Hookah

A water pipe specifically made to smoke hookah tobacco. They come in many different shapes and sizes. It's known by many different names, depending on where you're from. If you're in the US, it will typically be known as hookah. Although in other parts of the world, it can be called by the name narguile or shisha.

The bowl port is typically on the top of the hookah, where you put your bowl/head.

The hose port is typically on the lower half of the hookah. This is where your hose gets inserted or attached.

The downstem of the hookah is the inner portion where the smoke travels through. It runs from top to bottom. 

Creates many smaller bubbles instead of much fewer larger bubbles in the water. Helps create a quieter and smoother experience.

The tray goes on top of the tray rest to secure it. 

The tray is where you can put your coals to ash them. You can also leave your tongs here. 

The purge is where the stale smoke is expelled. You will use the purge when the bowl gets hot. Just blow into the pipe until the base looks clear. There is a small ball inside the purge to keep the pipe airtight. Without the ball, the pipe will not smoke properly. 

The base holds the water. The water is needed to pull the smoke through the pipe. 

Grommets are usually made of rubber. They are used to attach your bowl, base, and hose to the hookah and keep them airtight and safe.

Tobacco/Shisha

Hookah tobacco, usually blonde or brown in color and lower in nicotine.

Hookah tobacco, usually dark brown in color and higher in nicotine. 

Hookah Bowl

Where the tobacco is placed. You put coals on top of it to heat the bowl and bake the tobacco. Quality bowls are typically made from clay. 

A phunnel is a style of a bowl where there is one single hole in the middle, and the sides are raised to keep the juices from the tobacco in the bowl. Typically used for juicier tobaccos (Ex: Azure, Trifecta, Fumari, Social Smoke). 

Egyptian or Turkish style bowls have multiple holes at the bottom. Typically used for tobaccos that are drier (Ex: Adalya, Al Fakher, Nakhla). 

Accessories

A cover that you put on top of your bowl that typically rests on the tray. It is used to keep the wind away from your bowl/coals. The wind cover also helps conserve heat when the coals begin to die out. 

Molasses Catcher is a device that sits on top of your bowl port between the bowl port and the bowl to keep tobacco and glycerin from getting into your stem/base. 

Typically made of aluminum. This device is used as a foil replacement. The coals go inside the HMD, and you can manage the heat via the cap provided (Ex: Kaloud Lotus). 

The hose attaches to the pipe for smoke to travel from the pipe into your mouth. 

Mouth piece is the portion of the hose that you put your mouth on. Generally made from various metals/woods/plastics. 

Helps keep the hose in place and prevents it from bending.

There are two types of mouth tips, disposable and reusable. Disposable mouth tips are meant for one time use and made of plastic. Reusable mouth tips are made from various materials such as wood or different metals. They are typically attached to a silicone bottom and to a lanyard to be kept around your neck. 

A metal carrying a tray with a handle. They are used to help carry coals from the coal burner to your hookah. 

An electric or gas portable burner (usually electric) where you light your coals until they are red in the center. 

Used to move your coals to and from the hookah. Tongs also used to adjust coals during your hookah session. 

Coals

Made from coconut shells. Coconut coals are lit via a burner. They take more time to light up but last longer, taste cleaner, and help evenly distribute heat to your bowl. They mainly come in two shapes, cubes and flats. Cubes are larger and typically last 1-2 hours, depending on the brand. Flats are smaller and typically last 45 minutes to 1.5 hours, depending on the brand. 

Quick lighting coals that can be lit via a lighter. They are of lower quality for several reasons. They last roughly 20 minutes, have a distinctive chemical taste during smoking, and don't properly heat up the bowl. We don't advise the use of these coals. 

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