So you bought a brand new hookah & its your first time setting one up! If your new to the process you are probably asking yourself how to start this thing up. Setting up a hookah is much simpler than you think. We are going to give you a step by step guide on how to go about assembling your hookah correctly for a premium session. Follow the steps below to properly set up your pipe!
Step 1– Pack Your Bowl
Your bowl is the most vital part of your hookah. Properly packing your bowl will determine the outcome of your session. Depending on which bowl you have purchased, packing methods may vary but today we are going to discuss the universal method in order to reach the optimal session.
Whether you are using tobacco or herbal molasses the universal method of packing your bowl is by simply sprinkling your shisha into your bowl so that it reaches the rim. You want to ensure that your shisha is not packed down for this method so that you allow airflow for your heat to circulate within the bowl to allow a proper bake. Also you want to make sure that the shisha does not clog the interior opening of your bowl so that when you inhale there is proper airflow. Clogging the holes within the bowl will restrict your airflow and make your sessions less pleasing.
Now that you have your bowl packed you may add your tinfoil. Ensure that your tinfoil is sealed tightly around the edges so that your final result is a drum like surface. For best results use Heavy Duty foil as it tends to be thicker than the standard and maintains heat so that you don't scorch your session.
Now the fun part begins! Grab a tooth pick & start poking holes in your foil. This will allow the heat from your charcoal to transfer to your shisha for smoke production. You want just enough holes poked in your foil (Not to many but not to little) so that your heat is evenly distributed & not over heating your shisha. Once you've completed packing your bowl your ready for step 2.
Step 2 – Prepare you Hookah Stem
Your hookah stem is what carries the bowl, tray and hose. In this step we are going to ensure your stem is prepared to assemble with the various parts associated with your setup.
-Attach your base grommet: With your complete setup you will notice a rubber gasket that is larger than the various gaskets for your pipe. This is your base grommet/ gasket which allows you to attach your stem to your glass hookah base. This part is vital since it attaches to your base and seals the hookah together allowing air restriction for you to properly inhale your smoke. Simply take this grommet piece up from the bottom of the stem and ensure it attaches to the chamber of the stem. The chamber of the stem is what sits on your glass base.
-Attach your bowl Grommet: The bowl grommet is what seals your bowl to your stem. Simply attach your bowl grommet to the top of your stem. This gasket is generally larger then your hose port gasket.
-Attach Your Hose Grommet: Simply insert the final gasket that is included with your hookah setup into your hose port. This will seal your hose so that there are no air leaks.
-Check your purge port: Your purge port will be on the opposite side of the hose port. This piece screws apart and inserted is a ball bearing. Ensure this ball bearing is inserted as this allows restriction for you to inhale with your hose.
Step 3 – Fill Your base
Filling your base properly is fairly simple. Run your base under cool tap water. To properly measure your water level, grab your stem and insert into your base. Your water level should be just about an inch over the bottom opening of your stem. This will give the proper amount of air space in your glass base so that your session stays enjoyable.
Step 4 – Assemble
Now that we have your bowl ready, your stem rubbered up & your glass base filled with water, its time to put the pieces together.
-Insert your stem into your glass base: Make sure your stem is tightly sealed into your base.
-Add tray to your stem: Simply place your tray over the bowl port so that it sits on the tray mount.
-Attach your bowl: Add your bowl to the bowl port where we added the bowl gasket. Your gasket should ensure that your bowl does not wobble and that there are no air leaks. Make sure your bowl is properly mounted.
-Attach your hose: Attach your hose to the hose port. The hose gasket should ensure that the hose is firmly inserted and does not allow air leaks.
Step 5 – Light Your Charcoal & Smoke
Now for the final & fun part. Light your charcoal and add on top of your bowl. Allow a few minutes for your bowl to heat up before you smoke. Enjoy!
We hope this tutorial will help you set up your hookah properly! Feel free to leave a comment below.