it through anyone of the channels below..

**HOW TO ENTER***

1. FACEBOOK- Post a picture on our wall

https://www.facebook.com/HOOKAHdashSHISHA/

2. Instagram – Tag us in your photo and comments (@hookah_shisha) or use the hashtag #HSHalloween16

https://www.instagram.com/hookah_shisha/

3. Twitter – Tag us in your tweet or use the hastag #HSHalloween16

https://twitter.com/hookah_shisha

**PRIZES**
1) Custom Starbuzz Hookah Package
2) Custom Regal Melech Hookah Package
3) $100 Dollars store credit

Winners will be announced on November 1st!
We hope you all have a safe and happy Halloween!
-Hookah-Shisha-

07 Sep

2016 Hookah Olympics Highlight Video

While you were all busy watching the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio the Hookah Olympics were being held in sunny Austin, Texas. Luckily we had our crack team of videographers on hand to capture the event. On top of that we hired some fantastic play by play talent to help you navigate all of the different events present. Check out the highlights below and let us know how you think you would fare if you were to compete in the Hookah Olympics!

02 Aug

Al Fakher Taste Test: Golden Orange Vs Original Orange

Al Fakher is one of the oldest, and most respected, shisha tobacco brands in the world. One of the most common questions we get from customers is about the Al Fakher Golden line. People want to know how it’s different than normal Al Fakher, and also if it’s worth the extra money. We have always told people that it is worth it, but just to demonstrate we did a blind taste test of Al Fakher’s original orange flavor versus the new Al Fakher Golden orange flavor. Watch the video to see what our employees thought and then follow the link below to check out the full selection of Al Fakher Golden flavors.

See All Of The Al Fakher Golden Flavors Here

01 Jul

4th Of July Hookah Giveaway Picture Contest

4th of july hookah picture contest

THE DETAILS

A couple years back we ran this contest and had some amazing submissions, and now we’re anxiously waiting to see what this year brings. We know a lot of you are about to celebrate with friends and family with a festive vibe, in our minds that means there must be a hookah involved. As the barbeque is grilling and the fireworks explode across the sky, just think when you go for the smokey selfie – you could win a serious hookah package.

We want you to be creative but safe at the same time, so if your buddy thinks of something from the Jackass movies, just move on to the next idea. We want you to be the life of your hookah party, and this hookah prize package will have you calling all your friends over.

How To Enter

Share a festive 4th of July hookah picture with us, and you can enter as many times as you want. We have multiple social media channels that you can reach us on and you can tag us at the following accounts:

Facebook  : https://www.facebook.com/HOOKAHdashSHISHA (POST IT ON OUR WALL)

Twitterhttps://twitter.com/hookah_shisha (TWEET US)

Instagramhttps://www.instagram.com/hookah_shisha (TAG US IN THE PHOTO)

and if you don’t like using social media just send us the picture over email at info@hookah-shisha.com with “4th of july picture contest” as the subject.

THE PRIZE

4th of july Hookah Package Starbuzz

The setup for this 4th of July giveaway is about as patriotic as it gets:
Starbuzz Made In USA Series Atlantis Ice Hookah – Red/Black
Starbuzz Premium Glass Base – Blue
Starbuzz Maximus Hookah Hose – White
Kaloud Samsaris Vitria Silicone Hookah Bowl & Lotus Combo

4th of July Hookah Sale

29 Jun

Top 10 Summer Shisha Flavors With SMOKEorPASS

Summer Shisha Flavors SMOKEorPASS

Hey everyone, SMOKEorPASS here to talk about hookah stuff because it’s my favorite subject to speak on and if I’m not mistaken this is perfect spot for this information. I’ve been a hookah smoker for the past 10 years, so I constantly find myself switching preferences of brands and flavors almost monthly. There are some situations when I test out a flavor and it causes me to only want flavors that have similar profiles, and I’ll do it for a month straight until I burn myself out. It could be a new accessory like a bowl that causes me to change my lineup of flavors, during my Kaloud Vitria testing period I was hooked on Haze tobacco.

We may be in the same boat of bouncing flavor profiles or you might be scratching your head, but in the end we’re all smoking. Over the past 3 weeks here in Austin the weather has definitely changed for the summer season, and now the 90-100 temperatures have begun to hit us. After a long day of work the bowl that I prepare at home must be solid, there’s no experimentation as I only use flavors that I know rank high on my list. It’s a terrible feeling to sit down for the night and take the first inhale and have it followed by an exhale of shame. My taste in shisha doesn’t follow the typical seasonal trends but I think my current line up of flavors will be perfect for your summer smoking. It’s the SUMMER OF SMOKE, let’s get started.

Tangiers Kashmir Peach

Kashmir Peach Tangiers Shisha Tobacco

Easily one of the best tangiers flavors on the market is Kashmir Peach, it’s a #1 flavor even for the creator of Tangiers. This flavor was originally a pass for me, as I could not get down with the grandma perfume aroma that flows with the kashmir. Last year I began branching into the spice and floral flavors and found myself enjoying a bowl of Tangiers Bug Powder, this flavor is a slightly sweetened blend of mint and kashmir. I feel in love with the Kashmir taste profile and instantly picked up the peach blend, since then this flavor has not let me down and I find myself telling people to look past the grandma scent often. This flavor is perfect by itself but feel free to play around with some mixes, on occasion I will sprinkle a little Mint on top. This flavor is currently available within the Birquq line, but can often be found within the noir and burley category.

Pure Tobacco Morangie

Pure Morangie Shisha Tobacco

This flavor will never ever get old for me because it nails one of my favorite flavor profiles with a twist, and continues deliver consistent sessions bowl after bowl. Pure Morangie blends a very vibrant orange pulp with a juicy mango, and delivers a roller coasters of citrus tones throughout the session. I wish I could have a constant stream of this flavor readily available at any point during the day, but in a hookah not a e-juice. If I had a kilo container of it there’s a small chance I would use it as a pillow, so I could go to sleep and wake up with that aroma.  Should you add mint? Of Course. In my eyes Orange flavors are the equivalent of a primary color, they’re great by themselves but you’ll need to mix them to unlock those creative blends. Pure knocked this blend out the park and I think it’s perfect year round, but it will definitely be in my stash this summer.

Pure Tobacco Honey Dew Melon

Pure Honey Dew Melon Shisha Tobacco

If you’ve never had a honeydew melon flavor before I suggest starting off with my original favorite Nakhla Sweet Melon. I used to go through so many boxes/cans of Sweet Melon back in the day I had to take a break for a year, but now I’m back in the world of melons. Recently I introduced myself to Pure’s Honeydew blend, and I ended taking it home if you know what I mean…. I smoked it.  My first bowl was amazing as Pure was able to capture those tasteful moments of my past with a juicer touch, the mellow melon profile is perfect. Nakhla will always have a spot in my heart but this Pure blend wants to move-in next door.

Honorable mention: Starbuzz Vintage Honey Dew Me

Haze Tobacco Cheech & Chong Lite It Up

Haze Cheech and Chong Lite it Up Shisha Tobacco

This flavor entered my rotation by accident, basically I loaded this flavor thinking it was something else only to find out that I picked the wrong can. I was hoping to smoke the twister of citrus that they call Whooo-Weee, but ended up with this delicious banana concoction that made my head explode upon the first pull. I’m ok thanks for asking. The Lite It Up flavor from Haze Tobacco should be classified as a dessert flavor with it’s creamy textured smoke, and banana smoothie flavor profile that includes back notes similar to red hots. Their tobacco can withstand a great deal of heat, and they recommend a loosely over packed bowl for the ideal session. The more heat applied to this flavor brings out the red hot candy flavor blended with sweet banana, but you can take the heat down for a lighter spice tone. I finished the accidental bowl and continued on with several more as this flavor evolved into my secret weapon, when it comes time for that splash of flavor in a mix that no one can nail it’s Lite It Up. Dang there goes my secret, I was never good with them.

Bananarama + Lite It Up = Down, Forward, Punch.

Haze Tobacco Cheech & Chong Double Bubble

Haze Double Bubble Shisha tobacco Cheech and Chong

I’ve had this flavor multiple times in the past and at some point completely forgot what the flavor profile was exactly, and eventually stopped picking it up. Whenever I saw the can I always thought bubble gum, I mean it’s right there on the can Haze Double Bubble and it’s pink. Gum flavored shisha or even gum with mint blends are not flavors that I keep on deck, and I believe that added to the “don’t pick up this flavor” mentality. I picked up a 250g super pack before I started a weekend and grabbed a can of this double bubble thinking at least my girlfriend would enjoy it. She was a fan but I overly enjoyed it and finished the 250 before getting back to work the following Monday. Double Bubble is a powerful pink bubble spice blend, and I believe it holds a high ranking spot within cinnamon flavors while topping the bubble gum category. I really love adding high heat to this blend for a stronger sugary spice blend, but smoke it however you get down. This flavor never started a trend of bubble gum flavors for me, but I ended up using more cinnamon in my mixes.

Al Fakher Grapefruit Mint

Grapefruit With Mint Al Fakher Shisha Tobacco

Once you go AF Grapefruit, you don’t go back. Since the beginning of my hookah life Al Fakher has always been there for me, initially introducing me to a world of single note flavors and then providing me with multiple options to mix up. During college or the place I paid to walk around, I would enjoy several bowls of Al Fakher because it was perfect for my budget and I could easily practice on my cloud game. Unfortunately for taste comparison I have a strong dislike for real grapefruits, but once you put it in shisha form I turn into a hose hog. The flavor strength is a 10/10 even without the super tart bite of an actual grapefruit, and after multiple years with this flavor it has yet to fail me. I think Al Fakher makes the best grapefruit on the market, and I wouldn’t mind being stranded on an island with it. Smoking it by itself is how I initially fell in love, but mix it with other citrus blends or floral tones like rose. I will always remember picking up on a 5 for $20 deal on 50g boxes at my local smoke shop, and I would always make sure to grab a mint, grapefruit, and orange. Nowadays Al Fakher makes some of their popular single note flavors with mint or cream, and with the addition of their mint it makes this Grapefruit perfect. The Al Fakher 50g 5 pack is cheaper nowadays, you lucky ducks.

Starbuzz Vintage Dehli Tea

Starbuzz Vintage Delhi Tea Shisha Tobacco

The smoke of champions. The gentleman’s smoke. The high class smoke. Starbuzz Vintage Delhi Tea is outstanding and highly appreciated by smokers that enjoy the more robust shisha flavors. If you just started smoking yesterday I wouldn’t recommend this collection to you, but if you’ve been around for awhile and seek new excitement within your session buckle up. Starbuzz Vintage had my attention from the beginning and arrived at a time when I was really enjoying spice blends, so their Peach Spice was an easy home run. I’ve had tea flavors in the past with the majority of them being from Tangiers, but they were never anything I’d say to stock up on unless you really love tea. The second wave of new Vintage flavors introduced a few tea based flavors like Morning Breeze, Shanghai Passion, and of course Delhi Tea. Starbuzz uses a strong brew of black tea tone for the foundation of the flavor, and then stacks on several layers of spice like cardamom, anise, and cinnamon. Pack it light for a subtle tea blend, or go for the full punch and pack heavy for a powerful cup of tea with mellow fruit.

Starbuzz Vintage Fresh Lime

Starbuzz Vintage Fresh Lime Shisha Tobacco

All these hands are telling you one thing, TRY THIS FLAVOR. The number of lemon flavors on the market easily outnumbers the amount of lime flavors, and it bothers me but I understand. In most cases the lime is never referred to as plain lime, they receive unique names like Lime it Up, Optimus Lime, or Pirates Cave. There are some lime blends that include other flavors to add a depth of flavor to the foundation but when all you want is lime, Vintage Fresh Lime delivers the goods. This isn’t the tangiest of lime blends but it still leaves you wanting more, and there’s also a sweet tobacco finish on the exhale. The Fresh Lime aroma could be considered decadent, and I usually pack it heavier for a longer session. You can never go wrong with adding a little mint to your bowl, but I can always get down with a bowl of Fresh Lime and Al Fakher Mango.

Pure Tobacco FML & FML RED

Pure Tobacco Fml And Fml Red Shisha Tobacco

Pure Tobacco FML has been delivering minty uppercuts for a couple of years now, and easily became a top contender for mintiest of the mint flavors. Tangiers Cane Mint will always have a spot on my shelf, but lately I’ve noticed a strong feeling of sadness when I don’t see FML or FML red in my cabinet. Unlike Cane Mint I very rarely smoke these two mint flavors by themselves, but I toss it in with a lot of my bowls. The flavor profile for FML has been described as a minty menthol with a hint eucalyptus, fire with ice cubes, and please no more just stop.  This is easily one of their top flavors so of course they went back into lab and created FML Red for fans of pepper mint. Either one of these flavors makes me happy nowadays, and when anyone walks past my desk there’s at least one can present. Hot summer days equal bowls with FML, and cold days result in bowls with…..FML.

Tangiers Birquq Pikina Sun

Tangiers Birquq Pikina Sun Shisha Tobacco

The intelligent mind behind Tangiers whipped up a delicious blend last year for our 15th birthday, and it’s still a celebration anytime the flavor is smoked. We were lucky enough to keep this flavor around, and provide it to you all whenever it’s in stock(like right now). The Pikina Sun blend combines pineapple and kiwi, with a melody of sweet tones similar to their Melon blend. We found a likeness between the shisha aroma and that fruity gum with a zebra, and even though it may not taste like fruity gum, it’s still a favorite for me and the crew. The kiwi is subtle but adds to the sweetness as the pineapple is easier to pinpoint, and as the session continues you began to uncover new layers of delicious flavor. This flavor has never really fallen out of my rotation, and on occasion I’ll toss a little mime, new lime, or mint into the combination.

That’s A WRAP

Thank you ladies and gentlemen for reading, if you would like to keep up my flavor rotations please leave a comment below and I will catch you on the next blog.

Smoke. Love. Peace.

-SMOKEorPASS

17 Jun

Introducing Your Boyfriend – Girlfriend To Hookah

 Introducing your partner to hookah

There’s nothing better than love right? It’s one of those things that you’re “supposed” to find and hold onto during your lifetime. Whether you’re in the puppy love stage or full blown head over heels, smoking of any kind can be a serious deal breaker.

I’ve visited many hookah lounges and heard several different spins on what hookah is and how it works. There were moment when I heard a simple breakdown like “just try it and inhale until you’re done,” and those are just not the words you want to hear before inhaling smoke. It’s detrimental to the hookah community to have a new person introduced without the knowledge they require for comfort. We, being the hookah aficionados, have sought after and absorbed new hookah knowledge daily. This allows us to prepare hookahs safely using the right products, and utilizing certain tweaks to create the perfect session.

Think back to your first experience smoking hookah, you may not have had all the answers or even the right questions on the mind. Now think about the moment one more time, and imagine what it would be like if you knew everything you know now. If you’re still in the beginning phases and hoping to gain some insight, just click around(ultimate shisha guide) because you’re in the right spot.

A beginner smoker going for a light mint smoke could possibly end up with Haze Ultimint or Tangiers Cane Mint, and become frozen longer than Steve Rodgers(Captain America, duh). Mistakes like this happen when you start to explore the hookah world without proper knowledge, but it’s what helped us to get  where we’re at now. In this scenario I would’ve suggested Al Fakher Mint, it’s classic and works great as a entry step into the mint shisha market without forming ice cicles in your chest.

Spread The Gospel

You’ve made it to this website so we’ll automatically give you the hookah street credit you deserve. You can still be in the learning phase of mastering the perfect Tangiers pack, but you know more than the average bear. It’s now time to use some of this knowledge in an informative conversation with your partner, and allow them to decide on the first bowl because this session is for the both of you.

Let’s take a quick break because we might have missed an important step in the process. What’s happens if your partner doesn’t like hookah? Easy, leave them. I joke, but in all honesty there’s about 7 billion people on the planet, so you do the math. This is a moment where the devil and angel pop up on your shoulders, and you have to make a decision. It may not be this serious at the beginning, but if you have long term plans you may need to think about creating a hookah room.

DTS Smoke Rings

Ok back to our regularly scheduled program. Now let’s say your partner is DTS (Down To Smoke), and you just can’t stop dancing out of pure joy. Don’t run into the lab or order something by yourself, bring them with you and let them see your process. WARNING: There will be a lot of questions. You must be patient and prepared to explain each step, but remember you only have to this a couple of times. You wouldn’t want them to learn from someone else right? This is the first session together and you’re both the captains…sort of.

If you consider yourself a hookah enthusiast/expert/master/god, throw that mindset out the window but keep the knowledge. Have you ever been introduced to a new hobby by an expert and they ramble on with too much cockiness, leading you to lose interest? Yeah, let’s try not to be that person.

The complete understanding of a hookah doesn’t need to be achieved before the coals are lit, in fact it’s easier to explain as you work and smoke. Talking about the differences between natural charcoal and lighting requirements will make more sense with the pieces in your hand, or at least on the burner. The same can be said about conversations that deal with the gauge of downstems and hoses, without having something to reference.

Similar to bringing up introductions to your parents or moving in together on the first date, explaining all the new hookah devices in the initial conversation can cause slight confusion. Hookah diffusers are easy to explain so we’ll let that slide, but explaining all the different types heat management devices before lighting the first bowl will send information in one ear and out the other.

Key points to bring up for new users are as followed; its tobacco(unless it’s herbal shisha), inhalation patterns plus purging to avoid coughing, and the buzz factor of course. Lead by example, I know there are some vacuum inhalers out there that could pull the charcoal straight through the foil, just know that every inhale doesn’t need to sound like the last. Your partner is watching/studying your steps during this process, so keep it simple but feel free to show off some smoke rings. If they become envious of your rings and they can’t nail them down, just bust out a Monkey O.

Shisha Brands & Flavors For Beginners

Beginner Shisha Brands

 

You’ve received the green light on making a bowl for the both of you, and now you have to decide on a flavor and brand. My first recommendation is to ask questions about their smoking history and tolerance with nicotine, this will help you make a quick decision on the brand to be enjoyed. If they’ve never smoked once in their life then you should start with a light smoke that wouldn’t buzz them into outer space, loading a flavor from any of the brands pictured above should result in a pleasant smoke session. The buzz level within these brands rest in between light and average depending on your packing method, and now you all just need to pick a flavor.

Tangiers Orange Soda has a high rank in first time Tangiers flavor orders, and it’s primarily because of it’s connection to a past experience. Shisha flavors that can replicate past taste experiences are easily relatable for a first time smoker, and loading up the first bowl with citrus or peaches could be a home run. Early in my smoking life I would mix everything with mint, and it’s something I still enjoy but found it to be an everyday thing at the start of my hookah life. Shisha flavors that have slight cooling usually have a high success rate in bowl enjoyment, like one of favorite fruit and mint combos,  Al Fahker Grapefruit mint. The small amounts of mint creates a smoother inhale, and if more mint is desired you can go straight mint or test out gum flavors as they’re easily relatable from memory.

Spice Up Your Shisha Life

You can start the loading process but having your partner smell through flavors, allows them to have a better understanding of the translation from shisha aroma to actually tasting the clouds. Starting off with one flavor is an easy start, but over time you may want to spice things up and bring in a second or possible third flavor. It’s better to ask first instead of surprising your partner, and include them in the selection process by smelling both flavor at the same time. Just remember that you will both be looking for different things within each combination, so meet their standards to stay on the playing field. Once your partner is experienced you may receive treats like this more often, and you both can discover the world of shisha combinations. It takes two, three, and possibly four to tango.

Do’s & Don’ts

Shisha Flavors That Don't Set The Mood

There’s a time and a place for some shisha blends, seasonal flavors like pumpkin and christmas mix can be smoked outside of their season, but somehow always taste better during the event. If you’ve just met your partner and you’re not ready for the birds and the bee’s, don’t send mixed signals with your shisha collection. Inviting someone over off of Tinder and loading Haze Panty Droppa, does not guarantee that panties or boxers will drop but it’s a good flavor. Tonic Before Sex or After Sex shouldn’t be a goto blend if you just met on Christian Mingle, in that scenario I recommend Eve’s Temptation. At the same time it’s 2016 and everyone is different and these cheeky flavor names could spark interesting conversations, or a slap to the face. Choose your adventure.

Prepare this session as if you were making food for your partner or mom, and you want to impress. This means no dusty old hoses, dirty bases, and ghosted hookah stems. Avoid the high nicotine blends like Tangiers, Nirvana, and Nakhla, unless your partner already has a medium to high tolerance for nicotine. A tip from past experience is to use 2 cube shaped coals to start off with and only add more heat if desired by the new user, it may not be the session YOU want but this is about their experience.

If your first smoking experience with your partner takes place at a hookah lounge, the previous information still applies. If you’re cool with the lounge owner ask to see the preparation area in hopes of a better explanation/experience, and continue the conversation once the hookah arrives on your table. In the end we’ll hope that they enjoy the experience and have a some desire to come back for a round 2.

Wrap It Up

Practice Safe Smoking

Don’t trust these hoses. If you haven’t made it to first base, then handing someone a device from your mouth to put into their mouth without protection is cringe worthy. Mouth tips should always be used and expected at a hookah lounge, and always make sure you have some on hand if the party gets larger than expected. If you know where eachothers mouths have been and it’s just you two, we’ll let you make that call but it’s a nice habit to form.

Thanks for reading.

Smoke. Love. Peace.

-SMOKEorPASS

08 Jun

Hookah And Video Games : The Perfect Combo

Hookah and Video Games

Do you smoke during your respawn time, or only in celebration of wiping a single team out in Nuketown? There are many unique ways that gamers of the hookah community have created thunder clouds while gaming, from picking the right accessories to creating diy setups. Most of us in the office have a favorite console or pc game, so we know the struggle of trying to hold the hose and controller at the same time. This can be a difficult task for those that have small hands, but we’ve got a couple of tips and ideas to keep you smoking while watching your K/D.

Credit: Hookah Idea for Gamers -Edward (he used a belt)

Using The Right Hookah Hose

Choosing the right hookah hose for video games

One of our favorite styles of video games comes from the first person shooter genre, and like most great games they require a decent amount of attention. We’ve experienced many missed shots and deaths because of the massive clouds in front of our line of sight, but overtime you’ll gain a 6th sense to protect yourself from danger.(results may vary) This game style like many others require two hands on the controllers or at least two thumbs to navigate and aim, which makes it difficult to hold large hookah hoses. If you’re playing a game by yourself you could leave the hose on your chest or lap, and puff at your own pace without a problem. The moment you bring a friend into the equation changes the playing field, because no one likes to receive the hose from the person that holds the hose in their mouth while playing. The one problem is that it’s GROSS especially without a mouth tip. Secondly, over time your mouth will become sore from gripping.

 Hookah hoses for gaming

First person shooters or just gaming with friends in our experience is easier with lighter hoses similar to the Aluminum D-hose, or a Nu-hose. They’re thin enough to not take up too much hand space, and the longer hose handles allow for a comfortable inhale without hunching over. You can still use plastic mouth tips with these styles of hose just incase that drooling friend stops by, plus they’re 100% washable so no need to dedicate them to a single flavor. The superb Aviator Hookah hose is the lightest in the silicone category, while the Pharaoh’s swivel hose contains a solid weight but utilizes a swivel joint to add flexibility for easy passing. Last minute LAN parties can bring out some new face and possibly more mouth grippers, and Lulava’s lightweight hose is dishwasher safe for that sanitary high temp clean. If you see someone gripping the hose with just their lips, slap the hose from their mouth and deliver a well deserved Mutombo finger wave.

 Hookah mic stand with hookah hose

Gaming solo is where you can get a little more creative as you have full control over the session and hose placement, without having to pass it on to a friend. One of our favorite setups we’ve seen comes from Tumblr/Reddit(r/Hookah) and it requires a simple mic stand with a clamp. You could use any hose in your collection with this setup, but keep your hose handle length and weight in mind as it may interfere with your mic stand or game in progress. You can take this setup pass gaming and into task around the house like cleaning dishes, folding laundry, and exercising….if you’re doing it right.

 Dschinni gamer hookah hose

For those that don’t think they need a mic stand to smoke and knock out a raid in Destiny, don’t worry we’ve got you covered. Recently we unveiled a new hose from the German hookah manufacturer Dschinni, designed with a hands free mindset and simply titled the Gamer Hose. This hose has the ability to bend and twist in any direction and hold it’s form, allowing you to place it wherever you would like around your head. This hose extension comes with an included hose to get your smoking right out the box, but you can easily adapt it to any silicone hose with the included converter.

 Submit Your Diy Gamer Hose

These solutions so far require money to be spent, and if you’re looking for a cheaper DIY setup you might want to lock your door before getting the game started. Our customers have reached out to us on social media with their ideas, and it may require items that you just don’t have yet….like a beard. If you’re a hipster, lumberjack, beard aficionado, or one of our awesome customers, you may be blessed with a rather larger beard. Ordering from us does increases beard sizes*.  We don’t have a tutorial for this but holding a hose with your beard appears to be useful for some gamers and workers in the pc world. A loose knot can do the trick with perfect placement, or use a hair tie to really secure the hose handle in place. If you’re lacking in the beard department you can achieve a similar setup by passing the hose through your shirt and angling your head down. This may become uncomfortable for your neck overtime and the hose may drop inside a few times, but you’re hands free and just landed the final kill cam shot. If your hose drops too often or you want to hold the hose higher, try using a small clamp or potato chip bag clip.

*over time with no maintenance

That’s a wrap for holding the hose while gaming, have fun with your own personal set up and be sure to send us a photo. If you’re playing with friends remember to the keep the hose light and slim, but look out for those mouth grippers and keep the mouth tips on deck.

Hookah Designed for Gaming

Hookahs for gaming

It’s a wish and dream for some of us to have a hookah stem that prepares bowls, flips coals, and maybe holds the hose while you play. If you know of a hookah like this please let us know, but in the meantime let’s talk about some hookah setups that are readily available for your gaming sessions. PC gamers looking to rip clouds while fighting with Lee Sin(League of Legends), may gravitate towards smaller desktop hookahs to reduce the clutter of a large stem and accentuate their CPU design. Tank style glass hookahs like the Lavoo MP5-X or the Anahi Odyssey can sit atop nearly any desk, and gain a unique look with setups using backlit LED lights.

Lavoo Mp-5 and Anahi Odyssey

There are few things to keep in mind when you move your hookah from the ground to the desktop with the most important being where your heat travels, and your water level within your base. We’ve experienced a few slightly tinted/melted posters because of the position of our bowl on the desk, so always double check your surroundings before getting your grind session started for the day. Computer monitors can be expensive and 3-4 fully lit natural coals can cause some serious damage to your screens depending on the proximity, and it’s a terrible reason to lose your job, intern #403.

desktop hookahs pc

As always the water level will play a big role in your session because it affects the restrictiveness of your inhale, but it also correlates with the rumble. Adding to much water to your base will result in a tighter inhale with more of a rumble, but we always recommend for most hookah setups that the water level rest 1 inch above the bottom of the downstem. Too much vibration within a session on your desk can send the movement towards the monitors and cause your charcoal to move, both of which are not ideal near expensive equipment. You can easily test out the rumble without lit charcoal, just place your hookah where you want it too stay and take a rip to get a feel for how the rest of your session will be.

You don’t need to have a glass hookah for a desktop hookah because traditional setups come in all different sizes. Some members of our customer service team choose to rock the 16″ Egyptian furat, while others use smaller Khalil Mamoon hookahs like the Mini Beast or Shamadan. These hookahs can produce killer clouds but require a little more vertical area and more attention to the hose being used, as the lightweight body can become top heavy  and sporadic hose movement may send your hookah into orbit. If you suffer from rage quits just wait until you’re done playing before starting up a session. Remember to avoid the rumble of a traditional setup by equipping a diffuser.

Hookah Bowls For Gaming

If you’re not a fan of using smaller hookahs or anxiety strikes when you see a hookah on top of a table, just keep it safe and rock a traditional setup with adequate space. We generally find ourselves in the hookah height range of 27″-34″ with our floor setups and even as far as 39″ like the Shika Grey Joy. Almost all of these hookahs (at least on this site) feature traditional male bowl ports, so you should have no trouble equipping them with any hookah bowls from your collection. The perfect bowl for gaming is ultimately decided on what the users style or desire is at that moment, but as previously stated we really just want a hookah that does all the work for us. We like our bowls to require minimal maintenance, so you can always expect to find a heat management device atop our hookah if there’s a controller in our hands.

Hookah gaming bowls suggestions

Starting any new campaigns or replays for achievements/trophies will usually result in a Kaloud Vitria or Ferris Phunnel as our bowl for the smoke session. These bowls are extremely easy to prepare and require no real maintenance throughout the session,  other than opening or closing the vent and occasional charcoal refreshment.

Alpaca Symphony Hookah Bowl

You don’t need a fancy heat management device to smoke and game properly, as we’ve grinded through waves of survival mode while rocking good ole’ hookah foil. We still gravitate towards bowl that have beneficial factors like the phunnel design, because no excess juice leaks means no interruptions. Alpaca’s Symphony benefits foil users with a thick clay bridge that prevents foil drag from interrupting any k-spree.

The Tangiers and Alien phunnel bowls are perfect for that lunch break game, and provide you with a solid short session while saving on shisha consumption. Smaller bowls are great for those quick Rocket League, COD, and Overwatch matches, or just to hand out a couple L’s in Streetfighter while blowing clouds. If you like fluff packing for an ease in airflow, equip the Vortex bowl to your class for rapid fire sessions.

Mazaj Hookah Bowl, Hydra Hookah Bowl, Harmony Hookah Bowl

Larger bowls like the Mazaj, Hydra, or Harmony, will require more shisha and possibly more attention with foil usage, but the end result is a longer single flavor session. This is what you bust out for Fallout 4, Uncharted, or WOW, pretty much any game that takes most of your day, in a good way. The Mazaj has eight straight exterior edges for an ease in charcoal placement, while the Hydra bowl allows you to interchange between three clay bowl designs. The Harmony works harmoniously with foil and the Kaloud Lotus, and each of these bowls keep your excess juice stored inside.

Alpaca Rook Bowl Trimony Phunnel bowl

If you can play through friendly smoke screens or feel as if there’s no competition and you’d rather fill the room with clouds, hookah bowls designed for airflow might be your choice. The interior spire cutouts of the Trimony bowl and Rook allow more smoke to easily pass through to the base, while giving you an evenly cooked bowl. These bowls can be used with the Kaloud Lotus, but we noticed more of a increased airflow with our foil prepared bowls.

Chess game and hookah

If having any type of hookah while playing games sounds like the perfect setup to you, just start with a classic egyptian bowl like everyone else and refer to this blog when you’re ready to upgrade.

Do you smoke and play games? Send us a picture of your setup to be featured on our social media channel and this blog.

Thanks for reading

-SMOKEorPASS

20 May

ICE ICE Hookah Sale

Have you already started to break out your shorts and tanks top? It’s about that time of year again where we sweat and complain about how hot it is outside. Smoking hookah outdoors in Texas during the summer is the equivalent to setting up your hookah in an oven, and smoking inside of it while it’s on. (Do not try this at home, r.i.p. intern#4) . Even if you don’t have to experience the hot lava temperatures like we do, it’s always nice to have a ice bucket hookah within your arsenal. We obliviously gravitate towards these stems for our outdoor sessions, but they’re just as useful indoors when you’re looking to cool down your smoke and rip those ice cold clouds. Since we’re busting out our ice bucket stems for personal use, we thought it might be time for you to grab one……so we marked them down. Below you’ll see each category that contains chiller deals and frosty discounts, we hope you enjoy and avoid that hot smoke.

*In the words of Mr. Freeze “Tonight Hookah-Shisha will freeze.”

*almost real quote*

Nammor Chiller Hookahs

These classic handmade Egyptian hookahs have the deepest discounts and arrive with a signature Nammor hookah hose, an Egyptian bowl, and a spacious ice bucket. Crafted with the use of solid brass these stems provide a solid structure, and contain a medium gauge downstem for a smooth smoking experience indoor or outdoor.

Khalil Mamoon Chiller Hookahs

You might’ve heard of this brand before and if you haven’t the short story is that  Khalil Mamoon hookahs are known and smoked worldwide, and considered to be one of the originators of the Egyptian hookah design. Their chiller stems have enough space to cool any smoke session, and the color options of the Sadaf hookah will freeze your mind.

Ice Bucket Hookah Stems

If you don’t want a pre-configured chiller hookah don’t worry because we’ve got you covered within our Hookah shaft section. You can build your own ultra modern Starbuzz Atlantis Ice stem, or get fancy with the 45% off Nammor shafts and add a compatible base and hookah hose.

Freezeable Accessories

If it’s not time for a new hookah but you know this summer heat is going to have an affect on your smoke session, check out our Hookah Accessories for some cool savings. You could equip your Sahara Smoke hookah with an Ice Chamber add-on, or add a chilling inhale to your hose with the Soguk Ice mouth tip and more!

18 May

Creating The Perfect Mazaj Hookah Bowl Session

Kaloud Vitria Header

Last week we talked about how-to maximize the cloud output of your Kaloud Vitria hookah bowl, and now we’re ramping up the heat again with these new Mazaj bowls. The Arabic word “Mazaj” means “Good Mood” and we’ve been pretty happy that it was crafted with 100% borosilicate glass. This means that these bowls were built to take heat, and a lot of it, thanks to the high temperature tolerance of this premium quality glass. You may be thinking to yourself, “wait, aren’t all bowls built for high heat?” Theoretically, you’re correct, but how many bowls on the market have a cylindrical interior with an octagonal exterior designed for heat management? *The answer is at the bottom of this page.

This bowl can be used with many of our heat management devices like the Kaloud Lotus, but today we’ll be using some good ‘ole hookah foil which could also be used with a flavor saver. The bowl stands 4″ tall with a diameter that falls a little shy of 3″, that’s less than the width of the Lotus but they can still work together for an enjoyable session. The underside of the bowl contains a medium gauge opening, and our recommendation for grommets would be an Egyptian or mod bowl grommet depending on you stem’s bowl port.

How-we Load The Mazaj Bowls

The Mazaj bowl varies between looking like a medium sized hookah bowl and a gargantuan shisha guzzler. We might not classify the Mazaj bowl as a superior shisha saver because you’ll be in the range of consuming 25-35 grams of shisha tobacco per session, but that all depends on how YOU like to smoke. There is no slope within the base interior of the bowl but it still prevents any excess shisha juice from entering your stem, while providing you with a full flavor experience. The phunnel bowl design leaves only a single air channel for smoke to travel through, and this medium gauged spire rest lower than the surrounding edges to provide you with most optimal airflow.

Kaloud Vitria Packing Method

You have five color options to choose from, and they all provide a slight x-ray view of the interior of the bowl. This can make bowl preparation very easy because you can see if there are any weak spots that could use more shisha before applying any heat management devices. During our loading phase we fill the bowl to the leveled surrounding edge line, while allowing for as much airflow between the shisha as possible. Our suggested packing method doesn’t really put any emphasis on making sure that the shisha touches the bottom, as long as every side looks like the above picture we call it complete.

Use Your Edges, That’s What They’re For!

Haze Tobacco Inside Kaloud Vitria

Once you have all the shisha you want to smoke inside the Mazaj, now it’s time to think about what kind of heat we want on top of this bowl. The Borosilicate glass can withstand high temperatures without deteriorating the glass, so high heat smokers can rejoice with those cloudy overpack bowls. The octagon exterior allows for a neat and snug fit for your tin foil to wrap around; during this demonstration and most other foil sessions we use Halo Hookah Foil. Most of us have been taught to give the foil a tight pull in order to achieve a drum fit tightness, that is not the case with the Mazaj. We recommend using a gentle amount of pressure and use your thumb to lock in the seal, the glass edges can tear the tin foil with too much force.

We’ve used several coal configurations with this bowl: max heat with four cube coals, and also mixing sizes like 2 cube coals with 1 or 2 flat coals. The hard glass edges make this an easy process with a sturdy foundation, and once the glass warms up then so will the underside of bowl. The combination of these forces of heat will provide killer clouds, and with proper heat management your session should exceed 2 1/2 to 3 hours depending on your shisha portions.

 We used Titanium natural hookah charcoals for many of our session,  but we’ve heard that the Coco Ultimate coals are perfect for this bowl. Using our recommended preparation steps with your Mazaj bowls will lead to a great session, but – as you can see in the above photo – it will also leave you with a fully cooked bowl. The heat will continue to move through your loosely packed shisha and give the bottom layer the finishing blow, if that foundation layer is too dense you may still have wet shisha at the end of your session.  The heat transfers very well through the bowl which means you should take caution before removing the bowl from your hookah, as always let it cool down before rinsing with warm water. If you have any excess shisha juice burned onto the bowl, any rough textured sponge should knock out any visual marks.

Are You In A Mazaj

We hope this blog helps you make an informed decision about the Mazaj hookah bowl, and we would love to hear your feedback. You can leave a comment below to start the conversation on any blog post, and we will gladly help. Thanks for reading, the answer is MAZAJ!