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[19 Feb 2012 | No Comment | 69,620 views]
Tangiers: Instant Acclimation Is All In The Wrist

There is a new technique that, so far, has been proven (by myself and others) to instantly acclimate Tangiers Noir Tobacco. Before removing the tobacco from the sealed bag, massage the bag for 4-5 minutes. This completely mixes the tobacco in its “California” climate controlled bag. Then, empty the tobacco in to your shallow air tight container, and let…

Buying, Headline, How-Tos & Tips »

[24 Sep 2010 | No Comment | 8,153 views]
Hookah Myths, Part 1: Bigger Hookah, Better Smoke

It’s a popular misconception that a bigger hookah means bigger and better smoke. But this is untrue. Let’s look at the facts.

Larger Hookahs Often Have Traditional Chambers

Larger hookahs have a number of great advantages, but also their fair share of drawbacks.

Bigger hookahs, hookahs larger than about 30”, are usually made in the Middle East according to many traditional standards. For example, larger hookahs frequently employ what’s called a ‘traditional chamber’. This is a reference to the inner-workings of the hookah…

Cleaning, Headline, How-Tos & Tips »

[13 Sep 2010 | No Comment | 12,806 views]
How To Clean A Hookah

Smaller hookahs pose little question about how to clean them. They fit in the sink. Larger hookahs, on the other hand can seem pretty daunting. Trying to figure it out for yourself can take a lot of trial and error and can take a lot of time. Some fill a bath tub and clean them that way. Others take them outside and use a garden hose. But this isn’t necessary. Any hookah can be successfully cleaned in a kitchen sink, and with practice, can be done in less than one minute. Reviews here at HookahReport are always performed on a clean hookah, so we’re cleaning hookahs a lot.

Community, Headline, News »

[10 Aug 2010 | 5 Comments | 2,966 views]
Hookah Report is Looking for Authors!

Good evening loyal (or first time) reader! Since HookahReport.com launched about two months ago we’ve seen steady increases in readership and buzz around the web (much appreciated, Google Alerts). But the undertaking is big. There are a lot of different flavors, a lot of accessories and nearly endless ideas for making your smoking session that much better. We simply can’t possibly write it all.

HookahReport is looking for new authors. Will you be one of them?

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[23 Jun 2010 | 5 Comments | 20,016 views]
Telling the Difference Between Fake and Real CocoNara’s

Recently, I purchased a box of CocoNara’s from a local market in my area. Unfortunately however, having never tried these coals before, I did not know what to expect when I purchased them. I grabbed the first box I could find and bought it. A couple of hours later, when I decided to open the box and have a smoke, I noticed that the coals were shaped awkwardly and not in a perfect cube shape like I am used to getting when I smoke Chronic Hookah coals. So, I took it upon myself to search around online to see if the coals I received were really CocoNara’s. After a little bit of searching and a couple of emails back and forth with a CocoNara representative, I found out that the ex-distributor for Canada started to import fake CocoNara’s and that is what I received.

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[6 Jun 2010 | One Comment | 19,891 views]
The Absolute Beginner’s Guide: Part Three, Packing Your Bowl

First we talked about the basics of hookah anatomy. Then, we got into the gritty details of hookah charcoal. This week, we’re going to discuss what it takes to pack your tobacco in your bowl and get a great smoking session out of it. So, lets get started.

If you’re reading this guide, there’s a good chance you’re not using a specialty bowl, such as a Vortex or phunnel bowl. Rather, you’re probably using the bowl that came with your hookah. That’s a standard bowl. It may be an Egyptian bowl, a mod Bowl or a Mya bowl, but regardless, the routine for packing pretty much any of these will be about the same. So, for this guide, we’re going to assume you…

Headline, How-Tos & Tips, Set-Up »

[28 May 2010 | No Comment | 86,455 views]
The Absolute Beginner’s Guide: Part Two, Coals

We are working our way down the hookah. Last time we discussed all the major parts of a hookah and what they do to help maximize your smoking experience. This time, we’re going to get into the gritty details of the hookah experience with a look at coals. What are they, what do they do and how do we use them best. So, lets not waste any more time.

Coals are an absolute essential part of the hookah experience. They are among the few things truly setting hookah apart from virtually …

Headline, Hookahs, How-Tos & Tips, Set-Up »

[16 May 2010 | No Comment | 19,765 views]
The Absolute Beginner’s Guide: Part One, Hookah Anatomy

A hookah, originally referred to as a nargileh or a shisha, is a kind of waterpipe used for smoking wet tobacco called Moassel (or in the United States, Sisha—yeah, we got our words all mixed up over here). Getting an excellent smoke session from a hookah isn’t something most people can do without a little guidance. There are many caveats to a great session that take some time and practice to master. In this series of tutorials, we hope to help new smokers (and those who’ve been sojourning from the …

Accessories, Featured, Headline, Reviews »

[12 May 2010 | No Comment | 6,948 views]
Save Your Stash: The New HJ Alien Mini Phunnel Bowl

Unless you’ve been living under a rock (or have nothing to do with the global community of hookah smokers), you’ve already heard about the new HJ Alien Mini Phunnel bowl. The bowl isn’t a revolution, it’s a refinement of the hugely popular Tangiers Phunnel Bowl.
The aim is simple, smoke great—and do it with as little tobacco and coals as possible.
A full review will be coming in the near future. But for now, let’s get a quick look at how the HJ Alien compares to other bowls.

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[12 May 2010 | No Comment | 6,637 views]
Where Do You Get That Stuff?: A Guide to Buying Hookah Supplies

I love to smoke. I do it all the time. Often times friends or relatives will stop by while I’m smoking and reading a book or getting some business stuff done. It always spawns an interesting conversation. But after I’ve explained what a hookah is, the first question is always the same: “Where do you get that stuff?”
Most people have never seen a hookah (or didn’t know that they were seeing one when they did). So, when it finally peaks their interest and they’re thinking of getting one for the …