How to light the coals
Lighting natural coconut cube coals
Light coals in a well ventilated area as the fumes when lighting can be unpleasant. We usually advise customers to light the coals in a kitchen under an extractor fan that’s turned on. Although coconut coal take slightly longer than quicklights to light up, they last more than twice as long and have very minimal ash. They also don’t have any smell or taste associated with them once fully lit. These coals can only be lit using an electric/gas cooker or coil burner. Anything else can take a while to light the coal.
Place 3 coals on the cooker and turn the cooker on to full power. After about 5-7 minutes half of the coal will have been lit. Once half the coal is lit, flip the coal over with the tongs provided and let the other half heat up for the next few minutes. It takes about 10 minutes for our coals to light up fully, once you are certain no black bits remain, place the coal on your shisha or in your heat management device. If the coal still contains black bits, let it sit for a bit longer on the cooker until glowing red.
We do frequently provide lighting equipment for natural coconut coals provided it is in stock, check with us when ordering.
How to maintain a shisha session
If using the standard coal on foil method, here are some tips to help the longevity of a session;
You’re probably used to seeing shisha lounges and cafes scattering coal all over the bowl, this can be a problem. The way we have devised is simple and effective no matter which coals you use. There is no need in cutting up coals if you do the following;
Light up 3 quicklight or natural coals. Once fully lit, place them half off and half on the bowl right next to each other. In a minute or two, the shisha should be smoking great and if you like you can drop a coal and leave two on. Now you have 2 coals next to each other on one side of the bowl, leaving the other side fresh for later instead of burning it out. Treat the outer edge of your bowl like a circle, if you find the shisha flavour or intensity dying out, move the coals along the bowl continuing the joint formation. Keep going around until you’ve baked the entire bowl.
Occasionally ash the coals to prevent the ash clogging up the holes and to keep the heat directly on the foil. If there’s no problems with the flavour or smoke output, you can leave the coal in one place until you need to change them over. If not enough smoke is coming out, flip the coal over onto a lit side and carry on. The bottom side of the coal usually goes black after a while as it is being deprived of oxygen to keep it lit.
There is no one way of smoking shisha, everyone has their own preference, some smoke with one coal in the middle, although this dies out a lot faster that’s just how some people prefer their shisha.
If using one of our heat management chimney devices
Light up 3 coconut cube coals, (heat management devices don’t work well with quicklight coals). Place the 3 coals in the chimney next to each other. Give the shisha a few minutes to heat up and it should be smoking straight after. If there is too much smoke, drop a coal and continue smoking, if it is smoking fine, voila! Once the smoke starts to die out, light up another 2 coals an continue smoking until the flavour is baked out.
Our chimneys are very useful, loved by most and are effective in increasing the length of the shisha session. It provides another metal layer on top of the foil and decreases the amount of heat the shisha needs to an optimal level.