|Once you’ve selected your shisha tobacco (a process that we’ll explore soon), take your washed and dried bowl and fill it with shisha until there is just a small space between the tobacco and the rim. You can use a shisha fork or another instrument to do this, since the shisha is very sticky, but generally it’s done by hand. It is important not to pack the shisha tight, it should be loosely arranged so that air can move throughout the bowl and maintain an even heat level. Next you’re going to place your metal hookah bowl screen over top of the bowl. If you don’t have a screen, then hookah foil will also work. Make sure that the foil is laid tight around the mouth of the bowl. When using hookah foil, you have to poke tiny holes in the foil to allow for the coals to evenly heat the shisha. Take a small pin and poke holes all across the tautly laid foil, making sure that there are plenty holes and that they’re evenly distributed.