What are these coals?
People have been asking where is the nearest place to buy shisha charcoal? This special coals are primarily used to cook your shisha for better smoke production.
The charcoals are lighted and placed on top of the foil wrapped around your hookah bowl or heat management devices.
As we gather new information, we have updated this guide for you to effectively find the best coals for you and introduce you to our new coconut coal for shisha.
how many different shapes of coals are there?
There are essentially 7 different shapes of charcoals in the market. The differences in size is because each coals are designed to fit into different sized bowls and HMDs. The table below shows the different shapes and description.
|👉Three-dimensional rectangular shape stick.
✅The flat sides, makes it stable and will not cause heat spikes.
❌Quick lights coals are of this shape so be wary.
|👉Coconut shell coals are in the forms of hexagonal sticks.
✅Generally produces heat evenly due to their stable build.
|👉These coals have a single flat bar, unlike cubes.
✅These are better suited for short hookah session.
👉It is recommended to use flats if you’re using foils to cover the fire.
❌Heat management devices cannot accomodate flat shapes in general.
|👉Follows the shape of HMDs lotuses and Razor HMDs .
✅Easy to manoeuvre with tongs when fresh.
❌As they burn and lose shape, it becomes brittle.
|👉A hybrid between flats and cubes.
❌Have the same drawbacks as the cubes.
|👉Most common shaped coal in the market.
✅It heats evenly because of its’ flat sides.
✅It burns slowly
✅Compatible with all hookah bowls.
|👉Also known as stick coal, are another popular type of coal.
✅Some cylindrical shapes make them perfect for stacking on top of a hookah bowl.
what are these charcoals made of ?
As the name implies, natural hookah charcoal is made up of natural ingredients. There is bamboo, orangewood, and lemonwood can also be used.
- Doesn’t disrupt the original taste of your shisha.
- Lasts for hours without adding more coals.
- Produces lesser smoke when lit.
- Distributes Heat evenly on its’ surface.
- Best for long super chill sessions.
- Takes a while to be lighted.
- Highly dependant upon room conditions (ie moisture, dryness)
- Not for the impatient.
👉Quick Light coals
As the name implies, these coals light up quickly. These coals are the most ideal for travellers and very mobile people. It takes 30 seconds for it to be completely lit. The added benzene in these charcoals does not release carbon monoxide.
- Takes 30 seconds to be lit!
- Ideal for really quick sessions.
- Easiest to travel around with.
- Can affect your original shisha flavour.
- The smoke produced from these coals has a slight strong odour.
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❌For instant-light charcoal, the culprit is in the added content (i.e. benzene), where it allows for artificial ignition speeds.
❌Conventional coal brands also use wood and sawdust as fillers so that they can sell for cheaper prices.
❌Smoking shisha with these fillers produces strong, unpleasant odour when ignited.
❌Lighter coals burn quicker which indicates that low quality ingredients are used.
✅Hookah sessions are definitely the best with natural coconut coals. And that is what we offer.
✅It is tasteless and odourless when burned.
✅ The heat produced sustains longer per session.
✅Darker coals typically contain more higher quality ingredients.
How do you differentiate between the good and bad charcoals?
|👍Light produces little to no smell
|👎Emits an unpleasant smell
|👍Doesn’t affect your original shisha taste
|👎Taste of coal is apparent
|👍Produces very little ash
|👎Generally more ash built up
|👍Longer & sustained burning
|👎Shorter burning periods
things to keep in mind before buying your coals.
|Tips and description
|It should not break when being held with tongs. Test its hardness by placing it on hard surface and tapping it.
|Coconut charcoal is dense compared to wood. Test it by dunking it in water. Coconut charcoal will float. If it doesn’t discard it.
|The ideal ignition period usually takes 7-10 minutes, depending on the size. Charcoal must be covered with ash on the surface before use.
|The smell at ignition should disappear once the hookah is lit and placed in the hookah bowl.
|It’s normal for charcoal to emit smoke. But, good charcoal only emits smoke around ignition and would subside afterwards.
how to properly light the coals ?
Electric coil stove or single coil heater
Set the coals directly on the heating element and flip them after 3 to 4 minutes. Wait until all the black surfaces turn red/orange and are covered in a layer of gray ash, which usually takes 5 to 10 minutes.
Light the gas stove and put the flame to medium or high. Use tongs to place the coals on the flame, and wait for them to turn red from black, eventually gray. Then, take one piece off the flame at a time as each burns thoroughly
quick light coals
Hold a tablet of coal in a pair of tongs above an open flame, such as a lighter or match. Once the sparking ceases, place the coal on your hookah’s tray or in a hookah charcoal holder until there is a layer of ash covering it
When using quick-light coals, ensure that the entire piece is sparkling before using it, and for natural coals, wait until they are fully lit to avoid inhaling carbon monoxide
These methods should help you properly light your hookah coals for an enjoyable smoking experience.