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How-To Add More Air Flow In Your Hookah Session

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Does it feel like you’re inhaling through a coffee stirrer? Are you looking for an easier way to taste your hookah flavors?

Check out these 5 quick tips on opening up your hookah session.

Poke Some Holes

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When you use hookah foil on the bowl, you’re in the driver seat of the airflow. The biggest factor in the foil preparation is the hole punching and it’s a very simple concept to remember.

Too few holes will cause your bowl to become hotter than normal by restricting the air from passing through the shisha.

A large amount of evenly placed holes will give you a less restricted inhale without the harsh temperature and throat burn.

Too many can make it difficult for your bowl to properly heat up but Tangiers smokers who like a lower heat session enjoy this set up.

Change Your Hose

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The hose that comes with your hookah may not be the best suited for your session. Small hookahs from the Mya series come with leather wrapped hoses, but a minor upgrade to a wider gauge hose will change your session like night to day. Literally.

When we use the word gauge in our descriptions or blog, it means the diameter for the hose tube opening. Hookah hoses like the D-hose, Droid, and Nammor have wide gauge tubing that makes it easier to pull large clouds of smoke.

Too Much Water In Da Base?

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Liquid in the base is key to any session and basic water will provide the purest flavor.

No matter the size of your hookah, it’s always recommended that you have the water 1-2” above the downstem end.

If you don’t have enough water, your inhale will be hot and dry with minimal vibration.

Too much water will make it hard for air to pass through the water and cause you to work harder to draw your favorite flavors. This is what we call restriction.

Check Your Pack

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Every hookah bowl has a spire/hole and it’s your job to keep it free of shisha during the prep phase. Pressing the shisha down too hard in traditional bowl designs will make it very difficult for any air to pass through, which is why we recommend sprinkling the tobacco inside whenever you’re whipping up a bowl.

Yes, there are more shisha pack methods that you may pick up on down the road after you've become familiar with more shisha tobacco brands.

Put Your Thang Down, Flip & Reverse It

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Basically what we’re saying is change your pipe. Not all pipes are created equal because it would be a pretty stale market if they all looked identical. Hookahs are crafted to appeal to several different smoking preferences and design desires.

You can get a preview of how much restriction will be in your session by looking at your downstem, or you can ask us before making that final decision.

Smaller gauge downstem don’t allow a lot of air to pass through without some modifications to the bowl and hose. Diffusers can help smooth the inhale and reduce rumble, but it doesn’t open up the draw.

The opposite to this would, of course, be a wide gauge downstem like a Shika, Regal, or B2 shaft. These hookahs provide a comfortable draw than a tighter configuration and they rank high on the popularity list.

What's your preferred restriction level within your in hookah session, a tighter draw or more open?

Drop a comment below and let me know you're smoking.

Thanks for reading.

-SmokeorPass

Comments (2) -

  • I like a open draw in my sessions..but I was wondering is there such a thing as putting to much shisha?
    • Hey Demetrius, good question, thanks for commenting.
      There is such a thing as too much shisha in a bowl which can lead to bowls that don't heat up properly, taste harsh, and produce a tighter draw.

      The amount that can be added as "extra" (anything past just sprinkle filling to the rim) will vary from brand to brand because they all use a variety of tobacco leaves that all react differently to heat.

      Quick example: you can over-pack Haze tobacco and have a great session, but Social Smoke would turn into a hot session under the same conditions. They use different tobacco leaves.

      Your hookah bowl will also play a factor in the over packing. When the holes are on the underside of the tobacco, like an Egyptian bowl, the shisha can potentially block the flow of air.

      So if you like an open draw, like myself, make sure to move the shisha around in the bowl before placing your foil or heat manager on top. This will allow the hot air to pass through evenly for a smoother smoke.

      -SmokeorPass