My Shisha Shisha  Hookah London UK

How To Setup a Shisha/Hookah


Step 1: Fill the glass shisha vase with water

- Do not over fill, leave room in the vase for the smoke.

- A rule of thumb is to leave the stem submerged about 2 inches in water.

- For a smooth smoke mix the water in your vase with a 1/3 of ice cubes. 


Step 2: verify stem is firmly in place

- Check that the plastic seal between the vase and stem is in place to prevent smoke getting out and air   getting in. 


Step 3: Put tray on top of the stem

- You can use the tray to put charcoal on to replace used coal. Also catches any ash or other dirt. 

Step 4: Attach the hose on to the shisha

- Shisha pipes can have several hoses attached. All hose ports should either have a hose on or sealed up to prevent losing air and smoke.

- Some pipes have plastic part that makes a seal between the hose and the pipe. 


Step 5: Add tobacco to the bowl

- Mix the tobacco well before adding to the bowl.

- Add the tobacco in a consistent manner, slowly in small amounts. Not too tight so air has difficulty in passing down the bowl or too loose burning the tobacco.

 - Leave 2 millimeters between the top of the shisha tobacco and the foil.


Step 6: Add aluminum foil on top of the bowl

- Cut the aluminum foil into a square roughly 2 inches larger than the diameter of the bowl.

- The shiny part of the aluminum foil goes face down.

- Make sure the seal is tight and the surface is flat. 


Step 7: Add holes to aluminium foil

- Where you add the holes and the size of them on the foil will affect on the smoke produced.

- Use an object with a sharp tip such as a dedicated foil puncher (can also use toothpick or pin) 

- Holes underneath the charcoal will direct heat into the bowl, while holes on the outside will allow air into the bowl producing more smoke. 

- There are many different patterns you can use when making holes, for example in a circular fashion.

- Too many holes and the tobacco will burn a lot quicker while too few and the tobacco will not burn very well. 


Step 8: Check the air flow

- Check that air is circulating well through your pipe by placing your hand on top of the bowl and sucking on the hose; you should feel a downward force on your hand, if not check that all connections are securely attached.  

Step 9: Light charcoal 

- To light quick light coals: Hold the charcoal with tongs somewhere safe, use a lighter on the corner of the coal and wait until it stops sparkling and making smoke. Blow on the coal till it is glowing orange.

-  Put the coal on top of the foal and blow till the sides are orange as well.

- Never light the coal on top of the bowl as unwanted particles will reach the tobacco and change the flavour.

 - For natural charcoals use a dedicated charcoal burner. Takes approx 10mins!

 Step 10: Smoke your shisha pipe:

- To start, pull on the hose to get the tobacco burning properly.
Safety Tips: 


- Charcoal should be lit in a ventilated area and placed on the tray while being lit.

- Ensure the shisha pipe is stable before placing the charcoal.

- Ensure the shisha pipe is placed on a flat surface.

- Use a vase protector to prevent the pipe from slipping/falling over. 

Lastly, ENJOY the experience.