A Simple Guide on How To Light Instant Charcoal
by February 3, 2022
Ahh, hookah charcoal, we meet again. These mysterious, wonderful, and sometimes infuriating
beauties are the key to getting a perfect smoke session.
As the primary heat source for your hookah, your coals, how you use them, and how you light them, all have a major impact on what happens during your smoke session.
At the end of the day, when you light your coals incorrectly, you’re setting yourself up for a less than ideal, even wasteful, smoke session.
But by lighting your coals properly, you are well on your way to a perfect smoke session that will fulfill your expectations and leave you relaxed, happy, and looking forward to the next.
So without any further ado, here is our simple guide on how to light instant charcoal for the best hookah session possible.
WHAT ARE HOOKAH CHARCOALS?
Hookah charcoal is a specific type of charcoal that is used for hookah smoking, and they rest on top of the foil, on top of your bowl. They are typically square-shaped and sized so that about three or so fit comfortably on a standard hookah bowl.
There are two predominant types of hookah charcoal out there, natural coals and quick light coals.
Natural coals are typically made of compacted coconut husks, and make for great options for the hookah smoker. Some types of natural coals for hookah are made from different types of wood, but you are most likely to encounter coconut husk coals in your day-to-day hookah adventures.
The other type of hookah charcoal, and the kind that we are primarily interested in in this article, is quick light coals. Quick light coals are a type of coal that is also often made of coconut husk but has a chemical coating that helps it light faster than natural coals.
HOW TO LIGHT QUICK LIGHT COALS
Lighting quick light hookah coals is passed off as an easy and simple task that requires limited supervision and is ready almost right away.
But this couldn’t be further from the truth. You need to light your hookah coals properly. Even if they are quick light coals which may be easier to light on the go or in a pinch, they require no less finesse to harness the perfect smoke from your hookah.
To start, you are going to want to have a tray or plate that your hookah coals can rest and burn on for a few minutes.
Then, you will want to lay your coals out on the plate, for one smoke session you are likely only going to need three pieces of coal to sustain a solid smoke and get through your bowl.
Next, pick up each coal individually with your tongs, and light them one by one with a match or lighter. They should go up in flames pretty quickly and then go to a solid burn, at which point you can put one piece down and pick up the next piece to light.
You must then leave your coals to burn for a full five minutes before they are ready to be used on your hookah. Why? Well, several reasons.
First, leaving your coals to heat and burn for five minutes helps to burn off the chemical coating on your coals before smoking, which can help improve the flavor of your smoke and decrease the chemicals you are inhaling in your smoke.
The second reason is to let the coal reach a uniform lower temperature. This will help you later on with heat management, as you won’t have coals that are at different temperatures, too hot, or with different heats at different sides of the coal.
Once you have waited five minutes you are ready to place your coals evenly on your foiled bowl to begin your smoke session.
BENEFITS OF USING INSTANT CHARCOAL FOR HOOKAH SMOKING
Now that we’ve talked all of this through, we should discuss the particular benefits that present themselves when using instant charcoal for hookah smoking.
Firstly, instant charcoal is very easy to light. As we mentioned, you only need a lighter or match, or any other open flame, in order to light your hookah charcoal. When using traditional, natural coals, you may need a gas stove or hookah coal lighter in order to get your coals lit.
This makes instant charcoal great for hookah if you are traveling, or bringing your setup to a friend’s house who may or may not have the right tools to light natural coals.
Another benefit of instant charcoals is that they do light pretty consistently and stay lit very consistently. They are always going to work about the same way every time. Natural charcoal have some more individual outcomes that can require more attention to remedy, though they do usually result in a better smoke.
DRAWBACKS OF USING INSTANT CHARCOALS
While there are certainly some upsides to instant charcoals over traditional natural coals, there are drawbacks as well.
The first, and most commonly cited, issue with instant charcoals is the chemical flavor that they can impart on your smoke. While if you are using heavily flavored shisha you may not notice it, seasoned smokers are sure to notice the chemical flavor that instant charcoal gives off.
Post time: Mar-08-2022