Fri. Dec 1st, 2023
How to light the charcoal in a shisha ?

The charcoal for a shisha is first and foremost one of the main elements without which it would be really impossible to use a shisha properly.

Once burnt, it actually heats up a bowl filled with water to easily bring up the smoke in a pipe. However, it is very important to know how to light the shisha charcoal before you can expect to get better results. In this article you will learn about the types of shisha coals and how to light them properly.

Shisha coal

Natural charcoal

There are several types of shisha coals on the market. This allows you to make your choice according to your expectations. The first type available on the market is ‘natural coal’. Very often made from compressed coconut shells, this chicha charcoal can also be made from wood. Although it is known to be less harmful to the health of its user, it needs a charcoal lighter before it is ready to be used.

Although this chicha coal (natural charcoal) takes quite a long time to ignite, it must be admitted that it burns longer and offers above all an even heat. Also, note that this product produces little smoke, which makes shisha smoking much more pleasant.

Tips for lighting natural charcoal

To light this charcoal, you need a heating source such as an electric plate or a gas heater. After placing the pieces of charcoal in a pan, they must be left to heat for at least 3 minutes. However, it should be noted that this ignition of natural charcoal requires a much more intense flame.

Self-lighting charcoal

Well coated with a chemical accelerant, self-igniting charcoal can be quickly lit with a traditional cigarette lighter. So unlike natural charcoal, self-igniting charcoal does not require a gas lighter or even an electric plate to activate.

Also known as fuel charcoal, this category of chicha charcoal is known for its rapid combustion. This is because it is composed of a surface layer that can easily ignite on contact with a flame. In addition, self-igniting charcoal provides a steady burn of about 30 minutes. However, it should be noted that self-igniting charcoal has a much stronger taste than the previous one.

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Tips for lighting charcoal

To light the self-lighting charcoal, simply place it near a lighter or even a cigarette lighter and wait until it starts to crackle. Then wait between 10 and 30 seconds for it to be well covered with ashes. Blow on it to make it glow.

To light the charcoal for a shisha, first check the quality of the charcoal. Then take into account the type of shisha charcoal you have and use the correct method. This will allow you to light your shisha coals properly and above all to enjoy your tobacco.

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