Hookahs Or Shishas, Nargile or water pipes, Hubble Bubble or Chicha. Theyre all the same thing. They are traditional Middle Eastern smoking devices that have become popular across the globe. Taking a casual drag of hookah is one thing, but what if yove become a sheeshaholic and purchased youre own Hookah and need some help setting up your own hookah? You've come to the right place if youre lost and dont know what to do.


Clean the hookah. Wash the hookah with water and the cleaning brush which should be provided with every Khalil Mamoon Shisha before using it for the first time, and whenever it gets dirty. Disconnect all parts first, and wash every one except the hose; unless it is washable. Please note all Hoses are not washable unless stated in the description. If the hose isnt washable Wipe it dry with a towel and leave it to air dry before you continue.

  • Cleaning after every session is ideal, but definitely clean whenever you see residue on the Base, or when the smoke doesn't taste right.
  • A long, thin brush helps you reach inside long parts. You can upgrade your stem and base brush by clicking here.


Pour cold water into the Base. This is the large glass container at the base of the hookah. Fill it enough to cover 1 inch (2.5 cm) of the metal stem, or slightly more. Leaving space for air is important to dilute the smoke and make it easy to draw on the hose. If you have a mini hookah, you may only be able to cover ½ inch (1.25cm) of the stem to leave room for air and avoid soaking the hoses.

Please Note; The water does not filter out any nicotine. Nicotine filters can be purchased on the site.


Add ice (optional). Although hookah smoke, properly drawn, is not harsh at all, a nice cool temperature will make it even more pleasurable. You may need to pour out some of the water to adjust it to the correct level, as described above.

Some shisha enthusiasts like to add drinks and juices to the base suchas redbull, orange juice and now there is a new product called Shaashi Flavour Powder to add that extra bit of flavouring.


Insert the Shisha stem into the Base. Place the stem into the base so it enters the water. Remember to make sure the stem is in the water around 1 inch as mentioned above. There should be a silicone or rubber piece that fits around the top of the base called the base seal to make it airtight. If the fit isn't airtight, the smoke will be thin and difficult to pull.

  • If the base seal is too big and won't fit, wet it with a little water or a drop of dish soap. And push it in with a twist.
  • If the base seal is too small. You may need to remove the base seal and add a few layers of insulation tape around the stem where the seal sits to tighten it up a little.
  • To add that extra bit off support and stableness to the shisha you can also add insulation tape to the outer side of the stem and base as adding water to the base does bring the weight of the shisha a whole lot more.
  • Heba filters can be purchased to reduce the sound of the bubbles when smoking shisha.


Connect the Hose. Firstly check the airflow of your hose by blowing into the hose and blocking the other end. By doing this you will know if there are any holes in the hose or not. Then unblock the other end and keep a finger very close to the hose and blow. By doing this you will know if the airflow is correct or not. If there isnt much pressure on your finger by blowing there may be a blockage in the hose. Any trapped dust or particles stuck in the hose will be cleared out with this procedure too.

The hose slot into hole on the side of the stem. Just like the base, these holes should be airtight.. On shishas that can be smoked with multihose options. There will be more holes for the hoses. With these shishas you can either have a supplied blocker which is a peice of rubber that will seal the hole, If these are not provided, all the hoses will need to attached even if you're smoking alone.

  • Double check your water levels before connecting. If the water levels are too near your hose connections, the water could ruin your hoses.
  • Mouthtips and other hose accessories can be found on the website.


Check the air flow. Place your hand on top of the hookah stem to block air from entering the hookah. Try to inhale through a hose. If you can get any air, one of the connections is not airtight. Check them all for tight fits and rubber or silicone seals.

  • If you're missing a seal, Just click here and order one. Tightly wrapped insulation tape can make a temporarily, mostly airtight seal as mentioned above.


Position the metal tray on top of the hookah stem. This tray catches ash from the coal and excess tobacco if and when they fall.Larger plates can be purchased on the site.

It’s time to smoke!!


Stir the shisha Tobacco/Molasses. Shisha is just tobacco packed in Liquid that adds flavour and thick smoke. These liquids are made from flavouring and glycerine. Over time the Liquid tends to settle to the bottom, so give it a quick stir to spread them around. Now, Some smokers prefer to dry out the tobacco before placing it in the bowl and others prefer the liquid to stay in the tobacco.

We would advise that if you’re using a regular Egyptian bowl not to have too much liquid in the tobacco as it can become harsh and it does escape through the holes into the base giving it that colouring. On the other hand if you’re smoking in a Phunnel Bowl we’d advise you to keep as much liquid as possible as there are no holes at the bottom for the liquid to fall through to the base. As the Phunnel Bowl has no escape route, the liquid stays in the bowl for a longer period giving you a session that lasts longer than normal.

  • If you’re smoking a shisha for your first time, it would be advisable to use a tobacco-free molasses to practice the setup. As tobacco can be very harsh if you’re a first time smoker.
  • As well as herbal molasses there are also other non tobacco options such as Ice drops, Shisha Pearls, Steam Stones, Ice Rockz.
  • There are many different brands and flavours of tobacco or herbal so do have a try of the many different flavours to see which one in particular is yours!!
  • If youre tobacco has been left around for a long period of time it may have lost some liquid. Now you can purchase some Shisha Juice to add to the tobacco to revitalize your flavour.


How to Pack the Bowl. Break up the tobacco in smaller pieces and just drop them into the bowl. Press lightly down to make a flat layer without compacting the tobacco. Do not over fill the bowl as this will cause airflow problems whilst smoking. It should stay fairly loose so air can easily flow through it. Fill the bowl nearly to the top, but leave at least 2mm of space above the tobacco so it doesn't burn quickly.

We will also be showing and explaining how to fill all types of shisha bowls so keep an eye out on this page for more info on that


Time to cover your bowl. Lay a piece of heavy-duty foil over the bowl, stretching it out. Crimp it around the edges to secure.

  • Depending on the type of bowl you have and that coal you use the foil you use would make a difference.
  • If you wish to use a quick light coal then a standard foil would do that job. We would recommend to use Aladin foil. If you only have standard duty foil, use two layers.
  • When using Coconut Charcoal we recommend to use the thickest type of foil as coconut coal give out alot of heat.
  • You can use a charcoal screen sold for this purpose instead, but most users prefer the foil.
  • The newer option is the German head/chimney bowl which is a chimney sort of bowl also known as a heat management head. Also the Flip bowl, apple on top and the Kaloud Lotus are a nice way to manage your heat without using foil.


Place the bowl on the stem of your Hookah. This should fit securely into the rubber grommet, for an airtight fit. Some Bowls have a larger hole at the end so that standard grommet may not be sufficient. You can purchase different sized grommets here.

For desperate measures you can use tissue which u can fold up into a long piece and wrap around the stem placing the bowl on top.


Poke holes through the foil. Using a toothpick or a Pin, poke holes throughout the foil surface. Test air flow by drawing on the hose as you do this. If you have trouble pulling air, add more holes.

  • Some people like to poke all the way through the shisha to provide channels for heat and air.
  • Hole Punchers can be purchased to get an even amount of holes in the foil.


Light up the charcoal. There are three types of charcoal that can be used for hookah. Follow these instructions depending on which one you have:

  • Quick light coals: Hold with tongs over a non-flammable area. Light with a Shisha lighter or match until it stops smoking, then wait 10–30 seconds until covered in light gray ash and glowing orange. These are convenient, but give a worse, shorter smoke. Some people even get headaches from smoking some brands. We recommend you stay away from brands such as excelsior. The Shishatech quick light coal is an ideal one to use for a quick smoke, or the 44 Donut coals give out less toxics but smell when being lit as they are sulphur coated. They last much longer and are better in taste.
  • Natural coals: Heat directly in a stove flame or on an electric burner, The coal is ready once glowing orange, usually after 8–12 minutes on stoves and 3-5 minutes on a electric burner
  • Coconut Coals: Coconut coals are lit up in the same way as the natural coal. As recommended the coil burner is the best way to light up coconut coals.


Transfer the coals to the foil. Place the coals evenly ringing the edge of the foil, or even slightly overhanging the edge. A common mistake is to pile the coals in the centre, By doing this the shisha will become harsh and the tobacco will burn alot quicker than usual.

  • Many smokers prefer to let the shisha warm up for 3–5 minutes before they start smoking. This lets you smoke with gentle breaths, enhancing the flavour.
  • Quicklight coals usually need 1-1.5 coals to start up
  • Coconut coals – depending on the size of the bowl you will need between 2-4 coals to start up a the shisha. One can be taken off once the shisha is blazing.


Inhale!!! Once the bowl is warm — or right away, if you're a sheeshaholic like me!

Inhale through your hose. Your breath pulls air past the coals, causing them to heat up. If you pull too hard, the air will get hot enough to burn out the tobacco and you'll cough on a lungful of bad-tasting smoke. Pull with short, normal breaths. Smoke at a relaxed rate, pausing to give the shisha time to cool down.

  • If no smoke appears in the base, inhale in a series of short, sharp puffs to light the tobacco.
  • Blow into the hose after every few inhales to clear the smoke in the base, When the base is full of smoke it may get harsh. When blowing into the hose the smoke from the base should be released through the air valve on the stem of the shisha. If no Air is released then tap the valve as the ball bearing could be stuck. Upon tapping the valve the ball will be free allowing you to blow out the air from the base.
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