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How to Set Up a Hookah Without Foil

How to Set Up a Hookah Without Foil

By Katie / August 23, 2012
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If you’re just tuning in to Romancing The Smoke, this is a blog following my journey to becoming a hookah know-it-all. If you’re also a beginner, or a pro who wants to offer some advice, then I hope you’ll follow along!

Being a newcomer to the hookah community, I love sharing my new experiences, but sometimes I need you all to share your experiences with me. I've heard many differing opinions regarding smoking shisha without foil or a screen. Obviously there is the traditional dried tobacco leaves, know as Tombeik, Jurak, Zaghloul, etc., that is meant to be smoked with no intermediary layer between it and the coals. From what I understand, smoking Tombeik is a very different experience from the wet, sweet flavors of the shisha that most of us know.

However, I have recently heard that some hookah smokers enjoy a session of modern day shisha with the coal directly on top of the leaves. Say what?! That goes against everything I'd been told up to this point. Is this sacrilege? Or is it a brilliant method that just takes a little extra work, like Tangiers is? Most importantly, is it worth trying? I'm looking for your stories and advice - fire away!

For those of you wondering, this is apparently how it works. Seems plausible in theory, but it seems like the heat management would be tricky.

Step 1: Load your bowl with extra shisha.  This works best with wet shisha, such as Romman Shisha Tobacco or Fantasia Shisha Tobacco.  It should make a small dome in the middle of the bowl.

Step 2: Place your charcoal directly on the top of the pile.

Step 3: This step is absolutely crucial, DO NOT SMOKE IT for 10-15 Minutes. This time is left for the coals to cook the top layer of shisha. This is where that extra shisha comes in handy. The top layer is cooked into a charred “screen” of shisha – no metal screens or foils needed. (Note: this will produce more smoke coming from the bowl, so be sure to do this  in a well ventilated area or outdoors.)

Step 4: Puff at will.
If you all think it's worth a shot, then I will give it a try and report back. Until then, happy smoking! - Katie

 

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