HOW DO I TEND TO A HOOKAH?
Hookah is rolling and ripping right…your digging it… now you’ve got to keep it that way! Flipping the coals, getting new ones, keeping the vapor clouds top notch – these are all aspects of “tending.” Tending skills are a must have if you own a hookah, but it’s okay if you don’t have them now, you will. Nothing quite like the practice, practice, practice your about to get.
Hookah tending primarily consists of heat management, which is again part science and part art. We could get all super sciency and determine the perfect temperature that each brand or mix of shisha vaporizes the most best and longest at with the thickest clouds and build some device designed to measure and control the temperature and adjust the pure oxygen intake for maximum airflow and efficiency, which has probably been done by some complete hookah geeks I’m sure.
Heat control shares some similarities with every body’s favorite fairy tail Goldilocks and the 3 bears: too hot, too cold, and just right. Too hot is of the most concern. While a little too much heat is fixable, if it goes untreated and over chars or scorches the bowl, you might not be able to get rid of that scorched flavor, and you may have to start over. Too cold, and the hookah wont work properly. Should it go all the way out (which would be an epic fail) restarting it can be a real pain-in-the-you-know-what. Just right is somewhere in between the extremes, but there is also some personal preference involved as well as experience of the user. Some of our regulars and employees like their bowls a little hotter – they burn out quicker but hit harder and allow for massive rips. Some individuals prefer their bowls a little cooler.
Now Its time for you to find out what your preferences. Just remember these two simple things that hookah use is really all about: Relax & Enjoy!