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Hookah Hacks - Quick Fixes and Improvements For Your Hookah

If you pay attention to the world of the Internet at all, then you have likely heard of something called a life hack.  A life hack is a quick and simple trick that can make your life easier.  This got us thinking - what are some useful hookah hacks that can quickly and easily improve your hookah set up and overall smoking experience quickly and cheaply.  Below you will find a list of some of our favorite hookah hacks.  We hope you enjoy them.  Feel free to add any we may have missed in the comments section.

The Paper Towel Trick: Make Your Own Grommet In A Pinch

This is one of the oldest tricks in the book, but one that has always worked great in a pinch.  Have you ever found yourself missing a hose or a bowl grommet?  This can be easily fixed with a piece of paper towel and a bit of water.  Just take a piece of paper towel, get it wet, ring out the majority of the water, and then wrap the damp paper towel around the end of your hose, or the bowl stem, where your grommet would normally go.  The wet paper will make an air-tight seal and you will be smoking in no time.

Rejuvenate Your Old and Dry Shisha with Honey or Agave Nectar

Do you have a tin or bag of older shisha that is too dry to smoke?  Add a squeeze of honey or agave nectar to your old dry shisha and you just might be able to get one last smoke out of it.  Why does this work?  The majority of the smoke (vapor) you see when you are smoking comes from the glycerin, or honey, in your shisha.  When your shisha is dry, you get thin and whispy smoke due to this lack of glycerin.  Add some honey or agave nectar and you can get some life out of that old shisha yet.

Start Your Hookah With A Starter Pro 2.0

One of the worst parts of smoking hookah is the process of getting the hookah going.  You huff and puff for a while and eventually you get some smoke.  Save your lungs with the help of a Hookah Vacuum Starter Pro 2.0.  Place a mouthtip on your hookah hose, insert the tip into the end of the Starter Pro 2.0, and turn it on!  Let the Starter run for a few moments to stoke your coals and get your bowl going and then enjoy!

Smoke Out Of A Hookah With A Cracked Or Broken Base

This is definitely a hack that will probably only be helpful if you are super desperate, but it's a good one to have in your mind regardless.  Place your broken/cracked base into a large bucket.  Fill the bucket with enough water to come up above the crack or chip in your base where water might escape.  Add water to your base and then set up the rest of your hookah as normal.  Since your leak is now underwater, it's no longer a leak!  The pressure of the water outside of the base is met with the pressure of the water inside of the base and boom, your hookah will smoke like normal.  A truly MacGyver-esque hookah hack.

Increase Air Flow By Modding Your Mouthtips

Insert your mouthpiece into your hookah hose.  Make a note of how far the mouthtip needs to be inserted into the hose before it makes a proper seal.  Remove the mouthtip and, with scissors, cut the tip just past the point where the seal is made.  Since almost all mouthtips taper down to ensure a proper fit on a wide variety of hoses, this will greatly increase the overall airflow through your hose tip.

Make Sure Your Stem and Base Seal Perfectly With Electrical Tape

If your base to stem connection is too loose, take the base grommet off of your stem and wrap the area of the stem where the grommet sits in electrical tape.  Then reattach your grommet and test the seal with the base.  Still not fitting snug?  Add another layer of tape and repeat until the seal is perfect.  If the fit between your base and stem is TOO tight, just remove the base grommet altogether and replace with layers of electrical tape.  The seal will be just as good with just electrical tape as it would be with a proper fitting grommet.

We hope that these hookah hacks will help you out the next time you find yourself in a bind.  If you have any great hookah hacks that were not listed here, be sure to leave them in a comment below.

Comments (10) -

  • So I actually have something great so good that I would want it patented before I told you can you can someone help?
  • When my hookah vase broke we scoured the house for hours looks for something that would fit the grommet.  We ended up settling with a large gallon sized bottle of La Victoria salsa jug.  It took a second to fill with smoke but it held more smoke than any hookah vase I ever hit from.
  • I like the idea of a wet paper towel for a grommet, but dollar bills folded long ways and wrapped around a house also work amazingly.  They can even hold heavier hoses such as the braided nammor hose into mayas better than the standard grommet.
  • Starting your hookah with a dust buster, sounded too interesting to not try. Pros: didn't get light headed starting my hookah and got thick smoke after 30 seconds of suction. Cons: Really heated up the shisha, got a little harsh in the beginning, and I probably looked ridiculous vacuuming my hose. Overall: 7/10 hack.
  • I didnt know about the Dust buster XD
    VEry amusing!
  • My little hookah hack involves an ordinary sink strainer very cheap flimsy type place on top of the bowl upside down so it's relatively flat and place the coals on that instead of directly on the foil crown it with a wind cover as it may take a little longer heating up and voila! Sessions last way longer, no need to even rotate the coal much, saves flavour and doesn't char your sheesha Smile
  • I bought a glass hookah and it came with a glass bowl that fits on the top the hookah didn't come with anything for if I take the glass bowl head off I can put a fruit head is their a way around that so I can smoke fruit heads on it?
    • Kassem, This is really going to depend on the exact glass hookah you have. There are some glass hookah manufacturers who make female to male bowl adapters for glass hookahs which would allow you to use fruit bowls like with a normal hookah. We are currently all sold out of these adapters, but search around for Glass Hookah Bowl Adapter and you might be able to find something that will work.
  • On the honey and agave nectar hack. You can buy glycerin at your local medical store or health store.