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How to get set up with your Hookah!

Customers are always asking us how they should set up their hookahs. We are here to help, and hope the instructions below help. If you ever have any questions give us a holler!

Step 1. Insert hookah stem with the rubber seal into the glass base. The fitting should be tight to prevent air flow.

Step 2. Place the metal tray over the top of the hookah stem. On some hookahs model, the tray may either fit loosely or snap into place. Other hookahs come with trays already secured.

Step 3. Insert hose end with hose seal into hose port on hookah stem.

Step 4. If your hookah model comes with an air release valve, the air release valve is usually positioned opposite the hose port on the hookah stem. You should unscrew it to make sure there is a ball bearing inside and then screw it back on.

Step 5. Check the air flow on your hookah by placing your hand on the top of the hookah stem and sucking in with the hose. There should be little to no air intake. If your hookah model has a check valve, with your hand still on top of the hookah stem, blow through the hose. You should hear air expelled out through the check valve.

If the air flow is ok, you are ready to move on to Step 6. If you are experiencing difficulties, please contact Vape Lot Smoke Shop by phone 540-619-2972 or email

Step 6. Remove the hookah stem from the vase and fill the vase with water. Put the hookah stem back on vase. The stem should be submerged about an inch into the water.

Step 7. Break up the shisha tobacco as you gently lay it into the bowl. You will want to sprinkle it in so that it is loose enough for air to pass through. The shisha tobacco should be filled to the rim of the bowl, but no higher.

Step 8. If you are using a metal screen, place it on top of the bowl. If you are using foil, wrap the foil over the head so that it fits snugly. You should use the rod on your tongs to make holes in the foil so that air can pass through.

Step 9. Place the bowl on top of the hookah stem with the bowl gasket in between the hookah stem and the bowl. The clay bowl should fit snugly.

Step 10. Light your coals. If you have instant lighting coals, you can light them with a lighter or match. Other coals will need a stove or a torch. Wait for the coals to become red hot all over before placing them with your tongs on top of your clay bowl. Break the coals up into smaller pieces and spread them over the top of the foil. Be careful not to add too many coals as your smoke will become harsh.

Step 11. Inhale on your hose. It may take a minute or two before the hookah is smoking properly. Enjoy!



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